(Also known as the CPU). The part of the computer that interprets and executes instructions. Think of it as the brain of the computer.
How fast a computer processor carries out instructions. In general, faster is better, but processor speeds across brands may not be equivalent (i.e., a 3.0GHz AMD processor may not be the same speed as a 3.0GHz Intel processor).
High-definition LED-backlit with BrightView technology (1600 x 900)
Technology used to display text and images on the screen. Computer monitors are available in 2 types: CRT (traditional tube displays) and LCD (flat-panel liquid crystal displays). Notebook computers, PDAs, mobile DVD players and other devices use LCD screens.
Screen Size (Measured Diagonally)
Size of the screen, in inches, measured diagonally from corner to corner.
4MB on die Level 2
A small segment of memory that stores frequently used information for fast access by the processor, improving response time.
System Memory (RAM)
The memory a computer uses to run its operating system, applications and active data files. Greater amounts of RAM improve speed and enable more applications to run at once.
System Memory (RAM) Expandable To
Maximum amount of memory a computer can support (as opposed to the amount that comes preinstalled).
Type of Memory (RAM)
Computer Hard Drive Size
Capacity for storing programs, photos, video, music and other electronic information. Hard drive capacities range from a few gigabytes to several hundred.
Optical Drive Speeds
Drive speeds not specified
Fastest speeds at which the drive can write, rewrite and read data.
Digital Media Reader or Slots
Yes, digital media card reader
AMD Radeon HD 8550G
Type of graphics (video) adapter (usually built into the motherboard), identified by manufacturer and model.
Up to 2158MB (total)
Manages display functions, including screen refresh rates, resolution and color. The more video memory a computer has, the better graphics and video will look.
Enables reception of TV programs.
A group of digital video formats created by the Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG) to compress high-quality video into file sizes small enough to be transmitted over the Internet.
Device that allows a computer to send and receive information over telephone or cable lines.
Built-in 10/100Base-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
Ability to connect to other devices on a network using Ethernet, Wi-Fi (wireless; 802.11), Bluetooth, etc.
Connections that deliver separate color and black-and-white video signals through a single cable. S-video connections provide better picture quality than RF and composite video connections but not as good as component video, DVI and HDMI connections.
Slots in notebook computers that accept credit-card-size upgrade cards. Type I is used mostly for memory, Type II for modem, fax and network cards, and Type III for hard drives.
USB 2.0 Ports
2 USB 3.0; 1 USB 2.0
Ports that allow high-speed (up to 480 Mbps) data transfer between compatible devices.
IEEE 1394 FireWire Ports
(Also known as FireWire, Apple Computer's trademarked name for IEEE 1394.) High-speed connection that supports data transfer rates of up to 400 Mbps or 800 Mbps (depending on port version).
Older and relatively slower interface most commonly used to connect a PC to a printer.
The master software that controls hardware functions and provides a platform on top of which any software applications will run. Commonly used systems include Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X for computers and Palm OS and Microsoft Windows Mobile for PDAs.
CyberLink PowerDirector, CyberLink PhotoDirector, CyberLink PowerDVD and more
ENERGY STAR Certified
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
emmeljay said: this is the normal price and has been at that price for awhile. best buy and Staples both have ivy bridge laptops at lower prices. given that black friday is a few weeks away, you might want to wait.
I bought this Monday. So far, except for Windows 8, I'm happy. I can still return it until mid-January if I find something that is significantly a better deal. This one seems to be about what I need, and I wanted to load Lightroom 4 now.
Ralphie said: I bought this Monday. So far, except for Windows 8, I'm happy. I can still return it until mid-January if I find something that is significantly a better deal. This one seems to be about what I need, and I wanted to load Lightroom 4 now.
So, we'll see, but so far I think I'll keep it. It's one of the shortest in height 17" laptops - do you notice that at all?
camiolo said: Ralphie said: I bought this Monday. So far, except for Windows 8, I'm happy. I can still return it until mid-January if I find something that is significantly a better deal. This one seems to be about what I need, and I wanted to load Lightroom 4 now.
So, we'll see, but so far I think I'll keep it.
It's one of the shortest in height 17" laptops - do you notice that at all? Sorry I took so long to see this and reply.
My old 17" laptop was stolen, which is why I bought this one, so I can't compare, but I kind of wondered about that. The display is big enough for me, and definitely taller than my 15" laptop, but I kind of wondered if it was a little shorter.
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