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How to Choose a Tiny Laptop

How to Choose a Tiny Laptop

Although larger screens have become popular in laptops over the years, a recent trend towards a much smaller option has also been growing. While a large laptop is great for the office or home, when you are on the move a tiny laptop is much easier to work with.  A tiny laptop is lighter, easier to carry, and takes up a lot less room in your carry on luggage when flying.  The move towards the smaller version of the laptop has been picked up by a number of different computer companies, which means those in the market for a tiny laptop have plenty to choose from.

Whether you prefer Mac or PC, there is a tiny laptop for you.  Also known as mini laptops, these new travel friendly models generally weigh in at around two pounds.  There are two types of tiny laptop; the first is a stripped down version of the laptop often called a mini-notebook or mini-laptop. These have all unecessary features removed and are less costly because they do not have extra powerful hardware or software that is not needed for basic personal use.  The second, more powerful version of the tiny laptop offers most if not all of the features of the larger laptop in a smaller package.

The cost of a tiny laptop varies greatly depending on what you need it to do.  For the most basic models, the price range is very affordable, with some coming in under two hundre dollars. These models may have screens as small as seven inches and can handle basic web browsing, email, and other simple tasks.  The price range expands as you move into larger screens, more RAM, and more features. 

Some of the famous names who are now putting out tiny laptop models include HP, Dell, Sony and even Apple, whose Mac Air and mini Macbook models are among the most expensive choices on the market. Most of the tiny laptop models run either a Linux based operating system or Windows, with the exception of the Mac.  They can run most Micorsoft Office programs and also handle a web browser.

Some of the features you might find missing on a tiny laptop are a CD-ROM drive and of course the extended RAM of a larger computer.  Many models do offer such features as a built in camera and microphone and multiple USB drives as well which can expand your memory with a thumb drive.  You will have to determine which features are most important to you in order to narrow down the many choices to the right tiny laptop for you.

A tiny laptop is not a good chocie for anyone whoworks on their laptop every day and needs a lot of processing power and memory.  However, it makes an excellent choice for a travel laptop, a great first laptop for a child, or even a backup option for use when you are doing updates or backups and other maintenance on your regular computer.  And at the comfortable price tag, it is easy to keep a tiny laptop around.

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