Best Laptops for Windows 7
I am getting ready to buy a laptop, and I want to run Windows 7. Are netbooks powerful enough to run Win7, or should I go for a larger and more powerful laptop?
Which Laptops Are Best For Windows 7?
The move to Windows 7 is often accomplished by purchasing a laptop. The latest Microsoft operating system is powerful, but it requires a powerful hardware platform in order to show all of its new capabilities to best effect. Here a few tips on buying a laptop that will work well with Windows 7.
- A 64-bit processor, such as one of the Intel Core 2 Duo models, is a good choice in a new laptop. The 64-bit version of Windows 7 will become the "standard" version in the future, and you may as well be prepared for that. Even now, most 32-bit applications will run much faster on a 64-bit platform, and Windows 7's performance will be maximized. Even the slowest 64-bit CPUs run at 2 Ghz or higher, plenty fast enough for Windows 7.
- Windows 7 is graphics-intensive, and supports high-definition video playback. To take advantage of the capabilities, and avoid running Windows 7 in less than its highest resolution, get a widescreen display of at least 1280 x 800 resolution, or 720p. The greater the resolution and screen width, the better.
- A minimum of 2 GB of RAM is needed to run Windows 7 well. 4 GB of RAM is recommended.
- Gamers will want a third-party high-performance graphics card. Others will do fine with the graphics adapters integrated into modern motherboards.
- A large hard drive is a must - 250 GB or bigger. Even more importantly, get a 7200 rpm drive instead of the standard 5400 rpm. The 33 per cent increase in read/write speed will be very noticeable under Windows 7, and welcome.
Surprisingly, all this powerful hardware doesn't cost very much anymore. It should be easy to put together a more-than-adequate Windows 7 laptop for under $1000. If you shop around you'll find bargains as low as $500 to $600.
Some Recommended Laptops For Windows 7
The HP Probook line of business laptops is priced around $800 and includes all the hardware that normal business users need. It's an "ultraportable" line so the screen is around 12 inches diagonally; but it's light, as little as three pounds, making it ideal for people hurrying through airports and from meeting to meeting.
The Acer Aspire line of ultraportables is even cheaper, by about $200. The Aspire looks like a low-end netbook but runs like a full-blown laptop.
The Lenovo Thinpad line is famous for its ruggedness, and its weight. But Thinkpads are prized by business people for their reliability and price/performance value.
The Sony Vaio line of notebooks have expansive screens, sleek cases, and designer price tags. But under the prettiness is a solid, high-performance notebook that lets Windows 7 really shine.
Gamers will pay the premium price for an Alienware M111x notebook. With its high-end hardware, this notebook gives one an edge in real-time fast-paced gaming - at a price approaching $2,000.
What About Windows 7 on a Netbook?
Netbooks that cost around $300 will run Windows 7, but they are less powerful than their larger laptop cousins. That means less RAM, less CPU horsepower, and less hard drive space. It also may mean a wimpy graphics adapter that won't run the snazzy Aero interface, which makes some of the Windows 7 magic possible.
Here's one other drawback to running Windows 7 on a netbook… they usually come with the Windows 7 Starter edition, which lacks some of the features offered in the higher editions of Windows 7. The Windows 7 Starter edition does NOT have the Aero interface, the ability to change your desktop background, multi-monitor support, Windows Media Center, or a DVD playback feature.
Do you have something to say about Windows 7 laptops? Post your comment or question below...
Posted by Bob Rankin on 6 Apr 2010
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