Laptops Are Risky

It is a little known fact that laptops pose a risk to health. Toshiba helped to prove that fact when they sold dangerous laptops to customers around the world. On September 2, 2010 Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. found out that 129 people who bought their new laptop got injured from using. Built in China, someone over there messed up and did not take enough time to insure the laptop with the proper parts, resulting in 41,000 laptops being recalled because they burned things. Nice, a pyro-laptop-maniac!

This raises an interesting question: are laptops the best choice for your personal needs or business?

Yes, laptops are easy to access being portable so if you are always on the move, they are the right choice. That is the first advantage of laptops, because they beat desktops in the category of versatility. Portable means they can go anywhere, while the desktop stays on the desk, and in today’s world laptops are becoming the new desktop. But there are disadvantages that you might want to know about.

Ever heard of Repetitive Strain Injury? Most people have, it is when you type on the flat keyboard of a laptop for a long period of time and is like carpal tunnel syndrome. Be careful typing for long hours at the office or home on the laptop. In fact, I am on my laptop right now and I have been typing on this flat keyboard for over an hour. I feel some constricting pain in my wrists and short bursts of pain in my right arm, but that could be from anything.

When Toshiba recalled those laptops, the injuries were minor burns and property damage. A study done with men aged 21 to 25 revealed a scary fact: putting the laptop on the lap actually raises the temperature of your testicles in your scrotum. I know, I cringed too. Another fact, I had to move the laptop from my lap to a table while writing this blog, better safe than sterile!

To solve the problem of overheating get a cooling fan.

But this is often not enough, the durability of laptops is not up to par with desktops because they lack the necessary filtering of dust. After a while, so much dust collects in the cooling system that it overheats and becomes loud with bad noises over time. In order to clean the inside it requires a complete disassembly of the laptop. Quite a pain in the ass.

Another downer is the battery life in laptops. The way to preserve battery is to run the battery down all the way then recharge it to get the full life. But, most people do not do this resulting in batteries that last only an hour. Do not leave the battery in while the laptop is plugged in, take it out so you do not ruin the battery.

Laptops are easy to let fall into disrepair by not taking care of them. Laptops are a great invention and make life a lot easier since they allow any business to travel with you everywhere. But they are susceptible to easy mistakes and easy pitfalls which will turn your laptop into a craptop if you are not careful.

Looking for a netbook priced beneath $100? Look no further.

Budget-priced netbooks are all the rave. Offering much of the same functionality that your? standard laptop delivers, at a significantly less expense to your bank account, netbooks are compact mini-laptops that provide the convenient portability many of us demand in? these rapidly moving times.

While they?re stripped of certain amenities we find in the typical laptop ? a DVD drive, for example ? they?re wifi-enabled and perfect for library-bound students or employees who need only access to the internet.

The Android-powered EasyPC E790 was just announced, coming with a pricetag that will put on a smile on those hunkering down in these trying economic times. Coming from Menq, a China-based company, this netbook is priced at $89. It?s equipped with a 7-inch screen, 400Mhz Arm9 processor, and 128MB of ram ( more than enough to run Adroid ).


Computer Geeks will continue to keep you posted about the latest news in the world of computing.

What kind of laptop are you looking for?

Once a burgeoning niche product, laptops are fast becoming an established alternative for consumers opting for the convenience of portability over? being tied to a desktop. While desktops will continue to be used for tasks that aren?t feasible with the average laptop, the technology of portable computing has progressed to the point that many functions once limited to those desk bound mainstays are now available for people on the move.

When choosing a portable computing solution, a number of considerations come into play, the primary one being the functionality you?re looking for. Many use their laptops for gaming, while others simply want a portable word processor; ?one might just want wireless accessibility for their local? hotspot, or they?re looking for something on which to play a DVD while commuting to and from work.

The uses for these portable systems are as varied as the technology housed within them.

Deciding on a laptop can mean the difference between $400.00 or $1,000.00, the gulf between the price tags is determined by the functionality required by the user. ?If you?re solely looking for something with which to browse the internet, you?re not going to require a high-end system that might be tailored for the purpose of editing videos. If you’re an avid PC gamer, you?re going to want your system outfitted with a lot of ram, which is just another variable when assessing the expense you?ll incur.

When shopping for a laptop, ask questions. If you?re still unsure of what kind of portable solution will work for your needs, give Computer Geeks a call.

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