Notebook Ports

Nowadays all the notebooks support the external data exchange using this or that method. It means the presence of the NIC and modem, though several manufacturers have stopped installing modems into their computers.

You may find a NIC with 100 or 1000Mbits/sec speed- in most cases that'll be enough.

Almost all the notebooks have a NIC Wi-Fi standard compatible with 802.11b standard, and even more frequently- with b/g notebooks from medium to high price range are often supplied with Bluetooth support.

Pay a special attention to the standard plug connections as they are most frequently used. Such plugs are mainly USBs. There are usually from three to four of them. There are notebooks with fewer plugs, if the notebook is small by itself, or with more plugs- if it's big (for example, Dell Inspiron 9400 has six USB plugs, ASUS A7T has five of them).

And here not only the quantity o them that counts, but also their place. The best variant when the plugs are evenly arranged between the side and back edges.

If the USB plugs are located in a row or in one column- it's highly preferable between them to be a distance big enough. It's also preferable for the notebook to have a FireWire and a card-reader available. And if existing ports are not enough - Port Replicator (or Notebook Docking Station) allows you to expand your system as you need.

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