TAILIEUCHUNG - Laptops All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies- P11
Laptops All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies- P11: Okay, I’ll admit it: I’ve got a strange biography. I’ve been a writer all my life. My first semi-pro job was sports editor of my high school newspaper. (Go Commodores!) After college I was a political reporter for daily newspapers in Ohio and New York (I covered four national nominating conventions and two Presidential campaigns) and a correspondent for The Associated Press. And then, in 1983, I gave in to my inner geek and became the first Executive Editor of PC Magazine, back in the days when most people asked, “What is a PC?”. | 74 Seeing the Windows Experience On the other hand if the amount of RAM or the hard disk drive s speed or capacity is holding back your Vista Experience you may be able to boost the score a few tenths of a point. Even if it doesn t more RAM generally improves your laptop s performance and upgraded hard disk drives are like closets in your house It s nice to have more space to hold your stuff. As the market for Windows Vista software begins to mature expect to see new applications labeled with Windows Experience ratings as part of their requirements. You may find that a graphics-intensive program lists a score of or higher as a necessity for the full experience. Going inside the numbers Windows Vista installs and runs on almost any current laptop. But not all machines can deliver advanced features. Table 1-1 roughly compares base scores. Table 1-1 Windows Vista Experience Numbers Number Translation - Good enough for the office. Enough power to perform most general computing assignments including office applications and basic Internet browsing. Don t expect experience Windows Aero or advanced multimedia functions. - Got game Say hello to Windows Aero and many of the other new Windows Vista features. This is the middle of the road though not all advanced features perform at a satisfactory level. For example there might not be enough power to display Windows Vista at high resolution on multiple monitors or you might be able to display digital TV but not high-definition TV. - Do you want it all A machine with a base score in this range should deliver all the new Windows Vista features including Windows Aero and multimedia experiences such as multiplayer and 3D gaming recording and playback of high-definition TV and be ready for new features that are added later. As this book goes to press most current consumer-grade laptops are going to be in the range of - . They are limited by the graphics card or built-in graphics facilities of .
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