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Glossary

Hardware recommendation glossary

Bluetooth
A wireless device used to communicate in small private networks, such as between a computer and bluetooth-equipped mobile phones, PDAs, printers, digital cameras, and so forth.
Hard Drive
Permanent data storage on a computer.
RAM
Temporary fast storage on a computer. More RAM would allow for a greater number of applications and processes to run simultaneously without reducing performance.
Ultraportable laptop
An ultraportable laptop is a smaller, more lightweight form of laptop computer. In comparison to a normal laptop, they are generally not quite as high-performance and substitute power for increased portability. Typical ultraportable characteristics:
  • 2-3 lbs.
  • 10-13" LCD display
  • External CD/DVD Drive (in a docking station)
Wireless (WiFi)
A wireless device generally used to access public networks, such as the Internet or local data servers.
WXGA or WSXGA
A widescreen aspect ratio display, approximately 16:9.
XGA or SXGA
A standard screen aspect ratio display, approximately 4:3.
Last modified May 12, 2011