My areas of related chess expertise (selection):
3. Goal setting.
4. Confidence building.
5. Character building.
9. Persisting at tasks.
10. Computer chess.
The choices of laptops are divided as :
Windows-based computers offer greater variety and lower prices, while Mac models have better software, are less prone to viruses and are generally more reliable and elegant. Many prefer the user-friendly layout and controls of Apple's Macs. However, Windows has a larger free software library.
Typical ultra-portables have 11-, 12- or 13-inches display screens. Due to their light-weight, they may be less susceptible to rough handling.
At the other end, portables with 17-inch display screens may be too
heavy and are more suitable as desktop replacements.
There are mainly 2 processor-makers - Intel and AMD. For Intel core
processors, go for a dual
Core i5 or the more powerful
Core i7. While quad cores are more powerful, only few software
actually tap on the multi-core powers.
Battery life should last for at least 4 hours for smooth usage. A
Lithium-ion battery is preferred over the traditional NiMH (nickel-metal
hydride) ones as the latter must be fully drained out before recharging
and could be damaged easily by over-charging.
Typically, a 500 Gb hard-disk will suffice unless the laptop is intended to store or handle videos.
RAM size is a more crucial factor to the laptop's performance in
speed. For general use, a 4-Gb RAM will suffice, but an 8-Gb upgrade is
Some laptops have detachable or swivel keyboards which converts the laptops into tablets. These laptops run on Windows 8, with a sporting interface resembling smartphones and tablets. However, the detachable components make the machine more susceptible to wear and tear and might not be cost-effective.
The following list of software should be installed: