While there are undoubtedly plenty of small similarities between portable computers and desktop computers, they are fundamentally quite different when it comes to powering them. The most obvious aspects of these differences include the portability that laptops have in comparison. The great thing is that while they are smaller thus more portable, they are capable of doing an equal amount of tasks comparable to desktops. Many of the cheap $200 laptops for instance will have newer and highly powerful processors like the various dual core models which have been around for several years now. They are also much improved for saving power. So the technology is where they really begin to show the differences between them once you get past their smaller screens and keyboard sizes.
You know that laptops are the perfect solution to going portable, we all know that right? They are lightweight and are simple enough to pack away and carry with you. But their internal method of being powered externally or by batteries (when you want to) allows them to be more efficient in the power that they use (and conserve). This is not something that is part of desktop computers. Laptops have specially designed versions of processors for one thing. These processors are specifically designed to keep the laptop in a variety of power conservation modes when it is not being used. These features are located within the operating system and easy to configure.
The good thing is that the operating system will usually have the most effective power settings already set for your laptop when it is new, or after you do a fresh installation of the operating system. These are essentially the most adequate recommended factory settings and they are designed to help your laptop conserve as much power as it can, especially when it is running on battery power.
- Dell Recommended Power Settings
- Additional Options to Change the Settings
If you need to adjust your settings, or you just want to see what they are currently set at, you can find them through your Control Panel. In Windows operating systems you can get there simply through your Start Menu, Control Panel and take a look at the Power Options in your laptop. If you do decide to change something from the original factory settings, you can always revert back. Do this simply by choosing the recommended settings shown in the graphic here which shows that it is as easy as switching radio buttons between the options.