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3.0 out of 5 stars Buying, using and maintaining a laptop, 6 Oct 2008
This review is from: Laptop Manual: Buying, Using and Maintaining a Laptop (Haynes) (Hardcover)
Those of us with both a passing interest in car mechanics and a need to save money will have bought a Haynes Manual some time in our lives. For virtually any model of car on the road, Haynes produced a guide containing meticulous details, diagrams and photographs of how to repair and maintain the vehicle.
So how does the traditional Haynes concept translate to the area of computer technology? The series of Haynes computer books are the same size as the motor books and with the familiar red and yellow logo on the cover. Inside the substance is of necessity somewhat different. There are plenty of pictures but these are mainly screen shots rather than the exploded view diagrams of the books on motors.
The guide to laptops starts by taking the nave user through the process of choosing and buying a laptop. Having bought a laptop, the user can study a careful `naming the parts' section. Fortunately most laptops have similar layouts so that while the book describes and pictures in close-up an Acer Aspire, the details are probably true of most other laptops. Certainly your reviewer's own Compaq Presario differs from the Acer only in minor points. For Apple users there is comparable section on MacBooks.
The bulk of the book is step-by-step guidance on how to perform a range of activities on the laptop from connecting to a projector to ripping CDs. There are good sections on adding extras to a laptop and on connectivity. There is a lot of very valuable and sensible advice about wireless security.
Towards the end of the book are sections on maintenance, troubleshooting and improving performance and here we are in familiar Haynes territory. But non-techies need not avert their gaze. It is all written in straightforward language and well illustrated.
The only complaint your reviewer has about this book is its endorsement of Windows Vista. Experienced users know that Vista is for idiots, yet is memory hungry and loaded with bling. Forced on us regardless of our wishes (just like the European Union), we are stuck with it - so it probably makes sense to know about it, regardless of our prejudices.
This is a well-written book, useful both to beginners and experienced users.
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Initial post: 20 May 2011 13:34:07 BDT
jockroach says:
great review thanks. I'd just like to make one comment, I don't think idiots (like me) would be able to get to grips with Vista. After nearly 3 years of struggling with Vista I upgraded to 7 and to be honest it's not that vast an improvement (imo), perhaps I'd just got used to Vista.
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