An electronic notebook's most compelling features are its mobility, size and durability. Specific features and specifications vary depending on the brand and model of the computer. Standard features found on most notebook products include wireless networking, a range of processors from which to choose, varying amounts of random access memory, and several operating system choices. Storage capacity and graphics capabilities also differ among models.
A notebook forgoes some functionality to remain small, portable and lightweight. Usually weighing less than five pounds, notebooks are both battery and AC-powered. Due to the notebooks smaller size, the cooling system may not be as effective as it is in a laptop, because of its lower processing power, and the battery needs to charge every few hours. Most features on a notebook are standard across various brands and models; what is important is knowing which features meet the needs of the user.
Most processors are sufficient for simple tasks such as checking emails and browsing. However, video or graphic design, major gaming and data processing may require more speed than a traditional notebook provides. The amount of memory, or RAM, is another important feature to consider. More RAM equals more speed to open more programs, allowing the user to multitask more efficiently.
Some other features that are not standard, but are available on most models, include trackpads and backlighting. Trackpads do the job of a desktop mouse with the touch of a finger, and backlighting offers a better picture while consuming less power. Backlit keypads are another optional feature available from some manufacturers.