Can "parameters" be used?

oprah

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Can "parameters" be used in place of "item" in the following passage or is there a better word choice?

The demand for smaller, sleeker portable communications devices is pushing the wireless industry to reduce rechargeable battery size. Essential items that a designer have to consider included voltage, energy density, temperature performance, and cycle life.
 
  • englishman

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    oprah said:
    Can "parameters" be used in place of "item" in the following passage or is there a better word choice?

    The demand for smaller, sleeker portable communications devices is pushing the wireless industry to reduce rechargeable battery size. Essential items that a designer have to consider included voltage, energy density, temperature performance, and cycle life.

    I would say that "parameters" would actually be a much better word to use here. "items" refers to physical objects, whereas "parameters" implies less tangible qualities. And it would generally be used in a technical context, such as this.
     

    french4beth

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    US-English
    oprah said:
    Can "parameters" be used in place of "item" in the following passage or is there a better word choice?

    The demand for smaller, sleeker portable communications devices is pushing the wireless industry to reduce rechargeable battery size. Essential items that a designer has to consider included voltage, energy density, temperature performance, and cycle life.
    Hi oprah,

    I think that you could use 'parameter' :thumbsup: - here are some definitions from thefreedictionary.com:
    2.a. one of a set of measurable factors...
    2.b. factor that restricts what is possible or what results...
    2.c. factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary
     

    cuchuflete

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    Hi Oprah,

    Essential items/parameters/factors/attributes/elements that a designer have has to consider included voltage, energy density, temperature performance, and cycle life.


    fyi


    PS- why "included" rather than "include"?
     

    oprah

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    English/US
    Thank you both for your quick replies. I think I will go ahead and change it to parameters.
     
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