|"I just bought a laptop without checking modem stats but found out its only a 56k"|
Which type of internet service do you have...dial-up, DSL, cable, etc? If you have dial-up, you'll have to use the 56K modem to connect to the internet & everything you do online (uploads, downloads, online gaming, etc) will be limited to 56K. And as Stuart & anmor stated, the actual speed will be lower than 56K. If you have DSL or cable, the 56K modem isn't used at all...the internet connection will either be thru an ethernet cable attached to an external modem or wireless.