Laptop Computer

With the ubiquity of laptop computers today in every school, office, and coffee shop, it is hard to imagine that laptops were once considered a niche market and thought to only be useful in specialized applications such as for use in military field operations or by the IRS or traveling salespeople. Though that might have been true in 1986, when portable, battery powered computers held just 2% of the market share, by 2009 industry experts are suggesting that laptop computers will outsell desktops as the personal computing device of choice.

Laptop computers are sometimes called notebooks because of their resemblance and the fact that they open from side to side like a standard school-issue notebook. Though the terms laptop computer and notebook computer are practically interchangeable now that technology has allowed the standard sized laptop computer to decrease in size and weight, notebook was originally a term used to designate smaller laptop computers with less memory and screen resolution. They offered a more easily portable alternative to laptop computers known as “desktop replacements.” Desktop replacement laptop computers were designed to perform just as the name suggested – functioning at a similar level to desktop computers, and featuring increased drive space and memory, more peripherals, and larger screen size. Until very recently, most desktop replacement laptops computers sacrificed portability in favor of high performance. Recently, laptop computers such as the much heralded, ultrathin Macbook Air laptop computer have rendered the difference between the terms desktop replacement and notebook basically moot.

Just as when purchasing any consumer electronic device, when buying a laptop computer, it is primarily important to decide exactly what you want to do with your new machine. This is especially true of personal computers of any type because their nearly limitless amount of interchangeable features can end up adding quite a bit in price. If all you plan to do on your new laptop computer is surf the internet and perhaps create some documents and spreadsheets, there is no reason to pay an exorbitant amount for a top of the line laptop computer with commercial-grade video and sound. On the other hand, if you truly want to replace your desktop personal computer with a laptop computer, then you may want to investigate those high end options. No matter what you choose, it is always important to remember that a laptop computer is an investment that you will hopefully get use from for many years to come, and you should plan accordingly when planning your purchase.

Even though laptop computers are quickly eclipsing desktop computers, some users chaff against buying them due to their small size. Users who do a lot of typing complain about laptop computers’ small keyboards, and other users simply think the laptops display is too small or its speakers are too low volume and tinny. For those who want the comfort of their own peripherals – keyboard, monitor, speakers, etc. – combined with the ease and portability of a laptop computer, then the docking station is a sound investment. A bulky piece of equipment not designed for portability, the docking station stays at your home or office. Peripherals are attached to the docking station just as they would be hooked up to a standard desktop PC. Then, the laptop can be “docked in” to the docking station at anytime, allowing users to enjoy the functionality of their laptop computer alongside their standard monitor, keyboard and other personal computing peripherals.

With the advent of ultra-light laptop computers and the computing solutions proposed by docking stations, it is no wonder that laptop computers are rapidly dominating the market share when it comes to personal computing.

This Laptop Computer Review is Written/Updated on Mar 22nd, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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