of mobile computing for SOHO users (part 1)
Although the first
real digital computers weighted several tons and accounted for nearly the whole
room, right from the beginning, scientists dreamed of making a portable laptop
which was possible. Nevertheless, any succeed form would have to wait until
1970 decade, when the zooming-out techniques were good enough to allow the
suitable components to be stuffed into a mobile cabinet.
Laptop which was the
first to stand strong on its own feet in commercial field was IBM 5100, first
displayed in 1975. Its size was as big as a suitcase and its real “pullable
system” weighted more than 50 pounds including a 5-inch screen, an integrated
keyboard and 64KB RAM.
Quickly followed by
laptops from Osborne (Osborne 1 was based on CP/M) and Compaq (Compaq Portable
has an ability to be compatible with IBM in 1982), the race was continued to
create a real laptop or a portable computer. The race was believed to honor its
winner - GRiD Systems in 1982, with the illustration of GRiD Compass, which was
the first commercially successful laptop using clamshell case as we are now
familiar with. The computer had monopoly operating system, CPU 8MHz, 256KB RAM,
6-inch screen, and the optional 5.25-inch dual floppy drive. Its retail price
was $8,000 USD, which made it be out of reach for consumers in spite of its
popularity to NASA and other governmental offices.
A wild range of laptops
After 30 years, your
choices of mobile computing equipments become much more various. With a little
amount of money, you can purchase such a powerful and well-designed laptops
which you have never ever dreamt of having from the early times. Although you
are running a small enterprise, or you are working for a big corporation, or
you are still a student, you can possibly find a perfect laptop system and we
can help you.
The first thing
needed to consider is exerting a bit structure upon your huge matrix choices by
confirming some terminologies and explaining the differences between many kinds
of laptops. (By the way, please pay attention to the fact that although we used
to differentiate terms based on computer sizes, the portable computers in this
time are so small and light that a majority of us are confused when we call
“laptop” or “netbook”.
Because a majority of
laptops and look-alike-laptop computers look similar, it is better to establish
the classification of laptops based on functions in stead of appearance, one
best way of approaching to check out laptop families.
Laptops will replace desktop computers
They are powerful
engines of the portable world providing energy and functions as great as a
large number of desktop systems (And they are stronger than the power and
functions that the desktop systems which were used several years ago provided).
Such kinds of machines have residual capability to host heavy applications, as
well as the suite of professional video editing like Avid Studio ($169,99 USD).
Naturally, we have no problem in catching up with business-related activities
requiring the ability to process such as video transmission, printing office,
manipulating graphics, and office application suite. Most computers with this
size have a DVD burner / CD-ROM as a standard equipment, with disk drivers and
Bluray recorder as popular options. (In general, such kinds of systems can
become competitive game playing computers; although some gaming performance can
depend on the types of graphics cards going along with the machine as well as
processor power and storage). A good example of a laptop replacing desktop is
Lifebook E751 made from Fujitsu. It can be configured with mobile processors
named Intel Core i7 running at 2.7GHz, up to 8GB RAM, and hardware of
500GB 7.200rpm, E751 weighted around 5,5 pound. 6-cell battery is consider to
be good which can last up to 7 hours or more (with stronger battery options are
available, and sensors embedded biometric fingerprint options are also
available. The system has 15.6-inch HD LCD available with dimming capabilityi.
The starting price is $949 USD depending on configuration.
E751 provides quite a
lot of power replacing desktop in an easy portable system, but there are also
other systems powerful enough to replace desktop system. For example, Lenovo
provided ThinhPad T520 (starting at $1.275 USD, a durable and sturdy system
which can be configured with mobile processors Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, storage
of 500GB, 15.6-inch screen.