Not really fond of computer types? No problem it’s no big deal or anything to be ashamed of because in this article I will go over one and maybe the most popular of them all.
That specific type being a Laptop Computer. I’m sure you have heard the word before and may have even been on the verge of buying one. But you just need a little more information to get you over the hump. I will provide that to you today.
What Is A Laptop Computer
A laptop is a mobile computer that is usually used by people on the go or wish to have access to a computer at any giving moment. Those people you see in places like Starbucks and Mcdonalds are usually on Laptops.
Those what you see in most libraries and elementary schools are Desktops. Laptops aren’t just for the use of your lap. The name may have you thinking otherwise but I’m telling you it’s not strictly for the lap. You can place it on anything flat and it will work just fine.
Why You May Want A Laptop Computer
Laptops are easy to maneuver with. They fold and close up and usually come with a carrying case when purchased. The can slide into suitcases as well. I have done that on a few occasions.
They are fairly smaller and more mobile than desktops and PC’s which are the tall stands you’ll usually see behind or beside a monitor.
They can be customized. Like there are all kinds of skins and covers you can buy for your laptop. Making them a bit more appealing to you. This has nothing to do with the functioning of the device. It is more of a visual thing.
History Behind Laptop Computers
The first portable computer appeared in 1975 and was based on the SCAMP prototype. The 8-bit CPU machines became widely accepted and that increased the production of portable computers substantially.
Many different organizations would soon go on and create many different versions of portable computers. Such as the following.
- Epson HX-20 – 1980
- Osborne 1 – 1981
- Tandy/Radioshack and HP all created portable computers
- Dulmont Magnum – 1981-1982
- Grid Compass 1101 – 1982
- Sharp PC-5000, Ampere, and Gavilan SC – 1983
The list goes on and on and is still adding more even today.
Types Of Laptops
Netbook – Netbooks hit the scene around 2008. They are small inexpensive and very useful.
2-In-1 – Have touchscreen and keyboard accessibility. Making them the hybrids of the laptop family. They can be flipped and rotated different ways as well. They are very thin and light weight.
Desktop Replacement – This laptop is not intended for mobile use. Hence the name “Desktop Replacement”. The bulkier build makes its harder to move around than traditional laptops. They are bigger than regular laptops and are usually left in one spot for use.
Rugged Laptop – Are built to last and made to operate in the worst of conditions.
- Extreme Temperatures
- Wet Environments
- Dusty Environments
- Strong Vibrations
Just to name a few. They are usually made from scratch. Unlike most laptops that are produced from a consumer model. They are bulkier heavier a lot more expensive than regular laptops.
This is why you don’t really see them used as much as the other. It is made to withstand a lot. You can tell by how it’s made up.
It has a rubber sheeting under the keyboard keys, sealed port and connector covers, passive cooling, very bright displays easy to read in daylight, cases, and frames made of magnesium.
This is a lot stronger than plastics you find in non-rugged laptops. They are shock mounted to withstand extreme vibrations.
They are usually used by police, fire and medical facilities along with the military as well.
Business Laptop – Are the most common laptops of them all. These are usually seen used by people on the go and work on their computers. They often come equipped with high-resolution sound removed. To provide a pure productivity workstation for the user.
There is a laptop for everyone in every profession out there. So if you feel the need for one you are limited on your options.
You know have the basics and you should have a better understanding of Laptop computers after reading this. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to leave a comment. I will get back with you as soon as possible.