Laptops are becoming more and more essential for today’s use. They can already be found pretty much everywhere; in offices, schools, and at home even more. All organizations and everyone using a desktop are slowly replacing those machines with laptops. Laptops are becoming more convenient and efficient to use than desktops. Regular desktops are large and heavy and have too many pieces to them, whereas laptops are a one-part machine, small and light for easy mobility.
The first laptop that became available on the market was the IBM 5100 series in September 1975. The IBM 5100 was first listed at between $8,975 – $19,975. The first desktop, also put out by IBM, became available several years later in 1981. The 5100 series was discontinued only three short years later in 1978.
Laptops have been improved and have evolved immensely since the 1970s model. Since they are becoming smaller and more lightweight, they are becoming easier to transport to and from work or school, or on an airplane, public transportation, or down the street to a local Wi-Fi hotspot. More laptops than desktops were sold for the first time ever in the second half of 2008.
Today, pretty much every family needs or has their own laptop. Adults are usually provided with a company laptop from office managers. Laptops help employees work from home and travel much easier and more efficiently. Students need their own laptops for schools since research, reports, and projects all require a computer’s function. College students really can’t attend college without a laptop.
Students need to be able to transport it to and from campus or class, and need it for a number of functions such as performing research, logging onto education portals, using presentation or word processing programs, and updating Facebook, of course. Adults and office managers need laptops for the flexibility of travel and working from home. And for updating Facebook, of course.
Laptops today are available for MAC or PC. PC laptops are generally cheaper, but security systems and firewalls are needed to protect the internal system and files. PC Notebooks are also known for their user-friendly programs and applications are more widely used.
However, with Apple’s explosion of iPods, iPhones, and even the iPod, the MacBook is gaining some ground. Although a little more expensive, MacBooks are seen more than were just ten years ago. MACs are generally used in the graphic arts, audio/visual engineering, and printing and publishing industries since they are known for their graphics abilities and quality.
The future of laptops has already begun to poke the surface with tablet PCs. Apple strikes again with releasing the iPad. The iPad has all the functions of a laptop but on a small tablet using a stylus. However, iPads don’t have the multitasking functions as a laptop does, but give it some time.
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