Today’s notebook computers aren’t what they used to be. What catapulted them into mainstream markets has since been refined and improved upon until they offer significant advantages over their big brother, the desktop computer. Durable high-performances can now be found in the small, portable and modestly priced package of the latest notebook.
Notebooks were born out of necessity when the computing needs of the personal user did not require the same high processing power that was needed in the office place. And so, stripped of its ability to create complex spreadsheets and to design the next generation of word changing widgets, almost overnight the twelve pound, briefcase-sized laptop was transformed into a lightweight machine, compact enough to fit into virtually any backpack and affordable enough to fit into even a starving student’s budget.
The compromise was in the hardware. The recreational user sacrificed built in mass storage, CD/DVD drives and banks of RAM in exchange for portability. They only needed access to the internet, a means to check their email, to be able to interact via social media and an entertainment platform that could be taken with them no matter where they were going. What they didn’t need was a high-speed number crunching machine or enough data storage to archive tens of thousands of high-resolution digital photos.
Since the time that the first notebook computers were introduced, however, there have been significant advancements in high capacity data storage, processor efficiency, battery technology, and computer memory which has aided in restoring much of what was removed in the evolution from laptop to notebook. It did this without sacrificing any of its small and lightweight statues. And as new technologies continue to flourish, functionality never imagined before has been brought to notebooks, making them far more than the stripped-down laptops of their early origins.
Over the years, the line between laptops and notebooks has become more and more obscured, so much so in fact that the two terms are often used interchangeably. But big changes coming to notebooks will soon define these lines, leaving no doubt as to the difference between the two devices and which is best suited for a particular set of computing needs. Innovative companies have developed new ways to replace the mass storage and high performance that they were once stripped of. You can now find state-of-the-art with 4th Generation Intel Core™i3, i5, or i7 processors in something like the Toshiba notebook computer. They come with a wide range of immediate memory and RAM capabilities, with up to 32 GB of DDR3L 1500 Memory and 500 GB HDD. Combined with Intel’sHyper-Threading Technology and Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, notebooks are just as powerful – if not more – than their laptop counterparts.
The hard drive capacities of a size which in the past were suitable only for use with desktop and laptop computers are now more affordable than ever. But what could be the biggest game changer in preventing the line between laptops and notebooks from being erased is how individuals will use them in the future. There are several concept notebook computers that offer some very unique features that are adaptable only to the small footprint of a notebook. Unable to take advantage of these new and unique features, this could be what drives the laptop into obscurity for the personal user.
After a somewhat rocky start, notebook technology has evolved into a game-changing piece of equipment for any business professional. When performance, memory, and speed are no longer sacrificed for the portability and size of the notebook, professionals in all industries stand to benefit.