Mobile computers have evolved so much since they were introduced in the 70s. Laptops became more and more powerful and are increasingly popular today since they provide almost all desktop computer features and functions without the wires and a considerable cut in space. As laptops become more and more a necessity, many brands and models have proliferated in the market that will surely fit your needs and lifestyle. With the rapid advances in computer technology, consumers now have more choices on what laptops to buy.
- Standard laptops are personal computers that are designed to be carried conveniently and be used in one's lap. They are generally more expensive than desktop computers because laptop computers are more difficult to manufacture and use different approaches for their parts. Since laptop computer parts are usually modified to make laptops as portable as possible, laptops have input and output ports that allow standard mouse, keyboard, external monitors, and other peripherals to be used. Modern advances in laptop manufacturing made laptops stand nearly as good as their desktop counterparts. With this, gaming laptops have entered the mobile scene. The most popular laptop brands are Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, Acer, Toshiba, and, Lenovo. These top brands make up almost two-thirds market share of laptop sales.
- Subnotebooks, also called ultraportables, are smaller and lighter versions of standard laptops. They mostly have features of a standard laptop but often do not include the usual ports and optical disc drives. Subnotebooks are more expensive than standard laptops since sizes of their cases and parts are decreased without sacrificing some of the features and functionalities. Popular brands of subnotebooks are Sony, Toshiba, and Fujitsu.
- Netbooks, also known as mini notebooks, are cheaper and smaller versions of subnotebooks that are made mainly for web browsing and e-mailing. The word netbook is a blend word of the words Internet and Notebook. Intel describes netbooks as notebooks that are using their Atom microprocessor and are valued at $500 or less. Before the age of netbooks, laptops and even subnotebooks breached the $1,000-level prices. Because of its price, netbooks were well-received by global consumers and made up 20% of the first quarter world laptop sales for 2009 with Acer's Aspire One having the biggest share followed by Asus' EEE PC, HP's Mini-Note, and Dell's Mini Inspiron.
Each category of laptops has its pros and cons. Performance, portability, and price differ in each category and you may have to sacrifice one thing for the other.
A wide array of laptops are now available in the online and offline market since demands for laptops have increased in the past couple of years. Laptops come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. The Internet is a great source of information, guides, reviews, and recommendations on what laptop suits your personality and lifestyle. You can also visit your trusted computer store and ask for the latest brands and models. Consumers like you can make use of the growing competition among manufacturers to choose what laptop would fit your personality, lifestyle, and budget.