First laptops did not look like the book sizedfoldinglaptops that are available today. The Osborne 1camewith a five-inch screen, modem port, two 5 1/4floppydrives, a large collection of bundled softwareprograms, and a battery pack.
Laptop computers were becoming popularamong business people by the end of 1980’s.The NEC_UltraLite, released in mid-1989, wasperhaps the first notebook computer, weighingjust over 2 kg. It contained a two megabyteRAM drive which reduced its utility as well asits size.Compaq LTE series were the first notebookcomputers to include hard drives
Today you get a laptop called Notebookwhich is considered to be an industrystandard for laptops.
The first Apple Computer machine was designed in1989 Macintosh Portable. The Apple PowerBookseries were introduced in 1991. This pioneeredchanges such as the placement of the keyboard,room for palm rest, and the inclusion of a trackball.IBM released Thinkpad 700C the following year. TheThinkpad was of similar design.
Types of Laptops 1. Desktop Docking Station 2. Laptop 3. Notebook 4. Sub Notebook 5.Tablet PC 6. Digitizers
1. Desktop Docking Station This includes large and high quality LCD display, 64MBof RAM, a hard drive that can hold 20GB or more, a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive along with a floppy drive, built-in audio capabilities, and ports which provide lot ofconnectivity options. The users who are constantlytraveling prefer this type of laptop. For this type ofsystem a docking station is used to provide networkconnectivity when not on the road.
2. LaptopThe Laptop is the largest among the four types. The size of the Laptop isapproximately 9x12x2 and weighs 9 pounds or more. High performanceLaptops are introduced in the market. It has large active-matrix displays,64MB-256MB of RAM and hard drives up to 20GB. Almost all the systemscarry CD-ROM or DVD drives. Some systems have combination of DVD-CD/ RW drives and wireless Wi-Fi network capabilities. By using Dockingstation you can replace Laptop as a desktop. Rather than a separateLaptop or a desktop this will be better for a frequent traveler. You have topay extra for all these features.
3. NotebookA Notebook is designed to be a little smaller than a laptop. Notebooksare cheaper and lighter than a laptop. Though the display is as largeas a higher-end machine, the case is thinner, about 1 to 2 inches, andweighs 5 to 7 pounds. The weight and size of the notebook is reducedby avoiding a floppy drive or the CD-ROM/ DVD-ROM.
5.Tablet PCTablet PC is a slate-shaped notebook computer equipped with a touch-sensitive screen designed to interact with a stylus or a digital pen. Thepen can be used to open, close or drag files using a mouse or writenotes or type e-mail using a keyboard. The first commercial Tablet-typecomputer was designed by the GRiD Systems in the 1989. It was knownas the GRiDPad and used MS-DOS as its operating system. Later in1993, IBM released the 750P and 360P series of tablet computers intothe consumer market. With the advent of Microsoft Windows XP TabletPC Edition in 2002, the Tablet PC market was standardized withMicrosoft operating systems.
Wi-FiWi-Fi is known as Wireless Fidelity, is awireless technology brand owned by theWi-Fi Alliance. Wi-Fi intends to improvethe interoperability of wireless local areanetwork products based on the IEEE 802.11standards