The personal computer had always been a feature of every household in the 80’s and the 90’s. The bulky body with external fitments had always made the PC as a space occupying gadget. The PC would come with a CPU, a monitor, a keyboard, a mouse, and an external battery backup. The entire contraption was extremely difficult to move and would make working on the move very difficult. The turn of the millennium saw the birth of the laptop.
According to Wikipedia a laptop is defined as a “portable personal computer with a clamshell form factor, suitable for mobile use”. The definition is self-explanatory. The laptop has the same components as the personal computer, but is more compact easy to use and can be carried at will….so your work can travel with you anywhere you want.
The laptop was designed specifically for various military operations in the field and by research scientists who couldn’t carry all the data in their notebooks. That is why the earliest name of the laptops was also notebooks…as light and compact as the notebook. However in the nascent years it was expensive and had to be charged in short intervals due to short battery life but technological advancements have drastically improved the lives of the laptops. As the name suggests, in the comfort of your living room you can easily place it on your lap and use it to your requirements.
The mobility, competitive pricing and greater power have escalated the sales of the laptops thereby pushing aside the personal computer. The other reasons being:
- Built in keyboard.
- Bigger and clearer LCD screens which are touch sensitive.
- The resale value of the laptops are better compared to the laptops.
- Multi-tasking at a better level as you can open multiple windows in one go.
- The carbon foot print left by the laptop is much lower compared to the personal computer.
All of these make the laptop much more attractive than the personal computer. The PC can very well be treated as the grand dad of the laptop. It celebrates the advancements of technology in our day to day lives.