Stereo, video - notebooks are bulging
Multimedia portables are where the action is. Cliff Joseph reports
Monday 23 September 1996
But these computers are now gaining features such as microphones and built-in CD-Rom drives. Notebook display technology is also improving, andsome high-resolution screensare capable of displaying high-quality video and animation.
A top-of-the-range model such as Toshiba's Tecra 720 currently costs about pounds 5,500, though prices are starting to come down. It includes a 133mhz Pentium processor, 16mb Ram, 2gb hard disk and a 12in TFT (thin film transistor) screen with a resolution of 1024 by 768.
Opt for a slightly slower processor, or a standard 800 by 600 resolution screen, and you can get a pretty good, brand-name system for about pounds 3,500. If you buy from a low-cost "clone" manufacturer, you should get the price down to pounds 2,500-pounds 3,000.
At first, the market consisted of business users who wanted to give impressive presentations but, because these notebooks now offer the power and features of a full-sized desktop PC, they are also sold as desktop system alternatives.
In many organisations, the sales and marketing staff have two computers - a desktop PC for the office and a notebook for travelling. Buying these all-in-one multimedia notebookssaves firms money as it provides a single computer which can be used for both. They also make it possible to adopt new working practices, such as "hot-desking", where employees move freely around their offices and set up their notebooks on any available desk.
Every new feature that you add to a notebook computer makes it heavier and less portable. There are two solutions to this problem, and accordingly two different types of notebook. Notebooks such as the Tecra adopt a modular design and are built with "swappable" holding bays that accept a number of components. If you don't need the floppy disk drive you can take it out and replace with a CD-Rom drive, or a second battery so the notebook lasts longer.
The alternative is a lightweight basic unit that can have extra components added. Compaq's Armada notebooks are a good example of this. The main notebook unit is very slim and light, with only a hard disk and floppy disk drive built inand can be clipped on to a flat "tray" unit that includes a CD-Rom drive, speakers and an extra battery slot.
This approach can be useful for people who want to use the notebook as a replacement for a desktop PC.
Life & Style blogs
International Kissing Day: Why it feels good
World learns of app that shows you who unfriended you on Facebook, app promptly crashes
People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts
- 1 Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
- 2 Nick Kyrgios calls former Olympian Dawn Fraser a 'blatant racist' after she tells Wimbledon star to 'go back where their parents came from'
- 3 World learns of app that shows you who unfriended you on Facebook, app promptly crashes
- 4 Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
- 5 The Greece debt crisis explained in less than 100 words
£23000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Business Analyst is required ...
£16000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: To succeed, you will need to ha...
£8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join an award winni...
£7 - £9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: Are you outgoing? Do you want to work in...