Technology Nov 2009
Nifty netbooks take lead
Personalising the portable
‘Netbooks went mainstream last year and made up around 17 percent of worldwide laptop sales to October 2009 with no sign of things slowing down anytime soon.’
IThe laptop is entering a new era beyond function and features, where form, fashion and efficiency make portable computing more personal.
Internally the focus is on chipsets that improve battery life, with power saving features, the integration of functions and multi-core capability that liberates different processes to run separately.
Hewlett-Packard dominates the local market with Toshiba, Acer, Apple and Dell following behind. While the notebook segment took a dip into the red recently, it’s expected to grow by about 15 percent over the next year, largely through innovation and the current fascination for the netbook.
Power and memory savings
Hard disk space is becoming less of an issue as most machines come
standard with between 250- 500Gb, although affordable external drives
with up to a terabyte of storage will solve outstanding capacity issues.
Base memory remains at 2Gb RAM unless you plan to get intense about
graphics or sound and video editing, in which case you could double
Entry level machines with everything needed for school or basic home
use can still be had for under $1000 but more serious configurations
with fashion and function in mind can take the price up to $4000. The
14inch standard seems to have been displaced by 13.3" ultra thin or
15.6" for under $2000.
Toshiba takes full advantage of the Windows 7 touch-screen capabilities with additional Its LifeSpace applications give fast access to daily activities and projects while visual history tools help find files based on when they were last opened
Netbook still shining
Netbooks went mainstream last year and made up around 17 percent of worldwide laptop sales to October 2009 with no sign of things slowing down anytime soon.
Typically netbooks have 8"-12" screens no CD/DVD writer, lots of disk space, trimmed down operating systems, and are geared for broadband, wifi and cellular connectivity. Prices average $600-$900, although the lighter portables with full operating system and features range up to $2000.
Meanwhile new quadcore chips for laptops are appearing at the high end, and chipmaker Intel is pushing the boundaries again with a new generation of smaller, faster chipsets for laptops, netbooks and even smartphones and mobile devices, which it’ll launch next year.
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