Technology Nov 2007
Notebooks get personal
All-in-one media managers
Notebook computers have undergone a major evolution from chunky grey or beige, utility desktop replacements to sleeker, slimmer, curvier and more colourful fashion items.
The notebook is
becoming an extension of your personality with high definition screens,
more storage space for multimedia files, improved sound and the ability
to intuitively interface with a range of peripheral devices from MP3
players to still and video cameras.
However the futureproofing factor has settled around the $1500 - $2000 mark for a relatively high performing widescreen machine with Core 2 Duo 1.8GHZ-2GHz performance, 1-2Gb RAM and 120-200Gb hard drive. All notebooks should now include wireless connectivity and you might even get a bag, a web camera or extra RAM thrown in if you ask nicely.
Notebook sales continue to swamp PC sales.
Hewlett Packard dominates with 37.7 percent of the market including its
entry level Compaq machines. In the second quarter usual second place
runner Toshiba (14.2 percent) was edged out by Acer (17.8 %) but quickly
regained its composure, followed by Asus (7.4%), Apple (5.4%) and Lenovo
(4%). Sony was also there but its premium pricing kept it as a niche
player, says IDC.
HP kept to its classy silver and black and shapely design, concentrating more on new configurations. The thinner, lighter Presario 1200 for example, features a 12 inch screen, Core 2 Duo chipset, 160Gb hard disk, 2GB RAM and weighs in at less than 2kg ($2199).
At the high end HP was harking back to the luggables of old with it’s fiery ‘Dragon’ which crossed over the PC boundaries with a 20 inch adjustable LCD screen, two 250Gb hard drives, 1Gb graphics memory, ATI Mobility Radeon card and 1Gb graphics memory and remote control for $4999. The 7kg machine features an HD-DVD drive, Vista Ultimate and is mainly aimed at gamers and for managing home entertainment.
Sony has chosen a colourful approach to its home and education focussed
machines. The 1.6GHz notebooks with 1Gb memory, 120Gb drive and 14.1
inch screens come in pink, red, blue, white, gold and black with
matching case and mouse at $2000.
models range from $1500 to $4400 with appropriate increases in power,
disk space and memory.
In 2008 notebook
hard disk sizes are likely to increase to 200Gb and beyond, standard DVD
players will be Blu-ray or HD-DVD or hybrid, and display resolution will
become slightly wider and more suited to high definition content. For
and 18.4 inch screens with 16:9 aspect ratio, for true high definition
viewing at 1680 x 945 and 1920 x 1080 resolution.
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