Last modified 10/09/2023
The complete laptop computer history :
Notebooks, also known as laptops, are the compact version of desktop computers, these count with an advantage which makes them really appealing for users and it is that their components are integrated in a way in which its size is very reduces and that can be easily transported, besides from that, they usually weight around 1 KG up to 6 KG, which is due to the fact that the materials used to fabricate them are special so they are really light.
The notebooks weak point is that they always require an energy device, whether if it is a connector with an energy supply or some battery which keeps it continuously supplied with energy. The bas thing of these batteries is that they usually last for short periods of time, and are always needing to be recharged with the connector of an energy source.
Notebooks can perform the exact same job that desktop computers, the great difference resides in the internal components of the portable computer: the hard drive, the RAM memory, the motherboard, the video card and the reader, are fabricated in a miniature form, so they can fit in the notebook’s thin shell.
Referring to the subject, the first laptop to ever be commercialized was in 1981 with the Osborne, it was very heavy and it counted with a little CRT screen. This type of device changed in a revolutionary way businesses and industrial stratum. After 1983, another laptop version was made, more advanced than the first one; it was produced by Compaq, it was their first product and was very successful among business companies, because it used the IBM designs.
The first personal computer able to be known as a notebook, was the Grid Compass 1101, which reached the markets in 1982 by Bill Moggridge. It has an LCD monitor which could be shut down towards the keyboard and it came inside a magnesium cabinet which could be plugged into an energy source or with batteries.
After that, Zenith Dara System’s (ZDS) superspot series arrived; this series competed with huge companies such as IBM, Toshiba and Compaq, and it even became to be the North American Air Forces official seller, who bought more than 200 000 units for their bases. The entrance of these devices into the work market made notebooks more popular to the common user.
In the last generations, notebooks have improved their design and performance, making themselves more and more fast and light, but after all, the equipments fragility is still one of its weak points, and been an equipment which is constantly been moved, it can turned out to be damaged. But that is not all, because if we need to change a damaged piece, it is usually even more expensive than the notebook; let’s just hope that little by little, the companies in charge of making notebooks find a satisfactory solution that benefits the consumer.