The Future of Convertible Notebooks

When Adam Osborne made the first laptop in 1981, little did he know that his invention would be made convertible to a tablet! Convertible laptops are light and handy. With most biggies trying to load their laptop-cum-tablet with all the possible features, we sneaked in to check out a few.

ThinkPad X230t

The 12.5 inch X230t laptop can be folded back 180° over the keyboard to make it a tablet. You can use the tablet in portrait as well as landscape display modes. Though, not the best when it comes to gaming, it does support moderate gaming with Intel 4000 graphics and a 1366×768 pixel reversible IPS display. With an external battery, this machine can run for 18 hours! For smooth touchscreen experience, the X230t comes with a digitizer pen that is housed in the chassis. The 720p HD webcam with a face tracking feature enables you to have your video conferences and video chats while traveling as well. The optional backlit allows you to work even in the dark. Equipped with 3rd Generation Intel Core processor, 500GB hard drive, Dolby advanced audio, and weighing below 4 pounds, the ThinkPad basic model is priced around $1100.

LifeBook T902 Tercel

When at the Hong Kong Computer & Communication festival, Fujitsu launched the Windows 8-ready 13.3″ T902 laptop hybrid, and on-lookers were surely surprised. With a secondary battery housing slot, the laptop transformer can run for 11 hours without having to charge. If you are looking for a hybrid that fulfills your business needs as well, then LifeBook will not disappoint you. The fingerprint sensor, optional TPM protection module, and anti-theft protection will keep your confidential data protected. Also, the laptop-cum-tablet has a dual digitizer input that works with the pen and finger! The T902 is loaded with a 3rd generation Intel Core processor, 320GB hard drive, Intel 4000 HD graphics, FHD webcam, and weighs just above 4 pounds. This one is a good buy for business travelers.

Satellite U925t

The slider laptop-cum-tablet launch from Toshiba is equipped with an LED backlit keyboard and a clickpad for laptop mode usage. You can click pictures or take videos with the 3MP rear camera, and indulge in video chatting with the front-end HD camera! The good news for travelers is that the hybrid weighs only 3.2 pounds, and is less than 0.8 inches thick, which will allow it to fit in your backpack. The 12.5 inch IPS screen has a protective glass that resists scratches when used in the tablet mode. Loaded with features like 128GB SSD, third generation Intel Core processor, and Bluetooth, this 26 October, 2012 launch looks like a tough competitor. With NFC capability, you can transfer data just by touching it to other similar devices!

MSI Slider S20

If you are looking for a hybrid laptop that enables you to enjoy gaming as well, then Windows 8 Slider S20 will interest you. Finally, after a long wait, MSI has launched a product in the laptop market! This laptop is called so because the screen slides to make way for the keyboard to be visible. Being a product from the gaming giant, you are in for powerful graphics with NVIDIA GeForce GT630M and the latest DirectX 11 support. The hybrid has an HDMI slot through which you can connect the laptop to your LCD television set. Equipped with USB 3.0, Bluetooth, battery backup of 8 hours, 4GB DDR3 of memory, up to 64GB SSD, screen resolution of 1366×768, and weighing only 2.86 pounds, with being less than one inch thick, this tablet-cum-laptop is the one to watch for this September.

Lenovo Yoga

Lenovo’s latest launch Yoga, is the world’s first 360° flipping laptop. Just as you flip while performing yoga, this hybrid does the same! With four modes of viewing, you can change the laptop appearance that suits your needs. While watching a movie, flip it to the stand mode where the 13.3″ screen is fully visible. Now for listening to your favorite music, switch to the tent mode where the laptop literally stands like a tent! And the other modes; notebook and tablet; can be switch to, when you are working or want to read something. Yoga is Windows 8-compatible, has a third generation Intel Core processor, battery life up to 8 hours, and weighs about 3.4 lbs. This is surely one of the awaited laptop hybrids this year.

Microsoft Surface
The world of tablets will have a new chapter written when the much-awaited Microsoft Surface launches! A sneak peek into the world of Surface shows the tablet has a –
✔ HD screen of 10.6″
✔ Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro
✔ 32GB HD (configurable to 64GB)
✔ Micro SD Card Slot
✔ And it is just 676g!
Coming Soon!

The launch of hybrid notebooks has marked the end of the ‘Desktop Computing Era’.

Most Suitable Notebooks for Women

Pink, is the color, and I’m colorblind to the rest. I talk from a female’s point of view, well aware of the fact that, for the most part, it may sound too baffling to men to see us women as slaves to colors. From furnishing our houses to selecting a car, from shopping a cocktail dress to buying a laptop, we’re less bothered about technicalities, and more bothered about the looks. And I doubt I’m different from your average Jane – don’t we all want to buy stuff that has killer looks, and is a head-turner? For me, nothing’s more uber-cool than to sit in a coffee-shop with my stylish colored notebook, while people around notice me and my notebook with the corner of their eyes. Well, there I get every bit of the attention! All you women out there who’re sick of the blacks and the whites and the grays and the coals, here’s reviewing some of the most suitable notebooks for females who believe style and taste is everything. Don’t you be anxious, the features aren’t compromised with, at all! My word.

Best Notebooks for Women: A Review

To some women, it might sound inane to associate a suitable notebook with colors. The idea is to just make you realize that a stylish, colored notebook will stand out from the mass of boring blacks and whites. Not to forget, you’ll come across as a lady with a sense of style, and a taste to flaunt, and simply someone who appreciates colors and vibrancy. The following notebooks are certainly the best picks for women who love working with style. Take a look.

Sony VAIO P Series
There’s something different about Sony VAIO notebooks – you never go unnoticed. A rare fusion of colors, and heart-throbbing textures will never make your notebook overlooked. With Sony VAIO, customize your notebook with specifications you want. Create a piece that suits your needs with the help of options that range from processors to hard disk configuration, and colors to textures. Let your notebook speak who you are. Pick up any color, and you’re bound to make a style statement. The most successful notebooks are the VGN-T350 weighing just 3.1 pounds, along with X505 which is ultra-thin.

Acer Aspire Series
Talk notebooks, an Acer won’t let you down. And when it comes to fulfilling requirements of women, the 10 inch notebooks put forth by Acer within the Aspire series don’t let you down. Wonderful specs, attractive features, and killer looks. Woman, if you’re looking for a notebook which looks extremely beautiful, but doesn’t compromise on specifications at the same time, pick up any notebook belonging to the Acer Aspire series. Aspire Ethos is my personal choice, though. However, two of the most successful models; Acer Aspire One Acer Aspire One D150 and Acer Aspire Timeline X are a lucrative bet.

Dell Inspiron Series
You cannot have a better photo-viewing experience with Dell Inspiron. The 14R and15R laptops that are newly designed with high-definition display add life to lifeless objects. If you’re fond of vibrancy, here’s your chance to brighten your world with the premium brush finish that the notebooks boast upon. Available in multiple colors and patterns, it has an inbuilt camera too! With cell battery up to 10 hours, you can take this beauty along while on the go, and take advantage of a variety of options.

Apple MacBook Pro Series
One of the most sought-after notebooks, the Apple MacBook Pro series offers a range of mini-notebook computers that are beautiful to hold, and durable to maintain. Especially, the 13 inch Apple MacBook Pro – Core 2 Duo 2.5 GHz notebook, which is an engineering achievement. For women who love thin, polished, and refined gadgets, there cannot be a better choice. Yes, they could be a pretty penny for many, but the experience… the experience is beyond par. You spend just once, and you’re set to make the crowd go doddering the moment you switch the device on. With a pristine LED-backlit display, the Apple MacBook Pro series offers the best mini notebooks in the tech-market.

Toshiba NB500 Series
Now this series offers notebooks in 7 colors, and therefore, is an ideal companion for all women. The best thing about Toshiba notebooks is that they provide with awesome keyboard width, thereby, allowing impressive touch typing speed. Up to 8 hours of battery life and superb reliability, the NB500 model under this brand name takes away all merit points. Under the NB500 series, Mini Notebook NB505-N508OR and Mini Notebook NB505-N500BL are the most impressive notebooks for girls. Reason: light-weight, impressive battery life, and can be customized.

While we’re done discussing the famous five, below is a list of the most successful notebooks under these brand names that you can choose from. Apart from the ones mentioned above, this list gives you an opportunity to take account of some more options. Take a look:

Toshiba Mini Notebook NB505-N508GN
Acer Aspire One A110/A150
Acer Aspire5315-2713 Notebook
Apple MacBook Pro – Core 2 Duo 2.5 GHz notebook – 15 inch
Dell Inspiron 14R N4110
Mini Notebook NB505-N508BN

You could always leave your desktop or laptop at home, and still stay connected with the world, all with the help of these stylish notebooks. The notebooks discussed above are always ready to go along with you, no matter where and when you go. Indeed, they’re value-rich companion computers that are stylish, smart, and truly yours.


Netbooks vs. Notebooks

The smaller the word, lesser the computing power, lesser the speed, and lesser the price. The difference between a notebook and a netbook is as subtle as the difference in the words. Many believe that there is no specific difference between them; it just depends on what one chooses to call them. When laptops hit the market, they were ‘lap’tops. They shrank in size and began to be called notebooks. Today, the words ‘laptop’ and ‘notebook’ are used interchangeably. Similarly, as notebooks reduced in size, they got the name netbooks. Well, this is what the common perception is. But the truth is slightly different. There are certain differences between netbooks and notebooks in terms of not just their word-lengths; but also their size, computing power, speed, hardware and operating system compatibility, networking support, and other features. Before we begin with a discussion on netbooks vs. notebooks, let’s understand them, one at a time. Here’s an introduction to both notebooks and notebooks, followed by a discussion on the differences between them.
The Difference

An Introduction to Netbooks
Netbooks belong to the class of subnotebooks or small ultraportable laptop computers. Netbooks are inexpensive in comparison to laptops and other modern-day computers. They entered the computer market in 2007 at surprisingly low prices. What made them relatively inexpensive? Well, they lacked certain features and had less computing power. Their screen sizes ranged from 5 to 10 inches diagonal, they had smaller keyboards and they weighed around 1 kg. Netbooks have less powerful hardware. They lack features like optical hard drives; some do not even have the traditional hard drive. Instead, netbooks use solid-state storage devices. Most netbooks use the Intel Atom processor. The processor speed ranges from 1.2 to 1.6 GHz. Which operating systems do netbooks support? Windows XP is the first most popular operating system that netbooks are shipped with. The second most popular OS is Linux. ASUS Eee PC, a line of ASUS netbooks, has demonstrated the use of Android platform and has planned to develop Android-based netbooks. Chrome OS by Google is being foreseen as the next netbook-specific operating system. FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and Darwin are some of the other operating systems that netbooks run on.

Netbooks are ‘net’books; their target customers are those wanting easy Internet access. The ones available today support wi-fi networking and some support broadband or dial up Internet access as well. Most netbooks have modem and Ethernet ports and can be used on telephone and wireless networks. They also have bluetooth connectivity, which makes it possible for them to be a part of mobile networks. Some of the latest models of netbooks have built-in 3G, which makes them capable of using mobile broadband services. However, their low-resolution and small-sized screens limit the browsing features making netbooks slightly less user-friendly to an Internet user.

Now, about netbook performance. They do face certain performance-related issues due to limitations in their processing power and feature set. When it comes to running Flash along with certain other software, say a virus scanner, there is a noticeable drop in the computer’s speed. Similarly, if you try to open too many applications at a time, there is a substantial drop in speed and performance, and switching between files takes a lot of time in such cases. Working on image files is not a problem in netbooks, but working with video files is. Video editing and the encoding or decoding of videos takes a lot of time on netbooks. Some of these performance issues are related to the low memory capacities that netbooks possess.

All in all, netbooks are suitable for limited use. Their low weight, compactness, and portability are their virtues. Also, they come at relatively lower prices. They support both wired and wireless Internet access. Their only limitations are that they are less feature-rich and their processing powers are less. Netbooks are recent entrants in the computer market and they seem to have a promising future.

An Introduction to Notebooks
Notebooks belong to the class of portable computers or laptops. Laptops are notebook-shaped lightweight computing devices; perhaps their shape gave them their name. Older notebooks were heavier but modern ones weigh between 3 and 12 pounds. Notebook computers are classified on the basis of the purpose for which they are designed and their feature set. Notebooks specifically designed to serve as substitutes for desktop computers, are referred to as desktop replacements. Desktop replacement notebooks are similar to desktops in their functionality and performance level. They are close to what desktops are and hence are less portable; they are less of ‘notebooks’. Subnotebooks also belong to the class of notebooks. They are portable, smaller in size, and lighter in weight, for which they have smaller screens, small-sized hardware components, and less number of ports. Netbooks, as already discussed, also fall into the category of notebooks. In fact, netbooks are laptops designed for Internet use. As you already know, they have limited features, they are lightweight, portable, and cheap. Netbooks are cheaper than notebooks.

Now, for some of the basic notebook components. Notebook motherboards do not have expansion slots that desktops have. The functionality is implemented on the motherboard itself. It’s quite an ‘everyone knows’ kind of a fact that notebooks possess less processing power and computer memory. Most notebooks are powered by an internal rechargeable battery. Most of the recent ones use lithium ion or lithium polymer batteries. Generally, the battery life is 2-5 hours after which it has to be charged using an external power supply. Notebooks have advanced power-saving features that desktop computers lack.

Modern-day notebooks have 12-inch display units that use active matrix displays. Newer laptops are equipped with LED screens that consume less power and offer wider viewing angles. CD and DVD drives are the standard media drives that notebooks come with. More commonly, they have Blu-ray drives. Notebooks have physically smaller hard disks. Some newer laptops use flash memory-based SSDs. A touch pad and a pointing stick are the most common input devices that notebooks use. Laptops have USB ports, an external monitor port and an Ethernet network port. Most notebooks are Wi-Fi-enabled and provide easy Internet access.

The advantages of notebooks are quite a few. After portability which is their biggest advantage, come easy Internet access, low power consumption, and a good battery backup. On the other hand, there are limitations in the upgradeability of notebooks, and their processing power and speed are lower in comparison to desktops.

Difference between Netbooks and Notebooks
As we know by now, netbooks are portable computers, specially designed for Internet use, while notebooks are a class of laptop computers. Netbooks are lightweight laptop computers designed for web-based applications. They lack features like optical drives, big screens, and high processing powers, which notebooks possess. Simply put, netbooks are lighter and cheaper notebooks.

Netbooks use less powerful hardware in comparison to larger notebooks; some notebooks have solid-state storage devices instead of conventional hard drives that are heavier and more power-consuming. While netbooks have 8 to 32 GB storage capacities, notebooks come with memory capacities in the range of 80 to 160 GB. Netbooks have less processing powers than notebooks. They cannot take up processor-intensive tasks, which notebooks can. Netbooks are primarily aimed at remotely accessing web-based applications and supporting Internet browsing and emailing facilities. When it comes to netbooks, it is more about remote Internet access, due to which netbook computing relies on access to servers and requires less powerful client computers. This is not the case with notebook computers. In technical terms, notebooks are based on the concept of cloud computing. Interestingly, though netbooks boast of being different, what they use internally is an Intel Atom notebook processor.

The use of netbooks in the education sector is on the rise. Owing to their small size, less weight, and portability, netbooks are best-suited for use in the education sector. Besides providing easy web access, netbooks are ideal for academics-related tasks like word processing, creating presentations, tutorials, and running multimedia applications. This makes them an ideal choice for application in the learning field, giving them an added advantage over notebooks and conventional computers.

Moral of the story; netbooks are not notebooks. They are different. The difference lies in their processing powers and speeds, their storage capacities, and their efficiency. Netbooks are meant for Internet use. And that, in no way means that they can replace notebook computers. Netbooks stand out because of their ultra portability, ease of web access, and moreover, their cost. Nowadays, netbooks are being shipped with Windows XP, with an intention to boost their popularity among the masses. This was not the case a few years ago.

After this discussion on netbooks vs. notebooks and the pros and cons of each, you must have realized the difference between these two computing devices. Both netbooks and notebooks are technological wonders in their own right. In fact, mobile computing is in itself a technological innovation.