As the demand in portable computers grows, the trend in technological devices is solidly thrust on making them lighter, quieter and less susceptible to damage. This miniaturizing craze does not end with only weight and size as the computer prices are tumbling in tandem.
Consumer demand for lighter machines in recent times also has some implications on desktops as they take a hammering in terms of sales, and even older laptops are feeling the pinch. The rise in netbooks is unrelenting despite the fact that these mini laptops do not have CD/DVD drivers, bearing only internal disks and SD memory cards instead.
Mini laptops also come with longer battery life than the first new generation in the mould of yester year notebooks. An average mini keyboard is somewhere around 80 – 90% of traditional keyboard sizes while six cells batteries of higher end models can last for seven hours or more, and three cell versions go up to three hours.
Mini laptops are ideal for blogging, email, social networking, information storage and conducting research assignments online. Business professionals find them handy as secondary computers suitable for some lightweight computing at meetings, and convenient while on short and long haul business trips.
These machines offer not only flexibility which can easily surpass that of a smartphone, they come with fewer overheads and still brandish enough power to rival some of the top of the range laptops from recent years.
A good number of them feature WIFI and built-in 3G modems and some of the brands available on the market at the moment include Compaq Mini, Acer Aspire One, HP Mini and the Dell Inspiron Mini 10, etc.
Hewlett-Packard’s Mini 2140 packs quite a punch in a stylish and compact fashion as we have come to expect from the HP stable, and their fresh mini version comes with an Intel Atom N270 Processor with a 160GB hard drive weighing 1.19kg.
The HP Mini 2140 has an integrated WIFI, optional Bluetooth, VGA webcam, stereo speakers, integrated stereo microphones and a pre-loaded operating system. Compaq’s own mini offering (a 705EI PC) has 60 GB hard drive and supports up to 1GB memory, wireless network access through Ethernet and Bluetooth.
Its display is a 10.2 inch (25.4 cm) WSVGA High Definition HP LED with Bright View, a 92% size keyboard weighing 1.02kg. Dell’s Inspiron Mini 10V weighs 1.13kg and its keyboard comes at 92% of a full sized keyboard – the hard drive is a solid 160GB while its screen is 10.1 inch wide screen.
Acer Aspire One is a compact little number complete with webcam, built-in microphone, an 8.9 inch WSVGA high brightness LCD screen, and is powered by an Intel Atom processor N270. The Aspire One also has a fast Ethernet, WIFI and weighs a light 1.2kg.