New Laptop Technology You Need To Know (Before Buying Your Next Laptop)

March 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Laptop or notebook computer technology is advancing at

a blistering speed. Ferrari fast. So fast that by the time

you buy your new laptop, it’s probably already

obsolete or out of date. A sobering belief inspecting

the hefty prices you have to pay for a high-end laptop.

But laptop technology is changing so fast new innovations

are advent on stream as you read this article. There is a

whole new generation of notebook technology every two years

or less. Therefore, unless you buy or upgrade your laptop

each year you’re falling behind what these sleek wee

powerhouses can now deliver.

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And unless you’re already in Geek Heaven, keeping track

of all these new technologies and innovations can be

quite a chore. Figuring out the right Graphics chipset

that works best with the right Cpu and the best Data buses

is a major feat. And now that everything is being

Doubled — dual core, dual graphics — it’s entering

the realm where Einstein would be amused, even on a

bad hair day!

New Laptop Technology You Need To Know (Before Buying Your Next Laptop)

What’s the ordinary laptop buyer to do?

What you no ifs ands or buts have to keep in mind are the outcomes

of all this new technology. Basically, these new

technologies have made laptops smaller, faster and more

powerful. With every new revision the laptop is closing

the gap in the middle of its main rival — the desktop computer.

Notebook computers are now out-selling desktops for

the first time in history. Laptops are replacing the

old desktop computer, whose days may just be numbered.

It won’t be long before laptops are also out-performing

them as well.

Some major computer makers are taking note of this

trend towards more powerful, smaller computers.

Even the desktop computer is morphing! Just look at

the sleek design of the new Apple iMac G5, gone is the

bulky tower, in its place is a well designed desktop

computer that’s practically a laptop!

For the ordinary computer user keeping abreast of

all these new technologies and inventions can be a

major chore if you’re inspecting buying a laptop

in the next wee while. As you advent the smiling

salesperson in your beloved tech store, here’s a

few bits of new notebook technology you might want

to have in your ownership so you won’t look like a

complete neophyte. Hey, where technology is concerned,

we have all been there, done that.

In order for you to tech-proof your next laptop

purchase, here’s a quick run down of some recent

Notebook Developments:

Sonoma Chipset

The new Sonoma Platform, Intel’s next-generation Centrino

Chipset is already on the market. Members of the Sonoma

club are growing daily – Sony, Ibm/Lenovo, BenQ, Dell,

Samsung, Acer, and Toshiba… an additional one 80 or 90

‘Sonoma-endowed’ products will be released very shortly.

No doubt, it will come to be the Platform appropriate for many

high-end notebooks. Actually, it won’t make or mean that

much inequity to the ordinary Joe/Jane who just want a

notebook or laptop for web surfing, word processing and

e-mail. Notebooks with the Sonoma Platform will be just

a wee bit faster and have a wee best battery life.

But for movable Professionals and Notebook Fanatics (they

do exist)… There’s a lot of good things delivered or

capable of being delivered with this new Centrino Chipset.

First, wireless connections will be easier with the integrated

tri-mode 802.11a/b/g, already dubbed by some as the

‘wireless trinity’! This will make it easier to stay

connected no matter where you are.

Improved performance will be experienced because the

new Pentium M’s have a 533Mhz frontside bus, supported

with up to 2Gb of Ddr2 Dram, Serial Ata Hard Drive, and

Pci Express, plus improved integrated graphics, together with

Intel’s Hi-Def Audio. All are inherent with the Sonoma

Platform.

Pci Express

Pci(Peripheral Component Interconnect) Express is a new

standard for expansion cards that comes in separate

versions. Presently, we have the x16 and x1 lanes, which

will be followed by x4 and x8 versions. It offers increased

bandwidth for example, x1 lane offers 500Mb/sec instead of

just 133Mb/sec for Pci.

All computers, together with laptops have separate buses,

(collection of wires) that send data from one component

to another.

Of course, in an ideal world, all the data in your computer

should move through just one Bus – however, most experts agree

it’s not likely to happen unless we start over and build a

computer ideas from scratch. For now we have to rely on

different internal buses to move the data around, the

Pci Express is a great revision and will make your

laptop faster.

Graphics Card

These are always improving. A Graphics Card handles the

graphics or visuals on your notebook. If 3D graphics and

games is a pastime, you will want to buy the top

quality system. Some of the higher end products are:

Ati Mobility Radeon 9800, X800, and FireGl V3200 or

Intel’s Graphics Media Accelerator 900.

If you can, go with a Nvidia GeForce Go 6800 graphics

card or for the real game diehards – wait for the debut

of Nvidia GeForce Go 7300 that features Nvidia’s TurboCache

technology.

Gamers will be aware of Nvidia Sli technology, Ati’s

CrossFire and Hyperthreading. All new stuff that’s

bringing the gaming experience up to a higher level of

perfection that would even be worthy of a Spielberg or

a Lucas Production. Not really, but it’s getting there.

64 Bit Laptops

Most systems today run on the 32 Bit System. Keep in mind,

the major inequity in the middle of a 32-bit and a 64-bit ideas

is the amount of memory that they support. Nearby 4 Gb for

32-bit and 8 Gb and up for the 64-bit. Right now — Intel,

Apple, and Amd all offer 64-bit systems.

Do you need all this memory? No, for the mean laptop

user it amounts to overkill. However, if you’re curious

in gaming, desktop publishing, or the visible arts you will

benefit from 64-bit technology.

Dual Core Notebooks

Two is best than one!

Dual core laptops are now on the market. The gaming industry

is the beginning point for many of these industrialized systems.

For example, the British Laptop maker Rockdirect now produces

Xtreme 64, a gaming laptop with Amd’s new dual core Athlon 64

X2 processor. This same laptop also sports the Ati Mobility

Radeon X800 Xt graphics card that features 16 pixel pipelines,

an industry first for notebooks.

The major producers of dual-core chips are Intel and Amd.

The Intel dual-core processor has hyperthreading (Ht), the

two cores are divided into four virtual Cpu units. Is all this

needed? Again, if you’re into heavy graphics or gaming, it’s

something you should consider and study further.

Built-in Cellular Modem

Most high-end laptops now come with an integrated

tri-mode 802.11a/b/g for wireless Wi-Fi connections.

Some recent models, like the Sony’s New Ultra-Portable

Vaio Vgn-T350P, are raising the bar; it has the world’s

first ‘Built-in Cellular Modem’. You can use your cell phone

to associate to the Internet. This may be a great benefit

since finding a ‘Hot Spot’ in some parts of the world can

still be difficult.

The Avant-Garde: LumiLed Display

Be on the look-out for Led monitors in the near future.

The brightness, colors and backlighting technology in Led

monitors will be quite separate from Lcd displays.

The Forerunner in this field is Nec’s SpectraView LumiLed,

and will offer a much best image and color.

Keep your eyes peeled.

On the Horizon:

19 or 20 Inch Laptop Screens

There is a rumor, only a rumor, that Dell is advent out

with a 19-inch laptop in early 2006. There is also buzz

that Lg-Philips has a 20-inch Lcd panel which could no ifs ands or buts

be used by laptop makers if they want to study this

market area. Andre the giant will be pleased!

Conclusion

Of course, there are many more laptop innovations in

the pipeline but they’re beyond the scope of this article.

Just keep all these new technological notebook changes in

mind when you’re checking out your next laptop. Maybe,

just maybe, most of these won’t already have been substituted

by something new by the time you buy your next laptop.

But don’t bet your Google Stocks on it!

New Laptop Technology You Need To Know (Before Buying Your Next Laptop)

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