Technology moves fast. We’ve seen how quickly the smartphone and tablet evolution has occurred and how different human life is because of this evolution. Many people however don’t consider how long the standard laptop that most people use today has been around.
Laptops have been around for decades – since the 1980s to be precise and have evolved at such a rapid pace that the portable computers we use today are almost as powerful as many desktop computers. So let’s look at some of the major time periods in the lifespan of the laptop.
The Grid Compass
The first ever laptop was introduced all the way back in 1982 and was known infamously as the Grid Compass. The design is classically laptop with a folding mechanism and a portable element, however, what you see on the screen is something completely different.
The Grid Compass was also extremely heavy in comparison to the featherweight laptops that we see today. It was pioneered by John Ellenby of Grid Systems who believed that the portable computer would be the future of technology and the working world. He certainly was not wrong.
1989 Apple Macintosh
This was truly the beginning of the laptop era as we know it today. Most of the laptops that we see in the world right now are MacBooks, and the 1989 Apple Macintosh started this movement. This was still an ugly design for a laptop and doesn’t exactly conform to what we expect of modern-day portables. It was bulky and ugly and heavy, and the software couldn’t perform a whole lot of functions.
It has been compared to a bigger and slightly more powerful Gameboy. However, the moment this came is the moment that everything changed in the laptop industry, as many customers came to understand the utility that a portable computer might provide.
2003 – The Dell Era
2003 was the year the laptops really hit the mainstream and this moment can really be put down to the hard work of Dell – who has become world-renowned now as one of the titans in the laptop industry. Dell was everywhere around this time as many companies were signing contracts with the laptop manufacturer to bring in large volumes of their portable computers to provide to employees to get more work done from home.
What was most impressive, and a real turning point for the industry is that Dell made high-quality portable computers at an affordable price. This meant that pretty much everyone who had a decent salary could afford to buy themselves a Dell laptop. The slogan wasn’t bad either and mirrored the immense popularity that Dell expected for their brand new 2003 models – “Dude you’re getting a Dell”.
So, as you can see the laptop has had a long and storied lifespan and evolution to get where it is now. From humble beginnings to being able to seamlessly connect to the internet and access cutting-edge sites like Lucky Creek Casino, it’s come a very long way.
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