The Transformation of Mobile Computers

As a computer geek of the twenty-first century, it has become apparent that the mobile computer, as well as its definition, is vastly changing.

It was merely a few years ago that I tried to go shopping for a powerful laptop computer that was small, but had the same format as a traditional laptop computer.  I was shocked to find that it was indescribably difficult to track down exactly what I was looking for.  From my observation, it seems like the laptop computer industry has split in half into the two categories known as the “power user,” and “web browser.”

Computer manufacturing companies have discovered that most people today who need a computer they can carry around either just use it for internet browsing or video games.  A computer that can power modern video games effectively is capable of powering just about anything else that requires a more powerful computer.  For that reason, it seems the industry has left them in the same category that you hear more often described as for the “power user.”

With the invention of tablets, every laptop computer manufactured that isn’t meant for the power user has fallen under a tablet-hybrid sort of category.  If you’re looking for a small computer you can carry around without much problem, then it’s likely the monitor detaches into a more portable tablet of the computer.

Microsoft saw this, and practically defined the future of the industry by developing the operating systems Windows 8, and Windows 10 as a result.  Both of them being programmed specifically to be used without a keyboard with ease.  They even developed a computer known as the Microsoft Surface designed for the purpose and didn’t even come with a keyboard unless you pay extra for it.  Nearly not a single mobile computer that has been released since the news of Windows 10 has not had the touch screen monitor.

On the opposite hand, a power user like me who don’t enjoy that typically can’t find a powerful laptop computer that isn’t gigantic.  Shopping around local retail stores the smallest laptop computer that you can find that doesn’t detach won’t fit into a typical satchel or bag.  Not only that, but it’s massively heavy in comparison for those who’d prefer a massive amount of power over the ease, and portability of a thin tablet computer.

It’s a smart move by the computer manufactures as they’re thinking ten steps ahead of the curve by making sure everyone can read their Facebook feed, or watch a video while carrying the computer in one hand.  As a side effect, though, anyone in the middle has to choose a side or move on to mobile computer manufactured by Apple Inc. like the MacBook, which is precisely what they’re looking for if they don’t mind the company manufacturing it.

If I were to give my prediction, I would say that the line between the computers made for the normal laptop user, and power user are only going to divide further apart from each other.

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