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Anywhere Computing with Laptops: Making Mobile Easier by Harold Davis

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Trade-offs

A number of years ago, a friend of mine quipped that “the computer you really want always costs $5,000.” Over time, the cost has come down, and you can certainly buy a high-end laptop for less than $2,000 today. But the point of the joke is still true. Unless money is absolutely no issue for you, you will have to make same trade-offs such as

  • Faster CPU or longer battery life

  • Lighter weight or less expensive

  • Bigger and better display or less cost

For the most part, these choices will depend on your wallet. But a mobile laptop is a specialized computer, and some of the trade-offs really depend on how you will use the system.

For me, it is extremely important to have a lightweight, small machine, but I also wanted a reasonable size keyboard. ...

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