Laptops are now a days very common in our society and daily used by millions of people and for hundreds of different purposes and that had made life much easier.
The laptop is a personal multitasking mobile personal computer of small size that is easier for an individual to carry it along with him. A laptop is of shape of a note book with a screen on the upper part and a keyboard on the lower part. The keyboard is used to give alphabets numeric or symbols as input. The laptop also has a mouse pad used to move on the curser and select items, the DVD rom and much more parts.
Laptops now a days are getting much smarter and faster. With the passage of time they are getting lighter in weight and powerful and faster by their performance. Laptops is the necessity of our modern age. People are getting more used to it and everyone is in demand of his/her personal pc as they spends most of their time sitting in front of it.
The first laptop introduced was in 1981 by Adam Osborne and named it Osborne 1 which was about 25 pound and a 5 inches screen. The first laptop almost cost 1800 dollars at that time. With the passage of time the weight of laptop has been reduced to 1.41 pounds and the screen has widened to about 20 inches (laptop are today available in a variety of weights, shapes, sizes and screen wideness and resolution and a wide variety of prices). This first laptop had no battery.
Laptops are provided with batteries so they can be used when the electricity is not available etc. the first laptop with a battery was introduced in 1981 and named Epson HX-20. This laptop for the reason was sold a lot in the market.
Laptops are manufactured by many companies around the world most of which the companies belong to US, Taiwan, China. Other than these many other countries are there which manufactures laptops. There are many companies who have stopped their production due to some reasons while some companies have grown very large and are manufacturing a large variety of products. More or less companies have merged into others while some have signed joint venture with the growing companies.
Some major brands and some others around the globe which are manufacturing laptops are mentioned below;
The major production companies are;
Dell was founded by Michel dell in 1984 at the age of 19 at Austin Texas USA. Dell clutches market shares of about 16.4%. Dell produces personal computers, data storage devices, computer software, servers, computer peripherals, network switches, high-definition televisions, cameras and printers etc.
Dell produces business class products as well as home office and consumer class use products.
The business class products are focused on long life cycles, steady and usability. Some of them are OptiPlex, Dimension, Vostro, n series, latitude, precision, PowerEdge, Power Vault, Force10, Power Connect, Dell Compellent, Equal Logic, and Dell Electronic Medical Record Solutions.
The home office and consumer class brands are focused on value, performance and dilatability. Some of them are Inspiron, XPS, Alien ware, and Venue.
Dell changed its slogans with the passage of time.
- Get more out of now (1984-1988)
- Easy as Dell (1989-2001)
- Purely You (2001-2006)
- Be direct (2006-2007)
- Yours is Here (2007-2011)
- The power to do more (2011-present)
- Hewlett-Packard (Hp)
It is a multinational company located at California USA. This company was started on in 1939 at a small garage in Palo Alto by William Bill Redington Hewlett and David Dave Packard. The company from 2015 onwards is known as HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprises. This company holds market share of about 23.4%. Hp was the world’s leading PC manufacturer from 2007 to 2013. It’s major products include personal computers, servers, storage devices, networking equipment, software, printers and other imaging products, scanners, digital cameras, calculators, and computers for home and small business use.
The business slogan most associated with Hewlett Packard is “HP.Invent.”.
ASUS Tek computer Inc. is a Taiwanese multinational company established in1989 in Taipei Taiwan. It holds a total market share of 10.0%. This company manufactures a large variety of electronic equipment like desktops, laptops, networking equipment, monitors, mobile phones, Wi-Fi routers, mother boards for pc, multimedia products, netbooks, workstations, servers etc. and much more.
The slogan of the company changed from time to time. The company’s slogan was;
- “Rock Solid. Heart Touching”
- “Inspiring Innovation. Persistent Perfection.”
And the current one is;
- “In Search of Incredible”.
The main products of ASUS are;
Vivo lineup consisting of laptops (Vivo Books), All-in-Ones (Vivo AiO), desktops (Vivo PC), Stick PCs (Vivo Stick), Mini PCs (Vivo Mini), smartwatches (Vivo Watch), computer mouse (Vivo Mouse) and tablets (Vivo Tab).
Other than these ASUS company also manufactures smartphones, tablets, servers, media receivers, GPS devices and much more.
LENOVO is a word that is formed by the combination of two le means legend and novo means new. LENOVO is a Chinese multinational company founded in the year 1984. It holds market share of 20.1%. It is a vendor type of company that manufactures personal computers, tablets, smartphones, workstations, servers, electronic storage devices, IT management software, and smart televisions. The types of laptops that are manufactured by LENOVO Company are ThinkPad, Idea Pad, Yoga, and Legion.
LENOVO Company works in about 60 countries and its product is sold in about 160 countries of the world.
Many big companies merged into LENOVO Company. It acquired IBM’s PC business in the year 2005 and also owned the Motorola Company from google in the year 2014. Lenovo also formed joint venture with some companies like NEC, CCE, Medion, Stoneware, Lenovo EMC and Data core to produce electronic equipment.
Lenovo had different slogans at different times that are;
- New World. New Thinking.(2005-2011)
- For Those Who Do.(2011-2016)
- We Make The Tools. You Make Them Do.(2012-2016)
- Different is Better(2016-present)
Electronic goods manufactured by Apple Company are thought to be the most expensive products. The company has got a fame around the globe. Apple is an American multinational company founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in the garage of the home of Steve Jobs in 1976. That came into being in the year 1976 under the name “Apple Computer Company”. By the year 1977 its name changed and became “Apple Computer, Inc.”. By revenue the company holds 10th position in the list of world’s top leading companies and holds market shares of 10.0%. Along with computers and laptops Apple manufactures other devices like Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple watch, Apple TV, software’s, electronic vehicles, and Apple Energy etc.
All of the apple products uses Macintosh as an operating system which was first introduced by apple in its first personal computer in 1984. This apples first personal computer named as Macintosh or as Mac was very widely sold with graphical user interface GUI and a Mouse. It is a user friendly interface. Many of the user interface ideas in the Macintosh derived from experiments at the Xerox Parc laboratory in the early 1970s, including the mouse, using different types of icons to represent objects, the point-and-click of the objects and click-and-drag actions on objects, and a number of window operation ideas. Microsoft successfully adapted these user interface concepts for its first Windows operating system.
Apple is still using Macintosh or Mac in all of its products while others are mostly using windows an android etc.
The slogan of Apple is;
- “Think Different”
Acer is a Taiwanese company that manufactures laptops as well as other electronic components. The company was founded in 1976 by Stan Shih. The company was started with eleven employees working in it. At the beginning the company used to deal in electronic goods and consulted in the use of microprocessors technologies. It holds market shares of 8.05%. The company manufactures Desktops, laptops, notebooks, servers, smartphones, tablet computers, storage devices, handhelds, monitors, TV’s, LED’s, LCD’s and Plasma, video projectors and e-business.
Acer invested in many other companies bought their shares, merged some of the companies into it and signed joint ventures with some of the companies. Acer is currently operating in 70 countries and retailers are available in about 160+ countries.
Slogan of Acer Company is
- “Explore Beyond Limits”.
Some other companies are also there that are manufacturing laptops. They are numerous in number, out of them some are listed below;
NEC a product by Japan
Micromax Informatics by India
Razer by USA
Toshiba by Japan
VAIO by Japan
Walton by Bangladesh
BMx Computers by Belgium
LG-Gram by South Korea
Microsoft-Surface by USA
Huawei-Matebook by China
Fujitsu-Lifebook, Stylistic by Japan
Medion by Germany
And much much more…
Defunct models and companies of laptops
- Acron computers:
Acron computers was established in1978 in UK and has produced a number of products but ceased its production in 2000 due to heavy losses and dire financial situation.
- Alien ware:
This company was originated by Nelson Gonzalez and Alex Aquila in 1995 which used to produce desktops, workstation, PC gaming consoles and notebooks. In 2002 the Dell Company bought it and it is now a supplementary of Dell Company.
This company was founded by Rod Canion, Jim Harris and Bill Murto in 1982. They developed, sold and supported computers and related products. They manufactured the first personal computer of IBM and became great suppliers of their time. This company was overtaken by HP in 2002 for a great deal of amount.
- Digital Equipment Corporation:
Digital Equipment Corporation was a major American company from the 1950s to 1990s. It was a leading vendor of computer systems, software’s, and other computer accessories. It was attained by Compaq in 1998.
This company was founded in 1998 which was acquired in 2004 by Gateway Inc. which then in 2007 was acquired by Lenovo Inc. Acer manufactured under this name till 2013 and then terminated their product under the brand.
The company was formed in the year 1983 in USA. In 1993 the company filed for bankruptcy and was purchased by Formosa Plastics Group, hence becoming part of a multinational corporation together with companies like First International Computer, the world’s leading motherboard manufacturer. In 2006 Everex Systems, and in 2008 New Market Technology has occupied control of Everex.
- Fujitsu Siemens:
Fujitsu Siemens was a Japanese and German vendor of Information Technologies. The establishment was formed in 1999 as a joint venture between Fujitsu Limited of Japan and Siemens of Germany. In 2009, the company became Fujitsu Technology Solutions as a consequence of Fujitsu purchasing the Siemens’ share of the company.
- Gateway Computers:
Gateway computers was initiated in 1985 in USA. It manufactured PCs, monitors, servers, and computer accessories. The company got fame till the year 1991. The company worked till it was credited by Acer in 2007. Gateway products are now sold in the Americas and Asia.
Gericom was Australian computer manufacturing company founded in 1990. It manufactured a great number of products and was going on well but due to dramatic drop of sales figures and 93% loss from 2003 to 2008 decreased the sales and quality of the company’s products. Majority of the shares of the company were then bought by a Taiwanese company and changed the name of the company to Quanmax AG.
- Packard Bell:
Packard Bell was initiated by Herbert “Herb” A. Bell and Leon S. Packard in 1933 in USA. In the late 1990s had become a subsidiary of NEC and stopped its North American operations while in the time being intensifying overseas and turn out to be a foremost trademark in the European PC souks. In 2008 it was acquired by the Taiwanese consumer electronic firm Acer. Packard Bell products are sold in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
- Voodoo PC:
Voodoo PC was an extravagance personal computer brand. It was started in 1991, and 2006 Hewlett Packard declared they would acquire the establishment which is now the titleholder of the company.