Did you know that the first laptop was released in the year 1981? So, if you though laptops have been here only since the mid 90s, you definitely got it wrong. Named as Osborne 1, the first laptop weighed a whopping 10.7 kg and came with a price tag of $ 1795, which is something over Rs. 89000. Features included a modem port, 2 floppy drives, bundled software programs and a battery. Unfortunately, a tiny 5-inch screen seemed to be too little. Overall, this laptop in no ways looked like the ones presently available in the market.
In 1982, Microsoft decided to work on a portable computer with a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screen. The prototype was shown to Radio Shack who soon decided to manufacture the computer in 1983 with the name TRS-80 Model 100. Later in 1984, IBM announced its own creation called the IBM 5155. Compaq in 1988 introduced a laptop with VGA graphics. It was a year later that Apple released its Macintosh Portable which looked quite innovative and somewhat similar to laptops that we see today. It was Apple once again in 1991 releasing the Macintosh PowerBook 100, 140 and 170 which were an instant hit. However, these came with a price tag of something between $ 2900 and 4900.
Almost 2 decades later, you now have laptops that are lighter equipped with a long lasting battery life and offer a much better performance. You can choose between a notebook and a netbook based on your personal requirement. And if a high-end laptop is what you are looking for, an Ultrabook will be the right choice. These are less than 0.8 inches thick and weigh not more than 1.5kg. Some of these Ultrabooks also incorporate the touch screen feature, thereby offering you a much better computing experience.