laptop computers stand tall at last they\'re more portable and more powerful than ever. big companies are now buying them by the thousands for traveling managers, engineers, auditors, and salesmen.
-Security analysts and trade media have announced that the market for portable computers has finally begun to take off.
Yes, you have heard of it before.
But they may be right this time.
Thanks for the clear screen like the monitor!
On the office terminal, the microprocessor is as powerful as the best desktop computer, and the memory capacity is greatly improved. The Super orders for notebook computers are pouring in from big customers such as the Pentagon and Eastman Kodak, ciba-
Gey and Tuche Rose
Zenith Data Systems has a $0. 104 billion contract to provide up to 90,000 laptops, batteries for the Defense Department over the next three years
Electric Machine folded to briefcase size.
Orders are being accepted by other portable manufacturers-
For thousands of machines-
From companies equipped with equipment for sales staff, engineers, on-site auditors and travel management personnel.
Willie Lowman had nothing but smiles and shoes.
After evaluating the hardware and software available for two years and figuring out how their sales staff will take advantage of these machines, Ciba-
Geigy will provide up to 1,000 pharmaceutical sales staff and sales managers 9-
Pound laptop from grid systems
A small company in Fremont, California(
GRiD\'s powerful new 1530 is the machine of the moment;
See the box for guidelines for portable devices that are best suited to a wide range of users. )
Kodak bought about 2,000 Zenith laptops last year for computerized use in customer service engineering.
It also provides about 500 Toshibas for managers on business trips and weekend work.
Compaq computer company
20 pounds, it is portable, but too big and too heavy to balance in a circle-
It is now standard equipment for 4,000 on-site auditors in andhuaxin.
Metropolitan Life has begun to equip its sales staff with more than 2,000 Zenith Z-
183 laptops have replaced the slower machines of NEC and Data General.
Peter Teige, industry analyst at Dataquest, a San Jose market research firm in California, said a wave of pilot projects convinced companies that portable devices can do a lot of legal work for salespeople, communication software can effectively connect them to the head
Office data banking and email system. Ciba-
Geigy tried out four different types of computers and tested them in the wild --
Line conditions to determine the relative importance of features such as size, speed, weight and screen ease.
Company\'s goal: to increase productivity by reducing paperwork and organizing the day-to-day work of sales staff more effectively.
According to the conference committee, field forces are responsible for up to 40% of the company\'s operating costs, and they are one of the last major corporate departments to computerize.
By accelerating, even if sales productivity increases slightly
Adding paperwork and order processes can increase profits.
Portable computers are still estimated to account for only $2.
$35 5 billionbillion-
According to data Quest, combined with the global PC market.
International sales have been high in the past two yearsend laptops --
Powerful portable devices are also light enough to carry easily-
Double every year to nearly a million units;
At the same time, the most cumbersome and least functional machines have given up market share.
In the next two years, while powerful PCs and workstations continue to take sales away from office hosts and minicomputer, Dataquest predicts that new laptops will account for 10% of the PC market.
Risk Development Company
A market research firm based in Nautica, Massachusetts, has just completed a lengthy laptop market analysis;
Double It project
By 1992 at least, revenue grew by double digits every year.
The size of the portable computer is from four Foursquare, versatile 20-
Compaq\'s first pound note-
Units like 3 1/2
Pound Tandi 102.
But power, not scale, divides the market into two layers. Word-
Processing Software for writing reports-
Along with programs that plan schedules, save expense accounts, and transfer data over telephone lines to be displayed on the screen--
Compared to the Intel 8088 microprocessor included in the original ibm pc, no more computing power is required.
But run a spreadsheet program like Lotus 12-
High-speed drivers need machines based on more advanced Intel 80286 microprocessor;
The company\'s new version 80386 is being upgraded further. These high-
Terminal equipment includes luggage and some newer, larger laptops that have evolved over the past year to do whatever a desktop computer can do.
Compaq still tops the list. end, \'\'power-
User market layer.
It is the largest portable manufacturer and the largest manufacturer of portable equipment: its machine provides all the functions of a desktop computer, including 5 1/4-inch-
Diameter of floppy disk. (
3 1/2 for all other portable devices
The standard for IBM\'s new PS/2 desktop computer is inch disk. )
The high end of Toshiba\'s laptop product line is challenging industry leaders with new machines from Zenith, GRiD, NEC, Sharp and Samsung likely to grab a lot of market share.
$ Second floor of Volkswagen-
Generally smaller, lighter, battery-
Power, not very flexible--
Mainly for far-
Simple flung salespeople or executives who need word processing and input to display data terminals.
Although portability and battery power are important for this kind of work, it is usually not required to be highspeed number-
While these machines can process spreadsheet programs when necessary.
IBM wants to take this well.
The slow, clunky PC Convertible launched in 1986 took up the low end of the market.
When that machine is unable to pass through the first highly readable LCD Display (LCD)
Quickly become a market leader.
Its dramatic blueon-
The white LCD screen combines a complex version of the display in a digital watch with a glowing backlight, which makes the characters on the screen clearer.
The sudden surge in laptop sales will not happen. Without the technical improvements of these computers, there will be no strength and ability on the desk.
Portable computers produced by manufacturers such as Osborne and Epson came out long before IBM delivered its first PC in 1981.
But until recently, most of the smaller laptop models have been hampered by screens that cannot be read
Keyboard and limited computing power and memory.
Screen problems have been largely eliminated in the past two years.
Natural gas is available in Compaq, Toshiba, power grid and data-
A plasma or glowing screen with an amazing orange coloron-
Black and Yellowon-
The definition of the black display is comparable to that of the standard monochrome display. Gas-
The plasma display is expensive, consumes a lot of battery power and cleans in bright light.
Cheap blue sky topon-
The white LCD screens are a bit blurry, but they use much less power and work well in bright light. So-
Known as the active matrix LCD screen, each crystal is turned on and off independently, and it is expected that in the next year or two, the LCD will get the same high contrast as the monochrome display.
Some analysts look for color LCD screens that are sharp like color monitors in two to three years.
Data Processing on portable devices is also much easier than in the past.
Although the keyboard is usually smaller than the standard desktop, it also has similar functions;
For example, several portable devices provide a separate keyboard for entering numbers. Ten-or 20-
Megabytes of hard drives that provide laptop storage capacity are now widely used, although most laptops that use them cannot quickly retrieve stored information like desktop models.
Several portable devices that allow software programs and databases-
For example, the rate table of Insurance Agents-
Memory chips that are \"burned out.
This way, they can be called to the screen by just pressing the key, which makes the extra disk unnecessary. Optional built-
In a modem, for high
High-speed data transmission over telephone lines is common;
The same is true for the connection port of the printer and color monitor. And top-of-the-
Now the line machines provide slots for the controller cards in order to plug them into the Lan in the office.
Not a top until recently
Portable devices on the first floor can run with batteries, making them useless in the waiting areas of cars, commuter trains, planes and airports.
However, the recent microprocessor design, as well as the new sub-chip array that reduces power consumption, will soon become the standard for battery operation and reduce the price by 80286. and 80386-
According to the carnival of David InfoCorp, an observer of the machinery industry.
In Cupertino, California.
1/2 years ago, Chrysler became one of the first big companies to provide computers to sales, service and accessories managers.
GRiDCase III portables allows them to set up email services and to quickly disseminate data about the stock of cars and trucks.
Paul Berrigan, manager of sales management information, is sorry to say that in a short period of timeterm rate-of-
\"I don\'t think computers need costs at all --justifiable.
What you\'re talking about is the initial purchase of 600 to 700 machines which are very expensive.
Communication, programming support, training-
Spent a lot of money.
But in the long run, he explained, \"Chrysler has a vision of the way we want to change our field force culture: looking around for paperwork for sales reports and orders, business consultants.
Therefore, we have not tried to justify the cost based on manpower reduction or other cost savings.
We do this because we try to change the way we do business.
When the company acquired American Motors in 1987, Chrysler incorporated AMC\'s entire domain power into its computerized service system, which now uses more than 1,100 laptops.
The portable market offers so many good machines and even companies with similar needs-
For example, the eight accountants, Anda and tucheros-
Can go in different directions
Pat Condon, who is in charge of the andhuaxin Group in Chicago, is engaged in computer audit technology, describing the company\'s audit department as \"Compaq store \".
The site auditor who now uses about 4,000 machines strongly supports the desktop --
Equivalent computer with standard keyboard and maximum processing power.
Throughout the city, Touche Ross chose the Toshiba T3100s to be equipped with more than 300 management consultants and audit managers.
The company reported a \"huge\" return on productivity and is moving towards computerisation of 6,000 to 8,000 on-site auditors.
Ray Bollek, partner of the company, pointed out that when Touche Ross consultant struggled at the airport with his briefcase and what he was carrying with him.
On the luggage bag and computer, the weight and volume difference between the thin line 15-
Toshiba and boxier 20-
Pound Compaq means a lot, especially when 40% of these consultants are women, they may only weigh 100 pounds.