Laptops. Notebooks. Portables. Desktop-replacements. Brian. Whatever you call them, the laptop PC has done as much to change our lives as any other piece of hardware over the past 25 years.
When the first laptops appeared in the early 1980s, they were a major breakthrough in computing convenience. For the first time you could use a computer that had a built-in keyboard, yet was so light you could pick it up and take it with you into the next room or on the train or plane into another time zone. But who could then have predicted the changes to come. Batteries that last all day, Mac and Windows operating systems coexisting peacefully on the same machine, the laptops as an entertainment unit?
Twenty-six years after the first laptop appeared, we're commemorating the 10 most important models. In chronological order, each of these notebooks represents a major turning point in technology, popularity or both. Although we might snicker now at some of their laughably small screens or pitifully slow processors, they paved the way for today's powerful portables.
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