January 11, 2004

New Notebook PC Features for 2004

In the market for a new notebook, but not sure what to get or wait for? ZDNet has this nice piece outlining some of the new things we can expect to see in notebooks this year.

In a nutshell, expect a lot more goodies to be available. Larger screens (some with widescreen aspect ratio for multimedia), better 3D graphics, smaller dimension hard drives with faster RPMs, DVD+RW and/or -RW drives instead of the CD-RW/DVD-ROM combos, dual-band wireless LAN (802.11b/g), Bluetooth, slimmer form factor, and more will be either built-in or optional. I agree with the article regarding Centrino that with the right combinations of chipsets, battery performance can be dramatically increased.

Interestingly, the only mention of tablet PCs in this article was the rumor that Apple might be introducing its first one, targeted at graphics designers. Supposedly, the Mac tablet can double as a digital media hub that can be connected to the TV and PC. I would have thought there would have been discussion of the Windows-based multimedia center portables. If you've seen these portable entertainment PCs, you'd probably have a little difficulty calling these larger cousins "notebooks" or even "laptops".

Of course, with these larger displays (some as large as 17 in.), good luck trying to work on an airplane, even when the person in front doesn't recline.

Topic(s):   Mobile Tech & Gadgets
Posted by Jeff Beard