Technology is in a constant state of evolution. Every week sees new innovations, new releases and updates, all propelled by ever-newer technology. The new iPhone, the latest tablets, they’re all affected by the constant shift of the technological landscape. But how does all this new technology affect laptops? In years past, some saw the laptop as a dead, or at least dying market. Here is a look at how laptops have evolved into the most versatile computers ever.
How Laptops Saved Tablets
Just years ago, nobody would have thought laptops would save the tablet market. But that’s exactly what has happened. In 2012 and 2013 tablet sales grew by 60 percent each quarter, yet by 2014, it had dropped to 11 percent growth per quarter. The market for the tablet seemed to have boomed and dried in a flash. There are a couple reasons for this. The initial boom meant many consumers invested in tablets but there wasn’t any urgency in buying a new generation of iPad when it was just a little faster and a little lighter. Hybrid devices, such as the Lenovo Thinkpad Helix also blurred the line between tablets and laptops.
Laptops have seen a resurgence in the last couple years since they’re simply more versatile. The Thinkpad Helix, for instance, was designed specifically for those always on the go; a thin, powerful and versatile machine. Not only is the newest Helix 12 percent lighter, it packs up to 12 hours of battery life with the attachable keyboard. With USB, micro HDMI, and micro SIM cards on LTE enabled models, this device is at the forefront when it comes to the versatility of laptops.
The New Form
While there will always be a market for traditional laptops like the MacBook Pro and Alienware gaming computers, the vast majority of users, find that versatile products are the ones they gravitate toward. Many consumers want a tablet and a laptop, and if you can get both in one product for the same price as you’d pay for an iPad or Alienware laptop, it’s easily the best choice for the money. In 2010, Dell showed off it’s first Inspiron Duo, which was the first laptop that could flip its screen over onto the keyboard to be used as a touchscreen interface. While the operating system of the day wasn’t able to support an intuitive touchscreen interface, with the advent of Windows 8, and more recently Windows 10, the hybrid laptop finally has a OS that welcomes intuitive controls via the touchscreen. As of July of 2014, one in 10 laptops sold were a 2-in-1, which is just the start of the market this products seeks, and likely will fill. In the years to come look for more 2-in-1 laptops which can detach from their keyboards for a faster, easier, more intuitive experience.
While many thought the laptop had seen its day, the market for versatility stepped in and the laptop showed its worth.