When laptop personal computers
first came on the scene, they had bare
bones power, memory, and storage;
unreadable screens and abbreviated
keyboards — they were the pits. And
they were priced for the very rich.
But all that has changed. Laptops
have taken giant steps forward in
speed, battery power, hard disk size,
memory, and monitor quality. And as
prices have dropped — you can now
find them under $2,000 — they are
finally giving a reasonable bang for
the small-business person's buck.
Laptops still aren't made to handle
an office full of sophisticated peripherals
like 300-megabyte hard drives and
tape backups. They are typically
equipped like off-the-shelf desktop
models, which is all the sophistication
most small contractors want.