The creation of a good requires two characteristics: form and function. A specific form is influenced by the function, and a specific function is influenced by its form. There is no distinction between which goes first, form or function, but surly the both intertwine with one another. In the production of laptops, form and function are significant factors. The two characteristics help us, the consumer; decide which one is” the better deal”.
When the first personal computers came out in the 1980’s, we had witnessed a good that seemed to be unbelievable. But in fact, the growth and innovation of the “personal computer” is the most fascinating part. The currently available portable personal computer, the laptop, is this latest technology that is still going under renovation. In contrast to the original personal computer, the laptop has made the personal computer book-sized and folding. The personal computer’s new form as a laptop has reached our demand of making this gadget portable. In addition to this, the laptop is now found in all colors, sizes, and styles while obtaining all sorts of applications. As this production continues to progress, its diversity and technological advances increase as well.
First to wear the Personal Computer label
The IBM PC was introduced in 1981.
Other companies, in this case apple, innovated IBM’ idea of a personal computer.
After many innovations, eventually the laptop was created.
…in different colors
….and stylistic forms.
Although Apple, HP, and Dell may be some of the most common producers of laptops, people are unaware of the first makers such as: IBM, Altair, Xerox, Micral, and so on. These may have not been the most efficient or popular makers of laptops today, but these companies are responsible for the foundation of the laptop. Unfortunately, some of these models made by these industries can not compare to the currently popular models of today.
The first laptop, made by Adam Osborne in 1981, weighed 24 pounds sold at $1795. Nowadays, people do not even consider a laptop if it weighs more than 5 pounds or that exceeds a price of $1200. This huge difference of weight and price is due to the new form and function of today’s laptops. In comparison to Osborne’s laptop, today the MacBook Air is available for purchase, weighing only 3 pounds, obtaining multiple functions and applications, and is sold at the same price. With the growth of technology, we have been able to play around with our laptop models according to its function.
Once the battery powered laptop was created in 1981, our portable personal laptop seemed to be complete. With this aspect complete, the makers of the laptop were able to explore different materials for its design and were allowed to use their imagination and create. Now that there is a stable laptop model to work with, the producers are able to experiment with its style. In addition to the style, producers look towards other physical assets they can add to their mode; some examples include the touch screen option, voice control option, webcams, limiting weight, etc.
Because form and function appears to be bottomless when it comes to the laptop, a balance of our desirable form and function must be met. This supports our reasons for buying the HP tx2z over a simple laptop like a Dell Vostro. Although all laptops may have the common applications or wireless internet and word processors, style and additional functions determine what we believe is “the better deal”. Our demand too appeals to the relationship of form and function.
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