Get into the laptop

It is a fact. Laptops have leaped onto the global sales pitch with the strength and flexibility of Bruce Lee, effortlessly dispatching their desktop competitors with nothing more than a dynamic one-inch sonoma.

With Wi-Fi technology flourishing all around us, the demand for laptops is only going to increase. The ability to play games or casually surf the Internet in coffee shops and airports wirelessly will ensure that laptops remain incredibly popular.

However, laptops are not only used for entertainment. Mobile technology is also beginning to dictate what happens in the classroom. This is especially true as laptops are entering the educational field in ever-increasing numbers. In fact, schools like Framingham State College and Myron B. Thompson Academy have decided to use laptops as teaching tools in the classroom.

Thanks to the adaptability and portability of laptops, retailers enjoyed a booming sales year in 2004. Consequently, laptops are used by everyone these days, from energetic seventh graders to zimmer-wielding septagenians.

But can this popularity and incredible global sales figures be sustained?

If you can. Before you couldn’t find a laptop for less than a thousand dollars, but now there is an entry level that sells for seven hundred dollars, and even lower with coupons and discounts. Wal-Mart recently began offering Linux-based laptops with 30GB hard drives for less than $500.

So how low can laptop prices get?

Can you say a hundred dollars?

If Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Lab, gets his wish, wireless laptops will soon be available to third-world countries for about $100.

2005 – The Year of the Rooster?

Think again. This is definitely the year of the laptop.

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