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Chapter 17. Networking on the Run > Working with Laptops

Working with Laptops

The laptops that we now drag along with us on business trips are very different from early portable PCs, such as the Compaq Portable. Advances in processor technology, such as processors built specifically for mobile computing (Intel’s Centrino processor for laptops being an example) and motherboard design, have lead to a much smaller form factor for the modern laptop.

Two areas of laptop design that are particularly interesting in light of technology advances are the laptop screen and the expansion cards used in laptop PCs. Laptop screens use liquid crystals sandwiched between two electrodes. This is why laptop screens are referred to as liquid crystal displays.


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