Set up a presentation in almost any office or enjoy movies in the comfort of your living room with your laptop computer. HDMI and video-out connectors allow you to show movies and share demonstrations by connecting larger monitors to your laptop device. Streaming media, including movies and training materials, available on the Internet can help complete your entertainment or informational setup.
Computer technology changes quickly, and a great laptop computer may seem out of date after only a few years. Of course, you may be generally happy with your laptop and just want some performance or memory upgrades, or you might be buying a new laptop for yourself and want to hand off your computer to someone else who might find it useful. While laptop parts aren't as easily interchangeable as desktop computer parts , you can still do a few upgrades that will extend the life of your laptop. Check your laptop computer's user manual and look for these upgrade possibilities.
The ruggedized computer was used since the early days of the Space Shuttle program. The first laptop used in space was a in 1991 aboard Space Shuttle mission . Mac and other laptop computers continue to be flown aboard manned spaceflights though the only long duration flight certified computer for the International Space Station is the . As of 2011 over 100 ThinkPads were aboard the ISS. Laptops used aboard the International Space Station and other spaceflights are generally the same ones that by the general public but needed modifications are made to allow them to be used safely and effectively in a weightless environment such as updating the cooling systems to function without relying on hot air rising and accommodation for the lower cabin air pressure.
The form of a traditional laptop computer is a clamshell, with a screen on one of its inner sides and a keyboard on the opposite. It can be easily folded to conserve space while traveling. The screen and keyboard are inaccessible while closed. Devices of this form are commonly called a 'traditional laptop' or notebook, particularly if they have a screen size of 11 to 17 inches measured diagonally and run a full-featured operating system like , or . Traditional laptops are the most common form of laptops, although Chromebooks, Ultrabooks, convertibles and 2-in-1s (described below) are becoming more common, with similar performance being achieved in their more portable or affordable forms.