Does Size Matter In Your Organization?
Chen: When testing notebooks at eWeek Labs, we tend to value size and battery life over power.Last week, Gartner released a report which stated that more than one-third of consumer mobile PC buyers chose heavy models. By heavy models, Gartner means laptops that are purchased as desktop replacements and weigh more than 7.5 pounds. The demand for these models, Gartner said, proves consumers will sacrifice mobility for more performance or a lower price. But will they make those same sacrifices within the enterprise? As everyone knows, things are a little bit different when you have to carry a 7.5-pound laptop through an airport security checkpoint. Could you imagine what it would be like trying to use that 17-inch Apple PowerBook while scrunched into an economy class seat? Road warriors may demand the power of desktop replacements, but at the same time, theyre probably less willing to sacrifice the small form factor.
All of us expressed awe when my colleague Jason Brooks unveiled the Sharp Actius MM10 he was testing a few weeks ago. The laptop weighed so little and offered so much portability at 2.1 pounds that we were willing to forgive its sluggish performance.