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Portable computer

Portable computer definition

A portable computer is a computer that can be moved from one place to another. There are monitors and keyboards built into these computers, but they are also available as standalone units. A few other names for them are lunchbox computers, luggable computers, mobile computers, and portable workstations. The term “portable computer” is commonly used by technicians to refer to machines that are neither ultraportable nor desktop in size. Many handheld PCs are large enough to necessitate the addition of handles or some other means of modification in order to facilitate easier portability.

Benefits of portable computers

  • Make use of standard motherboards. Although other mobile computing devices, such as laptops, utilize proprietary motherboards, portable computers use industry-standard motherboards and have expansion slot plugs.
  • Portability and flexibility. Portable computers can be transported from one location to another without difficulty.
  • Use less space. Portable computers are more space-efficient than desktop computers because of their smaller size.
  • Less power usage. A portable computer's lower power requirements mean it uses less electricity overall.

Disadvantages of portable computers

  • Compared to regular desktop computers, their specifications are low.
  • Less comfortable to use regularly and less adapted to prolonged work.
  • Repairing is difficult and expensive.
  • Overheating issues make them less reliable and slower than desktop PCs.
  • Portable computers rarely upgrade.