Ask any professional or a student regarding the usefulness of owning a laptop on their table at any time of the day, or even when in recession- the most obvious answer would be in the affirmative. Far from the reaches of the comfort of an office or home, the laptop is the link which a person can use to gain access to any information in real time, or perform some tasks in spectacular fashion without even having the need to physically visit the place from where it was supposed to be done.
Ferneries of sorts:
Straddling a fine line between a friend and an enemy, a laptop has come a long way from the time when giant, fixed personal computers would sit in one corner of a cubicle, plugged in to the network of global computing system, and every random document, files and other stuff were to ferried to that cubicle for a task to performed. Though it increased the efficiency of a human, the sheer volumes of material to be transported to and from the personal computer was quite laborious.
People who had to ferry these stuff and then carry out the task would be fatigued throughout the day, virtually incapable of completion of all the assigned tasks on time. The laptop overcame all of these teething problems, by virtue of its portability, while offering comparable computing capacity. Though it meant a whole lot of system changes to be done to accommodate the device and give it a proper place to run, it fundamentally changed the ways in which we would work, study, complete our projects and carry our personal computers with us at all times.
How the Society was affected:
Like every new gadget, the society was somewhat reluctant to adopt it into its framework, owing to concerns regarding computing capacity, network connectivity, and a host of other issues. Once these issues were eliminated based on user feedback and further development, the rate at which laptops were being owned literally exploded. Further down the line, as connectivity, and the product itself improved to offer comparable performance in comparison to the top performing personal computers, the laptops effectively replaced the bulky and power hungry personal computers in many new offices.
Imagine you are on a vacation, and your boss rings you up for a small, yet crucial task. You open up your laptop, complete the task successfully, and rejoice the success with a bottle of beer. Or, say you are bothered by someone while you are away from your office cubicle, and decide to run a free background check. The laptop is the best possible bet you can put your hand on in real time to have a complete knowledge of the situation. To sum it up, the benefits of being portable, equivalent computing capabilities as that of the powerful personal computers on the desk of your offices, and energy efficiency far outweigh the initial cost, and annual maintenance charges of the device incurred over the life cycle.