Computers by Brand Key Terms
Learn terms that will inform you about different brands of computersComputers come in all shapes and sizes. Larger mainframes and network servers have more processing power and cost more than desktop or laptop computers. Smaller personal digital assistants are less powerful and expensive.
Some manufacturers, like Hewlett-Packard and Dell, have succeeded as makers of several kinds of computers, while companies like Palm and IBM have settled into one specific niche.
ServerA server is the main computer in a network. Often a network server is where the client computers store their data. You can use a regular desktop computer as a server for a small network, but larger companies will computers use specifically made for network servers.
Personal computer, desktop computerA personal computer, or PC, generally refers to a desktop computer. Only one user can work on it at a time. Mostly, the term PC includes computers modeled after the original IBM personal computer, though many brands make them. Popular brands of personal computers include Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Acer.
Laptop or notebook computerThe words laptop and notebook computer are interchangeable and refer to a portable computer that has a screen, keyboard and touchpad built together with the processor and other computing parts. Many manufacturers of desktop PCs also make laptops. Lenovo, Sony, Toshiba, Asus and Apple are popular laptop manufacturers.
Tablet PCA tablet PC is a subset of notebook computers that has a special kind of screen. The screen is touch sensitive and often swivels around, so it can lie flat and cover up the computer's keyboard. Popular tablet PC brands include Toshiba, Fujitsu, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard.
Personal digital assistant, PDAPersonal digital assistants, usually called PDAs, are handheld computers. Popularized originally by Palm, many other companies now make PDAs, including Hewlett-Packard, BlackBerry and Apple. Some manufacturers combine the functions of a PDA with a phone, called smart phones.
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