What exactly is a portable computer? What separates it from a desktop or laptop?

Portable computers aim toward combining the power and configurability of a desktop with the convenience and portability of a laptop. It is a powerful system that combines the best of both worlds – a solution that you can deploy at any location.

Many of our customers need a high-performance computing solution that they can set and deploy on the field. In other words, they primarily require these three things:

  1. Portability or mobility
  2. High-performance
  3. Configurability

The principal advantage of a portable computer versus a laptop or other mobile computing device is the use of standard motherboards or backplanes providing plug-in slots for add-in cards. This allows mission specific cards such as test, A/D, or communication protocol (IEEE-488, 1553) to be installed. Portable computers also provide for more disk storage by using standard 3-1/2″ drives and providing for multiple drives.

System Performance

Laptops are also extremely portable. However, there are a number of reasons why laptops cannot provide the necessary performance required by our customers.

Laptops cannot incorporate the necessary processors that many engineering workstations require. Memory storage, I/O options, and even RAM cap out at a certain point for laptops.

One primary feature of our portable computers is the hot swappable HDD/SSD for easy transfer, upgrade, and maintenance. Our NetPAC, for example, can provide 16TB of SSD storage.

Laptops may come with one Ethernet connection, a PCI slot, DVD Rom, and three USB ports. This limitation by laptops is a problem for many of our customers.

Finally, upgradeability is also lacking for laptops.

As a result, our portable computers are for people who need desktop-class performance in a compact construction.

Portability

It’s readily apparent why desktops computers are not portable. The wires from the keyboard, mouse, and speakers can become problematic. The monitor and the desktop must be carried separately.

Our portable computers packages all that in a complete solution. You simply “close” or the computer, and the clasps hold everything in place. Afterward, you can carry the computer using the handle to your destination or use one of our three transit cases. We even provide a special waterproof rolling case that fits in the overhead storage bins of planes.