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This webinar will focus on the laptop trends to watch, along with tips on who might benefit, and how and why they might benefit from those trends. An independent expert will guide the audience through what they need to know regarding laptops-related issues such as which trends and features are most important, the concept of whether there’s a good time/bad time to buy (people fear they will buy something that will become almost immediately outdated/replaced by something newer, etc.) as well as tips for an effective deployment.

Featured trends will include:

  • 2-in-1 devices will continue to become mainstream.
  • Along with 2-in-1 devices, use of digital pens/pencils, stylus input will grow – who might use them and why, benefits, drawbacks, etc.
  • Recent/new security technologies, such as fingerprint scanners and facial authentication, will become more mainstream.
  • 4k screens moving into laptops
  • Improved color accuracy in laptop screens
  • Stronger yet lighter materials – such as pressed magnesium alloy -- help make laptops more durable
  • Epic battery life – especially in some 2-in-1 models, with batteries in tablet as well as one in keyboard accessory that work together
  • Better audio and speakers -- great for giving presentations to clients, etc.
  • Laptop makers will continue to look for ways to differentiate their products -- look for smaller touches that can have big benefits, such as the ability to charge smartphone and other devices even when laptop is off; dedicated Cortana keys; apps that help users take advantage of camera/audio recording for better note-taking; etc.
  • More widespread use of Type C connectors.

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James A. Martin is an award-winning blogger and writer based in San Francisco. He is a contributor to Windows IT Pro and has written about mobile technology since the mid 1990s. Martin is a co-author of the book “Getting Organized in the Google Era.”


Ryan Nichols is a product manager with Toshiba and has been with the company in a variety of roles for the past 8 years. In his current position, he provides leadership in product, systems, and technical training, as well as strategic marketing programs.