What's the big deal with all the laptops today?
The last time I bought a laptop was back in 2012 when I got a Dell Inspiron 15R. Anyway I recently wanted to buy a new one and went to a number of stores to see what they have for sale. I totally expected to see laptops with replaceable/detachable batteries like they were in the older models, but I was shocked to see that nearly all laptops are now using built-in batteries.
- The first thing I would like to know is why. Why are the manufacturers so inclined towards this built-in design?
- Why are the batteries shrinking. The older models used 6-cell batteries, 8 cell and even some 9-cell batteries. I put this down on my wishlist before I went shopping only to find out that today the majority of laptops only have 4-cell batteries. Have the laptops really become this efficient? Or do they simply offer shorter battery life?
- What, if I want to replace the battery? What, if I want to remove it and have the device run on adapter only?
- What, if I want to turn the device off? I mean how can I be sure it is off and not secretly spying on the user, if it has constant access to power supply? How can this be remedied?