Size and quality of your laptop screen
Of the best-selling laptops of 2011, the largest screens were 15-inch behemoths, some of which are still popular (though in updated forms) today. In the past five years, laptops have begun to push past 15-inches, which was formerly a hurdle due to the fragility of larger screens and the fact that display technology simply couldn’t handle the size (but more on that later). The real important changes, however, have come in the quality of smaller laptop screens. For example, a 12-inch Chromebook built for internet access in 2011 had a resolution of 1,280 x 800. A smaller machine in 2016 with a pixel count of 1,366 x 768 was considered weak in a TechRadar review, illustrating that in five years, the quality of picture has changed dramatically. Now every glorious pixel of that Powerpoint -- or whatever else you're into -- is perfectly merged with more of its fellows than 2011 users could have imagined.
One of the most drastic changes that has affected your computer in the past half decade is the size and price of additional storage. A hard drive purchased five years ago is probably replete with vents, requires an electrical socket as well as a USB connection to the computer, and if it’s 500GB or more, is probably the size of a small cinderblock. But with the advent of smaller and smaller externals (thanks, Mr. Moore!) a full terabyte can be about the size on an iPod -- remember those?