In a way, the skyrocketing popularity of laptop computers is ironic. They’re completely portable, and they use less power and make less noise than desktop models. But, they’re often a little slower and have less graphics and sound processing power, although these differences can be too small for most users to notice.
Laptops are also more expensive than desktops. The price gap is closing, though — laptop prices are falling faster than desktop prices, and laptop PCs actually outsold desktop models for the first time in May of 2005 [Source: Windows IT Pro].
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