For the first time ever in the United States, the number of laptops sold in a calendar month was higher than the number of desktop PCs sold, according to research firm Current Analysis. The trend shows that more people are embracing mobility as laptops improve and come down in price. Laptop sales accounted for 53 percent of the PC market in May, which is up 46 percent from the same period last year. Price played a large role in the increase of sales: Laptop prices fell 17 percent during the past year, whereas desktops saw only a 4 percent decrease. Improved laptop features are also a driving force behind laptops' increased popularity. Consumers no longer have to make as much of a performance and feature sacrifice when purchasing a laptop, thanks to advances in laptop computing power and multimedia features, along with better battery life and improved wireless capacity. As wireless hotspots pop up all over the place, the appeal of having a portable computer increases. We don't expect desktops to disappear anytime soon, but portability is certainly becoming more and more important.
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