Laptops: The Little Guys Keep Gaining

Today's laptops are packing more power and features than ever--for less

This year, nearly 13 million people--traveling sales reps, executives, and small-business people--will get a new laptop computer. In the past, most of those buyers could count on one hand the brands they were likely to consider: Toshiba, Compaq, IBM, or Apple. Together, these "big four" had a near-stranglehold over two-thirds of the portable PC business.

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