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Also called a Notebook Computer, a laptop is a small battery-powered computer that can be used while on the move. Generally smaller than a briefcase, the laptop can be easily carried around and conveniently used while travelling. A laptop is much costlier than a normal personal computer because of the constraints involved in the design and manufacture of the laptops.

A laptop uses a display less than 3 inches in width and is generally an Active Matrix screen. Most laptops weigh less than 5 pounds and external peripherals can be attached to the laptop with the use of a Docking Station, a small hardware device that allows the computer to be connected to a range of devices like printer or a scanner. Most systems nowadays come with a touch pad that acts as an alternative to a mouse, a keyboard, CD ROM drive and a floppy bay. Information can be transferred between the laptop and the personal computer with the use of software like Briefcase facility in the Windows operating system.

IBM, DELL, Hewlett Packard and Compaq are some of famous players in the laptop industry.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.