The Sony VAIO CW Series laptops (pictured), start at about $720, and have large 14-inch screens and keys with about the same size and spacing as desktop keyboards.

For your next personal computer, should you go with a laptop PC even though you compute primarily at one location?

More people have been answering this question in the affirmative. Sales of laptop PCs surpassed desktop PCs for the first time in the third quarter of 2008, according to the market research firm iSuppli.

Several factors explain the trend. Traditionally, desktops far outperformed laptops with cost, speed, storage capacity and reliability. Desktop PCs still have an advantage in these areas, but the difference has decreased dramatically. The smallest laptops, the netbooks, are now priced equivalently to the least expensive desktop PCs.

The main advantage of laptops is the most obvious. Rather than being tethered to one spot, you can compute wherever you happen to be, whether from building to building, within an office, factory, house or even outside.

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Reid Goldsborough  |  Contributing Writer
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