Tablets and smartphones are pretty nifty, we admit. But when it comes to actually doing stuff - whether it's writing memos or working on spreadsheets at the office, or playing fantasy baseball at night - we still depend heavily on that reliable old workhorse, the laptop. It's got a roomy keyboard that enables us to use all 10 fingers, and it's still small enough that you can close the lid, stick it in your shoulder bag and take it with you just about anywhere. More than any other gadget, the laptop made computing a ubiquitous, near-indispensable part of everyday life.
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