They can do without their Blackberries, their cell phones and their iPods, but tech professionals can't go a day without their laptop or desktop computers. That's the conclusion of a recent Web poll conducted by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).
Asked which tech device they'd choose if they could use only one for an entire day, tech pros overwhelmingly chose laptop computers (45.6 percent). Desktop computers came in second at 20.7 percent. "The results attest to the pervasiveness of the computer in our lives and the power of today's computing technology, whether it's used for business productivity, personal entertainment, communications, learning or any number of other applications," says John Venator, president and chief executive officer of CompTIA.
As for how the other devices fared, Blackberries came in third (8.7 percent), followed by cell phones (7.0 percent), handheld computers (6.0 percent), iPods (3.5 percent), personal digital assistants (3.2 percent), portable gaming devices (1.9 percent), MP3 players (1.7 percent) and portable DVD players (0.4 percent). More than 1,900 technology professionals participated in the poll, which was conducted April 19 through May 3.