Definition of portability
1 : the quality or state of being portable
2 : the transferability of a worker's benefits from one pension fund to another when the worker changes jobs
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The price: Less than $20 The deal: Speaking of portability, fitness bands fit in the outer flap pocket of your suitcase and can be used to make almost any exercise more difficult—even ones that use only your body weight as resistance.
Every president from George H.W. Bush to Barack Obama emphasized the portability of America’s political and economic principles.
The gadgets are made for use at home, when people might not have a smartphone handy and where portability isn’t an issue.
The physical footprint and weight of each speaker were measured in order to factor in the portability.
Of course, the everydayness and portability of photography today has rendered the more labor-intensive versions obsolete.
Yet, what is lost in portability is obviously made up for in spectacle.
Devices released beginning in 2001 introduced concepts of portability and digital pen input, but the hardware wasn’t ready.
Weighing over 7 pounds, this 15.6-inch laptop (1080p resolution, no touchscreen) strains the limits of portability but sports the latest PC hardware.
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