Will you be showing your presentation on-screen? And how frequently must you travel with your notebook computer? These are the two main questions you'll want to ask yourself when sizing up notebook computers for giving presentations. Although just about any of them will work, screen size and quality become very important if you'll be showing presentations on-screen. Also, if you travel frequently and have to carry your presentation materials and LCD projector, every ounce will count.
Some of the new notebook models also come with large 13-inch screens that are the best available for viewing presentations. What's more, many have built-in stereo sound, high-quality color screens, and plenty of power to show a memorable presentation packed with graphics, animation and video.
Dell Computer's Inspiron 3000 M266XT ($3,199) is one of the new models with an impressive 13.3-inch screen that's easy on the eyes. Plus, this XGA active-matrix display runs at 1,024 x 768 resolution for clear, bright colors that will add to your presentation. Additional features of the Inspiron 3000 M266XT: a 266 MHz Pentium processor with MMX technology, 32MB SDRAM, a 2.1GB hard drive, a 20X CD-ROM drive and dual speakers with 16-bit stereo sound.
Another model to consider is the Macintosh PowerBook 3400 ($3,199). Although it comes with a smaller screen (12.1-inch active matrix SVGA display), it's still good for giving media-rich presentations. The PowerBook 3400 comes with four built-in speakers and 16-bit stereo sound for rich sound quality. It also contains a 180 MHz PowerPC 603e processor, 16MB RAM, a 1.3GB hard drive, a 12X CD-ROM drive and 1MB VRAM.