Kings Of The Road

What's the Skinny?

Many business notebook computers come with all the bells and whistles: 15-inch displays, DVD drives, 8GB hard drives and the like. But who needs it all, anyway? Most entrepreneurs just want to be able to create word-processor documents, send and receive e-mail and access contact-management software when they're away from the office--and do so with a machine that won't send them to the chiropractor.

Indeed, thin is in, and ultraportable notebooks--sleek, compact, feather-light models designed for highly mobile customers--are taking off. Recently, Toshiba introduced the ultraportable Portégé 3020CT ($1,999 street). At a mere 2.9 pounds, it doesn't get any lighter than this. The 3020CT boasts a slick, durable magnesium alloy casing with a silver metallic lid and stands just three-quarters of an inch high when closed.

As for features, the 3020CT provides just enough for general productivity--and no more. With its Intel 300 MHz Pentium processor with MMX technology, 4.3GB hard drive, 32MB EDO DRAM, 10.4-inch TFT display and 56K modem, you can run your general office applications, access the Internet and conduct remote communications.

If you're tired of lugging around a full-sized, feature-laden notebook, ultraportables really take a load off.

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This article was originally published in the April 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Kings Of The Road.

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