Kings Of The Road

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For many road warriors, "portable LCD projector" is an oxymoron. Few meet the size and weight requirements to effortlessly take them on the road or stow them under an airplane seat. The good news: Manufacturers are making great strides in this arena.

The ultimate portable LCD projector, the all-new Scout ($3,000 street) from Lightware, weighs just 5 pounds. Take one look at Scout, and you'll notice it's about the size of an average laptop computer. Its trim size and lightweight design, combined with impressive 500 ANSI lumens, 800 x 600 SVGA compatibility and a 200-watt metal halide lamp, make it a sound choice for business travelers who frequently take their show on the road.

Sharp Electronics offers a light-weight notebook and LCD projector bundle. The Actius A150 UltraLight Notebook ($2,995 street), equipped with Intel's 266 MHz Pentium processor with MMX, 4.3 GB hard drive, 56K modem and 11.3-inch TFT display, weighs just 3 pounds. Combined with Sharp's new Notevision5 ($9,995 street), the total solution weighs just 13 pounds. The new Notevision5 is equipped to handle wireless data transfer from the Actius A150, boasts 600 ANSI lumens, 1,024 x 768 XGA resolution and a 150-watt lamp.

Admittedly, the latest, lightest and most feature-rich mobile technology isn't for everyone. The casual road warrior may not require some of this highly advanced technology nor have much use for very specialized tools. But for those of you who know your flight attendants by name and feel you spend more time away from the office than in it, these tools will take you into the new millennium in style.

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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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