Highs and Lows

Laptops

HIGH:

"Top of the line" is an apt description for the Gateway Solo 9300CX. A 600MHz Pentium III processor puts this up in the desktop-replacement stratosphere. Add in the 96MB RAM,
15.7-inch active matrix display,
12GB hard drive and 6x DVD-ROM drive, and you know why you're paying well over three grand. Buying big from the start is easier than upgrading later. If you don't need so much horsepower, check into the budget-friendly option to the right.

Manufacturer: Gateway

Model: Solo 9300CX

Street price: $3,699

Phone: (800) 846-2000

Web site:www.gateway.com


LOW:

At $2,700 less than the Gateway, the AmeriNote RL is a low-price leader. The processor is a respectable 366MHz Intel Celeron. The specs round out with a 3.2GB hard drive, a 24x CD-ROM drive, 32MB RAM and a built-in 56Kbps modem. The whole shebang weighs under 6 pounds. The 12-inch display helps keep the weight down. For on-budget portability, this one takes the cake and eats it, too.

Manufacturer: CompUSA PC

Model: AmeriNote RL

Street price: $999

Phone: (888) 2-COMPPC

Web site:www.compusapc.com

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This article was originally published in the June 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Highs and Lows.

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