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More powerful than many desktop computers, today's notebooks are packed with features.

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Traveling businesspeople who need the power of their office computers on the road can find it in the newest high-performance, feature-rich notebook computers. Outstripping their full-sized 486 desktop brothers, these small machines have faster processors, larger hard drives, more memory, more flexibility and greater capabilities than many 2- or 3-year-old desktop PCs.

High-performance notebooks--characterized by their 8-by-11-inch size--have multimedia capabilities and include CD-ROM drives, stereo speakers, speedy built-in modems, color display screens, a variety of ports for PC cards and connectors, microphone and phone jacks, and docking capability once you're back at your office. Some have an "open architecture" that allows you to build the notebook to your personal specifications.

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