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Note Worthy

Today's notebooks are powerful enough to handle all your business needs.

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This story appears in the June 1998 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Portable technology is creating an increasingly flexible idea of where an office can be. Whether a blessing or a curse, the wireless office is here to stay--and smart business owners are taking advantage of the evolution. Many are buying notebooks as second computers for use on business trips or sales calls, but with increasing speeds and expandability, these ultra-efficient notebooks can actually replace desktop computers altogether.

Today's notebooks have all sorts of new features and functions. Most offer variants of wireless connection using infrared and radio frequency technology, allowing users to access the Internet or a network, even at distances of up to 200 feet from a phone jack. Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports, which support devices such as digital cameras, printers and monitors, are also becoming a standard feature. The dual-scan monitor displays found in many notebooks have improved, but active-matrix monitors are still superior. The brighter, crisper images they allow, wider viewing angles and rapidly refreshing screens make the several hundred extra dollars they typically cost a worthwhile investment.

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