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Here's the skinny on ultraportable notebook computers.

This story appears in the October 1998 issue of

Not long ago, portable computers were considered woefully inadequate for the demands of mobile business owners. A cramped keyboard, dim screen, underpowered processor and Lilliputian hard drive made the "ultraportable" computer a conglomeration of undesirable compromises.

All that has changed over the past few months, as vendors have pumped up the specs on ultraportables and brought respectability to the class. In most cases, you'll still have to make slight compromises, but you'll find a surprising number of features packed into today's ultraportable computers, including ample processing power, data storage galore, full-sized keyboards and big, bright screens.

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