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Lightweight Champions

Feel defeated by that hefty laptop? Check out these lean machines.

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This story appears in the June 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

That weight on your shoulders isn't the pressure of your responsibilities--it's your laptop. Time to ease up on yourself. You have many options for downsizing to a more portable notebook. You may want to go high-end and pick up the latest $2,500 dream machine or go for an inexpensive and compact $500 companion.

Take an 8GB solid-state hard drive, Wi-Fi, a 7-inch screen and 1GB memory, put it all into a hardback, book-size device that weighs 2 pounds, and you've got the Asus Eee PC 8G. The $499 8G version runs on a Linux OS, but there's also a Windows XP version if you want a familiar OS. The small keyboard isn't for everyone, but it's hard to beat a tiny notebook that comes in at this price point. If you're a fan of open source software or you do a lot of your computing with Web 2.0 applications online, this device may be just what you need.

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