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Palmtop Porridge

This Palm Pilot's too small, this laptop's too big-but a Jupiter is juuuuuuust right.

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This story appears in the July 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Lugging a heavy laptop on business trips can be quite a nuisance, especially if all you need to do is draft a few documents, conduct some research online and pick up e-mail. Or maybe you'd prefer a small device for taking notes during meetings instead of taking up table space with a standard portable.

At one time, we all thought we needed all our desktop data with us at all times-and occasionally we do. However, as portable notebooks have become more complex, many of us now realize that all we really require is a small, light-weight device to hold the documents we type, record dictation and keep us in touch with employees and customers via e-mail.

A Jupiter notebook fits these requirements nicely. (At one time, the term "Jupiter" was used to differentiate small, light portables from the Windows CE-based palm-sized PCs that were their predecessors. Nowadays, Jupiter devices are usually referred to as handheld PCs or PC companions.)

Considerably larger than palm-sized PDAs, Jupiter notebooks can accom-modate bigger, brighter displays and let you type comfortably on Chiclet-sized keys. And because handheld PCs operate on the power-conscious Windows CE operating system without a hard drive, they can run for hours on a single battery charge. Another advantage is that they're instant-on: There's no boot-up wait time, and you're transported back to where you left off when you last used it as soon as you press the "on" button. Convenient is their middle name.

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