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Compact Confusion

Ultra-lights, handhelds, Pocket PCs: You want a portable, but what does it all mean?

This story appears in the February 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Whether your notion of business travel is flying to Norway for a conference or just driving downtown to meet with a client, it's hard to imagine not taking some hardware along for the ride. These days, Windows comes in all sizes, and it's not just a matter of 98 or NT, and desktop or laptop. Today's road warriors have the luxury of choosing between computers the size of a hardback or those that easily tuck into a coat pocket.

Think of these portable Windows offerings in terms of drink sizes at fast-food restaurants. Pocket PC palmtops are small, handheld PCs are medium, and ultra-light notebooks are large. In general, they are priced accordingly. Factors to compare include mobility, price and capability. After running through the features in each department, we'll look at which one of these types fits your entrepreneurial appetite.

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