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Weighing in at less than 4 pounds, the latest notebooks are champions of mobility.

This story appears in the May 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Sure, laptops in general are smaller and more powerful than ever. But lugging 6 to 10 pounds of hardware and accessories through a crowded airport or around an office building isn't anyone's idea of a mobile good time. For entrepreneurs willing to make sacrifices, ultraportable computers deliver the lightweight goods. You'll have to give up the 15-inch display and the battery-sapping processor. You might even have to leave a few peripherals behind. In exchange, you'll get a capable notebook that fits into a mobile working lifestyle.

This category may eventually be crowded by the new tablet PCs, but until then, it stands on its own. These really aren't desktop replacement notebooks, but rather desktop supplements for hard-core mobile warriors. A typical ultraportable comes with around or under a 12-inch screen, weighs less than 4 pounds and features a battery-savvy processor.

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