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Weighed down by your portable PC? These featherweights might be just what you're looking for.

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

Portable computing is so good now, it's hard to imagine it getting better, but it will. In the meantime, the latest in executive portables from Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Toshiba includes combinations of power and good looks in small packages. They have the "wow" factor: To see one is to want one.

Frankly, I'm at a loss for superlatives to describe the clever ways their makers squeeze heavyweight computing into these ultralight forms. Stripped of their optical drives and second batteries, none quite reach 4 pounds, and Toshiba's 2.4-pound Portege R100 floats down onto your lap.

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