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The Light Fantastic

The latest ultraportables are light on weight, but not on features.

This story appears in the February 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

You shouldn't have to feel like a pack mule when you carry your laptop around. For entrepreneurs who don't mind ponying up a little extra cash, ultraportable notebooks can take some of the strain off your shoulders. Size often comes at a premium, both in your pocketbook and in power. But there are a lot of decent options that pack enough punch to handle your business applications. Cramped keyboards and small screens can put a squeeze on the user experience, so be sure to try out your potential new laptop (or tablet PC) in person.

When it comes to shaving off ounces, the Toshiba Portege R100 takes the prize. At 2.4 pounds and $1,999 (all prices street), it comes in at a midrange price point for ultraportables. You'll have to get your own external optical drive if you want one, but it's hard to beat in terms of sheer light weight. The Sony VAIO T150/L weighs 3 pounds with a very compact design package. The rewritable DVD drive and integrated Bluetooth are nice features for the $2,199 price tag, although you'll have to live with the smaller 10.6-inch display.

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