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The features and the size will get you on the thin-and-light laptop bandwagon.

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

Megahertz, schmegahertz: Today's portables have enough computing power to satisfy all but the most obsessive needs for speed. The latest round of laptops from popular labels like Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Toshiba focus on portable priorities. They're all about usability, reliability and security--factors of growing importance to computing on the road or down the hall.

The processor/chipset combo is still the core enabler of laptop features. But Intel's newest Centrino package, Sonoma, delivers only a slight bump in raw processing power. More really wasn't needed, explains Matt Mazzantini, HP's worldwide notebook market manager. Even ultraportables have run most office applications crisply since Pentium M processors joined Centrino in 2003.

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