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Take It With You

Who says you can't? There's a portable available to fit every need and budget.

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This story appears in the October 2005 issue of Start Up.

You probably already use a desktop, but today's full-featured laptops make a handy addition to any startup-especially if you'll be traveling anytime soon. You might want to feel the wind in your hair, heed the call of the open road or see a laptop warming the airplane tray table in front of you. Whether you need to fly to exotic locales, attend a trade show in Cincinnati or just trundle down to your local Wi-Fi-equipped coffee shop, a notebook computer is your ticket to computing on the go. A laptop can increase your flexibility and productivity-and when you're working to grow your business, you need as much of both of those as you can get.

Seeing the Lightweight

Expect to spend anywhere from $800 to $2,500 for a new notebook-a range that covers everything from bulked-up widescreen models to tiny units that will slip effortlessly into your briefcase. To narrow your choices, first consider just how far you'll range on a regular basis and what you'll need to take with you application-wise.

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