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The Replacements

Make your one-and-only a laptop

By Amanda C. Kooser

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Notebook computers are expensive, heavy, underpowered brickswith hard-to-see screens and keyboards the size of mole-rats. Youwouldn't trade your desktop in for a laptop for anything, wouldyou? What if we threw in a large, bright screen? No? How about ahuge hard drive? Not yet? Lots of RAM and a full-sizedkeyboard? Maybe? You drive a hard bargain. All right,we'll toss in a fast processor and affordability, too. Heck,yeah? Good answer.

Desktop replacement notebooks are the subject of thismonth's opus. Not just supplemental computers that you dust offwhen you go on a business trip, but real, honest-to-goodness,move-over-minitower replacement machines. To qualify, a laptop hasto have enough oomph in processor speed, RAM, hard-drive space andscreen quality to deserve being your one-and-only. We won't bedawdling too much around the bargain basement. It's OK, though:You won't have to drop $1,500 on a desktop system--plus some ofthese laptops can be had for less than $2,000. And in laptop land,the monitor is always included.

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