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Ultra-lights, handhelds, Pocket PCs: You want a portable, but what does it all mean?

By Amanda C. Kooser

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Whether your notion of business travel is flying to Norway for aconference or just driving downtown to meet with a client, it'shard to imagine not taking some hardware along for the ride. Thesedays, Windows comes in all sizes, and it's not just a matter of98 or NT, and desktop or laptop. Today's road warriors have theluxury of choosing between computers the size of a hardback orthose that easily tuck into a coat pocket.

Think of these portable Windows offerings in terms of drinksizes at fast-food restaurants. Pocket PC palmtops are small,handheld PCs are medium, and ultra-light notebooks are large. Ingeneral, they are priced accordingly. Factors to compare includemobility, price and capability. After running through the featuresin each department, we'll look at which one of these types fitsyour entrepreneurial appetite.

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