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By Amanda C. Kooser

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For entrepreneurs who don't want to live tethered to a desk but need more than a smartphone, laptops are still the way to go. Features you can expect to find in all business laptops are built-in Wi-Fi, a one-year warranty and a touch pad or touch pad/point stick combination for navigation. With so many models to choose from, we picked just a few from each category for a closer look, so check the chart below for more.

For starters, tablet PCs are having a bit of a resurgence, with established brands like Toshiba's Portégé getting freshened up. Its R400, which recently hit the market, is a bit pricier than new entries like Lenovo's ThinkPad X60 Tablet. A balance of power and portability, our Lenovo test model came fully stocked with a 1.83GHz Core Duo processor, 2GB RAM and a 120GB hard drive, enabling the X60 to handle the more demanding versions of Vista without feeling pokey. And it all fits in a smartly designed package that can slim down to as little as 3.76 pounds with a 12.1-inch display. Despite its compact size, the keyboard is comfortable enough for any touch-typer, and the minijoystick near your index finger provides a convenient mouse alternative. The X60 lacks a built-in optical drive--a problem solved by pairing it with Lenovo's $180 Ultrabase for desktop use when you install software. Also look into the new Gateway C200 Ultraportable Convertible, a 4.5-pound alternative that has an integrated optical drive.

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