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Laptops.

2005 BUYER'S GUIDE

LAPTOPS

For most business users, laptops used to be considered a "second
computer"--only for use when out of the office. Now, not only are
laptops the most popular category of device for accessing business
data while on the road, their large, bright, clear screens, plenty
of speed and storage, a range of connection options, and longer
battery life make laptops a viable full-time computing environment,
in many instances replacing desktop machines altogether.

                        DIMENSIONS               SOFTWARE

Apple PowerBook G4

Apple                   10.9" wide, 8.6" deep,   Mac OS X; Mail, iChat,
www.apple.com           1.2" thick; 4.61bs;      Safari, Sherlock
Starts at $1,599        12.1-inch display with
                        1024x768 resolution

Dell Precision M60

Dell                    14.2" wide, 10.8"        Microsoft Windows XP
www.dell.com            deep, 1.5" thick;        Professional SP1
Starts at $1,769        7 lbs; 15.4" display
                        with 1920x1200
                        resolution;

Gateway M520

Gateway                 14" wide, 10.4" deep,    Microsoft Windows XP
www.gateway.com         1.6" thick; 7.51bs;      Professional;
Starts at $1,199        15.4" display with       Microsoft Works 8.0
                        1024x768 resolution

IBM ThinkPad X Series

IBM                     10.5" wide, 8.3" deep,   Microsoft Windows XP
www.ibm.com             94" thick; 3.21bs;       Professional;
Starts at $1,499        12.1" display with       PC-Doctor, Norton
                        1024x768 resolution      Antivirus 2004,
                                                 IBM Rescue and
                                                 Recovery with Rapid
                                                 Restore, Lotus
                                                 SmartSuite Millennium
                                                 license, Lotus Notes
                                                 standalone client

Sony VAIO B Series

Sony Electronics        12.6" wide, 10.1"        Microsoft Windows
www.vaio.net            deep, 1.7" thick;        XP Professional;
Starts at $1,149        5.11 lbs; 14.1"          Microsoft Works 8.0
                        display with 1024x768    Adobe Photoshop
                        resolution               Elements

Toshiba Tecra M2

Toshiba                 12.3", wide, 10.1        Microsoft Windows XP
www.toshibadirect.com   "deep, 1.4" thick;       Professional SP2
Starts at $1,459        4.98 lbs, 14.1"
                        display with 1024x768
                        resolution

                        PROCESSOR/MEMORY         CONNECTION OPTIONS

Apple PowerBook G4

Apple                   1.33GHz PowerPC          AirPort Extreme
www.apple.com           G4 Processor; 256MB      (based on 802.11g;
Starts at $1,599        RAM, upgradable to       Wi-Fi Certified for
                        512MB RAM installed;     802.11g and 802.11b
                        60GB hard drive,         interoperability),
                        upgradable to 80GB       10/100BASE-T Ethernet,
                                                 FireWire 400,
                                                 Bluetooth

Dell Precision M60

Dell                    1.5GHz Intel Pentium M   802.11 b/g, 10/100
www.dell.com            Processor 715;           Ethernet, 56Kbps
Starts at $1,769        256MB RAM, upgradable    fax/modem; Integrated
                        to 2GB RAM;              smartcard reader
                        40GB hard drive,
                        upgradable to 60GB
                        hard drive

Gateway M520

Gateway                 2.66MHz Intel            802.11 b/g,
www.gateway.com         Celeron D                10/100 Ethernet,
Starts at $1,199        Processor 330;           56Kbps fax/modem
                        256MB RAM;
                        40GB hard drive

IBM ThinkPad X Series

IBM                     1 GHz Intel Pentium M    802.11b,
www.ibm.com             Processor;               10/100 Ethernet,
Starts at $1,499        256MB RAM, upgradable    56Kbps fax/modem
                        to 1.28138;
                        20GB hard drive,
                        upgradable to 40GB
                        hard drive

Sony VAIO B Series

Sony Electronics        1.5GHz Intel Pentium M   802.11 b/g/a,
www.vaio.net            Processor 715;           10/100 Ethernet,
Starts at $1,149        256MB RAM, upgradable    56Kbps fax/modem,
                        to 1.2GB;                Bluetooth
                        30GB hard drive,
                        upgradable to 100GB

Toshiba Tecra M2

Toshiba                 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M   802.11 b/g,
www.toshibadirect.com   Processor 725;           10/100 Ethernet,
Starts at $1,459        256MB RAM, upgradable    56Kbps fax/modem,
                        to 512MB RAM;            Bluetooth
                        401313 hard drive,
                        upgradable to 80GB

                        POWER

Apple PowerBook G4

Apple                   Up to 5 hours
www.apple.com           battery life
Starts at $1,599

Dell Precision M60

Dell                    Up to 3 hours
www.dell.com            battery life
Starts at $1,769

Gateway M520

Gateway                 Up to 4 hours
www.gateway.com         battery life
Starts at $1,199

IBM ThinkPad X Series

IBM                     Up to 7.5 hours
www.ibm.com             battery life
Starts at $1,499

Sony VAIO B Series

Sony Electronics        Up to 5 hours
www.vaio.net            battery life
Starts at $1,149

Toshiba Tecra M2

Toshiba                 4 hours average
www.toshibadirect.com   battery life
Starts at $1,459
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