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Laptops? And Notebooks? and Netbooks. Oh my!

Yvonne Bisk of the Long Island Business Networking Group asks:

“What is the difference between a laptop and a notebook?”


Dell Laptop

I know it can be hard to tell the difference between laptops and notebooks since manufacturers and advertisers will blur the distinctions to influence sales based on current trends and consumer demand. Also, since 2007, the rise of the netbook has caused the terms notebook and laptop to be synonymous, but, technically, you could say the difference revolves around processors, battery life, optical drives (DVD/CD), and size, but not necessarily weight due to varying levels or durability and ruggedness.

Furthermore, when discussing the “technical aspects” of laptops and notebooks there is no distinction between Linux, Mac , or Windows based computers.

Last of all, I will discuss what distinguishes the netbooks from the laptops and notebooks.


intel_logoLaptops will have stronger processors, often the same ones found in desktops. Notebooks will have processors that use less energy to prolong battery life.

amd-logoLaptops will either use Intel’s Pentium, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, or Celeron processors; or they’ll use AMDs Phenom, Athlon, Turion, or Sempron processors. The Core 2s, Pentiums, Athlons and Phenoms are the most powerful, and will use up the most battery power.

Optical Drives

Laptop with integrated DVD drive

Laptop with integrated DVD drive

Laptops include integrated (built-in) optical drives for playing DVDs and CDs. Notebooks, on the other hand, often do not include a DVD or CD drive to save battery life, size, and weight in that order. For the notebook computer the optical drive must either be purchased separately or added as an option.

Battery Life

MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

Laptop batteries will hold a charge for 2 or 3 hours of operating time. Notebooks will run for 8 hours or more. How long the battery holds a charge is most affected by hard disk drive and optical drive usage. These devices have motors which spin the disks. Frequent saving and accessing of files on these drives will result in shorter battery life. The same applies to the playing of DVDs or CDs. Since notebooks often do not include a CD or DVD drive, the battery will last a little longer. Additionally, some computers may have heavier batteries than others.

Size, Not Necessarily Weight

Toshiba T-1000 (1985)

Toshiba T-1000 (1985)

Laptop computers are often more 12 inches wide, over 9 inches deep, and over 1.2 inches in height. As mentioned above, leaving out the optical drive allows a notebook to be smaller in all these dimensions. Weight is not necessarily a distinguishing factor. A laptop can weight as little as 5 lbs to as much as 10 lbs. or more. Notebooks can go can be as light as 3 lbs., but, depending on its ruggedness and durability, can weigh as much as 8 lbs. When traveling, a laptop often requires its own carry case, but a notebook could fit into a briefcase or a smaller container with other items.

Laptops versus Notebooks: A Summary

So laptops tend to be larger than notebooks and have a shorter battery life. Laptops also tend to have optical drives and the same processors found in desktop computers. There are many areas where laptops and notebooks overlap; and, since the advent of the netbook in 2007, the term laptop and notebook has become almost synonymous.


Asus Eee netbook

Asus Eee netbook

Netbooks are much smaller and lighter than the laptops or notebooks. Most netbooks have no dimension greater than 10 inches, and their weight is less than 3 lbs.

For processors many netbooks run on Intel’s Atom or Celeron processors.

The lightest, most energy efficient models use Flash drives, instead of hard disk drives, and they don’t have optical drives at all. Flash drives have no motors or moving parts, but are more expensive than traditional hard disk drives. Flash drives are like the memory chips found in digital cameras and some iPods. Flash drives are also called “solid state drives”, abbreviated as SSD.

Whereas laptops and notebooks run programs that are stored on the hard drive, netbooks rely more on Internet based services and web sites.


Larger, more powerful, more expensive netbooks resemble notebooks; and larger, more powerful notebooks resemble laptops.

Frankly, if the computer is small enough to fall between my legs when I am sitting comfortably with my knees apart, then it’s not a laptop.

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TigerDirect deals for the day

TigerDirect is offering some great prices on some refurbished items this week. Just in case you don’t know, a refurbished items are “like new”. They were previously owned, but returned. Often these are cases where the original owner received it as a gift or discovered they had purchased the wrong item.  Once they were returned to the retailer they were sent to the manufacturer to check that the item was in re-salable condition.

Not all the items here are refurbished. If they’re refurbished, it is noted in the description.

Check out what is, in my opinion, the top deal of the day: The 42 inch HDTV from LG.

6-23-2009 2-56-07 PMSAVE $10 – Linksys Wireless G Router 54Mbps, 802.11g, 4-Port SpeedBooster. This is a recertified (previously owned) item. Only $29.99

SAVE $15 – Samsung 22X DVDRW Drive with a SATA connector. This is an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) item, so there are no warranties, manuals, etc. This is for experienced PC builders. Only $29.99

SAVE $60 – Dragon NaturallySpeaking Standard version 10. Speech Recognition Software, so your computer types as you speak. Microphone needed of course. I recommend Logitech  USB headsets. Only $39.99

6-23-2009 2-57-29 PMSAVE $39 – HP 17″ LCD Monitor. This monitor has 1280×1024 resolution for crisp detailed images. It has an 800 to 1 Contrast Ratio, a 5ms response time for clean, non-blurry video for games and DVD playback. Uses a standard VGA connector that is compatible with most computers. Only $79.99 * Price after $31 MIR, rebate expires 07/15/09. Check TigerDirect for more details.

6-23-2009 2-58-43 PMSAVE $250 – Garmin Nuvi 680 GPS. Never get lost again with this GPS unit has a 4.3″ Touch Screen Display, an SD Card Slot, and Bluetooth connectivity. It also receives Dynamic Content From MSN (Microsoft NetWork). This is a refurbished itme (previously owned but recertified by the manufacturer). Only $149.99

SAVE $110 – Acer Aspire Netbook. Small light and extremely portable. Equipped with an efficient yet fast Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor, 1GB DDR2 RAM (memory), and a 160GB hard disk drive. The screen measures 8.9 inches. It uses the Windows XP operating system. And it’s blue. This, too, is a refurbished item for the great price of $219.9.

6-23-2009 2-55-00 PMSAVE $200 – Acer Aspire Notebook. Here’s an AMD Athlon powered notebook computer. The processor has a 1.6GHz clock speed.  The motherboard has 3GB of DDR2 RAM (memory). the hard drive holds 160GB of programs, files, photos, and data, etc. The screen measures 15.4 inches. This unit runs on Windows Vista. Did I mention this one’s been refurbished? Only $299.99

6-23-2009 2-53-50 PMSAVE $150 – eMachines Notebook. Here’s an inexpensive AMD Athlon 64 TF-20 powered notebook.  (1.6GHz clock speed). With 3GB of DDR2 RAM (memory), a 250GB hard drive, a dual layer DVD burner (RW) for burning up to 8.4 GB of data to a DVD. the screen measures 15.6″ diagonally, and it  runs on Windows Vista. Only $349.99

6-23-2009 2-51-35 PMSAVE $620 – HP Compaq Presario Notebook. This is run by a powerful Intel Pentium Dual Core T3400 processor with a 2.16GHz clock speed. It has an extraordinary 4GB of RAM (memory). Many computers today only have 2 GB of RAM, but I say, “Get all the memory you can.” The hard drive holds 250GB of data, the screen measures 15.6 inches, and it uses Windows Vista. Only $499.96* Price after $30 MIR, rebate expires 06/27/09. Check the link above for details from TigerDirect.

6-23-2009 2-50-42 PMSAVE $570 – HP Pavilion Notebook. Equipped with an AMD Turion X2 RM-72 processor with a 2.1GHz clock speed. This one has a nice 4GB of RAM (memory), too. The hard drive holds 320GB. The screen measures 17 inches (very nice for a notebook computer). Powered by Vista. And the case is a beautiful metallic bronze color. This is refurbished. Only $579.96


6-23-2009 2-49-30 PMSAVE $400 – LG 42″ LCD HDTV. I think this is the best deal today. This HDTV uses full high definition 1080p technology. The screen resolution is 1920×1080 (that’s where the 1080 in 1080p comes from. The “p” stands for progressive scan as opposed to interlaced. See the example below. The contrast ratio (black to white) is an impressive 15000 to 1. This is a 16:9 widescreen set with a 5ms reposnse time for clean, non-blurry images. It also has USB connections and 3 HDMI connections for the easiest audio-video connections. It uses Clear Voice technology, which focuses in on dialogue and conversation when background noise gets in the way. It also uses an Intelligent Sensor and AV Mode to enhance picture quality and overall performance. View your collection of pictures or listen to your MP3s via the integrated USB 2.0. Get your hands on this complete package today before it’s too late! Only $799.99!


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Exclusive Savings for Skylarking Readers

More special offers for Skylarking readers from Tigerdirect. (I’m considering making this a regular Friday feature on Skylarking. What do you think? Let me Know.)

HDTV Accessories

Canon HiDef VidCam

Canon HiDef VidCam

SAVE $12 – APC 2M/6.6-ft HDMI Pro Interconnects Cable – $7.97. This is handy if you’ve purchased a new HDTV with an HDMI interface. many new high-def cable boxes have HDMI connections for the highest quality sound and picture quality.

SAVE $100 – Canon HG10 High Definition Video Camcorder – $499.99: This is a refurbished item. This is a high definition video camcorder from Canon with an internal 40GB hard drive, a great 10x Optical Zoom (in my book, optical zoom is always better than digital zoom because it’s done in the lens and not in the camera’s processor). But if you like the digital zoom this unit has a 200x Digital Zoom range. Great for following tigers and lions on safari.


SAVE $90 – HP Photosmart D7360 Color Inkjet Printer – $39.99: This a refurbished item. It prints in color and black and white. Black and white prints are printed at a rate of up to 32 pages per minute. (That’s about 1 page every 2 seconds). It connects via USB and accepts PictBridge technology for selected digital cameras.


SAVE $400 – Gateway P-7805u FX Notebook – $749.99: I must be refurbished crazy today, because this is a refurbished item, too. Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor (Model P8400, with a 2.26GHz clock speed), an extraordinary 4GB of RAM (DDR3), a 320 GB hard drive, and a nice wide 17 inch screen (and this is a laptop). It, too, is powered by Windows Vista Home Premium edition for 64-bit processors.

Acer NetBook

Acer NetBook

SAVE $100 – Acer Aspire One Netbook – $199.99: This a refurbished item. Netbooks have become very popular this year, and some cellular networks are making it easy to connect to the Internet anywhere you go with your netbook. This unit is powered by an Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor, with 1GB or RAM, and 120GB hard drive (a rare find on a netbook in this price range). The screen is 8.9″, and it runs on WinXP Home Edition. (Yes, Windows XP not Vista).

SAVE $50 – HP Pavilion Desktop – $399.99: This desktop computer is powered by a 64-bit AMD Phenom X4 processor (1.8GHz for you techies who need the numbers). It also has a whopping 4GB or RAM (DDR2), a massive 500 GB hard drive, and it runs on Windows Vista Home Premium Edition for 64-bit processors. (That’s the operating system I run on many of my own computers).


SAVE $50 – Magellan RoadMate 1412 GPS Navigation – $79.99: This a refurbished item. Save your husband or boyfriend from having to ask for directions with this GPS navigation unit. It has a 4.3 inch Touch Screen Display. Includes maps for US, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

DVD Drive and Mouse

DVD Drive and Mouse

SAVE $150 – AMD Phenom 9500 Processor – $89.97: For all you AMD techies out there. Are you looking to speed up your AMD powered computer? Then this might be the processor for you.

SAVE $30 – Samsung 8X DVDRW External Drive – $79.99: Here’s a special offering, a portable DVD burner with a Black Neoprene travel sleeve and a USB Mouse. The drive is powered by the USB port, no need to worry about the seperate power units. It doesn’t get much simpler. Supports both 8 cm & 12 cm discs, and the Manual Disc Eject function means discs can be ejected when it is powered off.

SAVE $50 – BFG GeForce 7600 GS Video Card – $99.99: This video card is for gaming computers. It has 512MB of GDDR2 video RAM (manufactured by OC) with an AGP 8x connector for the motherboard, and DVI, VGA, and TV Out connections on the outside so you can connect your computer to a TV, VCR, or monitor.

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Pico Projector No. 2: Optoma PK 101

Optoma PK101 Projector

Optoma PK101 Projector

Yesterday, I discussed the first of two pico-projectors to hit the market: The Dell M109S. Today I’ll discuss the second, the Optoma PK-101 PICO Pocket Projector which, coincidentally, became officially available yesterday. I’ve only been able to find it online at Amazon.com (pre-order) and eBay at this time. It sells for $399, $50 less than the Dell M109S, but don’t stop reading yet.

First off, these units aren’t meant to replace your large home video projectors. Home units, which are designed for lit room viewing, are much much brighter than these mini-projectors, but the home units aren’t exactly portable or easy to transport and setup. And you certaily won’t fit a home unit in your pocket or handbag. These mini pico-projectors are portable, and are very very easy to setup. The Optoma PK101 will fit in your pocket, and the Dell M109S will fit in a slightly larger pocket. (FYI, you may very well see a pico-projector in future cellphones and portable computers for projecting images on a wall or other light colored surface.)

Back to the PK 101 from Optoma

The PK 101 is much smaller and lighter than the Dell M109S. It’s just over half an inch thick, 2 inches wide, and 4 inches long. It weighs only 4 ounces — a third the weight of the M109S (13 ounces), but the PK101 is only a fifth as bright as the Dell unit.  The Optoma is rated at 11 lumens versus the M109S’s 50 lumens. (Current home theater units are rated at 1,000 to 2,500 lumens).

The PK101 runs on a battery, which lasts for 2 hours of usage. There is a second battery included which can be swapped when the first one dies. The Dell M109S runs on an AC adapter, and there is no battery option. The PK101 has a AC adapter, too. The lower lumens rating is probably intended to conserve the PK101’s battery life. Both units work best in a dimly lit or dark room.

The plus side for the PK101 is that it is supposed to include a cable for connecting it to your iPod, so you can project video and slideshows. The Dell M109S can also be connected to an iPod, but you’ll have to buy the connecting cable from Apple: Apple Composite AV Cable – Apple Store (U.S.). The cable costs $50.

About Connectivity

The PK101 connects to iPods and iPhones with its included bundled connection kit. It can also be connected to camcorders, DV-Cams, and Digital Cameras with their standard composite AV Outs with the PK101’s included composite cable. You can also connect it to DVD Players and other video players. The same holds true for the Dell M109S (Note: I mentioned earlier a special cable is needed from Apple to connect the M109S to a iPod or iPhone).

Dell M109S

Dell M109S

The Optoma PK101 isn’t configured for connecting to a laptop or computer. unless the computer itself as a special video output.

The Optoma PK101 is the more atractive of the two units with its sleek finish, though some have complained it is prone to showing fingerprints and smudges. The Dell M109S has a brighter and sharper image, but no battery option. For computer and video connectivity, I’d be prone to go with the M109S. If I were more interested in iPod video connectivity, I might be inclined to go with the Optoma PK101, though I could always get the Apple cable to connect to the M109S.

I think the three questions you need to ask yourself when decing on these two units are: Do I need an option to run on a battery, or will I usually have access to a power outlet? What will I connect to more: an iPod or a computer? Do I want to drop it in my pocket or carry it in a briefcase or bag?

Update (Mar. 31, 2009): Connect Optoma PK-101 to a MacBook Air

Apple Micro-DVI to Video Adapter

The Optoma PK 101 is designed to connect to devices that have composite video connections. The MacBook Air has a mini display port that can be used as follows:

  • DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter
  • VGA output using Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter
  • Dual-link DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter

This is according to the MacBook Air’s Technical Specifications web page.

According to a MacBook Air Developer Note from Jan. 18, 2008:

The MacBook Air ships with a micro-DVI to DVI adapter and a micro-DVI to VGA adapter. A micro-DVI to video adapter, which provides composite and S-video support, is sold separately.

The Apple Micro-DVI to Video Adapter (shown above right) is available from the Apple Store in the US and Canada for $19. Apple says, “The Micro-DVI to Video Adapter was designed specifically to fit the slim profile of MacBook Air. The adapter connects to the Micro-DVI port on your MacBook Air and provides both S-video and Composite video connectors so that you can view content from your computer on such devices as TVs, VCRs, or overhead projectors with S-Video or RCA (Composite) connectors.”

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Ultra-portable Presentations: The Dell M109S Projector

Dell and Optoma have each released an ultra-portable projector recently. Dell has the Dell M109S On-the-Go Projector and Optoma has the Pico PK-101. Today I’ll discuss the Dell M109S On-the-Go Projector.

Dell M109S

Dell M109S

The Dell M109S is an amazingly small projector. As you can see it truly fits in the palm of one’s hand with every dimension between 1-1/2 inch and 4-1/4 inches, and it’s weight is less than one pound (0.80 pounds to be exact).

This just-about-pocket-sized projector could be used to deliver business or ther presentations in small gorup or conference settings. College students could find it useful for course presentations. It could also be useful for travel for connections to portable DVD players, console game stations, or laptops for projecting videos, movies, or games. Update (12/16/08): If you purchase a $50 Apple Composite AV Cable – Apple Store (U.S.) you can attach it to your iPod and project video or slideshows onto a wall.

The M109S uses Texas Instruments DLP (Digital Light Projection) technology. DLP uses millions of tiny mirrors and reflectors that work in concert to create stunning colors and highly-accurate images. This same technology is being used in digital movie theatres and in home entertainment and theater systems.

Connecting the Dell M109S On-the-Go Projector is a breeze since its included multi-input cable lets you connect to notebooks, desktops, DVD players, gaming consoles and other video devices. So there’s no need to search for or carry a multitude of adapters.

For you techies who need to know the specs, here they are:

  • Ultra Portable – At 3.64″ x 4.12″ x 1.46″ and a mere 0.80 pounds, you’ll hardly notice it’s in your laptop case.
  • 858 x 600 SVGA Native Resolution – Displays up to 480,000 pixels with a 4:3 aspect ratio.
  • Contrast ratio: 800:1 typical (Full On/Full Off) – Projects clear images and easy-to-read text.
  • Long Projection Life – The M109S utilizes mercury-free LED light source of usage life up to 10,000 hours, helping to save money and reduce maintenance to a minimum as no replace of LED module light source is required.
  • Password Protection – Keep critical presentations safe and secure.
  • Green Machine – With the efficient, mercury-free LED technology, you can help protect the planet and your bottom line.

If you combine this with one of the ultra mobile, ultra portable netbooks like the Dell Inspiron mini 9 or the Asus Eee PC and you’ll have one of the most compact travelling presentations ever. You’ll dazzle your clients more than ever with your great presentation and your amazing projection system.

Dell mini 9 Netbook (Hot! Hot! Hot!)

Did I say “Hot! Hot! Hot!” already?  Lemme look …. hmmm (looks up a little bit) …. yes … yes, I did. Okay.

The Dell mini 9 Netbook is one of the hot items for holiday shopping this year.  It’s not Cabbage Patch doll or a Wii.  (Who remembers the Cabbage Patch doll craze?)

Save $250 on the Inspiron 1525 laptop! Only $599 after Instant Savings!

The Dell mini 9 is a small — every dimension is under 10 inches — and incredible light at about 2 pounds. Yet very powerful computer.  My favorite part is the Flash, or solid state, drive. That’s where everything is stored.  The Flash drive has no moving parts so its fast and durable, and durable is what you need with a machine so small you can take it just about anywhere. That’s great if you getting one or more for your kids.

It’s also great for business people who need to travel light and fast. My friend, Evantz Saint-Gerard of Nationwide Equities Corp., tells me his business partner, Dean Graber, is crazy about his mini 9, and now Evantz can’t wait to get one, too. Tami Racaniello of It’s Time To Get Fit, is also considering getting one, too. I’ve been recommending this computer left and right.

I’m mentioning it again because if you act fast you can get one today from Dell for $299.  That’s after a special today only savings of $50.

The base unit — which is completely customizable when you order — is Alpine White, and runs on Linux (Ubuntu v8.04.1), 1Yr Ltd Warranty and Mail-In Service, 512MB RAM (Memory), 4GB Solid State Drive, an Intel® Atom Processor® N270 (1.6GHz/533Mhz FSB/512K cache), a glossy 8.9 inch LED display (1024X600), and a Wireless 802.11g Mini Card.

Save $250 on the Inspiron 1525 laptop! Only $599 after Instant Savings!

Want more deals? Okay, I know, who doesn’t.

Another “Today Only” special offer from Dell is a 1 terabyte, that’s 1,000 gigabytes, of external storage for only $189 after $80 in savings.  That is a really great deal, and I’m offering it to you through this link: Get the 1TB MyBook World Edition 2 Drive for only $189.99 after $80 Instant Savings!

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Netbook Offers (Dell and ClubMac)

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about Netbooks lately. Netbooks are small, compact, lightweight computers that are very handy for travellers who need to have a computer handy.  They are great if your primary interest is Internet access while travelling. Most netbooks have built in WiFi for wireless Internet access — great at Internet cafes such as Starbucks, Borders, and some Barnes and Noble bookstores, among others. They can also be tethered to a cellphone for Internet access, too.

Some will say, “Isn’t this a laptop?”

Netbooks are much smaller and much lighter than laptops, and tend to use Flash memory cards like your digital camera, so netbooks have fewer moving parts than laptops. Netbooks also have less storage space, but most come with online storage or USB capability for thumb drives.

My top recommendations for netbooks include the Asus Eee PC and the Dell Inspiron mini 9. These two machines are expected to be hot items on Black Friday. That’s three days from today.

Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Laptop Computer

Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Laptop Computer

Staring at $399 this version of the mini 9 comes with Windows® XP Home Edition (yes, XP, not Vista). It’s covered by a 1 year limited warranty with Mail-In Service. It has an adequate 1 GB of RAM (memory), 8 GB Solid State Drive (storage), an integrated 0.3M Pixel Webcam. The processor is an Intel® Atom Processor® N270 (1.6GHz/533Mhz FSB/512K cache). The hi-res LED screen measures 8.9 inches, and is backed by an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA). It also has a wireless 802.11g Mini Card, a long lasting 32WHr Battery, Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 8.1, Microsoft Works 9 without MS Word.

New orders can get a 3G upgrade for $125.

Click to take a better look, customize, and buy from Dell:
Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Laptop Computer

For you Linux OS fans out there, there is a $349 Ubuntu Unix version starting at $349:
Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Laptop Computer

Eee PC 901 12G – XP Home – Pearl White – Intel ATOM Processor

Also starting at $399 from ClubMac is the Asus Eee PC. It’s about the same as the mini 9, but it comes with 12 GB of storage plus 20 GB of online storage. Click to view and buy from Club Mac:
Eee PC 901 12G – XP Home – Pearl White – Intel ATOM Processor

Update: Watchout for netbooks using HDD (hard disk drives) versus SSD (solid-state drives). I prefer the SSD units because they have no moving parts and are more durable and more shock resistant than standard hard drive (HDD) technology. SSDs are smaller, and cost more, but their durability makes up for it. This is very important with a small portable computer which is more prone to shocks.

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New Computers for K-12, pt. 2

In yesterday’s post I started discussing some new ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs) for K-12 students as many school districts across the nation attempt to increase access to computers and the research sources on the Internet. In 2003, the U>S> Census bureau revealed that 5% of high school juniors and seniors hadn’t used a computer, while 20% hadn’t used the Internet. (See the report)

Yesterday, I showed you two UMPCs: the Intel Classmate and the Asus Eee PC series. Today, I have two more computers which are being used in one-to-one computer ownersehip programs in school districts across the nation: the HP Mini-Notebook, and the Everex Cloudbook.

HP 2133 Mini-Notebook (www.hp.com, Product page)

Hewlett-Packard has 5 models in the UMPC line priced from $499 to $849.They weigh in at about 2.5 pounds and are just slightly more than an inch thick. The screens are 9 inches wide with a good sized keyboard, two USB ports; connections for microphone, headphone, and external monitor; with wired and wireless Internet (WiFi). Most models use a standard hard drive (moving parts), but the $499 model uses a Flash drive (no moving parts). The higher priced models are suitable for older students and non-students alike.HP Services includes a one-year standard parts and labor warranty, pick-up or carry-in, and toll-free 7 x 24 hardware technical phone support (depending on model). On-site service and warranty upgrades are also available.

  • Model KR922UT for $499: Linux operating system (OS) (instead of Windows), 4 GB storage, 512 MB RAM (memory) with digital camera.
  • Model KX868AT for $599: (Shown in video at right) Windows Vista Home Basic operating system (OS), 120 GB storage, 1 GB RAM (memory), integrated camera.
  • Model KR939UT for $729: Same as KX868AT above, but with Windows Vista Business OS (or downgrade to Windows XP Pro), and Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Model KR945UT for $749: Same as above with slightly faster processor.
  • Model KR948UT for $789: Same as KR939UT, but with 2 GB of RAM (memory), and 160 GB hard drive (storage). Weight: 2.6 pounds.

HP 2133 (KX868) – $629
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HP 2133 (KX870) – $849
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Other models available direct from HP

Everex Cloudbook (www.everex.com)

The Cloudbook has a 7 inch screen, weighs only 2 pounds, has a 5 hour battery life for surfing the web, sending email, blogging, IM, Skype, and computing. Based on the latest gOS Rocket operating system, the ultra-mobile Everex PC comes with popular applications from Google, Mozilla, Skype, OpenOffice.org and more. Also 512MB RAM (memory), 30GB Hard Disk (storage), wired and wireless (WiFi) Internet, 2 USB ports, 4-in1 Media Card Reader, webcam, headphone/line-out and microphone/line-in connections, and stereo speaker. Price: $349 at Walmart.com.

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