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No matter how bad a day we’ve had, no matter the slings and arrows fate has flung our way, all we have to do is think of this and our hearts melt. No, not Valentine’s Day. We’re talking about the apparently unstoppable trend toward more powerful, feature-crammed notebook computers. These little darlings get lighter and lighter but better and better. Here are four fantastic laptops to fall in love with now. — Chris Tucker

12" Apple iBook G4, 4.9 pounds.
From $999. www.apple.com

Sony Vaio VGN-TX670P, 2.8 pounds. From $2,500. www.sonyusa.com

Lenovo ThinkPad Z60t, 4.5 pounds. From $1,200. www.lenovo.com/us

Sharp M4000 Widenote, 3.8 pounds. $1,800. www.sharpsystems.com