Assets: Up to an 80GB hard drive, plus high-performance graphics capability
Liabilities: Middling speaker sound won’t please mobile music mavens.
Bottom line: It’s both a showhorse and a workhorse.
FUJITSU LIFEBOOK N5010, $1,899
Assets: Super-bright, 16-inch LCD is just part of a strong multimedia offering.
Liabilities: More weight (up to 11 pounds) than many want to tote
Bottom line: If you’re happy with hefty, this one’s for you.
IBM THINKPAD X40, $1,499
Assets: Holds up to 10 hours of battery life, contains an integrated 802.11 b, and (woohoo!) a full-size keyboard
Liabilities: No FireWire port and a downsized hard drive mean less robust performance.
Bottom line: At 2.7 pounds standard, and under 5 pounds completely loaded, this is the ultimate ultraportable.