TOSHIBA TECRA M2 S630 MINI-MITS, $1,899

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.

More info:www.toshiba.com
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.

More info:www.fujitsu.com
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.
More info:www.ibm.com