September 2, 2009
In 2008, unit shipments of notebook PCs outpaced sales of desktop PCs for the first time, and for good reason. With their fast dual-core processors, large screens, spacious hard drives and various connectivity options, today’s laptops don’t exact many feature compromises and still give you the freedom to work where and when you want.
Better still, prices continue to drop: A well-equipped business portable can be had for around $800, and $1,400 will get you a model with almost all the bells and whistles. You also have more varied choices than ever, with 16-inch screens available in larger machines and a new class of ultra-compact, ultra-affordable netbooks designed to be take-everywhere Internet/e-mail companions.
Here we offer guidance on the type, components and features to consider when selecting your next laptop, as well as some of our current favorite entries in each category.