Mobile Computing: Low-Price Gift Ideas

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Notebooks & Accessories

Review: Sharp Actius MV14

The $1999 Sharp Actius MV14 is a 4.1-pound ultraportable--one of the lightest you can buy with a built-in optical drive, says PC World reviewer Carla Thornton. It lasted 3 hours in our battery tests and comes with built-in Wi-Fi. But without a port replicator or docking station available, expansion options are too limited for some users. (For pricing, go to Sharp's site.)

Review: Gateway 450X

The latest version of Gateway's highly expandable 450X notebook elicited few complaints from our ace laptop reviewer Carla Thornton. Carla liked the 450X's fast 1.7-GHz/600-MHz Pentium M chip, long battery life of nearly 5 hours, composite TV-out port, FireWire port, two USB ports, Centrino Wi-Fi (in the standard configuration), and other features. One nit: The only way to control speaker volume is through a combination keystroke. (For pricing, go to Gateway's site.)

Reader Response: Another Resource for Wired Hotels

"Much as yourself, I prefer to stay in hotels that offer high-speed Internet access (HSIA) while I'm on the road," writes Brent Baker, in response to my recent newsletter on that topic. "My frustration with having to search multiple sites to find such a property in a new city led me to create my own Web site specializing in U.S. hotels that offer HSIA."

Brent's site,, casts a wide net, and some listings include links to a given hotel's reservation page--a nice touch. If you're planning to travel soon, it's definitely worth a look-see.

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