Notebooks & Accessories
Hands On: Life With an Ultraportable
PC World Senior Associate Editor Richard Baguley tried replacing his desktop PC with an ultraportable notebook--an IBM ThinkPad X31--for several weeks. For most daily tasks, the X31 was more than adequate, Richard says. But slow performance in video editing and gaming, not to mention poor ergonomics, led Richard to decide he'd rather stick with his desktop.
News: IBM Goes Slim and Trim
The ThinkPad X40 is IBM's lightest notebook yet--and the first to offer file recovery technology. Now available worldwide, the X40 is 14 ounces lighter than its older sibling, the X31, weighing just 2.7 pounds and measuring 10.6 inches long by 8.3 inches wide by 1.1 inches thick--despite its full-size keyboard. The X40 comes with Rescue and Recovery with Rapid Restore, which lets you access a protected area of the system in the event Windows XP doesn't load properly. A basic model costs $1499.
Review: HP's Double-Duty Projector
The Hewlett-Packard Mp3130 is one of the only projectors that can work both for business and occasional home theater use, says our reviewer Ramon G. McLeod. The sleek-looking projector can automatically detect what it's connected to, then adjust its light output accordingly. For example, plug it into a notebook, and it switches itself into business graphics mode. The projector is easy to use and an overall excellent choice--though it costs $2699.