Great Laptops in the PC World 100

From a superslim 16-incher that recharges without wires to an inexpensive netbook with a great keyboard and 8 hours of battery life, these are some potent portables.

Dell Latitude Z600

This superslim 16-inch laptop unites fashion-forward design and high-tech extras--with no cords. A 14mm-thick metallic-yet-rubbery case, a touch-inductive panel alongside the screen that lets you summon on-screen shortcuts, and an inductive-charging base station highlight this status symbol for business travelers. (Base price, $1999)

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HP Mini 311-1000NR

The Mini 311-1000NR is the first netbook to sport nVidia's Ion platform, which marries an Intel Atom processor to a discrete GPU, producing a reasonably powerful combo that lets you run high-def video and games. (Base price, $399)

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Lenovo ThinkPad T400s

Early in 2009, Lenovo released a rock-solid all-purpose laptop, the T400. For the T400s, however, Lenovo reduced the earlier notebook's thickness by half and (more recently) added a multitouch panel option to take better advantage of Windows 7. If you're a frequent business flyer, this laptop makes a trusty sidekick. ($1999)

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HP Envy 13

This aptly named ultraportable, which incorporates design DNA from Voodoo PC, is a sleek, slim notebook whose neat metallic frame closely apes Apple's showpiece MacBook. With a raft of high-end hardware (including sound that bumps up the bass), this PC can do the job in style. (Base price $1699)

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Alienware M15x

Thanks to its Core i7 processor, the M15x gaming laptop achieves the same degree of panache and power as its predecessor, the M17x--a huge gaming laptop with a striking design--but inside a smaller frame. (Base price $1499)

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Asus Eee PC 1101HA

This well-designed, slim-line netbook stands out for its excellent keyboard and touchpad, and for its clear, bright, 11.6-inch screen. Its battery life rocks, too, at over 8 hours. Though this model isn't the fastest we've tested, its overall handling impressed us. ($430)

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