New Notebooks from Gateway and Dell – How Should You Decide?

When looking for a notebook, if you move around a lot you want nothing more than 5lbs in total – adapter included. Getting something like 7lbs or more is going to be heavy carrying around town or around the world. A small notebook should give you all the power you need for basic business use.
A desktop replacement notebook, weighing 7 – 9lbs can be ideal for keeping mainly in the office and used primarily to save space, compared to a desktop computer. If you need to occasionally throw it in the car the extra weight would not be a problem.
The lighter the notebook the less ports and built in drives you should expect.
Gateway and Dell released two new notebooks. PC World writes about Gateway’s notebooks: The skinnier notebook is the M680, touted as a mobile workstation, with a 17-inch wide-screen display and Intel’s new Alviso chip set. Alviso adds support for DDR2 (Double Data Rate 2) memory and the PCI Express interconnect technology, which help to improve overall system performance.
PC World writes about the other Gateway notebook The M360 weighs 6 pounds, putting it at the high end of what most PC analysts consider a thin-and-light notebook. The term has more to do with marketing than technology, but notebooks weighing around 5 pounds are generally considered thin-and-light systems.
Dell also released a new notebook and Computer World writes Dell Inc. updated its lineup of business notebooks Wednesday with a 2.5-lb. laptop designed for executives making last-minute changes to presentations on airplanes.
The Latitude X1 was designed with business travelers in mind, from its reinforced casing that wards off shifting airline baggage in the overhead compartment to a computer, it is important to consider how much it weigsealed keyboard that limits the damage caused by coffee spills. Dell reduced the size of the power adapter and battery to get down to a system weight of 2.5 lbs., which makes this system the lightest laptop in Dell’s arsenal.