1999 Technology Buyer's Guide: The Right Notebook for You

Most people think choice is a good thing. Take French roast vs. Kona, or Skippy vs. Jif. But when it comes to notebook computers, the options can be downright dizzying. This year, with the introduction of superfast Intel Pentium III processors in laptops and the rapid proliferation of ultralight PCs, your choices got even broader.

The first decision is whether you need a notebook at all. It will typically cost 20% more than a comparable desktop, so be sure portability is pivotal. Next, choose what matters most. Frequent flyers want fewer pounds in the shoulder bag, while power users need faster...

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