|Ten lightweight laptops for 'road warriors'
August 16, 2000
Web posted at: 10:47 a.m. EDT (1447 GMT)
by Carla Thornton
(IDG) -- While on a business trip, Bob Greschke thought he'd forgotten to pack his new, lightweight laptop. That's when he knew he'd made the right decision to buy it. "I had to keep checking the bag to make sure the notebook was there--the bag was so light, it felt empty," says Greschke, a Socorro, New Mexico-based programmer for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. The 5-pound IBM ThinkPad 600X that Greschke bought in April weighs 3 pounds less than his old Toshiba 730XCDT notebook.
More and more corporate "road warriors"--men and women who travel often for business--are arming themselves with laptops that weigh considerably less than an all-in-one "desktop replacement" but still retain much of the latter's flexibility. Ken Dulaney of the Gartner Group, a San Jose-based technology consulting firm, says 60 percent of corporate laptops bought this year will be "two-spindle" notebooks (units that accommodate one internal drive in addition to the hard drive) like Greschke's ThinkPad.