Top 15 Notebook PCs

SAN FRANCISCO (07/26/2000) - Gateway Inc. stages a near-complete coup d'e'tat this month, taking over two of the three top spots on our Top 15 list. The company's latest SUV-like desktop replacement, the Solo 9300XL, blazes in as our new number one power notebook. With a huge 15.7-inch screen and a PC WorldBench score approaching that of a Pentium III-750 notebook, it would make a good choice for digital and graphic artists who can use its built-in IEEE 1394 connection.

Our new midrange Best Buy, Gateway's US$2124 Solo 2550LS, would please both business and consumer shoppers looking for a compact all-in-one. It kicks in an extra USB port, a built-in SuperDisk drive and 4-hour-plus battery life.

The Presario 1200-XL110, an inexpensive Compaq Computer Corp. laptop with powerful sound, grabs budget Best Buy honors. A more basic version of the new CD-playing Presario 1800-T 750 (fifth place on our power list), the $1499 Presario 1200-XL110 could serve as a no-frills e-mail and word processing companion to a desktop PC.

If you're looking for a light all-in-one, check out Enpower's ENP-313+, third on the budget list. At only 7.1 pounds (6.3 pounds without an AC adapter), the Enpower weighs about a pound less than most other notebooks with built-in floppy and CD-ROM drives.

Contributing Editor Carla Thornton regularly covers notebooks for PC World.

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