This Subnotebook Doesn't Scrimp On Computer Comforts

It's hard enough cramming features into notebook PCs, but what about subnotebooks? This new category of portables, weighing under 5 pounds, began hitting the market this year with such entries as Hewlett-Packard Co.'s OmniBook and IBM's ThinkPad 500. These machines pack the power of a desktop PC in a package smaller in length and width than a sheet of typing paper. But such miniaturization often means a sacrifice in features--tiny keyboards and no color screens, for example.

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