Fast, Yes Cheap, No

Notebook computers continue to challenge state-of-the-art desktops for sheer processing power. The latest entrant, the TravelMate 5000 from Texas Instruments (800-848-3927) is powered by a 75 megahertz Pentium processor and features the same speedy input-output design used on desktop machines. But there's still a big difference in price. The new TI units start at just under $6,000, about twice the cost of a similarly equipped desktop.

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