Technology Buying Guide

You haven't had it this good in years. Bad news for shareholders means great news for buyers of technology gear. We'll help you sort through the deals and the steals. What are you waiting for? A laptop for under a grand? Yours. Spend more, and you can get one that does everything your desktop can do. Spend less, and you can replace your desktop with a new one that really zings, plus one of those cool, flat-panel displays.

No, this is not fire-sale stuff, and yes, with Windows XP, computers finally work better. Try a handheld: You'll be amazed at what it can do. Or get a phone masquerading as a handheld. We'll show you how to get unplugged, with wireless options for the Web and for work. The only thing we suggest you plug in, for safety's sake, goes in your ear. Read on.

This special report includes information and data from the product-testing laboratories and programming of TechTV, the on-air and online network devoted to technology news and information. At 9:00 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, Nov. 7, TechTV's Fresh Gear cable show, which looks at emerging technologies and the latest hardware and software, will feature a special episode reviewing many of the products covered in this report. Rebroadcasts of the show will include Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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