Quad-core CPUs, AMD graphics, and a touch screen fill the near-ultrabook slim Chronos at CES.
The Motorola ES400S is definitely too big and clunky for an average consumer, but mobile task workers might find this a very useful tool for the job.
The Toshiba Satellite L505-ES5018 is about the cheapest dual-core laptop that you'll find, and it provides a predictably basic feature set, but boasts competitive performance, respectable battery life, and zero bloatware.
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It lacks some standard mainstream laptop features, including an integrated Webcam and multimedia control buttons, but the Sony Vaio VGN-NR498 holds some appeal thanks to its decent performance, good battery life, and excellent keyboard. Still, there's a cheaper version of this Vaio laptop we like better.
Despite some problems with disc compatibility and DVD playback quality, the eminently affordable, well-featured Panasonic DMR-ES25S is the basic DVD recorder to beat.
Panasonic's entry-level DMR-ES20 DVD recorder offers excellent recording quality and easy camcorder dubbing, but its editing features fall short.
Panasonic's entry-level DMR-ES10 DVD recorder offers excellent recording quality but falls short when it comes to editing features.
OneNote 2003 is better than your word processor at taking notes, but it's expensive. Instead, we recommend EverNote, which is free.