May 13, 2007
While many desktop replacements have been designed for mobile media centers or with gamers in mind, you don't need the bells & whistles that those models have in order to work productively and securely, even while traveling. Review the following desktop replacement laptops to find the one that best suits your mobile needs and also gives you a reason to have just one computer. Desktop replacements in the business class have been designed for business users as opposed to home users.
The Dell XPS M1710 has Intel Core 2 Duo processor and has a 17" wide-aspect UltraSharp display. It weighs 8.71 pounds and has a full complement of I/O ports including 6 USB 2.0; modem, Ethernet and a removable 5-in-1 memory card reader. It does not have integrated Wi-Fi so you will need to purchase an external Wi-Fi adapter.
The N6420 from Fujitsu provides mobile professionals with a 17" display, Intel Core 2 Duo processors and ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics. The N6420 will make working on the road very nice. It weighs in at 9.92lbs which makes it one of the heaviest in this category of laptops.
The nw9440 offers mobile professionals with a 71" widescreen display; Intel Core 2 Duo processors; and NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500M graphics controls. It has just about every type of port you want and has full networking options including integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It weighs 7.5lbs and a 101/102 full keyboard.
The L735 desktop replacement laptop from MSI provides a great viewing experience for working with documents, viewing web sites and watching multimedia content. If you are responsible for providing presentations while on the road, and don't mind carrying a laptop that's a got a bit of weight, then the MSIL735 is a laptop to consider.
With a base weight of 8.4lbs, the Sony VAIO VGN-AX570G desktop replacement is an average weight for this class. The 17" display has gotten great reviews and when you spend a lot of time in front of your laptop that is an important feature to consider. IT includes a built-in TV but you can't use it and the DVD burner at the same time. The VAIO VGN-AX570G includes a camera and has a large hard drive. This desktop replacement has been designed for productivity and a good model for mobile workers.
The Toughbook 30 is a ruggedized desktop replacement laptop which is ideal for those who work outdoors or in less than ideal indoor environments such as construction. It has an daylight-readable 13.3" LCD which is very beneficial for mobile professionals. It includes Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and WWAN networking options. The ToughBook 30 weighs 8.2lbs.
The Gateway E-475M desktop replacemet laptop has large 15.4" widescreen display and has some great security features. These features include a Smart Card Reader, optional fingerprint reader and GatewayShield security solution. It weighs in at just 6.1 pounds this is one of the lightest desktop replacement laptops you may find. It has a 60GB hard drive, integrated Intel® 3945 802.11a/b/g wireless, and with an 12-cell battery and optional modular battery you may get 10.5 hours of battery life.