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You touch one of these babies, and you're going to want one, guaranteed. The Sony VAIO 505G notebook inspired a level of tech lust here at the New York world headquarters that we haven't seen since the early days of the Apple PowerBook. It has a 10.4-inch active-matrix screen, good keyboard (a bit undersize, sure, but infinitely better than what all those crummy Windows CE devices offer), 2.1-gig hard drive, v.90-upgradeable internal modem, and -- this part you better sit down for -- a 0.9-inch profile. Yeah, baby, less than an inch thick (and less than three pounds). Okay, so it's got only a 200-MHz Pentium processor, but what do you want for two grand? An ultrastylish magnesium-alloy shell? It's got that, too.

$1,999 (external floppy drive included; external CD-rom extra)/Call 888-315-7669 for retailers.


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