Most lightweight notebooks are also lightweight in the performance department. Not so with Dell's XPS M1330. This 0.9-inch thin, 4.8-pound notebook (available in red, black, and white) is as eye-catching as it is portable. But it's also mighty powerful, thanks to its Intel Core 2 Duo processor and Nvidia 8400 GS graphics. The 13.3-inch (1280 x 800-pixel resolution) display is very bright and just the right size for taking notes, watching movies using the slot-loading DVD+/-RW optical drive, or video chatting with the integrated webcam. Other perks include a remote that's stored in the ExpressCard slot, touch-sensitive media controls, and HDMI support. It's pricey, but you won't find more features or performance in such a lightweight package.
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