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A laptop computer that weighs less than four pounds. In order to reduce weight, subnotebooks, also called "Ultrabooks" or "ultralights," often eliminate built-in CD/DVD drives. However, if optical discs are required when traveling, an external drive in the travel bag generally adds more weight than a built-in drive.

The Mini Laptop/Netbook
In the 2007 time frame, subnotebooks called "mini laptops" and "netbooks" made their debut, the latter term coined by Intel for machines that use its Atom processor. Weighing up to three pounds, mini laptops/netbooks have screens from 8 to 10" (see netbook). For features of portable computers, see laptop. See ultrathin laptop, notebook and Ultrabook.

The Trend Setter
In 1998, Sony popularized the subnotebook class with its VAIO (pronounced "vy-o") 505G at three pounds and less than an inch thick. To reduce traveling weight, floppy and CD-ROM drives were external, and a docking station was included. (Image courtesy of Sony Corporation.)

Laptop and Netbook
The Acer netbook on the right sports an 8.9" screen compared to 15" on its big brother to the left. Netbooks sacrifice keyboard and screen size for portability.
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Yesterday Tim, who is originally from Cheltenham, said: "The dissertation and four assignments are stored on the laptop and the palm top, an SD card and on two CDs.
The UK mobile phone operator Vodafone has launched what it claims to be the first palm top device with an in-built digital camera and full Internet access.
This second Korean patent describes a modular input device shaped like a typical writing instrument for use with personal computers, palm top computers, personal digital assistants, wearable computers, desktop computers or other general purpose computers.
It moves around the house by attaching itself to sockets on the walls, has four pincers which work in the same way as hands and is controlled from a palm top computer.
Throughout the UK, people were trying to get to grips with hi-tech presents such as computers, palm top organisers, and DVD players.
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Orange, who are launching the phone, said the new device will combine palm top computing, conference calling and internet services with video technology.
TIM Twin Card" is another unique service STET Hellas introduced to the Greek market, that allows users to have two SIM cards with the same number, this way avoiding the hassle of switching SIM cards between mobile devices and is especially convenient for STET Hellas' data-savvy business customers who regularly utilize a Data Card or a Palm Top to access the Internet as well as for many of the company's customers who routinely swap between a permanent mobile handset placed in their automobile and another portable mobile handset.
Phone listings of government ministers, special Downing Street hotlines, ex-directory home numbers and addresses were contained on the palm top.
com using a Palm V, Palm VII, or Windows CE palm top.
Dendrite's existing customer has taken the newest WebForce(TM), with embedded ForceAnalyzer(TM) and the Dendrite palm top solution ForceMobile(TM) companion, on a global basis.
In the media sector, UBC Media jumped 2p to 49p after unveiling a partnership with palm top computer group Psion to join the consortium bidding for regional digital radio licences.