With all the Santa Rosa
lovin' that's been going on of late, it's easy to overlook the AMD
-powered bunch, but Sharp's latest Mebius
shuns the more popular Intel chip and relies on a 1.6GHz Sempron 3400+ CPU instead. Additionally, this 14.1-inch machine sports a WXGA panel, up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, ATI's Radeon Xpress 1100 graphics set, an 80GB hard drive, 802.11b/g WiFi, and a dual-layer DVD burner. Around the edges you'll find four USB 2.0 ports, a 4-pin FireWire connector, PC Card slot, SD card slot, Ethernet, audio in / out, and a VGA output. Unfortunately, it sounds like you may be disappointed in the paltry 1.3-hours of battery life that the Li-ion reportedly provides, but at least you've got more than a few alternatives to run to for ¥150,000 ($1,228).