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Say hello to the Kate Moss of laptops. Sharp's ultraslim Actius MM20 is designed for frequent fliers who want to travel light. The MM20 weighs just 2 pounds but packs a 1-GHz Transmeta processor, built-in 802.11g Wi-Fi, and an optional battery with up to nine hours of life. When you return to the office, the clever USB 2.0 docking cradle makes it easy to sync files and folders with your desktop PC. Sharp Actius MM20: $1,499; www.sharpsystems.com.
Looking for a wireless Internet access point? Before you boot up your laptop, grab a WiFi Seeker and press the button. If there's an 802.11b/g network nearby, this little sniffer will find it. The more LEDs that light up, the stronger the signal. And unlike some older detectors, the WiFi Seeker isn't fooled by microwave ovens or cordless phones. Chrysalis WiFi Seeker: $30; www.wifiseeker.com.
If you have to talk, do it with two hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Jabra's SP100 is a wireless speakerphone designed for use with Bluetooth-enabled mobile handsets. Just clip it to the sun visor and the rechargeable batteries provide as much as 12 hours of talk time. There's also a mute button, so your colleagues don't have to eavesdrop while the guy at the drive-through takes your order. Jabra SP100: $149; www.jabra.com.
Another unfamiliar city, another rented car, and you're lost ... yet again. Get oriented with this portable, all-in-one GPS navigation device. TomTom's Go features a 3.5-inch transflective map display, touchscreen route planning, rechargeable batteries, and a built-in speaker that provides verbal turn-by-turn guidance to your destination. The handy mounting bracket installs on any dashboard or windshield in seconds, so you'll always know exactly where to go. TomTom Go: $829; www.tomtom.com.
Sony Ericsson's cute clamshell communicates like a real grown-up. The Z500 uses Edge network technology to send and receive instant messages and e-mail at as much as three times the speed of standard GPRS networks. The digital camera captures still and video images, while the walkie-talkie-style push-to-talk capability keeps you in the loop. And with 10 hours of talk time or 11 days of standby, this compact can go the distance. Sony Ericsson Z500: $199; www.sonyericsson.com/us.
LaCie's d2 Bigger Disk external drive stuffs a terabyte of storage into a package the size of a collegiate dictionary. How big is a terabyte? Try 1,000 gigabytes, or enough MP3s to play continuously for almost two years. The d2 is plug-and-play with both Windows and Mac systems, and a FireWire 800 connection ensures that data transfers are lightning-fast. LaCie d2 Bigger Disk: $1,199; www.lacie.com.