Check out this hot laptop and some add-ons.

T-6815 GATEWAY LAPTOP
$899.99
http://www.gateway.com


Upside: Price and style
Downside: Weight

Out of the box, one of the first things you'll notice are the front panel hook-ups for audio/video. Searching for them on the side can be a hassle, especially on a dark or crowded flight.

Big news here is the slick style and the fantastic price. The black casing, larger-than-usual touchpad and great guts make this a laptop to consider for the road.

The model we tried had the following specs:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T5250 processor (1.5GHz)
  • 14.1-inch WXGA display
  • 1024 DDR2 memory
  • 160GB 5400 RPM SATA hard drive
  • 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • Multimedia panel/Windows Vista Hot-Start
  • Multiformat double-layer DVD-R/RW drive
  • 5-in-1 Digital Media Reader
  • 6-cell battery
  • Integrated 802.11n wireless
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Microsoft Works 8.5

    The T-Series models start as low as $749, and at that price you could get two. My only tweak would be the 5 lb, 5 oz weight but that's what ultra portables are made for.

    USB MASSAGER
    $15
    http://www.comfortbody.com

    Upside: Portable stress relief
    Downside: Zingy hands

    Plug this into the USB plug and then slide your fingers through the holes of this device for a quick on-the-go, stress-relieving mini massage.

    There are rubber nodules that also address your palms, not to mention the muscles between the index finger and the thumb. This device is a must-have for all BlackBerry users.

    On the flipside, it should be noted that after use your hands may tingle a bit, so you might want to wait a few minutes before jumping back into action.

    FINGER MOUSE
    $17.99
    http://www.usbfever.com

    Upside: Small
    Downside: Not for long-time use

    Attach this device to your index finger via a velcro strap and use it as a mouse. The left button, right button and scroll wheel are all activated by your thumb.

    While this is a great novelty and quite innovative, it's hard to imagine typing a legal brief with it. The Finger Mouse might be a great escape from the old mouse or touchpad, but it's probably best for general tasks like reading email or scanning the Web.

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    Diana Forbes is a Los Angeles-based writer and media personality. Her "Gadget Grrl" reviews appear in various national print and online publications, and she demonstrates consumer products on national and local television shows. Click here to visit her Gadgetgrrl Web site.

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