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Photos: Inexpensive laptops

The starting price for the Compaq Presario V2000Z is $599 after a $50 mail-in rebate. The 5.4-pound device has a 14-inch display, 256MB of memory, a 40GB hard drive and a 1.8GHz Sempron processor from AMD. (To read the CNET review, click here.)

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