2008: Year of the Notebook

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Bigger and stronger. Smaller and sleeker. High end and low end.

In the first half of 2008, PC makers have shown the market more innovation than they have in years -- and it shows no sign of letting up. From Apple's MacBook Air, which stormed the market in January after Steve Jobs pulled it out of a manila envelope, to the Acer Aspire Gemstone Blue, a massive desktop replacement built for multimedia, the market has delivered the goods this year when it comes to mobile computing.

And with Intel's launch of its Montevino, and Nehalem processors yet to come, the second half of 2008 is poised to provide even more significant entries into the market. Here is a look at just some of the top notebooks the Test Center has taken a look at in just the first six months of the year.

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