About a year or so ago, I stopped using my desktop PC so much, and moved on to using a laptop regularly. Joining the ranks of the mobile has done a great deal for me - I am no longer chained to my desk at home and can do just about anything anywhere. True, I don't have quite the raw power that the desktop system used to afford me, but since I am not really so much into games as in years gone by, itís a trade off that I can make. Still, I often miss the sheer power that the desktop system gave me (especially when running VMware), and do long for a mobile system that has the same power as a desktop, whilst at the same time being light and portable.

That's why I am so excited to read about the first Intel Yonah dual-core mobile systems appearing. The first of these that I have been able to spot is the Lavie RX LR900 laptop from NEC. This system will be based on Windows XP Home Edition and ship with 512MB of main memory and a 100GB drive. It will have a 14.1-inch LCD (liquid crystal display), a DVD Super Multi drive (DVD-R/+R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW/+RW), 802.11a/b/g WiFi and Bluetooth. The machine will weigh about 2kgs and the battery will provide enough power to last about four hours.

The RX LR900 laptop should go on sale in the first half of 2006, after Yonah has been released in the first quarter of that year. It will carry a $1,945 base price tag. Whether this, or a notebook from Apple will be the first Yonah-based laptop to market remains to be revealed.