Here's our Hardware Tip for.. November 26, 2004
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Ultrathin Notebooks--Part 7 of 7
The controversy over IR (infrared) ports continues. At this point, most standard notebooks come with IR ports, but is anyone really using them to transfer data between notebooks and other devices? This topic is often debated in user group meetings and within the ranks of PC manufacturers.

Whether IR ports are useful or not, most new ultrathin notebook models simply have no room for them. So if you use IR ports for data transfer, keep this in mind. If you have a critical need for IR communications, you might consider buying a standard-size notebook that features IR.