updated 11/24/2006 10:11:19 PM ET 2006-11-25T03:11:19

HP dv9000t Notebook and Dell XPS 700 Desktop  
Hewlett-Packard and Dell
From $1,049.99 and from $1,999      
www.hp.com and www.dell.com

Microsoft’s new Windows Vista is just around the corner, so if you’re buying a new notebook or desktop PC, make sure it can handle the new and beautifully improved operating system. HP’s dv9000t is ready for Vista, but even before it arrives the notebook is a beautiful performer.

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Powerful enough to replace a desktop, the HP’s 17” widescreen can handle anything you throw at it, from DVD movies, to high-res action games like F.E.A.R. or Splinter Cell Double Agent.

For desk-bound die-hard gamers, Dell’s XPS 700 is a screamer, maxed out with one thing in mind: To give the best game possible. And like the HP, the XPS 700 is ready for Vista when it starts shipping in the new year.

— Joe Hutsko

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