Hewlett-Packard is to offer wireless local area network (Lan) technology as an optional extra on three new notebook products targeted at the SME market, writes Daniel Thomas.
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HP will offer the wireless Lan capability on its Omnibook XE3 notebook, the Netserver E800 and the e-PC in conjunction with Lucent Technologies.
The Omnibook XE3 is an entry-level notebook computer, which, HP says, focuses its hardware configurations to reflect usage patterns of single users and those within the SME environment.
Key usability features include a fixed three-spindle design (hard drive, CD-Rom drive, or DVD-Rom drive and floppy disc drive fixed internally) and an integrated 56Kbyte modem. It has 128Mbytes of memory with a standard Ram expandable to 256Mbytes.
The e-PC has 64-128Mbytes of memory and is shipped with Microsoft Word 2000 or Office 2000 Small Business Edition. It features an Internet keyboard and an "in-cable" USB e-modem.
The Netserver E800 is an Internet-ready server which comes with an ISDN card for connection to the Internet. It has up to 145Gbytes of storage, using four 36.4Gbyte low-profile drives.
All three models will start shipping in the UK in November.