New IBM notebooks feature upgraded batteries

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New IBM notebooks feature upgraded batteries

IBM has overhauled its ThinkPad X30 family of lightweight notebooks to provide up to eight hours of battery life.

The four ThinkPad X30 machines, available from 3 September, weigh 3.6 pounds (1.62 kilograms) with a standard battery and 4.5 pounds with an optional second battery. In an X30 equipped with the optional battery, both batteries work in conjunction to offer eight hours of battery life. The X30's standard battery delivers 4.5 hours of battery life. The four machines are available in varying models.

Some of the X30 models feature Cisco Systems's Aironet 802.11b cards for wireless access. X30 models are also available with Intel's PRO/Wireless LAN card, which lets users toggle among five Internet connection technologies, including 802.11b, Bluetooth, and Ethernet cards.

For security, some of the laptops come with IBM's embedded security chip, which secures wireless connections and also protects the user against unauthorised log-ons. The notebooks also have an optional fingerprint reader.

A base configuration with a 1.06MHz Intel Mobile Pentium III processor, 128Mbytes of RAM, a 20Gbyte hard drive, two USB ports, an IEEE 1394 port, and a 12-inch TFT liquid crystal display is priced at $1,999 (£1,288).

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