Firms roll out latest notebooks to meet business demand

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Firms roll out latest notebooks to meet business demand

Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba have all released new systems in anticipation of an increase in corporate purchasing later this year.

PC industry suppliers and analysts said that corporate PC buying is much healthier than in recent years and that trend is expected to continue throughout the rest of the year.

Older desktops which were purchased three and four years ago are starting to show their age, and corporations are starting to realise that it is time for an upgrade, they said.

Notebooks have been the darling of the PC industry for over a year, but recent data from IDC indicated that the phenomenal growth in notebook PCs might be losing steam.

While still healthy, notebook shipments are not expected to grow quite as sharply as last year as corporations selectively roll out notebooks only to workers requiring mobility. Desktops still provide more performance than notebooks, which require a more sophisticated chassis design to handle the rigours of mobility.

With that in mind, suppliers have rolled out several price-sensitive notebooks this week.

Toshiba's Satellite A70 and A60 notebooks are available with Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processors or Celeron processors to keep costs down.

Intel's Pentium M chip is considered the chip maker's premier product for thin-and-light notebooks. The latest version of that chip, the Dothan Pentium M, made its debut last month with improved performance, but the chips are still more expensive than their Mobile Intel Pentium 4 or Celeron counterparts.

A base configuration of the A70-S256 comes with a Mobile Intel Pentium 4 532 processor at 3.06GHz, a 60Gbyte hard drive, 512Mbytes of memory, a 15.4in widescreen display, a Radeon Mobility 9000 graphics card from ATI Technologies with 64Mbytes of shared video memory, a DVD-Rom/CD-RW (CD-rewritable) drive and an integrated 802.11g wireless chip for $1,499 (£820).

The least expensive A60 series model, the A60-S156 costs $1,099 with a 2.8GHz Celeron processor, a 40Gbyte hard drive, 256Mbytes of memory, a 15in display, a Mobility Radeon 7000 graphics card from ATI with 32Mbytes of shared video memory, a DVD-Rom/CD-RW drive and an integrated 802.11g wireless chip.

HP's Compaq Business Notebook nx9500 packs desktop performance into a mobile package. A base configuration costs $1,799 with the 3GHz Pentium 4 processor, a 60Gbyte hard drive, 512Mbytes of memory, a DVD-Rom/CD-RW drive and an integrated 802.11g wireless chip.

Fujitsu's new LifeBook E8000 notebook uses the Pentium M processor in a lighter package than the Toshiba or HP notebooks.

The LifeBook E8000 costs $1,569 with Intel's 1.6GHz Banias Pentium M processor, a 30Gbyte hard drive, 256Mbytes of memory, a 15in display, a DVD-Rom/CD-RW drive and an integrated 802.11g wireless chip.

All notebooks are immediately available.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service


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