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.
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.