Toshiba and Dell launch new notebooks

Dell Computer and Toshiba have unveiled new laptops with Dell announcing high-end and budget laptops and Toshiba releasing a...

Dell Computer and Toshiba have unveiled new laptops with Dell announcing high-end and budget laptops and Toshiba releasing a machine with built-in wireless capability.

Toshiba's Satellite 1200 has built-in 802.11b high-speed wireless connectivity for an integrated wireless wide area network. It uses an Intel 1.2GHz Celeron processor and has 256Mbytes of memory, a 20Gbyte hard drive, a modem and Ethernet connection and a 14.1-inch diagonal TFT colour display. It comes with Microsoft's Windows XP operating system and is available now, priced at $1,399 (£967).

Meanwhile Dell's Precision Workstation M50 is a high-end notebook designed for professional users. It features a 1.8GHz Pentium 4 processor, 256Mbytes of memory expandable to 1,048Mbytes, a 40Gbyte hard drive, a 15-inch TFT screen, modem and Ethernet and Windows XP or Windows 2000 Professional editions. It also uses an Nvidia Quadro4 500 graphics processor with 64Mbytes of memory and a graphics controller with 4x Accelerated Graphics Support. The M50 is also available now, priced at $3,599 (£2,487).

At the other end of the scale, Dell has released the Inspiron 2650, which also sports a mobile Pentium but in a base configuration of 1.4GHz, with 128Mbytes of memory expandable to 512Mbytes. It features a 14.1-inch display, an Nvidia GeForce graphics processor with 8Mbytes of memory, a 20Gbyte hard drive, integrated modem and Ethernet. Customers may choose a 24x CD-ROM, 8x DVD, 8x CD-RW or an 8x DVD and CD-RW combination drive for the installed drive bay. The 2650, available now, costs $1,299 (£898).

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