IBM ThinkPads and PCs aimed at small businesses

IBM is targeting smaller companies and organisations with its latest range of Thinkpad notebooks and NetVista desktops.

IBM is targeting smaller companies and organisations with its latest range of Thinkpad notebooks and NetVista desktops.

Several machines were released within the Thinkpad R32 line of notebooks yesterday, designed for small to medium-sized businesses and customers in the education market.

The R32 models are available in several different configurations but are all powered by Intel's Pentium 4 Processor-M.

Users can choose to equip their notebook computers with 802.11b wireless networking technology, Firewire and Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports for connecting peripheral devices, and image management software. Prices for the R32 line start at $1,649 (£1,133).

IBM also introduced new computers within its ThinkPad A31 and A31p lines, which run on Intel Pentium 4 Processor-M chips, and Intel Celeron-powered machines in its ThinkPad R31 line. Prices for the A31 and A31p lines start at $1,599 and $3,599, respectively.

The desktop consumer can choose between new NetVista models, the A30 and A30p. Intel's Pentium 4 Processor provides the computing power for these machines, which also come with integrated Intel Extreme Graphics, a feature of Intel's new 845G and 845GL chipsets.

Six USB 2.0 ports provide an interface for digital cameras, MP3 players, and a new portable hard drive from IBM. The NetVista A30 starts at $799 while the A30p's base price is $889.

The NetVista M42 also made its debut yesterday, featuring an Intel Pentium 4 Processor and Gigabit Ethernet capability, and a starting price of $1,279.

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