Sharp notebook PC doubles up as hard disk drive for corporate users

Sharp has unveiled a notebook PC for corporate users that also functions as an external hard disk drive. When the notebook...

Sharp has unveiled a notebook PC for corporate users that also functions as an external hard disk drive. When the notebook computer is powered off and placed in its cradle, a desktop computer has direct access to the notebook's internal hard drive via a USB 2.0 interface.

The latest machine is part of Sharp's MM1-1 series, which was released to the consumer market in October. This series has been popular among Japanese consumers, according to Sharp spokesman Masaaki Takeda.

"Using a notebook PC as a hard disk drive is something new and consumers are choosing the MM1-1 series because of this function," he said. Sharp planned to keep the MM1-1 series' hard disk drive function in future products.

This helps business users who need to access the same data while in the office from a desktop PC and on the road with their notebook. While working in the office, users can keep the MM1-1 on the cradle and use it as a hard disk drive and, when on the move, use it as a normal notebook.

The MM1-1 is one of Sharp's slim-design Mebius Muramasa notebook PC series, measuring 251mm by 206mm by 13.7mm and weighing 950 grams. Its basic model carries an 867MHz Crusoe TM5800 processor, 256Mbytes of memory and a 15Gbyte hard disk drive with a 26cm XGA LCD.

Corporate users can choose between 36 customised options including wireless LAN connectivity.

The MM1-1 series will be available to the corporate market on 22January in Japan, although so far no date has been set for launch in other parts of the world. Pricing will depend on the customisation.

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