Hewlett-Packard's Compaq Presario X1000 notebook's widescreen display will make it easier to work on multiple applications in the same screen, or edit digital media.
Consumers are not looking for mobility in a notebook as much as they want performance, said Fredrik Hamberger, senior product marketing manager for HP.
HP used Intel's Centrino package of chips in this notebook, but Hamberger was certain the widescreen display and media ports set the notebook apart from competitors.
The company built a SD/MMC (secure digital/multimedia memory card) slot so users could transfer files from digital cameras and MP3 players, Hamberger said. The notebook also comes with three USB (universal serial bus) 2.0 ports and an IEEE 1394 port for video transfers.
HP is only making one configuration of the X1000 available from the 21 May. The X1000 will cost $2,399 (£1,481), after a $100 rebate, with a 1.4GHz Pentium M processor, the Intel Pro Wireless 2100 chip, 512Mbytes of DDR (double data rate) memory, a high-speed 60Gbyte hard drive that operates at 5,400 revolutions per minute, a Mobility Radeon 9200 graphics card from ATI Technologies and a DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive.
Configurable models will be available in June. A base configuration with a 1.3GHz Pentium M processor, the Intel Pro Wireless 2100 chip, a Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics card from ATI, a 40Gbyte hard drive, 256Mbytes of DDR memory, and a CD-Rom drive will cost $1,299 (£802), after the $100 rebate.