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ALR INTRODUCES RANGER M486 NOTEBOOKS

 ALR INTRODUCES RANGER M486 NOTEBOOKS
 Notebooks, Featuring Upgradable 486DX Processing
 and Computerized Battery with 5-Hour Run Time,
 Start at $3,395 for 20-MHz 486SX Microprocessor
 IRVINE, Calif., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Logic Research Inc. (NASDAQ: AALR) unveiled today the world's first line of modular PC notebooks. The powerful 20-MHz 486SX-based notebooks start at $3,395. For users whose applications are math-intensive, the 25-MHz 486DX-based notebooks feature an integrated math coprocessor and start at $3,995. ALR's new price point positioning for the Ranger M486 offers the most integration in a 486-based notebook, deliverable at 386SX price points.
 The new ALR Ranger M486 notebooks use Intel's 20-MHz 486SX, 25-MHz 486SX and 25-MHz 486DX CPUs. The 486DX-based system runs three times as fast as 20MHz 386SX notebooks. The modular design includes three internal slots that allow for CPU, memory and I/O upgrades. Additionally, the Ranger M486 includes an ALR proprietary, computerized nickel metal-hydride battery; PowerPLUS and SmartSource power supply. PowerPLUS and SmartSource run for an extended period of five hours, giving users 25 percent longer battery life than most comparable metal- hydride batteries on the market.
 "The ALR Ranger M486 reflects the next generation of notebooks for those who simply won't compromise on power," stated Gene Lu, chairman and chief executive officer at ALR. "Those who will benefit most from a powerhouse notebook like the ALR Ranger are mobile professionals who might change their desk every couple of weeks but need the power of a desktop. Those users include auditors, sales professionals, software developers and vertical applications users like real estate agents who find they cannot sacrifice power in their PC portability."
 The ALR Ranger M486 contains electronics to fully recharge itself within two hours while in use. By using ALR's Advanced Control software utility interface, users can monitor battery life status via a hot-key control or pop-up menu. This provides users with the capability to power up and slow down the speed of the components, such as the display or hard drive, when not in use in order to conserve battery life. Lu continued to say, "The number one barrier with notebooks on the market today is that they cannot sustain battery run time operation. With the ALR Ranger M486, users will be able to use their notebooks for extended periods of time without fear of low battery interruption."
 ALR's Vice President of Marketing Dave Kirkey said, "With a modular concept built into ALR's Ranger notebooks, users can feel secure that their initial investment will be around for years to come. By purchasing an ALR Ranger M486 notebook today, users will discover an intrinsic value in their modular PC notebook because of the ability to increase processing power in the future when their needs change. It's easy to change the credit card-sized CPU module; upgrade process takes only about 30 seconds."
 Beneath the CPU panel is a bay for input/output devices. Three internal slots equip the ALR Ranger M486 for optional internal 2400/9600-bps data fax/modem; with send/receive capabilities, a SCSI interface and data compression device. Standard in all models is 4-MB of interleaved, page-mode RAM expandable to 16-MB on the motherboard. Standard drive configurations included are a 60-, 80- or 120-MB hard disk drive and a 3.5-inch 1.44-MB floppy drive.
 A 9-inch diagonal internal VGA display supports 32 shades of gray and a graphics adapter that supports 640X480X64 or 800X600X16 resolution on an external display. An 82-key keyboard with full-size, fully spaced keys with 3mm travel provides desktop keyboard ergonomics. Contrast and brightness are easily adjusted with slide-bar controls that are located to the right of the display screen. A 180-degree angle tilt adjustment controls glare in bright light. The new ALR Ranger M486 notebooks weigh 7.5 pounds and measure 11.75-H by 8.5-W by 2.25-W.
 A specially designed ALR Quik Snap pointing device port supports the new BallPoint Mouse from Microsoft, allowing users to simply snap rather than screw on the pointing device. Additional communications ports include one serial, parallel, mouse, external VGA port, external keyboard/keypad port and an ALR desktop expansion station adapter.
 System options (e.g., setup, powersave, sleep/resume mode, and CPU speed) can be controlled directly from the keyboard. An easily- removable PowerPLUS NiMH battery delivers up to five hours of operational time; and LED lights located on the front panel just above the keyboard keep users abreast of charge status. ALR offers optional accessories for the ALR Ranger M486 notebooks including SCSI interface, Fax/Modem, ALR carrying case, memory modules and ALR PowerPlus battery pack. Set up is easy on the ALR Ranger notebooks. All models come preloaded with MS-DOS 5.0.
 Like all ALR upgradable PCs, ALR has incorporated a generous Buy- Back factory rebate program which insures that users won't be left with obsolete parts. A $50 rebate check will be mailed directly to the customer when the purchase of a new upgrade module has been made.
 Shipments of the ALR Ranger M486 are currently scheduled to begin in mid-April. The ALR Ranger M486 Series was initially previewed last fall under the name ALR VIP. Soon to-be-announced is the color version of the Ranger, the ALR Ranger MC486, and, the ALR Ranger HQ16 Expansion Station. The ALR Ranger MC486 will come with the same standard features as the ALR Ranger M486 plus a color display which promises a passive- matrix VGA which supports 64 of 4096 color palette at 640 by 480 pixel resolution on an LCD panel. Shipments for the ALR Ranger MC486 color notebooks are forecasted for June 1992.
 New pricing has been set for the ALR Ranger M486 Series notebooks. Three hard drive models include a 60-MB, 80-MB and 120-MB fixed disk drive. Listed are U.S. MSRP (manufacturer suggested retail prices); reseller prices will vary:
 ALR Ranger M (monochrome) Models 60 80 120
 486SX/20MHz $3,395 $3,595 $3,895
 486SX/25MHz $3,695 $3,895 $4,195
 486DX/25MHz $3,995 $4,195 $4,495
 Upgrade Modules 486SX/25MHz $895
 486DX/25MHz $1,195
 The ALR Ranger service and support policy includes one-year limited warranty. An optional Care Maintenance Program is available. Photos and transparencies are available upon request.
 -0- 3/24/92
 /CONTACT: Dave Kirkey, VP-marketing, or Genevieve Ortegon of ALR, 714-581-6770/
 (AALR) CO: Advanced Logic Research Inc. ST: California IN: CPR SU: PDT


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