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COLOR DISPLAY, BUILT-IN POINTING DEVICE LEAD IBM THINKPAD LINE; IBM FOCUSES COMMITMENT TO MOBILE COMPUTING WITH FOUR NEW PORTABLE SYSTEMS

COLOR DISPLAY, BUILT-IN POINTING DEVICE LEAD IBM THINKPAD LINE; IBM FOCUSES COMMITMENT TO MOBILE COMPUTING WITH FOUR NEW PORTABLE SYSTEMS
 SOMERS, N.Y., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The IBM Personal Computer Company today introduced three new notebook computers and a pen-based tablet system as the first of its ThinkPad(A) line of high-value mobile computing systems. These products -- the ThinkPad models 700, 700C, 700T and 300 -- are designed for users who need to generate high-quality presentations and perform standard business computer applications on a compact, portable system.
 "The ThinkPad product line exemplifies the strong commitment the IBM PC Company has made to mobile computing," said Bruce Claflin, general manager, Mobile Computing, IBM Personal Computer Company. "We're particularly excited about the ThinkPad 700C. It features the largest color screen now available in a notebook computer, a unique built-in pointing device integrated into the keyboard and all the power and speed of the latest 486SLC(A)/25 MHz processor at a price that's significantly lower than its closest competitors in the active matrix color notebook category."
 "The new IBM Personal Computer Company fully intends to be the leader in offering on-the-go workers and professionals a complete line of mobile computing solutions with the features users find most valuable when away from their desks," Claflin said.
 Largest Color Screen In Any Notebook Computer
 The ThinkPad 700C's oversized color screen is the product of Display Technologies Inc., a joint venture between IBM and Toshiba formed to produce high-quality color displays. At 10.4 inches (measured diagonally), the active matrix TFT color screen generates bright, rich colors with exceptional clarity and a wide viewing angle that allows several people to see the display at the same time.
 "There's a world of difference between the color screen of a ThinkPad 700C and any other color system on the market," Claflin said. "Our new technology provides exceptional brightness and contrast, and features a screen size up to 50 percent larger than other active matrix color notebook displays."
 TrackPoint II Solves The Mobile Mouse Dilemma
 Creating presentations, editing text and working with spreadsheets is much easier for users in non-desktop environments with IBM's exclusive integrated pointing device, the TrackPoint II, part of the IBM ThinkPad 700C and 700 models. Built into the center of the keyboard, the newly developed cursor controller sets a new standard for mobile alternatives to pad-dependent mouse devices and trackballs.
 TrackPoint II is a touch-sensitive, omnidirectional post between the "G" and "H" keys, providing easy cursor and pointer positioning for either right- or left-handed users. Instead of the inconvenience of hands-off cursor/pointer manipulation, users can keep their hands on the keyboard while manipulating screen images and icons, a feature that's especially valuable in cramped travel situations such as the center seat of an airplane.
 High-End Features, Not High Prices
 The IBM ThinkPad 700C also features an IBM 486SLC/25 MHz processor that's upgradeable to 50 MHz, a co-processor socket, a removable 120 MB hard-disk drive, 4 MB of RAM expandable to 16 MB, IBM's Micro Channel architecture and a 2 - 3.8 hour nickel-metal hydride battery to provide desktop computing power in a mobile system that weighs 7.6 pounds. Suggested retail price for the IBM ThinkPad 700C is $4,350 (120 MB hard- disk drive).
 ThinkPad 700
 IBM also offers the ThinkPad 700, a monochrome version of the 700C with many of the same features and benefits. However, users can upgrade the ThinkPad 700 to an active matrix color display, or from 80 MB to 120 MB. In addition, it weighs only 6.5 pounds. Suggested retail price of the 80 MB ThinkPad 700 is $2,750. Suggested list price of the 120 MB version is $2,950.
 3550 Expansion Units
 IBM is also offering the 3550 Expansion Unit docking station -- one model for the ThinkPad 700 and 700C unit, and another model for currently available PS/2 Model N51 SLC. They both feature two slots and one bay for SCSI devices to add the convenience of full desktop capability to the notebook systems. The 3550 also provides security features in system and cover locks, and can be permanently attached to a desktop. External ports include SCSI, serial/parallel, keyboard, pointing device and external VGA.
 ThinkPad 300
 The IBM ThinkPad 300 is an outstanding mobile computing system for professionals who want to increase their off-site productivity today and leave the door open to future dealer upgrades. Its hard-disk drive capacity can be expanded from 80 to 120 MB and its display can be upgraded from monochrome to color. The ThinkPad 300 is equipped with built-in Ethernet support to provide high-performance, cost effective networking capabilities.
 IBM is also offering an optional port replicator for the ThinkPad 300, a device that allows users to make an easy transition from notebook to desktop. The port replicator can be connected to peripherals, networks and other communications devices. These connections can be left in place when the user takes the unit on the road. Battery life of the ThinkPad 300 ranges from four to ten hours, depending on system configuration and use. Suggested retail price for the IBM ThinkPad 300 is $2,375 (80 MB) and $2,575 (120 MB).
 ThinkPad 700T
 Reaffirming its commitment to pen-based computing, IBM's original ThinkPad model is available now directly from the company. Renamed the ThinkPad 700T, its ruggedness and bright display are ideal for a wide variety of situations where keyboards can be impractical, especially outdoors. The 700T brings substantial improvements in handwriting recognition to pen-computing and excellent pen-to-screen feel at a suggested list price of $4,795 (4 MB) and $5,395 (8 MB).
 Thinking Behind ThinkPad
 The efforts of the IBM Personal Computer Company have not been limited to technology. With these new mobile computing products, the IBM Personal Computer Company intends to establish itself as a leader and innovator in the development, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of highly-featured, price-competitive portable computers.
 "The ThinkPad brand name combines the name of the device with its benefit," said Scott Bower, director of Mobile Computing brands, IBM Personal Computer Company. "Consider the most convenient device a person uses to sketch out an idea, outline a plan...it's a pad of paper. A portable computer allows the user to think more efficiently, wherever he or she happens to be. It's our intention to make ThinkPad synonymous with easy-to-use mobile computing that merges the functionality of a pad of paper with the benefits of state-of-the-art technology."
 HelpWare Service And Support
 No other personal computer company is accessible to as many places as IBM. ThinkPad users can benefit from IBM service and support in any of 130 countries. The IBM ThinkPad 700C and 700 models come with an unparalleled three-year international warranty. The ThinkPad 300 comes with a one-year international warranty, and the 700T comes with a one- year US/Canada warranty. The 3550 Expansion unit carries a one-year warranty. Assistance is provided around the clock, seven days a week, through the IBM Personal Systems Help Center, by telephone at 800-772-2227, and through a bulletin board and an automated fax number.
 Other Helpware programs include a 30-day, money-back guarantee, trade-in program, leasing through IBM Credit and training through IBM Licensed Education Centers.
 Most ThinkPad models announced today will be available this month. The sole exception, the 700T, will be available in November. IBM prices of current notebook products, with this new product announcement, have been reduced by as much as 40 percent of suggested list price.
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