Law Journal Extra!

Law Technology Product News (Volume 5, Issue 5, p. 6, col. 4)
Mid-April 1998

Tools for Office Management: Notebooks and PDAs

Dell Inspiron 3000, from Dell Computer Corp. of Round Rock, Texas: The first model in the company's new Dell Inspiron notebook line, the Inspiron 3000 offers "technology enthusiasts" at small- and medium-sized firms state-of-the-art features, reports Dell.

The company says the Inspiron 3000 is a high-performance notebook that uses a 233 MHz Intel Pentium processor in combination with a 13.3-inch XGA active-matrix display with 64,000 colors at 1,024-by-768 resolution. It comes with 32 MB of synchronous dynamic random-access memory (SDRAM), a 2.1 GB hard drive, a 20X CD-ROM and Microsoft Office 97 Small Business Edition.

In addition, the system can be expanded up to 4 GB of hard-drive storage and 144 MB of SDRAM. It includes a 128-bit video graphics accelerator and 3-D adjustable stereo surround sound.

The Inspiron 3000 comes in a 6.6-pound package with the floppy drive installed, or a in 6.9-pound package with the CD-ROM drive, says Dell.

Inspiron 3000 M266XT, also from Dell, was announced in the April 1998 issue, features a 266 MHz Pentium processor with MMX technology designed for legal professionals and other mobile users. The M266XT also includes 32 MB of synchronous dynamic random access memory, a 2.1 GB hard drive, a 20X variable speed CD-ROM drive, a 13.3-inch XGA active-matrix display, Microsoft Office 97 Small Business Edition and offers a one-year limited warranty, according to the company. Dell adds that this new notebook computer is designed for small businesses and individual users.

For more information ENTER no. 204 after Clicking Here (Dell Inspiron 3000) or ENTER no. 205 after Clicking Here (Inspiron 3000 M266XT).

VisionBook Pro 7590, from Hitachi PC of Santa Clara, Calif.: The company says this portable incorporates Intel's 266MHz Mobile Pentium processor with MMX technology; it also includes integrated 10/100BaseT LAN support, enabling lawyers and other mobile professionals to easily access networks. It offers a 20X CD-ROM drive, 48 MB of RAM, 12.2-inch XGA TFT display and a 4 GB hard-disk drive, according to Hitachi.

VisionBook Traveler offers an 8.4-inch color display and 133 MHz Pentium processor, along with a 1 GB hard drive, 8 MB of RAM and a 3.5-inch external floppy drive.

For more information ENTER no. 261 after Clicking Here (Pro) or ENTER no. 262 after Clicking Here (Traveler).

Armada 7000 series, from Compaq Computer Corp. of Houston: This series represents the high-performance, desktop replacement range of the Armada line, and the flexible notebooks are based on a new internal design, according to the company. The 7792CMT features a 13.3-inch color display, a 5 GB SMART hard drive expandable to 10 GB and an integrated AC adapter, explains the company.

For more information ENTER no. 227 after Clicking Here.

M Series, from Sharp Electronics Corp. of Mahwah, N.J.: This line features a flexible QuadBay design and ultra-high brightness LCD technology, combined with powerful processing, high-speed communications and docking capabilities that make it a powerful alternative for desktop systems, Sharp says.

For more information ENTER no. 228 after Clicking Here.

ThinkPad 385XD and ThinkPad 380XD, from IBM of Somers, N.Y.: These models, says IBM, include Intel 266 or 233 MHz processors with MMX technology, stereo speakers, 32 MB of RAM, 2 MB of VRAM and integrated floppy disk drive and 24X CD-ROM drive. A 56K PC card modem is standard on the 385XD and an option on the 380XD, the company says.

For more information ENTER no. 229 after Clicking Here.

Also making fantastic inroads into the legal market are the personal digital assistants. Among them, the Palm III, from Palm Computing Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., runs on Palm OS 3.0 and offers 2 MB of RAM, seamless desktop synchronization and fast data access, says Palm.

For more information ENTER no. 230 after Clicking Here.

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