Toshiba Settles Laptop Litigation
Toshiba Corp., of Irvine, Calif., has announced the preliminary Court approval of a $9.5 billion settlement of a class-action suit that alleged that a condition in floppy disk controllers (FDCs) in Toshiba notebooks can, under certain circumstances, cause data loss or corruption.
The suit was filed in federal court in Beaumont, Texas (Shaw and Moon, et al. v. Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Cause No. 1:99CV0120). As part of the settlement, Toshiba will provide cash rebates and/or coupons and/or patches. However, it continues to deny any liability or that the FDC constitutes a problem or defect it its computers, it says. (Any unclaimed money will be donated to a new charitable organization that will distribute Toshiba computers to schools, libraries and other institutions, it notes).
If you bought a Toshiba laptop/notebook with a floppy disk drive and/or floppy disk controller, after 1/1/85 and before 11/8/99, you're probably in the class. To get a claims form or more info, call (888) 353-8139, or visit www.fdc-class-settlement.com.
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Solo 2550 Notebook
Gateway's new Solo 2550 notebook computer line offers Intel Pentium III processors; integrated floppy and CD-ROM drives; and 13.3-inch displays.
Three models are available, offering processing speeds from 450 MHz to 500 MHz, and hard drives from 4 GB to 12 GB, says Gateway, based in San Diego. It includes Windows 98 Second Edition and Microsoft Office Small Business Edition.
All three models offer Norton Anti-virus and Intel LANDesk Client Manager 6.0 software; two include Microsoft Office 2000 Small Business, says Gateway.
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IBM has released new ThinkPad laptops:
* IBM's ThinkPad i Series 5000 is targeted at small firms, and includes a 466 MHz or 433 MHz Intel Mobile Celeron processor. Two models are available, both offering 64 MB memory, 24X CD-ROM, and Microsoft Office Small Business Edition software.
Model 1560 includes "ThinkLight" technology, a small LED that illuminates the keyboard for low-light conditions, such as red-eye flights, it says.
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* The ThinkPad 600X models are slim, and lightweight, and feature Intel Mobile Pentium III at 500 MHz or 450 MHz, with a 100 MHz system bus for faster memory access. Three models are offered.
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* The ThinkPad 390X is an "all-in-one desktop replacement," says IBM. Two models are available, both featuring Intel Mobile Pentium III processor, and floppy disk drive, hard drive and CD-ROM drive.
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* At 2.9 pounds and one-inch thick, the ThinkPad 240 is a mini-notebook that offers a full-travel keyboard, says IBM. It includes a 366 MHz Intel Mobile Celeron processor, 64MB memory and an integrated 56K V.90 Mini-PCI modem.
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Everex says its StepNote SR notebook computer is equipped with an Intel mobile Pentium II processor running Windows 98/NT. Designed for multimedia, the notebook also features a 13.3-inch TFT LCD display and 16-bit integrated sound, along with a 24X CD-ROM, says the Fremont, Calif., company. StepNote has a USB port, 56 Kbps fax/modem and a 10/100 Base T LAN module.
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Dell Computer Corp., of Round Rock Texas, has added new Latitude models, which feature dual-pointing options (touch pad and pointing stick), and enhanced graphics capabilities:
* The Latitude CPx H500GT offers an Intel Pentium III 500 MHz processor. Also new, the Latitude CPx offers 8 MB of video RAM and 2X AGP video support. It can support up to 512 MB RAM, says Dell.
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* The new CPt line is targeted to price-sensitive customers such as government agencies and education, reports the company. The Latitude CPt V466GT is powered by an Intel Mobile Celeron 466 MHz chip, and comes equipped with 32 MB RAM and a 4.8 GB hard drive. It has a 14.1 inch active matrix display, a floppy drive and 24X maximum CD-ROM drive, Dell says.
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* Dell also introduced its rewritable CD-ROM Drive for all Latitude C-family laptops. It reads CD-ROMs and can write up to 650 MB of data onto a CD.
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Fujitsu PC Corp. says its new LifeBook C Series offers multimedia-ready notebook computers, with a choice of Intel Pentium III or AMD K6-2 processors. Six models are available, ranging from 366 MHz to 500 MHz, says Fujitsu, based in Milpitas, Calif.
The one-touch LifeBook Application Panel offers quick access to the Internet, e-mail, favorite software and a CD player, it says. Units include 24X CD-ROM, 6X DVD or 4X, 4X, 20X CD-RW drives. A full-sized keyboard, large palm rest and wireless IR mouse are included, it says.
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Micron TransPort NX
Micron PC Inc., of Meridian, Ind., says its new TransPort NX comes standard with both a touchpad and a pointing stick, as well as an external PS/2 mouse (that can be used concurrently with the other pointing devices).
It offers Intel mobile Pentium II processor, and NX 440 BX chipset. Other features include IR, USB, parallel and serial ports; and support for PCMCIA cards, says Micron.
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Compaq Computer Corp., of Houston, has unveiled its Prosignia Notebook 150, equipped with AMD K6-2P Mobile processors in either 433 MHz or 475 MHz. The unit offers a 14.1-inch TFT display, 6 GB hard drive, 64 MB memory and a 24X CD-ROM, says Compaq. It includes Microsoft Office Small Business Edition (or Office Professional), with a free upgrade to Office 2000; Symantec's Norton Anti-virus, and Windows 98 software.
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Acer TravelMate 340
Acer America Corp., of San Jose, has launched its lightweight TravelMate 340 notebook series, that incorporate Mobile Intel Pentium III processors, up to 500 MHz.
They include an internal "LAN/Modem Combo" module, integrating a V.90 56K PCI modem with built-in 10/100 BaseT LAN connection for Internet access and support, says Acer. With 3D graphics with 2X AGP, it offers video conferencing and multimedia support, it says.
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InFocus says its new LP 330 Dragonfly is a small, full-featured projector that weights just 4.8 pounds. About the size of a hard-cover novel, it offers 1024 by 768 resolution, and 650 lumens, and includes a zoom lens and elevator foot. It is easy to connect, using 15-pin cables with side ports says InFocus, of Wilsonville, Ore.
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San Jose's Vadem has added a new model to its line of Clio PC Companions: the Clio C-1050. The Windows CE device is powered by a NEC VR4121 (168 MHz) MIPS processor, and has 32 MB RAM a 9.4-inch color display and a 56K modem with infrared support, Vadem says. It comes bundled with Microsoft's Pocket Outlook Professional and Office Professional Applications for Windows CE.
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