Dell Adds More Lightweight Units
Dell Computer Corp. has introduced several new notebook computers:
* The lightweight Latitude LS is ideal for use on airplanes, says Dell. With a 3.5-pound, one-inch thick chassis, it features Intel's Mobile Pentium III processor at 400 MHz.
Other highlights include a 12.1 inch screen; a 56.6 Kpbs modem, 6.4 GB (maximum) hard drive, says Dell.
The unit is compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000.
The 4.4 pound Latitude CSx runs on a 500 MHz Intel Pentium III, has a 13.3 inch active matrix screen, can hold a maximum of 320 MB of RAM, and comes equipped with 4.8 GB hard disk space, Dell reports.
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* The Inspiron 3700 offers either an Intel Mobile Pentium III 450/500 MHz processors, or Intel's Celeron 433/466 MHz processors.
The line includes 32 MB SDRAM, and can house two hard drives for a maximum total of 36 GB of hard disk space. Other amenities are a 24X CD-ROM drive, and a 14.4 inch active-matrix screen with a maximum resolution of 1024 by 768.
The Inspiron 7500 offers the same processors and SDRAM. It comes with a ATI Rage Mobility-P video controller with Open GL support and a choice of 4MB or 8 MB video RAM.
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Motorola Inc. has introduced several new phone products:
* Motorola Inc. has launched its Satellite Series 9505 portable phone, designed for use on the Iridium system. The multi-purpose phone is capable of supporting both cellular and satellite service through a single user interface, says the company. It supports 21 languages for prompts, and offers a headset jack or auxillary magnetic antenna for hands-free use, Motorola says. It also includes an infrared port and Starfish TrueSync for one-touch, phonebook synchronization across handhelds and PCs.
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* The V8160 and V8162 are two Web-ready digital, wireless phones that weigh as little as 3.0 ounces and include a micro-browser for Internet access.
They provide 150 minutes of digital talk time or 125 hours of standby time, Motorola notes. If there is no digital system available in the area, the phones will automatically switch to 800 MHz analog phones.
Data and fax capable, the two phones are equipped with Starfish TrueSynch, for synchronization with handhelds and PCs, says Motorola.
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* Motorola and Mercedes-Benz, have joined to offer a fully integrated, hands-free StarTac Digital Cell Phone for motorists. The phone includes voice commands -- such as "dial home" -- and will automatically lower the radio and pause CDs and cassettes so motorists need not use their hands, Motorola says.
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Digital Innovations says its new SkipDoctor cleans and resurfaces the play side of CD/DVD discs, improving play and eliminating skipping.
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LaCie has debuted its new PocketDrive hard drives. Measuring 3.5 by 5.75 inches and weighing less than a pound, the device connects to FireWire and USB-equipped Macs and PCs.
It offers capacities of 6/12/18 GB, says LaCie. The device can use the power provided from the system bus for Macintosh G3/G4 computers, but has its own power supply for Powerbooks and other computers.
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