If it's not a laptop "wedge" and it's not a notebook "slice", then what exactly is IBM's new ThinkPad snap-on gadget - which quickly transforms its sleek new 570 series into a fully featured power notebook?
IBM announced a "design milestone" when it unveiled its latest 570 ultra-portable ThinkPad. At the heart of IBM's milestone claim is its $200 UltraBase add-on: a one-inch-thick detachable bottom base. This contains three bays for custom configuration with DVD, CD-ROM, or hard-disk drives, or an additional battery.
The UltraBase snaps on to the bottom of the 570 ThinkPads to create one seamless notebook, says Leo Suarez, ThinkPad product marketer. "In the morning it's an ultra-portable," says Suarez.
"In the afternoon it's a full-fledged desktop replacement."
The UltraBase will be an add-on for the entire 570 line.
The 570 ThinkPad with a PII-366 system configured with a 13.3-inch display, a 6.4GB hard drive, 64MB of memory, a floppy drive, modem, and three-year warranty will have an estimated street price in Australia of $7000.