It must be notebook season as giants Acer and Compaq have sounded the horn.
Acer last week announced the latest addition to the Extensa 710 series, incorporating the Intel mobile Pentium II processor running at 300MHz.
According to Acer's notebook specialist, Antonio Leone, the new Extensa 712TE is the ideal offering for the "road warrior" category of customer and delivers performance and features to overlap into the Travelmate 7300 series.
Colin MacKinnon, managing director of Cairns based Acer VAR, Brilliant Computer Solutions was pleased to hear the range now included the newest 300 MHz processor. "The business sector has been especially receptive, and we have been very impressed with the performance and features of the 710 series."
He added: "Since its release with the 13.3in TFT display, we've barely had the need to sell a 7300 TravelMate, and there has been more and more middle-management demand for a desk-top equivalent such as the 710 series, even better with the faster CPU."
Bombard the market
Compaq used its Armada range to bombard the market with Pentium II 300MHz based fireballs.
It announced three new branches to the Armada family of notebooks - the 3500, 6500 and 7400 series - as well as upgrades to the existing 7800 and 1700 series.
The new 6500 series is the first of the notebooks resulting from the Digital acquisition, and is based on the Digital HiNote Ultra 2000. The new ranges were accompanied by Compaq's announcements of price reductions of up to 17 per cent across all current models of Armada notebooks.
Reacting to the notebook announcements, Fiona Dicker, general manager of specialist notebook distributor Dicker Data said she welcomed the new Compaq ranges as it always generates interest in the channel.