Notebook computers keep on getting sexier in a continuing effort to corner the corporate market. In June, NEC launched a revamped two-tone range of notebooks, Apple's redesigned G3 was kicked off in May and now Toshiba has followed suit.
The new Portege 7000 departs from Toshiba's traditional grey casing. It now has a metallic chrome finish, texturised rubber (like the G3) and chrome detailing, which is supposed to woo the mobile executive corner of the market, according to Toshiba.
The notebook is packed with a Pentium II 266MHz processor, 32MB RAM, 12.1in TFT screen, USB port and a 4.1GB HDD. It weighs 1.8kg and is 23mm wide.
Also released last week was the Tecra 8000, Toshiba's effort at reducing total cost of ownership (TCO). The company has merged four models into one, removing the Tecra 780 and 550 as well as the Satellite 480 and 490 from the market.
It is a "highly scalable" notebook, which Toshiba says allows organisations to standardise on a single platform.
It has a PII processor, either 233, 266 or 300MHz (in September), and comes with 32 or 64MB RAM. It comes standard with a 24x CD-ROM or DVD drive. The hard drive starts at 3.8GB, ranging up to 7.6GB, and the screen is available in 12.1in, 13.3in or 14.1in TFT. Toshiba says the battery will last for more than four hours, the longest battery life currently on the market.
The Portege 7000 is priced from $7033 RRP and the Tecra 8000 starts at $6330 RRP.
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