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Toshiba releases snappy new notebook for students

  • 11 February, 2004 11:51

<p>Mobile computing leader, Toshiba, has designed a new notebook exclusively for the education sector – the SNAP 2004 Portégé, a sturdy new lightweight notebook developed with schools to encompass specific technology and service requirements.</p>
<p>The notebook is the hardware component of the Student Network Access Programme (SNAP), a specialised package also incorporating finance, insurance, extended warranty and accessories to make notebooks available and affordable to students and their parents. The SNAP programme is administered solely through Toshiba MobileEd resellers.</p>
<p>For further information, photography or to arrange an interview with Toshiba or Pymble Ladies College as mentioned below, please contact Elizabeth Dawson or Caroline Hendra on (02) 9904 4533 or pr@howorth.com.au.</p>
<p>MEDIA RELEASE</p>
<p>TOSHIBA RELEASES SNAPPY NEW NOTEBOOK FOR STUDENTS</p>
<p>Specialist offering product bundles, service and accessories for the education sector</p>
<p>Sydney, 11 February 2004 – Toshiba (Australia) Pty. Limited today announced the release of the SNAP 2004 Portégé, a sturdy new lightweight notebook developed with schools to encompass specific technology and service requirements.</p>
<p>The SNAP 2004 Portégé is the centrepiece of the Toshiba School Notebook Access Program (SNAP), a comprehensive mobile technology package sold exclusively to the education sector through Toshiba MobileEd resellers in Australia and New Zealand. SNAP encompasses everything, from expertise in systems set-up and ongoing program support to customised finance and investment protection. Now in its 13th year, SNAP also incorporates PDAs, projectors and printers.</p>
<p>“The SNAP 2004 Portégé Notebook has been designed specifically in response to the needs of students following close consultation with our Education Advisory Council and MobileEd Resellers,” said Vanessa Krief, Education and Corporate Marketing Manager, Toshiba. “The Council comprises of leaders in the education sector, representing more than 50,000 students, their teachers and parents.”</p>
<p>Weighing in at only 2.2kg including a DVD/CD-RW drive and featuring a sturdy polycarbonate casing with a scratch resistant pearlescent finish, the notebook has been designed ergonomically to withstand the rigours of student handling. Made by Toshiba in Japan, it is equipped with a 1.4GHz Mobile Intel Pentium-M Processor and a 40GB hard drive plus a variety of ports and slots, to provide students with fast and easy access to rich-media and peripherals such as digital stills and video cameras, data projectors, TV’s, scanners and music equipment.</p>
<p>The SNAP 2004 Portégé Notebook has up to eight hours of battery life (utilising a second battery) whilst being WiFi and Bluetooth ready, making the idea of a cable-less classroom a reality.</p>
<p>Pymble Ladies’ College in Sydney has been a part of the SNAP program for nine years and now manages more than 1200 laptops on site. Access to the school network is provided at every classroom and each student is assigned their own email address.</p>
<p>Diana Stewart, Director of Computing at Pymble Ladies’ College said, “SNAP’s greatest benefit has been the variety of learning experiences and technology-related activities that we have been able to incorporate into our curriculum, preparing students for the progression to tertiary and workplace environments. Our teachers are always finding innovative ways of delivering lessons through computer technology and the quality of work that the students produce is amazing. We have seen 10 year olds programming robotic Lego and creating stunning web pages.”</p>
<p>“SNAP has made this technology much more accessible. The assistance and recommendations provided by our MobileEd reseller has meant that parents have not had to worry about sourcing finance or insurance,” said Ms Stewart.</p>
<p>Toshiba’s network of MobileEd Resellers, vertical market specialists dedicated to the education sector, are at the heart of the SNAP 2004 program. They specifically assist schools, students and parents with selecting and implement notebook technology, and can design packages to incorporate convenient finance, service and support programs.</p>
<p>The SNAP 2004 bundle includes:
• A unique notebook designed for today’s students of all ages
• Three-year warranty
• Comprehensive three-year insurance policy
• Tufapak™ and Slip Pak carry bags and accessories custom-designed to protect the notebook in the school environment</p>
<p>Optional components to this bundle give a choice of:
• Toshiba Pocket PCs
• Toshiba projectors
• Lexmark printers
• Accessories including the Targus Optical Mini-Mouse and Wireless Optical Mini-Mouse, Defcon Cable Lock, USB Port Replicator and USB adaptors.
• Finance/Security</p>
<p>For more information, visit www.snapmobile.com.au or call the Toshiba Sales Centre on 13 30 70</p>
<p>-ENDS-</p>
<p>About Toshiba
Toshiba’s Information Systems Division (ISD) is a division of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, the seventh largest integrated manufacturer of electric and electronic equipment, with around 165,000 employees worldwide, and annual sales of over US$47 billion on a consolidated basis.</p>
<p>Unique among vendors, Toshiba ISD specialises exclusively in mobile solutions and services and is also the only leading computer brand that is 100 per cent channel-centric. A global reputation for quality has been achieved through an R&amp;D budget roughly equal to Australia’s total expenditure as a country in this area.</p>
<p>Toshiba pioneered the notebook market in 1985 and in recent years, Toshiba ISD extended its solutions offering for Australia and New Zealand with the inclusion of a range of projectors, Pocket PCs and personal storage products.</p>
<p>Committed to People, Committed to the Future. Toshiba</p>
<p>Issued by Howorth Communications on behalf of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited, Information Systems Division.</p>
<p>Toshiba’s Virtual Pressroom: www.isd.toshiba.com.au</p>
<p>For further press information please contact:
Elizabeth Dawson / Caroline Hendra Annette Horst
Howorth Communications Toshiba Australia Pty Ltd
Ph: 02 9904 4533 Ph: 02 9887 6021
Email: pr@howorth.com.au Email: ahorst@toshiba-tap.com</p>

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