What's new from: HP, Toshiba, Excel, Pioneer, Acer

What's new from: HP, Toshiba, Excel, Pioneer, Acer

HP Compaq

HP has introduced a range of business notebooks that feature an array of security options. The notebooks - the HP Compaq 8200, 6200, 6100 and 4200 series - also incorporate Centrino technology based on the Mobile Intel 915 Express chipset. Security features range from physical safeguards including cable locks to features that protect data and control access, HP said. For example, the HP Mobile Data Protection System helps reduce the risk of data corruption by up to 50 per cent by protecting the hard drive from the shock and vibration experienced through regular, everyday use, the company said. To secure system access and reduce helpdesk support calls, selected notebooks now feature Credential Manager for HP ProtectTools. Credential Manager provides users single sign-on capability and storage of the many different passwords used to access websites, network resources and secure applications. New firmware security features on many of the latest business notebooks are also supported. These help protect a notebook from the moment it is turned on by using the optional, HP ProtectTools, an embedded security chip that authenticates the user before the operating system loads. Other features include Smart Card pre-boot authentication and DriveLock hard drive protection. The integrated wireless LAN solutions for the notebooks feature support for the latest security standards such as Wi-Fi Protected Access Version 2 (WPA), which includes improved data protection with Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption. The notebooks are distributed in Australia by Synnex, Tech Pacific and Ingram Micro.

RRP: tc4200 - $3,995; nc4200 - $3195; nc6220 - $2,795; nc8230 - $2,995; nw8240 - $4,995 and nx6120 - $1,495

Toshiba Tecra and Portege

Catering to SMBs, large enterprise and the road warrior, Toshiba has rolled out a host of business notebooks. The range includes the Tecra S2 and M3 as well as the Portege R100, M200 and M300. The Tecra S2 provides advanced scalability options, enhanced graphics performance, 15-inch display and the latest generation of Intel Pentium Mobile processor. The Tecra M3 features a range of connectivity options, a SuperBright 14-inch screen, extended battery life of up to 11 hours, and a patented thermal cooling system. It's all protected by a new light and durable magnesium alloy chassis, making it an ideal ruggedised, road-ready business notebook. The Portege M300 is ultra-portable and contains a host of features, including three-dimensional drop technology that protects your hard-disk drive. Advanced expansion capability, built-in optical drive, and a water-resistant keyboard are also included. For a full list of distributors in Australia visit

RRP: Tecra S2 - from $3025; Tecra M3 - from $2860; Portege M300 - $3960; Portege R100, $4070; Portege M200, $4620

Excel D410J

The Excel D410J notebook is equipped with the latest 64-bit AMD mobile Athlon 64 processor. The notebook is able to run 32-bit and 64-bit software. It also features Hyper Transportation technology, which offers increased system performance as well as enhanced multi-tasking. The notebook has extended battery life with the AMD PowerNow technology. It also enhances the virus protection for Microsoft Windows XP SP2. Other features include: 64MB share memory VGA; 3D audio; 15-inch TFT display; 56K modem; built-in camera; 4-in-1 card reader; 10/100 Mbps LAN; 3x USB 2.0 ports; and Type II PCMCIA slot. The notebook is distributed in Australia by Protac International Computers Australia. RRP: For the basic model with Mobile Sempron 2600+ CPU, 40GB HDD, combo drive, 256MB DDR and Windows XP Home Edition, the price starts at $1499. CPU, Memory, optical drive, Wireless LAN and HDD upgrades are also available upon request.

Pioneer Computers DreamBook

Pioneer Computers has released a desktop replacement notebook, dubbed the DreamBook Power900T. The notebook features Intel L775 Pentium 4 processor with hyperthreading technology. It is ideal for gaming, the media centre experience and demanding applications, the company said. Other features include: 17.1-inch WSXGA widescreen; 60-100G hard disk drive; 512M-1G DDRII RAM; 8x DL DVD+/-RW; Dual 64-bit wide DDRII data channels; PCI Express x 16; nVIDIA PCIe 6800 graphic chip; 256MB DDRII Video RAM on board; 128 bit graphic engine; Full Direct X 9.0 support; Virtual 8 channel audio output; and 3D stereo enhanced sound system. The machine also has a built-in Audio DJ console for music CD (MP3 compatible); an Ethernet, modem; video camera (optional); TV tuner (optional); 802.11 b/g Wireless LAN (optional); Bluetooth (optional); Windows XP Home, and Word Perfect Office. It is distributed direct to resellers by Pioneer.

RRP: Prices start from $3899

Acer TravelMate 8100

With a high resolution 15.4-inch widescreen display and the latest Intel 915PM chipset, the TravelMate 8100 is positioned as a desktop replacement notebook. It features ATI Mobility Radeon X700 graphics with up to 128MB of DDR VRAM, and supports PCI Express and Dual View. The LCD displays 16.7 million colours at a resolution of 1680 x 1050, making it suitable for detailed graphics work and group settings and presentations. The notebook also supports simultaneous multi-window viewing using Acer's GridVista software. The TravelMate 8100 features Acer's Signal Up wireless technology and is ideal for mobile business users wanting maximum wireless strength and performance. The product is distributed in Australia by Bluechip IT, Ingram Micro and HiTech.

RRP: From $4299

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