What's new from: ASUS, Toshiba, Panasonic, Acer and Lenovo

What's new from: ASUS, Toshiba, Panasonic, Acer and Lenovo


Asus has introduced the W3V notebook series, which offers a 14-inch widescreen, PCI Express interconnect, DDR II memory, power saving technology Power4 Gear+ and built-in Bluetooth wireless connection. The 14-inch widescreen adopted the latest Color Shine glare-type and Crystal Shine high-brightness LCD technologies, presenting clear and sharp images. Combined with discrete graphics for 3D video enhancement, the W3V is the mobile gateway to the virtual world. The built-in Bluetooth feature allows omnidirectional wireless connection and data transfers between the W3V and other digital devices such as mobile phones and PDAs within 10m without obstruction. The W3V comes with an extra drive bay that accommodates a second set of hard drive, combo drive, DVD-Dual drive or battery pack. The technology is distributed in Australia by Cassa Australia, Ingram Micro and Synnex Australia.

RRP: $3199

Toshiba Portege M300

An ultra-portable notebook of 1.6kg with up to 12 hours battery life (with optional 12 cell battery), the Portege M300 is intended for the mobile professional. The notebook is cased in magnesium alloy and incorporates several ruggedised features, including a three-dimensional drop-detection sensor, which disengages the hard disk drive when the notebook is dropped or bumped, preventing the corruption of data. It also has a water-resistant keyboard and 'floating screen' that absorbs the display of any bumps and knocks when the notebook is being used while mobile. The Portege M300 offers seven ways to stay connected including integrated Bluetooth, and built-in Wi-Fi 802.11b/g. As part of the EasyGuard security functionality, the user and supervisor password prevents unauthorised access to start-up the notebook at the BIOS level. A hard disk password prevents unauthorised access and can be synchronised to the user password. The Kensington cable lock slot provides optional theft protection. For a list of authorised distributors visit

RRP: $3630

Panasonic CF-18

The Toughbook CF-18 is a lightweight (2kg) fully ruggedised notebook designed to protect components from impact, moisture and dust. It features a magnesium alloy casing and shock mounted hard disk and uses an advanced mobility platform for maximum wireless performance with minimal battery drain. The notebook has a tilting-and-swivelling 10.4-inch high-visibility XGA display panel that flips and closes over the unit's keyboard to become a fully functional, rugged Windows XP Professional Touchscreen PC tablet or a Windows XP Tablet PC. The wireless-ready Toughbook CF-18 is suitable for use by utilities, mining, construction and emergency services. For more information, call Panasonic on 132600.

RRP: from $5999

Acer TravelMate 4100

Acer has launched a range of TravelMate notebooks that feature SignalUp wireless technology. At the higher end of the range are the Centrino-enabled TravelMate 4100 and 4150 series which feature the new Intel Pentium-M processor and DDR2 memory, as well as a Dual Layer DVD Burner. Moving through the range, the TravelMate 2310 provides a combination of mobility and widescreen functionality. The TravelMate 2350, meanwhile, is designed for first-time mobility seekers. The Acer eManager software is exclusive to the Acer notebook range and integrates four frequently used functions into a single interface including eSetting, which finds and adjusts preferred notebook settings such as display device, boot options and security features. The product is distributed in Australia by Ingram Micro, BlueChip IT, CompuWholesale, HiTech Distribution, IT Wholesale and Express Online.

RRP: TravelMate 2355LCi - $1299; Travelmate 2318WLMi - $1699; TravelMate 4151LMi - $1999; TravelMate - $2299

Lenovo ThinkPad X41

Building on trends in biometric adoption, identity verification costs and government compliance, Lenovo has released the ThinkPad X41 ultra portable notebook with a built-in fingerprint reader. Lenovo also announced new ThinkPad software that automatically performs a complete system hardware check and installs the latest drivers, BIOS, and options required for peak performance. The X41 combines advanced biometric capabilities with an ultra portable design and extended battery life. Security is based around fingerprint identification. This reduces the number of helpdesk calls and costs associated with password resets and system lock out. The product is distributed in Australia by Ingram Micro and IT Wholesale.

RRP: $3499

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