New IBM ThinkPads, PCs aimed at small businesses

New IBM ThinkPads, PCs aimed at small businesses

IBM's new ThinkPad notebooks and NetVista desktops announced in the US are targeted at smaller companies and organisations, the company said, as enterprise PC spending remains flat and PC vendors look for new revenue sources.

Several new machines were released within the Thinkpad R32 line of notebooks, designed for small and medium businesses and customers in the education market. The R32 models are available in several different configurations, but all are powered by Intel's Pentium 4 Processor-M. Users can choose to equip their notebook computers with 802.11b wireless networking technology, Firewire and USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports for connecting peripheral devices, and image management software. Prices for the R32 line start at $US1,649.

IBM also introduced new computers within its ThinkPad A31 and A31p lines, which run on Intel Pentium 4 Processor-M chips, and Intel Celeron-powered machines in its ThinkPad R31 line. Prices for the A31 and A31p lines start at $US1,599 and $US3,599, respectively.

The desktop consumer can choose between new NetVista models, the A30 and A30p. Intel's Pentium 4 Processor provides the computing power for these machines, which also come with integrated Intel Extreme Graphics, a feature of Intel's new 845G and 845GL chipsets. Six USB 2.0 ports provide an interface for digital cameras, MP3 players, and a new portable hard drive from IBM. The NetVista A30 starts at $US799 while the A30p's base price is $US889.

The NetVista M42 also made its debut on Tuesday, featuring an Intel Pentium 4 Processor and Gigabit Ethernet capability, and a starting price of $US1,279.

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