HP Compaq 2230s
This notebook is aimed at business users on the move. The 2230s is the smallest notebook before moving to a netbook. It has a 12.1-inch widescreen display and weighs 1.73kg. The unit runs on an Intel Core2 Duo Processor T5670 and is loaded with a number of security features including HP ProtectTools Security Manager Drive Encryption, which encodes sensitive information on the hard drive to make it unreadable if the notebook is lost or stolen. The HP 3D Drive Guard feature detects sudden movement and helps protect the notebook against impact, bumps and drops using a three-axis digital accelerometer. This then temporarily parks the hard drive when there are sudden movements. The notebook comes with 1-4GB memory (upgradable to 8GB), up to a 320GB hard drive, DVD drive and HP’s wireless assistant to enable and disable wireless devices. The HP SpareKey function allows users to gain access to the system if they forget their password by answering three personal questions.
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With an 8.9-inch screen and 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, the small form factor Fujitsu M1010 is powered by an Intel Atom processor. Fujitsu’s first netbook also comes with a 60GB hard drive and 1GB DDR2 memory and features integrated wireless LAN, a PC Express card and USB dongle support. A four-in-one SD card reader is included for additional connectivity options. The unit comes with ThinkFree Mobile Office Suite installed, which is compatible with Microsoft Office and includes services such as online storage. According to the vendor, the M1010 has also been designed for single-handed operability and features a specially designed touchpad and mouse button layout. The netbook weighs 1kg, has a 1.3 megapixel Web camera and instant messaging options. The built-in microphone has been optimised for noise reduction for VoIP calls, while Bluetooth 2.1 support allows for easy transfer of pictures and files. The machine comes in several different colours and has a transparent cover lid for personalisation.
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Acer TravelMate 6593
This high-end corporate notebook is geared as a stable high-performance platform to meet the needs of business users. It is powered by Intel Centrino 2 with vPro technology and has up to 2GB of DDR3 1066MHz memory, as well as up to 320GB of hard disk space. The Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset and 15.4-inch widescreen LED blacklight display aims to enhance manageability and ensure dependable performance for the most demanding mobile usage, according to Acer. TheTravelMate 6593 comes with a TPM-based Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint solution featuring Pre-Boost Authentication coupled with enhanced DASP to reinforce data security and hardware damage control. The Acer Video Conference solution and Intel Active Management Technology 4.0 provide intuitive, consistent on-the-road business communication. Other features include, Acer’s GridVista to simultaneously display eight windows on dual screens, a hot-swappable optical drive and embedded Wi-Fi/WiMax connectivity. There’s also support for Bluetooth 2.0 with enhanced data rate.
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