ASI’s Amata CL50 notebook takes advantage of Intel’s Centrino platform, running off the Intel Pentium M processor 1.3GHz–1.7GHz and the 400MHz FSB Intel 855 chipset. The CL50 features built-in 10/100 LAN, 256MB 266MHz DDR RAM that is expandable to 1GB (2 slots) and 64MB DDR VRAM video memory. It comes with a CD-ROM or DVD/CD-RW combo drive and 15-inch TFT SXGA colour screen. Weighing in at 2.8kg (including battery), it comes with either Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home or Windows 2000, a Kensington Lock hole, carry bag and a one-year return-to-base warranty.
RRP: $2655 (inc. GST).
The HP Compaq Presario 2568AP is targeted at the power mobile user, providing them with high performance, mobility, graphics and connectivity. It is equipped with Intel Pentium 4 processor 2.8 GHz with 533MHz front side bus, 60GB hard drive, 512MB standard memory and is capable of allowing the user to be connected via a 56K modem and 802.11b integrated wireless network. This notebook features a dedicated 64MB ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 graphics controller and IEEE-1394 digital video port allowing the user to see stunning visuals and true-to-life video on a 15-inch TFT display. The Compaq Presario 2568AP is also equipped with DVD combo optical drive, floppy drive, comfortable full size keyboard, 16-bit Sound Blaster Pro compatible stereo sound and is supplied with Windows XP Home Edition. The Compaq Presario 2568AP is distributed through Dicker Data. RRP: $3199 (inc. GST).
Protac International Computers
The Excel G551 from Protac is based on the Intel mobile technology running on the Intel Pentium M CPU (up to 1.7GHz) and Intel 855PM chipsets. Targeted at business travellers, the G551 is 2.5cm thick and features a 15-inch XGA 1024x768 TFT display and allows users to be connected via a 56K modem and 802.11b integrated wireless network. The G551 is equipped with the ATI M9 Radeon 9000 graphics engine with 64MB DDR of video RAM for better graphic performance. It comes with 10/100 LAN, two USB 2.0 ports, parallel port, Type II PCMCIA, Firewire connection and TV-out. It is distributed by Protac International Computers Australia. RRP: Starts from $2549 (inc. GST) (includes Pentium M 1.3GHz, 30GB HDD, 256MB DDR, combo drive and Windows XP Home).
Ideal for small business, home offices and students, the ThinkPad R40e from IBM is available with the Intel Celeron 1.8GHz processor, a TFT display size of 14.1 inches and 1024x768 resolution, 20GB HDD, 128MB RAM, and also offers up to 2.5 hours of battery life. It comes equipped with two USB 1.1 ports, fixed 24xCD-ROM, ATI Radeon IGP 330M Video, Windows XP Home and weighs in at 2.7kg. The R40e only has a TrackPoint device, no port replicator option, no infrared and no S-Video out. It is distributed by Tech Pacific, ITW, Ingram Micro and Synnex. RRP: $1499 (inc. GST).
Featuring a 15.4-inch screen, Pioneer claims its M375 notebook offers the same benefits of a 17-inch screen. With a 16:10 widescreen, it is targeted at business users with a demand for visuals, gamers and home users that use it with TV-out. Powered by the Intel Pentium M Processor 1.3-1.7GHz, the Pioneer M375 notebook features up to 1GB memory, integrated 128-bit 2D/3D graphics engine, video accelerator, advanced HW acceleration for DVD Playback, Fully DirectX 7/8 Compliant graphics engine, and supports VSEA DDC1, DDC2B and DDC 3.0 specifications. Its sound system consists of a AC97 2.2 compliant Advanced Wavetable Synthesizer, direct sound 3D accelerator, s/PDIF digital output (5.1CH), five built-in speakers and a built-in microphone. The notebook comes with a Configuration Memory Operating System (CMOS) camera with USB interface, 10/100Mb LAN on board and a 56K modem. An 802.11b module with Mini-PCI interface and Bluetooth 1.1 with MDC interface is optional. The Pioneer M375 notebook is distributed by Pioneer Computers Australia.