What's new from: ASI, ASUS, QDI, Tadpole, Stone, u-Box

What's new from: ASI, ASUS, QDI, Tadpole, Stone, u-Box


At 2.8kg including battery, ASI’s AMATA CL50 notebook is promoted as a balance of power, performance and mobility for the home, office or road. It sports an Intel Pentium M processor, 1.3GHz-1.7GHz and 400MHz front side bus. It also includes an Intel 855 chipset and a choice of Microsoft Windows, XP Professional, Home or 2000. The CL50 can be built with 256MM to 1GB (2xslots) of RAM and a 20GB to 60GB 4200rpm IDE hard drive. It has a 15-inch TFT SXGA screen, 64MB DDR VRAM video, touch pad and a choice of CD-ROM, DVD/CDRW or DVD-RW/CDRW combo drives. ASI has upped the battery life and wireless features, which include Intel Calexico WLAN, Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN Type3B Mini-PCI adapter (802.11b). It is available through ASI.


The award-winning M5200N notebook is the product of a new design era, according to the vendor. Reliable and robust, the M5200N is the lightest and slimmest ASUS 12.1-inch notebook available, weighing only 1.5kg and featuring a slim built-in combo drive. Based on Intel Centrino mobile technology, this notebook uses minimal power to deliver a consistent wireless performance. Coming in an attractive yet durable carbon-fibre alloy casing, the M5200N recently won the German IF Award for its design. The M5200N – with Centrino MPM-1.6G, 512MB, 60GB, built-in card reader, Wireless LAN, XP Pro, carry bag and optical mouse – comes with a standard two-year courier pick-up and drop warranty service, and is currently available from Ingram Micro.

RRP: $2999

QDI-Alacritas 520-K8

The Athlon 64 processors fitted to the QDI-Alacritas 520-K8 run at 1.81GHz and 2GHz for the Athlon 64 Mobile 3000+ and 3200+ DTR CPU, respectively, at a power consumption of around 81.2W, which is markedly cooler than the 89W expelled by the desktop processors. This Alacritas is capable of fulfilling the needs of users beyond the speed freaks and hardcore gamers market. The QDI-Alacritas is shipped with an ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 GPU (with 64MB dedicated video memory). The memory controller integrated in the CPU has support for up to PC2700 DDR RAM. Alacritas is capable of supporting up to 1GB of memory (made up of two 512MB 333MHz modules), uses VIA’s K8T800 chipset, has four-pin FireWire and four USB 2.0 ports. A SoundMAX Digital Audio sound interface, Broadcom 802.11g Wi-Fi adaptor and Conexant SoftK56 modem bare all built into the chassis. HDD supports up to 80GB (with options of 7200rpm and other HDD sizes), and can take an internal DVD-RW (DVD-Burner). 1.44MB FDD is an inbuilt standard with the notebook. The unit is distributed solely by QDI Computer.

Tadpole Talin

Tadpole has launched a Unix notebook that features Java desktop productivity software. According to the company, Talin notebooks offer an alternative for notebook productivity, delivering portable workstation performance for Linux applications with all the features needed for personal productivity.Ideal for use by developers, engineers and system administrators, the Talin notebooks come pre-installed with Java Desktop from Sun Mircosytems. The product also includes Star Office 7.0 Evolution email client and Mozilla 1.4 Web browser, 2.4GHz or or 3.0GHz Pentium P4 Processors, up to 80GB internal disk storage, 802.11b wireless networking, and up to 1GB DRAM. The product is distributed in Australia by Alstom IT.

RRP: $3400

Stone M3400, M3700

Stone has launched two wireless notebook PCs with Intel Centrino mobile technology. The Astone M3400 and M3700 notebooks let employees work remotely from WLAN access points at home and at Wi-Fi hotspots. The M3400 features a Pentium M processor; 512MB DDR SDRAM, 40GB 5400RPM hard disk drive; and a 14.1 active matrix TFT, XGA 1024 x 768, 256K colour max. The unit also features an embedded 855GM internal GFx, and a DVD and CDRW combo drive. The M3700, meanwhile, weigs 2.4 kg and features 1.5GHz Intel Pentium M processor, 512MB of DDR SDRAM, and a 14.1-inch active display capable of 1024 x 768. The VD-ROM/CD-R/RW combination drive is housed in a hot swappable module bay, and a port replicator is an option. 802.11b wireless networing in also built-in. Ethernet and 56Kbps modem connections are integrated.

The products are distributed in Australia by Achieva Technology. RRP: The M3400 costs $2399; the M3700 costs $2499.

u-Box Micro PC Barebone system

NexG Technologies has introduced the u-Box Micro PC barebone system. The u-Box motherboard has an Intel chipset that supports Intel Pentium 4 and Celeron processors up to 3.0GHz. It has onboard sound (Realteck), an onboard 64MB Intel Extreme 3D graphics card, a Realtek 10/100MB Fast Ethernet Controller, and its system memory can handle up to 1GB of RAM. The system also provides two USB 2.0 ports, two IEE 1394 ports (firewire), and two audio jacks (line-out/MIC). The rear of u-Box has two PS2 connectors, one 9-pin serial port, one VGA port, one RJ-45 connector, two USB 2.0 ports and two audio jacks (line-out/MIC). The u-Box is made out of aluminium alloy, which the company says helps dissipate heat more efficiently, and the body weight clocks in at 1.95kg. The target markets are corporates, governments and schools. NexG are the exclusive distributors of the system in Australia.

RRP: $450.

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