IBM in the US has announced a swag of new models of its ThinkPad i Series notebook computers aimed at individuals and small business users. It is expected to announce three models in Australia early in April.
The ThinkPad i Series 1400 models are designed to offer customisable, easy-launch buttons and a media centre with instant audio. In addition, some models feature ThinkLight technology, which illuminates the keyboard and is helpful for working in low-light situations, IBM officials said.
The new models are available with either Intel Celeron or Pentium III 500MHz processors.
They also feature displays of up to 15in, hard drives of up to 12GB, integrated 56-Kbps modems and CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives. Three ThinkPad i Series 1500 notebooks have Microsoft's Office 2000 Small Business Edition preloaded, in addition to the same hardware features available on the ThinkPad i Series 1400 models.
Darren Gossling, mobile computing marketing manager for IBM Australia and New Zealand, said similar specification models will be announced early next month. Pricing is expected to start from $2999 for the 500MHz Celeron processor-based model, including a 13in HPA (High-Performance Addressing) screen, 32MB of RAM, a 6GB hard drive and a 24X-10X CD-ROM. At the top end, there will also be a model based on a 500MHz Pentium III processor, a 15in TFT (Thin Film Transistor) screen, 64MB of RAM, a 12GB hard drive and a 6X-1X DVD-ROM.