HP, Toshiba upgrade small notebook lines

Hewlett-Packard this week renewed its efforts in the notebook arena with the announcement of an ultra-portable notebook, while the number one mobile PC supplier, Toshiba, refreshed its Libretto mininotebook line.

With the goal of cracking the list of top five vendors in the worldwide mobile PC market by the year 2000, HP is kicking off its aggressive notebook drive with a new OmniBook model and promises of a wide variety of products and services to follow.

The HP OmniBook Sojourn includes a 233MHz Pentium MMX processor, 64MB of RAM, and a 2.1GB hard drive in a 3-pound frame, measuring about .75in in height.

HP also announced an encryption smart-card security system for its OmniBook notebooks. The smart-card reader, which fits into a PC Card slot, uses 128-bit data encryption and password protection to restrict access to specified files on the computer.

Meanwhile, Toshiba refreshed its Libretto mininotebook with a 166MHz Pentium MMX processor, 32MB of RAM, and a 2GB hard drive.

In addition, Toshiba increased the screen size to 7.1in, added two Type II or one Type III PC card slots, and in the process of all this, increased the weight more than 25 per cent to 2.35