IBM introduces Titanium-Clad ThinkPads

IBM has launched a new line of its ThinkPad notebook computers, featuring titanium covers, with two of the three new models sporting Intel Pentium III 700 MHz processors under the hood.

The new ThinkPad lineup includes the bantam-weight 4.6-lb. T20 notebook, which IBM calls the lightest notebook with a 14.1-in. display. IBM said the 1.3-in.-thick T20 is equipped with Pentium III processors available in either 650-MHz or 700-MHz speeds, and with 128MB of RAM, 8MB of Video RAM (VRAM), a 6GB or 12GB hard drive and four hours of battery life. ThinkPad T20 pricing starts at $3,099.

Pricing for the new entry-level ThinkPad, the model A20m, starts at $1,799. The unit weighs 5.9 lb. It has a 15-in. display, 64MB of RAM, upgradable to 512MB, and can use either an Intel Celeron 500-MHz processor or a 500-MHz or 700-MHz Pentium III processor. The high-end ThinkPad A20p comes equipped with 16MB of VRAM, S-video ports for video capture and playback, video editing software and Pentium III processors.

IBM said the T20 and A20p both provide users with what the company called an UltraPort located on the top edge of the display. It was designed to be used with an optional camera priced at $99 to capture still images or add video to e-mail. Both the "A" and "T" series ThinkPads also can be used with optional new wireless LAN PC cards. Later this year, the models will also incorporate cards providing short-range wireless Bluetooth connectivity to a variety of peripherals.

Last week, Hewlett-Packard introduced its new notebook line featuring Pentium III processors, priced from $1,999 to $4,091. Meanwhile, Dell Computer added Pentium III processor options to its notebook lines.

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