SAN FRANCISCO (07/26/2000) - One-GHZ Too slow for you? If you demand the fastest PC on the block, look for Intel Corp.'s 1.13-GHz Pentium III chip, expected to launch by the time you read this. Systems will be shipping in limited quantities, from big-name vendors only. Look for a greater supply later in the fall. Analysts expect this to be the last speed bump for PIII before the P4 chip arrives in early fall.
*Big LCD Deal: Looking for a large-screen LCD that costs no more than a typical midrange desktop PC? Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s SyncMaster 770TFT, introduced last spring at US$1800, now sells for $1454-an outstanding price for a high-quality 17-inch active-matrix display. One caveat: If you set it any lower than its native 1280 by 1024 resolution, type begins to look smudgy.
*Wireless Broadband for Travelers: Metricom's eagerly awaited 128-kbps next-generation Ricochet service should be available in Atlanta and San Diego by the time you read this, with rollout in additional cities by summer's end.
You can expect to pay $60 to $90 a month for unlimited access--initially via serial port or USB modem, but eventually via PC Card. Ricochet use gives you untethered access to all types of online services.
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