Gateway Ships Ultraportable Notebook

SAN FRANCISCO (05/15/2000) - Gateway 2000 Inc. rounds out its Solo notebook lineup Monday with the launch of its 3.65-pound Solo 3300 targeted at corporate users.

Available now and selling for a base price of $2199, the ultraportable unit is less than an inch thick and has a blue metallic magnesium-alloy case. The base configuration includes a 500-MHz Intel Corp. Mobile Pentium III, 64MB of SDRAM, a 6GB hard drive, integrated V.90 modem and 10/100 Ethernet ports, a 12.1-inch active-matrix display, and an external disk drive.

Gateway usually offers numerous configuration options on its systems, but the 3300's small size (10.6 by 8.8 by 1 inches) limits that to some degree, says Ray Sawall, product manager.

You can jump up from 64MB of SDRAM to 128MB for an extra $100, and you can move from the 6GB hard drive to a 12GB unit for an extra $150. External upgrade options include a 24X CD-ROM drive for $99 or a 6X DVD-ROM drive for $199, he says.

Despite the unit's small size, it's still easy and comfortable to use, Sawall says. The 3300 has a full-size, 84-key keyboard with full key travel. The unit lacks a serial port but has built-in VGA, Universal Serial Bus, shared PS/2, and parallel ports. An optional $199 port replicator provides additional ports, including a serial port.

Gateway offers the 3300 with your choice of Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows NT 4.0, or Windows 2000 Professional. The base software bundle includes Internet Explorer, Norton AntiVirus, Intel LANDesk, and Gateway's GoBack 98.

The 3300 Deluxe package is priced at $2328 and includes either Microsoft Office Small Business or Professional edition.

The 3300 is Gateway's first ultraportable notebook, and it fills out Gateway's portable lineup, Sawall says. The Solo 1100 is an entry-level product selling for about $1199; and the Solo 2150 and 2550 are midrange units starting at about $1599. The Solo 9300 is a big, bells-and-whistles unit that starts at about $2399.

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