MPC Computers' TransPort U1000 notebook offers a 12.1-inch LCD display (1024 x 768) and choice of an Intel Pentium M processor 725 to 765 (1.60 GHz to 2.10 GHz) or Intel Celeron M processor 350 (1.30 GHz). The notebook features 256 MB, 333 MHz memory plus one micro-DIMM socket, expandable to 1280 MB. The removable hard drive comes in 40, 60, 80 or 100 GB. The unit also has a DVD/CD-RW combo or DVD multi drive (DVD-RW/+RW/CD-RW); integrated 56 Kbps V.92 fax/modem; and an internal antenna for an 802.11a/b/g card. The notebook weighs 3.8 lbs. and contains a 3-cell lithium-ion battery.
GTCO CalComp's InterWrite MeetingBoard, today's answer to the easel-and-paper combo, lets users write notes and highlight key points on top of presentations using an electronic pen, and operate a computer while standing at the MeetingBoard by using the pen as a mouse. Users can e-mail their annotations to meeting participants. Electronic pens provide full mouse capability -- left and right click, drag and drop, etc. -- and are available as an interactive dry-erase pen, with electronic eraser included, or a smaller, thinner projection pen for use in interactive mode only.
FingerGear's Computer-On-a-Stick is a USB 2.0 flash drive with an onboard operating system, a Microsoft Office-compatible software suite and a PDF creator. The unit also contains the Firefox Web browser, Evolution e-mail, and Yahoo- and MSN-compatible instant messenger software. The drive comes in capacities of 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB and 8 GB. Users can share a public partition on Windows, Linux and Macintosh computers, while a private directory is accessible by booting the device and entering a password.
Fun in the Sun
Glacier Computer's GX Magnum is a sunlight-readable version of its 10-inch GX-1000 series of rugged computers. It features a low-heat 1 GHz Via processor, 512 MB DRAM, solid-state or rotating hard drives, and both local and wide area wireless options. Each unit has a 10.4-inch high-contrast 800 x 600 display, touchscreen, soft shutdown button and a special LCD on/off switch for nighttime safety in police vehicles. The computers feature 802.11a, b and g wireless networking, as well as an integrated Bluetooth option.