Notebook firms quick on draw with P2 models

A number of notebook companies are expected to release models loaded with the new Intel mobile Pentium II chip this week. Compaq and Toshiba had press launches last Thursday and Dell gave an embargoed preview of its Inspiron notebook range late last month. The machines were shown running full-length movies via DVD drives. Hewlett-Packard will show a complete range of mobile Pentium II notebooks in June. Digital announced its 266MHz Pentium II VP 765 model last week and IBM has announced 200MHz or 233MHz versions of its ThinkPad 770s.

A number of notebook companies are expected to release models loaded with the new Intel mobile Pentium II chip this week.

Compaq and Toshiba had press launches last Thursday and Dell gave an embargoed preview of its Inspiron notebook range late last month. The machines were shown running full-length movies via DVD drives.

Hewlett-Packard will show a complete range of mobile Pentium II notebooks in June. Digital announced its 266MHz Pentium II VP 765 model last week, the first of a range. IBM has announced 200MHz or 233MHz versions of its ThinkPad 770s with hard drives up to 5.1Gb and a 13.3in screen. Intel’s chip was officially made available on April 2.

Meanwhile, a new Toshiba Libretto sub-notebook was launched last week at Computerworld Expo.

The 120MHz machine has a full--function keyboard and offers 16Mb of EDO RAM and a 1.5Gb hard drive.

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