Thinner and lighter notebooks were the trend at PC Expo in New York this week. Sony and Sharp both introduced full featured, Tillamook powered systems that break the one-inch barrier.
Sony unveiled the Vaio 505GX Superslim, which will begin shipping in July. With a weight of under three pounds, but sporting a 200MHz or 266MHz Pentium MMX, 32Mbytes of Ram and a 2.1Gbytes hard drive, the systems will sell for $1,999 to $2,699.
Meanwhile, Sharp introduced the Actius A100, powered by a 233MHz Pentium MMX. It weighs in at 2.98 pounds (1.35 kilograms) and is 0.83 inches thick. The A100 comes with a 11.3-inch TFT screen, 64Mbytes of Ram and a 3.2Gbytes hard drive. Suggested retail price is $2,499.
But the HP Omnibook Sojourn ? also known as the Mitsubishi Pedion ? at 0.7-inch remains the superslim champion. The notebook was developed in partnership by both vendors.
The superthin notebooks have a few drawbacks. Their high price is one. Another is that they often do not have full sized connectors such as a serial or parallel port.
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