IBM has launched what it describes as a "transformer" notebook PC.
The Thinkpad 570 converts into a desktop replacement notebook PC when attached to an IBM designed Ultrabase, allowing users to configure it with a variety of optional devices such as a 2X DVD Rom drive or a Zip 100Mbyte drive.
The Ultrabase is also equipped with stereo speakers, a Midi port, an additional USB port and provides a direct connection to an optional port replicator.
As a notebook, the 570 weighs around four pounds and is one inch thick. It has a full size keyboard, a 13.3 or 12.1 inch TFT display, Intel mobile Pentium II processor up to 366MHz, up to a 6.4Gbyte hard disk drive, 64Mbyte Ram, a 56Kbps modem and all standard ports.
Adalio Sanchez, general manager, IBM mobile computing said in a statement: "As more notebooks become the sole computers for business, users are torn between full function models and ultraportables. Now they can enjoy the best of both worlds, without sacrificing performance or functionality."
IBM ThinkPad 570 UK pricing starts at #2,063 and #101 for the Ultrabase.
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