The two largest notebook suppliers have launched their first models for 1998, based on Intel's Tillamook mobile MMX processors. These new Pentium chips offer lower power consumption than their desktop equivalents, which extends battery life. Compaq has extended its Armada range with five new machines ranging in price from #1,399 to #4,199. The 1560 has a 166MHz Pentium MMX processor, 16Mb RAM as standard and a 2.1Gb hard disk, with a 12.1in DSTN screen. The 1560D adds a 20X CD-ROM and a larger hard drive to this specification, and the 1592DT uses the new 233MHz Pentium MMX processor with 32Mb of RAM, a 3.2Gb hard drive and a TFT screen. At the top of the range, the 7792DMT uses the 266MHz Pentium MMX with 32Mb RAM as standard, a 5Gb hard disk, 20X CD-ROM, and a 13.3in TFT screen - the largest screen in the range. Designed for users on the road for long periods, Compaq's new 4200 series includes two batteries in the package, one of which is used as a carrying handle. This gives a battery life of seven hours, and can be extended further by attaching a device tray to the notebook. The 4200 also supports Advanced Configuration Power Interface (ACPI), a hardware spec that controls system and device power and which will be incorporated into future Microsoft operating systems. Prices for the 4200 series start at #2,699. Toshiba has upgraded its Libretto range of mini-notebooks with the 70CT, a 120MHz MMX Pentium machine. This will sell for #1,295, while the original 50CT will drop to #995. The Tecra range is also expanded with two desktop replacement models, the 540CDT and the 750DVD. The 540CDT uses the 233MHz MMX chip and costs #3,295. A 4Gb hard drive, 32Mb of RAM, 12.1in TFT screen and 20X CD-ROM drive are featured as standard. The 750DVD uses the same processor, but comes with 64Mb of RAM as standard, a 5Gb hard drive and a 13.3in TFT. Instead of a CD-ROM drive, the 750DVD has a 20X DVD-ROM drive swappable with a floppy drive, and carries a price tag of #4,395. All the notebooks are shipping immediately. Compaq: 0845 270 4000 Toshiba: 01932 828828.
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