Direct notebook supplier, AJP, has upped the stakes in the notebook wars by launching the UK's first portable with a massive 15.1in TFT display - the equivalent of many 17in desktop monitors. The move comes as Dell took the wraps of its first new notebook line - Inspiron - since the launch of the Latitude range in 1995. AJP's 8500 series notebook boasts a 15.1in screen from Hosinden and a huge spec of a 233MHz Pentium MMX processor, 64Mb of RAM, 2.1Gb hard disk drive, and 20-speed max CD-ROM drive for an aggressive #2,500. However, the penalty for such a large display is a weight of 4.6Kg as the screen has forced AJP to build a larger casing. The advantage for users that don't mind the extra weight is a full-size 101-key keyboard with separate numeric keypad. Other features include two Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports and 4Mb of video memory, while the company will be offering optional DVD and removable storage drives by Christmas. The notebook will ship at the end of the month. Dell's Inspiron 3000M is being pushed as a "more bang for your buck" notebook, sporting a 233MHz Pentium MMX chip, a 13.3in XGA active matrix display and a price tag of #2,599. Targeted at mobile professionals, the 3000M weighs in at 2.9Kg, while the drive bay can take a CD-Rom drive, floppy disk drive or second lithium-ion battery for extended life. There are two USB ports, 3-D stereo surround sound and hardware wavetable facilities. Other standard features of the 3000M include 32Mb of SDRAM a 3.2Gb hard disk drive and 20-speed CD-ROM drive. Shipping now, it comes with a one-year collect and return warranty. AJP 0181 452 9090 Dell 01344 720000.
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