Gateway Solo slims down to half its former weight

Gateway Solo slims down to half its former weight

By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

MAY 15—The ranks of ultraportable notebook computers swelled today with Gateway Inc.'s first introduction of an ultralight: the $2,199 Solo 3300, which weighs less than half as much as the company's other Solo units.

Full-featured, inch-thick notebooks represent a growing slice of the portable market, which faces strong competition from handheld devices and Web phones that can perform some, but not all, notebook functions. Ultraportable makers often leave out two of the so-called spindles, or floppy and CD-ROM drives, to reduce carrying weight.

The 3.6-pound Solo 3300 comes with a 500-MHz Pentium III processor, 64M of RAM, a 6G hard drive, a 12.1-inch display and Microsoft Windows 98, bundled in a metallic blue case. Also included is GoBack restoration software from WildFile Inc. of Plymouth, Minn., which can undo some common user errors. Gateway, at www.gateway.com, provides loaner units while Solo notebooks are being repaired and offers data backup and retrieval via the Internet.

Contact Gateway at 800-846-2106.

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