Solo notebook weighs 3.6 lbs.

Solo notebook weighs 3.6 lbs.

At 3.6 pounds, Gateway Inc.'s first ultralight notebook computer, the $2,199 Solo 3300, weighs half as much as the company's other Solo units.

It joins the ranks of so-called ultraportable, 2- to 4-pound models such as the Compaq Armada M300, the Dell Latitude LS, the Hewlett-Packard OmniBook 900, the IBM ThinkPad 570, Sony Electronics Inc.'s Vaio and Toshiba America Information Systems Inc.'s Portege 3440CT.

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

The 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. Also included is GoBack restoration software from WildFile Inc. of Plymouth, Minn., which can undo some common user errors.

Contact Gateway at 800-846-2106.

'Patricia Daukantas, Bill Murray, Susan M. Menke and Tony Lee Orr

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