HP goes wireless with OmniBook

HP goes wireless with OmniBook

The 3.5-pound OmniBook 500 from Hewlett-Packard Co. will have one of the first Bluetooth PC Cards for wireless access to LANs, WANs and personal-area networks.

HP mobile marketing manager Hilary Glann said the unit could serve as a user's sole machine with its 12-inch screen, $199 docking station, 95-percent-size keyboard and long-running prismatic lithium-ion battery.

It starts around $1,900 with a 500-MHz Celeron processor, 64M of RAM, network interface, an external floppy drive, a Type II PC Card slot and Microsoft Windows 98. The top-end, $3,100 model has a low-voltage, 700-MHz Pentium III processor and 128M of RAM. Dual module bays accept CD-ROM, DVD or high-density floppy drives or an extra battery. The docking port has serial, parallel, two Universal Serial Bus, keyboard, mouse, LAN passthrough and external video interfaces plus stereo speakers.

Security options include a $99 smart card and reader for log-ins, digital signatures and encryption. Besides Bluetooth, the OmniBook 500 will work with several vendors' 11-Mbps wireless networks.

Contact HP at 408-343-7345.

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