IBM thinks up new series of notebook PCs

IBM Corp. earlier this month launched the fifth series of ThinkPad notebook PCs.

The ThinkPad G40, the entry-level version of the new G Series, is aimed at the government user who is slowly moving to mobile hardware, said Grant Shenk, global product manager for the ThinkPad A and G series.

The G40, whose weight ranges from 7.5 to 9 pounds and has a screen size from 14 to 15 inches depending on its configuration, has features that make clear that it's for a distinctively novice user'unlike IBM's other series of notebook PCs, Shenk said.

The ThinkPad G40 has a 2-GHz Intel Celeron processor that is upgradeable to a 3-GHz Intel Pentium 4, a 20G hard drive expandable to 40G, and 128M of RAM expandable to 1G.

It also has four Universal Serial Bus 2.0 ports, runs Microsoft Windows XP and has built-in IBM ThinkVantage software for security, one-button backup and recovery and tech support.

When in wireless mode, the G40 can link to 802.11b and dual-band 802.11a/b access points.

The starting price is $949. IBM will offer government and volume markdowns through its resellers.

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