The Big Picture from IBM ThinkPad

by Lauren Simonds

IBM's T Series notebooks — known for their power and portability — now come with a 15-inch display. The company calls the 'notebooks mobile workstations' due to their optimized performance and portability.

IBM wants you to add a new weapon to your presentation arsenal with the release of the ThinkPad T42 and T42p, the latest entries in Big Blue's flagship ThinkPad T Series notebooks.

Both models offer 15-inch displays with IBM's Flexview technology, which is designed to offer 170-degree viewing in any direction — well-suited for those sales calls on the road when a projector isn't available.

The new T42 and T42p mark the first time IBM has outfitted its T Series with 15-inch screens. "IBM is committed to providing customers with the best computing experience possible," says Bob Galush, vice president of product marketing. "Customer feedback indicates that a larger screen would be ideal for engineers, students and mobile workers of all kinds. IBM's ThinkPad T42 and T42p notebook computers will offer industry-leading battery life in a thin and light package with a desktop-PC-sized screen."

Full Power, Full Mobility
Not just another pretty screen, the new T Series also includes Intel's new mobile Pentium M processors (model numbers 735, 745 and 755) with 2MB of L2 cache along with the Intel Pentium M 1.5GHz processor with 1MB L2 cache.

The T42p's configuration rivals that of a desk-bound workstation. Along with its large screen, the features include ATI's Mobility FireGL T2 with 128MB memory for graphics, a UXGA screen with 1600 x 1200 resolution, Wi-fi capability — compatible with all 802.11versions (a, b and g) and the ThinkPad Multi-Burner Ultrabay Slim Drive — a 9.5 optical drive that records data, video, music and photos on either CDs or DVDs.

IBM ThinkPad 42
Big screen, lightweight, high power: the ThinkPad T42p

The notebook's power fits into a 1.3-inch case that weighs 4.9 pounds. IBM claims a battery life of up to 6.4 hours, which is designed to make it as road-ready as it is powerful. "We try to strike a balance between all the power you need and the features and functions you need for great portability," says Robert Enochs, worldwide segment manager for ThinkPad T series. "We put a lot of emphasis on battery life, size and weight."

The new T Series offers lots of wireless options to get you on the road. The systems come with the original Centrino, the new Centrino that works with 802.11 b and g, plus Cisco's 802.11. These capabilities are built-in using mini PCI cards, which all support CCX. The notebooks are available without wireless or customers can upgrade it. Most of the standard configurations include Centrino.

Take Advantage of ThinkVantage
ThinkVantage is a group of IBM technologies designed to help with security, wireless capabilities and laptop maintenance. For example, IBM's Rescue and Recovery and Rapid Restore help you diagnose and recover from a software crash, perform a system backup, or restore a corrupt file.

The Active Protection System protects your data from inadvertent falls. Using a microchip on the system board, Active Protection System can recognize a "system acceleration," i.e., you dropped your notebook. And while it can't deploy a parachute or a miniature air bag, it does signal your hard drive to park its read/write head, thus avoiding total data loss.

When and How Much?
The T Series T42 and T42p will be available May 25 through www.ibm.com and through select business partners. The ThinkPad T42 starts at $1,599 and the T42p starts at $3,409.

Lauren Simonds is managing editor of SmallBusinessComputing.com.

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This article was originally published on Tuesday May 11th 2004
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