1.8 kilos of mobility

IBM Middle East, today unveiled its new ThinkPad X40 wireless notebook, which weighs at 1.8 kg and claims to be the lightest and thinnest model in its category with longer battery life.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  March 8, 2004

IBM Middle East, today unveiled its new ThinkPad X40 wireless notebook, which weighs at 1.2 kg (1.8 kgs with the optional battery) and claims to be the lightest and thinnest model in its category. The notebook has IBM’s Think Vantage Technologies powered by an Intel Pentium-M processor, targeting mobile users and business travelers. IBM says that since many of IBM's new recovery tools exist outside the PC's main operating system, business travelers who are away from office technical support have new options for solving PC problems such as boot-up errors. Commonly described by IBM as a 'lifeboat' solution, this tool helps reduce IT support costs by enabling user self-recovery and reducing the need for help-desk calls and desk-side visits. “The ThinkPad X40 is an ideal assistant for today's businesspeople that spend a lot of time outside the office. It has expansion options and ports that allow each user to customise it to their needs,” says Sameh Farid, regional manager of personal computing division, IBM Middle East. The ThinkPad X40 is 20% smaller and 25% lighter (400 grams less) than its predecessor, the ThinkPad X31. IBM is pushing the notebook’s weight and features as its unique selling proposition. It claims that for business travelers, 400 grams translates into three cell phones; or two digital cameras; or a bottle of water; or a pair of jeans, a sweater and a T-shirt. With an optional 8-cell battery weighing 600 grams, IBM claims the battery life can be extended of up to 10 hours. Other features include the 802.11x wireless technology, Blue tooth, gigabit ethernet, infrared and IBM's embedded security subsystem with wireless encryption. In addition, select models include Intel's Centrino mobile technology, whcih prove wireless connectivity and extended battery life. The ThinkPad X40 also includes USB 2.0 ports and an optional X4 Ultra Base Dock, providing additional expansion options for mobile workers at a combined weight of 1.8 kg. Software features such as IBM’s Active Protection System, to protect data and updated versions of Access Connections 4.5 to provides easy access to on-system and online for service and support are included.

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