Art talks up audio release

Art has become the latest vendor to unveil an entertainment focussed notebook through the launch of its SMARTbook 202.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  November 28, 2004

Art has become the latest vendor to unveil an entertainment focussed notebook through the launch of its SMARTbook 202. “The new SMARTbook 202 has all the features that you would expect from the latest range of laptop PCs including Intel Centrino mobile technology, wireless LAN capability and extended battery life, all combined with a sleek new design,” commented Yasser Shaheen, divisional manager of ART. Art’s Jebel Ali built SMARTbook 202 features what the firm calls a special ‘audio DJ’ feature, which allows users to play music on the notebook without powering up its Windows OS. "This maximises the battery power," claimed Shaheen, "which means you can listen to music for longer. Effectively the SMARTbook 202 acts as a portable music centre so that you can play your music wherever and whenever you like.” Such features are currently offered by several big name vendors as a means of appealing to music and, in some cases, movie fans too. Acer’s Arcade feature for instance allows Aspire owners to play movies and audio discs on their devices without first powering up the Windows OS. Art launched its first SMARTbook 101 notebook in August this year. Its new 202 range is built around Intel’s Pentium M processors. Other specs include up to 1024 of DDR memory, a 15-inch XGA display, and a 30-80GB hard disks. Prices start at $1,050.

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