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Big Features in Small IBM Notebook

Techstination feature for Thursday, December 5, 2002

Small in size... big in features. IBM's ThinkPad X30. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. It's hard to please everyone... all of the time. But IBM is giving it a try with the ThinkPad X30. It's smaller than your average notebook PC with a 12 inch screen. That pleases customers in Asian markets. And the variety of built in ports and wireless connections should please everyone else. In other words, says Marketing Director Sam Dusi...

"A well rounded, long battery life, very portable but yet fully functional ... where you don't sacrifice any of the legacy aspects but yet in a one inch... three and a half pound notebook computer that travels really well with all day computing power."

Some X30 models include built in Bluetooth for connecting to Bluetooth enabled cell phones and other devices. One of the problems is the price. Typically more than two thousand dollars. Another is the processor... a Pentium III instead of a Pentium 4. IBM... which had its own version of the tablet PC back in the 80's... is taking a wait and see approach when it comes to tablets this time around...

"We continue to watch that space. I think the OS is an OS that has value to customers as they move into the future. I think the jury is out relative to which particular form factor might be the most aggressively sought after by customers because you can talk to law firms or insurance agencies and they each would have their own set of requirements."

And Dusi says IBM might want to see more of an emphasis on speech instead of handwriting recognition. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.