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Ultra Portable...Gets More Affordable

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, March 30, 2006

An ultra portable notebook from Gateway. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Last year was a big year for notebook computers. They continued to lure businesses and consumers away from desktop PCs. In many offices today….employees use notebook computers at their desks….and bring them home at the end of the day. Gateway's director of notebook marketing Chad McDonald…

"We've seen phenomenal growth. Certainly throughout 2005 we saw strong growth. Our notebook business literally doubled in size from a volume perspective in 2005. We've seen really strong growth in many different sectors. We've seen it in the consumer marketplace through our retail channels. And our professional notebook volume is starting to ramp as well. So we see strong growth and are forecasting very strong growth in 2006."

It's a very competitive market…with Dell, HP, Toshiba and Lenovo slugging it out…along with Gateway, Sony and others. New from Gateway….is the E100M…

"Which is an ultra-portable notebook with a 12 inch widescreen display. It's going to come in…weigh in… at about 3 pounds, about an inch thick and it's going to have a multitude of different wireless options available. So it's truly for the mobile user. Battery life with this platform will vary depending on which battery option you choose as a user from 3 hours or so on the entry level up to approximately nine hours as you scale up to some of the bigger batteries."

Pricing starts at about 12 hundred dollars….at the low end for an ultra portable. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.