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Something New For Your Lap.... From IBM

Techstination feature for Friday, May 5, 2000

When it comes to selling notebook computers, IBM turns to T and A. Okay, before you get carried away, the T and A IBM is using to sell its new line of ThinkPads doesn't mean what you think. IBM's Leo Suarez...

"We have a new series called an A series which is going to be indicative of alternative desktop solutions and a new T series which is going to be indicative of thin and light notebooks."

T for thin and light and A for alternative desktop solutions. That's not to say the machines aren't sexy with sleek titanium composite covers and options that include everything from DVD players to little cameras that attach to the top of the high quality screens. And get this... there's a small light to illuminate the keyboard... .

"So, many times when people are working in, for example, the darkened cabin of an airplane where they can't really read the keyboard, by simply flipping on the ThinkLight, they'll be able to illuminate the keyboard."

Or type in bed without disturbing the person next to you. I'm not so sure the wife will go for that. IBM has built a solid reputation... selling more than ten million ThinkPads over the last seven years. Prices start at about 18 hundred dollars. You can find us on the Web at Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin for CBS news.