The PC maker on Monday announced the TransPort T1000, a 4.9-pound portable machine that incorporates a fingerprint-recognition sensor and a Pentium 4-M processor from Intel.
MicronPC previously offered the fingerprint sensor, which uses an image of a person's fingerprint instead of passwords for logging on to the computer and various Web sites, only on its flagship TransPortand GX3 notebooks.
The fingerprint sensor, which is intended to help make a notebook more secure by preventing access by unauthorized users, has been a hit for Nampa, Idaho-based MicronPC, whose customers include the U.S. government.
The additional sales are a boon for the PC maker, whichits efforts last year on the government as well as small and medium-sized businesses.
"It's been huge. We've gotten a lot of positive feedback from our customers," said Jay White, manager of MicronPC's Portable Products Group.
The new T1000 puts the sensor into a more portable package. The machine uses a new magnesium case, helping it to shave a little more than half a pound off its 5.5-pound predecessor, the TransPort XT2. The TransPort GX3 weighs about 6.5 pounds.
The T1000 comes with a 14.1-inch screen and offers buyers a choice of Pentium 4-M chips running at speeds from 1.6GHz to 2GHz. Prices start at about $2,000 for a machine configured with a 1.6GHz Pentium 4-M, 256MB of RAM and a 20GB hard drive, according to MicronPC.
The new machine also includes wireless networking using the 802.11b standard and an auxiliary battery that powers the machine for 3 minutes, while the owner swaps batteries.