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Acer, Toshiba, and Lenovo unveil WiMax laptops

Sprint is rolling out its Xohm WiMax service in Baltimore, and laptop makers are quick to offer the new technology.

Acer Aspire 6930
Acer Aspire 6930, now with 4G wireless.

Baltimore residents looking to take advantage of Sprint's brand-new Xohm WiMax data network can now choose among several laptops with built-in WiMax compatibility from such major manufacturers as Acer, Toshiba, and Lenovo.

On Wednesday, Acer announced that it would be bringing WiMax radios to two Aspire models, the 14.1-inch Aspire 4930-6862 and the 16-inch Aspire 6930-6771. Both laptops cost $899 and are built on Intel's Centrino 2 platform, with a 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo T7350 processor, 3GB of RAM, integrated graphics, and a 320GB hard drive.

Meanwhile, Toshiba has announced the WiMax-ready Satellite U405-ST550W. The 13-inch laptop will also be based on Centrino 2, with 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. Internal components aside, its case will be identical to the Satellite U405-S2830 we reviewed earlier this summer.

And finally, Lenovo takes the launch crown with four WiMax-ready ThinkPads. The WiMax option is available on the SL series, aimed at small and medium businesses, as well as the mainstream T series and the ultraportable X series. Specifically, you can now opt for WiMax connectivity on the ThinkPad SL300, SL500, T400, and X301.

Of course, Baltimore won't be the only market to be interested in these laptops; Sprint is planning to expand its WiMax service to Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., and Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.