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Fujitsu debuts a "mega-notebook"

Fujitsu's newest model comes with a large screen, lots of cache, and other features designed to mimic desktop machines.

Fujitsu PC and NEC Computer Systems today introduced new notebook computers with big screens and big brains.

Sometimes called "mega-notebooks," Fujitsu's top-of-the-line 900 models are designed as the consummate substitute for desktop machines. In addition to large screens, Fujitsu offers desktop-class audio-video functions, DVD drive options, MPEG-2 support (the standard used by DVD and also top-drawer video games), and other features.

Fujitsu's 985TX boasts a 13.3-inch active-matrix screen, that's comparable to a desktop monitor, as well as 512K of Level 2 cache, which speeds overall system performance.

The 985TX also features Intel's fastest Pentium--the 233-MHz version with MMX technology--a 56-kbps fax/modem with integrated telephony, a 20X CD-ROM drive, and a 5GB hard drive. The computer will be available at the end of the month for an estimated street price of $5,999.

Fujitsu's 700 series comes with MMX-enhanced Pentium processors ranging from 133 MHz to 166 MHz. Each computer has a 20X CD-ROM drive, a 12.1-inch screen, and an internal 56-kbps fax/data/voice modem.

The 765Tx and 755Tx, priced at $3,799 and $2,799 respectively, have 32MB of memory; the 735Dx, priced at $1,999, has 16MB. The 700 series is available immediately.

Fujitsu's slim line of 675Tx notebooks, weighing in at under 5 pounds, include a 200-MHz Pentium processor with MMX technology, 32MB of memory, an internal 56-kbps fax/data/voice modem, and a 12.1-inch display.

The 675TX also comes with a snap-on LAN Enhancement Unit with fast Ethernet, a port replicator, dual USB ports, and simultaneous access to the 20X CD-ROM and floppy drives. The notebook, available mid-November, is priced at $4,799.

NEC has also expanded its line of notebooks. The Versa 5000 series feature 166-MHz Pentium processors with MMX technology, 16MB or 64MB of memory, 256K of Level 2 cache, hard drives between 1.6GB and 4GB, 20X CD-ROM, and a choice of a 12.1- or 13.3-inch display. The notebooks, to ship in about two weeks, are priced from $2,899 to $3,299.