Hitachi is shipping two lines of notebooks designed for fast communications. Both product lines include built-in 28.8-kbps fax-modems, PC Card slots, fast Mobile Pentium processors, extra-large LCD screens, full-size keyboards, and a choice of Windows 95 or Windows for Workgroups.
The ultra-light Hitachi C Series is less than 1.5 inches thick and weighs only 5.3 pounds. A complete package of communications hardware and software is included for dial-up Internet access, sending or receiving faxes, paging, email, and quality audio, Hitachi said.
A notebook in the C series with a 90-MHz Mobile Pentium processor, an 11.3-inch dual-scan LCD screen, a 720MB hard drive, and 8MB of RAM is priced at $2,199. With a 120-MHz processor, an 11.8-inch active-matrix screen, and a 1GB hard drive, the price is $4,569.
The network-ready Hitachi M Series notebook adds a 10BaseT LAN port and resources for multimedia presentations, as well as a removable 4X or 6X CD-ROM drive, stereo speakers, a "sliding hinge" display, and an internal A/C power adapter.
The M Series notebook is slightly more than 2 inches thick and weighs 7.3 pounds, including its standard Duracell battery and two Type II PC Card slots.
The M Series notebook with a 100-MHz Pentium processor, a 10.4-inch active-matrix LCD screen, 8MB of RAM, and a 720MB hard drive is priced at $3,999. With a 133-MHz Pentium processor, an 11.8-inch active-matrix LCD, 16MB of RAM, and a 1GB hard drive, the price is $5,499.