Italian PC and office product manufacturer Olivetti
made its entrance into the
American market today with the
introduction of the Echos line of notebooks.
The new line, announced at the PC Expo trade show in New York, includes four models based on Olivetti's European notebook
family of the same name. All four will come with Pentium processors, Super
VGA color displays and
1.3GB hard drives and are expected to ship in July.
List prices will range from $2,499 for the Echos p100C with a 100-MHz
Pentium processor, 8MB of memory and 11.3-inch dual-scan display to $4,999
Echos P133S with a 133-MHz Pentium, 16MB of memory and a 11.8-inch active
The machines will also include a high-speed serial infrared port, the
same kind of technology used by television remote controls, so that
computers can exchange data over short distances with other computers or
peripheral devices such as printers without having to connect any cables.
A multi-function bay lets users switch between a removable 6 percent CD-ROM or an
optional second battery. All four notebooks will also have a touch pad for
cursor control and a built-in wrist rest.
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