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IBM today announced new notebooks and desktops designed to provide
customers with simple answers to basic problems: how to obtain
easy-to-use, Internet-focused tools with the latest core PC technologies,
and how to locate reliable service and support.

The new ThinkPad notebooks and NetVista personal systems leverage the
breadth of IBM to solve these problems and others faced by individuals,
small businesses, and large organisations. They enable customers to
transition data and applications easily from old PCs to new ones, ensure
new PCs are equipped for fundamental changes in e-business structures and
processes, make PCs easily manageable by technology professionals, and
provide leasing options. The new models feature some of IBM's most
affordable prices to date.

"These new PCs from IBM are representative of the company's commitment to
designing versatile systems that fulfil the needs of both individuals and
organisations," says Bob Sutherland, an analyst with Technology Business
Research. "IBM's tools, solutions and support offerings enhance the
computing experience and simplify the demands of the fast changing
e-business environment."

New ThinkPad A21e

The ThinkPad A Series will now include a new offering - the ThinkPad A21e
essentials model - an affordable commercial notebook for budget-conscious
businesses. The ThinkPad A21e will offer the same lightweight and slim
design as previous models, with a choice of 12.1 inch, 14.1 inch or 15
inch TFT displays and CD-ROM drive. An optional Ultrabay 2000 or USB
diskette drive is also available. Starting at £1,241, the ThinkPad A21e
offers maximum commonality with the existing ThinkPad A, T and X Series
models.

New NetVista A20 and A20i

The new NetVista A20 desktop systems designed for businesses with features
such as Microsoft Office 2000 Small Business Edition (select models only),
now feature Intel Celeron processors with speeds up to 766MHz
(superscript: 3) and Pentium III processors up to 1GHz (superscript: 3).
NetVista A20 systems now feature two serial ports to accommodate legacy
data-collection devices often used in small businesses, such as cash
drawers and credit card readers. Prices start at £521. Corporate users
will appreciate the convenience of Universal Management Services included
with the A20 desktop, which simplifies cost-efficient management from a
central location. Individual users will find the Rapid Access keyboard and
IBM ScrollPoint® mouse are more fun and comfortable, whether surfing the
Internet, enjoying the latest multimedia game or calculating the family
budget. The NetVista A20 family also gives you the choice of CD-ROM or
DVD.

The new NetVista A20i systems, optimised for the Internet and designed for
individuals looking for multimedia features to record and play music and
video, include Intel Celeron processors with speeds up to 700MHz and
Pentium III processors up to 933MHz. All NetVista desktop systems feature
"Access IBM," providing one-button access to IBM service and support and
the Web (superscript: 4). Other valuable NetVista tools include IBM Data
Transfer and IBM Backup, designed to simplify the safe and easy transfer
of data from an old PC to a new one and to provide automatic back-up
capabilities for data and applications with one-button restore. NetVista
A20i prices start at £562.

These new models are a great blend of proven technology, competitive
prices and network optimisation features that deliver on the IBM promise
of building value into every computer. Part of that value is the peace of
mind that comes from knowing your systems are backed by dependable IBM
global service and support.

New Options

Designed to complement the entire ThinkPad line, IBM is offering several
new options. These include:

- IBM ThinkPad 8X/4X/24X Max (superscript: 5) CD-RW Ultrabay 2000 Drive
The new CD-RW Ultrabay 2000 Drive, for the ThinkPad A Series allows for
low cost, high capacity removable read/write storage for ThinkPads and
select NetVista products.

- IBM FlatPanel Speakers - Connected directly into the audio port of any
ThinkPad notebook or NetVista desktop system, the IBM FlatPanel speakers
offer premium sound quality and performance.

Affordable IBM Monitors

IBM's E51 CRT monitor delivers excellent performance at low price. The
Cathode Ray Tube monitor is designed for small to medium businesses and is
ideal for home or standard business applications such as word processing
and spreadsheets. The E51 features a viewable image size of 13.8 inches,
and provides flicker-free operation with a maximum addressability of
1024x768 pels. It is available in stealth black and pearl white for £108.
For a larger screen and higher performance, IBM's affordable E74 CRT
monitor has a viewable image size of 15.9 inches, for flicker-free
operation at a maximum addressability of 1280x1024 pels. The E74 is
available in stealth black and pearl white for £154.

Comprehensive IBM Solutions

New ThinkPad and NetVista solutions announced today enhance IBM's
extensive portfolio of solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses:

- New IBM eServer xSeries models redefine affordability, offering such
advanced reliability features as hard disk predictive failure analysis.

- IBM SuccessLease (superscript: 6) provides small businesses with simple
access to quick and convenient web-enabled financing, enabling them to
acquire complete e-business solutions. SuccessLease enables small
businesses to finance up to $50,000 in hardware, software and services in
just minutes.

- New IBM e-Support provides self-healing support that can independently
identify and correct system problems. These new solutions enhance IBM's
worldwide, 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week (superscript: 7) service and
support operation and its existing Web-based support - which managed more
than 170 million customer interactions in 2000.

- IBM Direct enables businesses and individuals to buy direct from IBM,
http://www.pc.ibm.com/europe/buyibm.html


Or visit http://www.pc.ibm.com/europe/smallbusiness.html

Product Specifications

The new ThinkPad A21e essentials offering features an Intel Mobile Celeron
processor running at either 650 or 700MHz with a 128KB level 2 cache. Each
model comes with 64MB of RAM, expandable to 256MB and a 20GB hard drive.
Ethernet and modem ports are standard - users can opt for either a 56K
V.90 Mini PCI Card or a combo 10/100 Ethernet Mini PCI Adapter with a 56K
modem. All models come standard with a 24X-10X CD-ROM, 4MB VRAM ATI Rage
Mobility M graphics chip as well as Type II and Type III PC card support.
Models feature either a 6-cell Li-Ion battery offering 3.5 hours of
battery life or 7-cell NiMH battery offering 2.5 hours. A diskette drive
is offered as an option on most models, integrated in others. With the
diskette drive integrated, the travel weight of the 15 inch TFT model is
3Kg (superscript: 12) and dimensions are 13inch x 10.5 inch x 1.8 inches;
without an integrated diskette drive the weight drops to less than 2.6Kg
or less and the dimensions to 12 inches x 10 inches x 1.4 inches. All
models come with either Windows 2000 Professional or Windows 98 Second
Edition installed.

The NetVista A20 now features Intel Celeron processors up to 766MHz and
Intel Pentium III processors up to 1 GHz, with 64 or 128MB of SDRAM (up to
a maximum of 512MB (superscript: 8). It is equipped with 10-,20-, or 30GB
(superscript: 9) hard drives, and CD-ROM, CD-RW or DVD-ROM optical drives.
Connectivity includes a 56K (superscript: 10) modem or 10/100 Ethernet,
depending on model. Operating systems include a choice of Microsoft
Windows 98, Windows Millennium, or Windows 2000/Windows NT 4.0 Choose 'N
Recover. Software includes Microsoft Office 2000 Small Business Edition or
Lotus SmartSuite Millennium (superscript: 11), and an IBM Software
Selection CD with numerous anti-virus, configuration and diagnostics
applications.

The NetVista A20i features Intel Celeron processors up to 700MHz and Intel
Pentium III processors up to 933MHz, with 64 or 128MB of SDRAM (up to a
maximum of 512MB). It is equipped with 20- or 30GB hard drives, CD-ROM or
CD-RW optical drives, the IBM RapidAccess II keyboard, and a 56K modem.
The operating system is Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, and software
includes Lotus SmartSuite Millennium, Microsoft Works Basic 2000,
Microsoft Money, and Norton Antivirus (superscript: 11).



Notes to Editor:

About IBM
IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years
of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM creates, develops and
manufactures the industry's most advanced information technologies,
including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices
and microelectronics. The fastest way to get more information about IBM is
through the IBM home page at http://www.ibm.com


About IBM PSG

A pioneer in the design and manufacture of cutting-edge personal computing
solutions since 1981, IBM's Personal Systems Group (PSG) offers a
comprehensive family of products for optimised performance in a networked
world. These range from compact Work Pads and award winning ThinkPad
mobiles to powerful IntelliStation workstations, IBM eServer xSeries and
the sleek NetVista line of next generation desktops and thin clients. All
incorporate innovative IBM design features and is backed by the company's
unsurpassed worldwide customer support and service networks.

IBM and ThinkPad are registered trademarks and NetVista, RapidAccess and
Ultrabay 2000 are trademarks of International Business Machines
Corporation in the United States and other countries. Lotus and SmartSuite
are registered trademarks of Lotus Development Corporation, an IBM
company. Microsoft, Windows and Windows NT are registered trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation. Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks and
Celeron is a trademark of Intel Corporation. Other company, product and
service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

1. Pricing available from IBM directly; does not include taxes or shipping
and is subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary. IBM
reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any
time without notice.

2. These model numbers achieved a ZD BatteryMark (TM) Version 3.0 or 4.0
Battery Rundown Time of times shown above. The test was performed without
independent verification by ZD; ZD makes no representations or warranties
as to these test results. Battery Mark is a trademark of ZD Inc. in the US
and other countries. Battery life (and recharge times) will very based on
many factors, including screen brightness, applications, features, power
management, battery condition and other customer preferences.

3. MHz and GHz only measures microprocessor internal clock speed; many
factors affect application performance.

4. Requires separate Internet access account.

5. CD-RW, DVD-ROM and CD-ROM drives list a variable read rate. CD-RW write
and re-write speeds vary and list only the maximum possible. Actual CD-RW,
DVD-ROM and CD-ROM speeds will vary and are often less than the maximum
possible. The read and write results of the CD-RW drive depend on the
quality and characteristics of the CD-R and CD-RW media used. Poor
results may be obtained with some media suppliers.

6. SuccessLease is offered and administered in the U.S., Canada and other
countries by third-party providers of business financing approved by IBM
Global Financing. SuccessLease terms and conditions provided by the third
party.

7. Response times may vary. May exclude some holidays.

8. Maximum memory varies depending on model, and may require replacement
of standard memory with optional memory module.

9. GB equals 1 billion bytes and MB equals 1 million bytes when referring
to storage capacity; accessible capacity may be less.

10. These 56K modems are designed to be capable of receiving data at up to
56Kbps with compatible phone line and server equipment, and transmitting
data at up to 31.2Kbps. Public networks currently limit maximum download
speeds to about 53Kbps. Actual speeds depend on many factors and are often
less than the maximum possible.

11. Some software may differ from its retail version (if available), and
may not include user manuals or all program functionality. For non-IBM
software, applicable third party software licenses may apply. Warranty,
service and support for non-IBM product, if any, are provided by third
parties, not IBM. IBM makes no representations or warrantees regarding
non-IBM products.

12. Weight includes battery and travel cover; weight may vary due to
vendor components, manufacturing process and options

Media Contacts:

Clare Behling

PR Manager, IBM PSG UK and Ireland

Tel: 0207 202 3259

clare_behling@uk.ibm.com


Louisa Judge/Joanna Lane

Brodeur Worldwide

(On behalf of IBM)

Tel: 01753 790700

Ljudge/jlane@uk.brodeur.com

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