IBM Redefines Desktop Computing Experience with Less Clutter, More Function Announces New Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Kit and Faster All-in-One PCs Friday 27 April 2001 PDF Print IBM today introduced a new wireless keyboard and mouse as well as faster NetVista X40 series all-in-one PCs -- all of which can transform a desk or office into a more user-friendly computing environment while increasing overall productivity. The new Rapid Access Wireless Keyboard and ScrollPoint Wireless Mouse utilise advanced radio frequency (RF) technology, allowing for a completely cordless, clean-desk environment. Additionally, the full-function wireless keyboard provides more features at a smaller size -- up to two inches more narrow -- than competitive keyboards. The NetVista X40 series features a sleek all-in-one design that takes up 75% less space than a traditional PC. The new NetVista X40 systems are the only compact desktop computers currently on the market with microprocessor speeds up to 1GHz(1). "Products that cater to a more user-friendly workspace are a growing trend in the PC industry," said Roger Kay, an analyst with IDC. "As PCs continue to be considered more as commodities over time, special features such as wireless peripherals and stylish, compact designs are becoming increasingly important." Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Kit The kit - consisting of a keyboard, mouse and receiver -- comes in a sleek, black design and features a number of stand-out productivity features including: * 17 Rapid Access keyboard buttons that can be used to quickly launch frequently-used applications and to perform commonly-repeated tasks for increased efficiency; * 12 separate RF channels to eliminate potential interference with other devices; * a USB connection allowing for rapid plug and play; * a saddle-shaped cap on the ScrollPoint mouse to improve productivity which supports horizontal and vertical scrolling plus the ability to select 360 degree scrolling. Available for sale immediately on IBM's website and shipping later this month, the kit will come as an optional upgrade designed for use with both IBM NetVista desktops and IBM ThinkPad notebooks as well as hundreds of other industry-standard PCs. New NetVista X40 and X40i All-in-One PCs IBM today also announced five new models in its award-winning line-up of NetVista X40 all-in-one PCs, with the high-end NetVista X40i featuring the new wireless keyboard and mouse. In addition to higher processing power speeds of up to 1GHz, other enhancements include: * larger hard drives, up to 40 GB(superscript: (2)) in size, for greater storage capabilities; * parallel ports and support for Microsoft Windows NT now available in custom models for commercial/business customers. The combination of the wireless keyboard and mouse with the NetVista X40 line-up is a natural fit, given the all-in-one system's novel, clutter-free design. With a bright, spacious, razor-sharp 15" TFT flat-panel display as its centrepiece, the only prominently visible parts of the X40 are the display, keyboard and mouse. Everything else, from the hard drive to the speakers, is tucked away behind the display. To save even more space, with the push of a button, a tray lowers from the display to reveal the disk drives. Additionally, IBM offers a radial arm option that can suspend the entire NetVista X40 unit above the work area, returning desktop space to the user. Designed with flexibility in mind, the radial arm moves freely, allowing for a wide range of positions with the computer suspended. If combined with both the radial arm and the new wireless keyboard and mouse kit, the NetVista X40 becomes the ultimate solution for users seeking not only full desktop computing power, but also a flexible, space-saving and stylish computing environment. Pricing and Availability All products announced today are available for order immediately on http://www.ibm.com. Pricing (3) is as follows: * IBM Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Kit - 75 UKPounds * IBM NetVista Radial Arm X Mount - 173 UKPounds Starting prices for the new line-up of NetVista X40 PCs are: * NetVista X40i, designed for individuals and very small businesses - 1378 UKPounds * NetVista X40, designed for businesses of all sizes - 1404 UKPounds For more information, see http://www.pc.ibm.com/europe/netvista.html -ends- Ref: 01/092 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 PCD A pioneer in the design and manufacture of cutting-edge personal computing solutions since 1981, IBM's Personal Computing Division (PCD) 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. 1. GHz only measures microprocessor internal clock speed; many factors affect application performance. 2. GB equals 1 billion bytes when referring to storage capability; accessible capacity may be less. 3. Pricing available from IBM directly; does not include taxes or shipping and is subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary. 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