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Gateway Unveils Its Next-Generation Ultra-Portable

Gateway Unveils Its Next-Generation, Ultra-Portable, Offering A High-Res Screen, Powerful Processors And A Choice Of Colours.


AUCKLAND, October 19 2000 – Gateway today unveiled its next generation of ultra-portables, the Gateway Solo 3350, offering industry-leading features in a stylish, no-compromise notebook computer.

Featuring a sturdy magnesium-alloy case in a choice of metallic blue or silver, the Solo offers high-performance features that are important to business users and consumers.

With prices starting at $5,999 the system is under 2.6 cm thin, weighs under 1.7 kg and offers the power of Intel Celeron 500Mhz or Intel Pentium III 600MHz processors with SpeedStep Technology. Its 12.1-inch high-resolution XGA display enables users to view more text on screen, making the system ideal for applications such as spreadsheets, presentations and games.

Jenny Young, Marketing Director, Gateway Australia and New Zealand said: “The Solo 3350 offers a great combination of style, portability and technical sophistication. Its choice of two metallic colours allows the user to be as eye-catching as they want. State-of-the-art technology can also look great.”

The Solo 3350 comes with an Ultra Port Replicator, which provides a one-step connection to desktop peripherals such as a printer, monitor, mouse and keyboard. This enables users to transition quickly from the road to the office and back again. Ports include VGA monitor, parallel, USB, two PS/2, RJ-45 network, RJ-11 phone, serial, sound and microphone ports and external media bay connector.

The system features a standard external media bay which allows users to carry only the peripherals they need. All systems include a CD-ROM drive and there is also an optional DVD-ROM drive available, allowing users to customise their system to best fit their usability requirements. A standard floppy disk drive is optional.

The Solo 3350’s integrated v.90 modem and 10/100 Ethernet adapter allows users to access the Internet, connect to the office network and use multiple peripherals without carrying additional components. The system comes with a bridge battery that enables the user to swap the main battery while on standby mode. The main battery carries a LED gauge which indicates whether the battery is charging or fully charged.

The Solo 3350 can be configured with a 20GB Ultra ATA hard disk drive, and comes standard with 64MB of SDRAM, expandable to 256MB. Despite its compact size, it features a full-sized, 84-key notebook keyboard, comfortable enough for any size hands.

For home users, the Gateway Solo 3350 comes standard with Windows Millennium Edition, the latest operating system from Microsoft. For business users, the Gateway Solo 3350 can be configured with Windows 2000 Professional, which features a rich set of capabilities specially designed to support the diverse needs of mobile professionals.

Support for Advanced Configuration and Power Interface allows users to configure the system to conserve battery life. The Hibernate mode turns off all power to the computing function, and takes less than 30 seconds to resume. Waking from the Suspend mode takes only a few seconds, and enables hours to be added to battery life. An Offline Folders feature enables mobile users to access network-based files, folders and favorite web sites when disconnected from the network.

Pricing and availability
The Gateway Solo 3350 is available now in two configurations and starting at $5,999, the Solo 3350CL features a 500MHz Intel® Celeron™ processor, 64MB of SDRAM, 6GB hard drive, 24X CD-ROM, and an TFT 12.1-inch display. The Solo 3350XL features a PIII-600MHz processor, 64MB SDRAM, 10GB hard drive, 24X CD-ROM and a 12.1-inch TFT display for $6,599. Information, configuration options and ordering for the Solo 3350 can be accessed by contacting nz.gateway.com, calling 0800 377 677 or from Gateway stores.

About Gateway
Since beginning life as a two-man start-up in 1985, Gateway has grown to be one of America's 250 largest corporations, with sales last year in excess of US$7.5 billion and 3.5 million PCs. The company has 19,000 employees worldwide, including 1,600 in the Asia/Pacific region, where the company operates in New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, as well as Australia where the company has 300 staff. Purchases in the region are processed and delivered directly from Gateway's state-of-the-art ISO9002 manufacturing facility in Malacca, Malaysia.


(2000 Gateway. All rights reserved. All brands and product names are trademarks of their respective companies.)

Gateway's Australian head office is located at 6-10 Talavera Road, North Ryde NSW 2113.

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