Gateway will announce today two new models in the successful Convertible Notebook line of Tablet PCs. The M285–E is the model for professional customers and the CX210 is intended to appeal to home/ home office customers. Both new models sport shiny new Intel Core Duo processors. The M285–E is available for order immediately and the CX210 will be available in late May starting at $1399. Gateway also announces that the Gateway Convertible Notebook totaled 54 percent of all Tablet PCs sold in the retail channel from October through March 2006. The complete Gateway press release is after the jump.
TOP-SELLING GATEWAY CONVERTIBLE NOTEBOOK POWERS UP WITH INTEL CENTRINO DUO MOBILE TECHNOLOGY
Convertible Notebook for Professionals and Students Features Digital Pen Computing, 14-inch Widescreen Display, Long Battery Life
IRVINE, Calif., April 20, 2006 – Gateway today unveils its new Gateway® M285-E and CX210 Convertible Notebooks, which deliver high-end mobile performance with the flexibility of a Tablet PC to let customers take handwritten notes, draw diagrams, edit documents and enjoy a range of pen-based applications.
The new Gateway M285-E and CX210 Gateway Convertible Notebooks build upon the award-winning Gateway M280 and CX200 models with Intel® Centrino® Duo Mobile Technology and Intel® Core™ Duo processors,(1) which house two execution cores that perform multiple computing tasks at once, letting customers accomplish even more with their Gateway Convertible Notebook.
The predecessor to the new Gateway Convertible Notebook has been successful with Gateway’s professional customers, especially in the business and education segments. In addition, the Gateway Convertible Notebook is currently the best-selling notebook with Tablet PC capabilities in retail. According to The NPD Group’s data for the weeks of October 9, 2005 through March 26, 2006, Gateway’s Convertible Notebook models totaled 54 percent of all Tablet PCs sold via the retail channel. The new Gateway Convertible Notebook with Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology will be offered at retail later this year.
“We plan to continue the success of the Gateway Convertible Notebook line with our new models that deliver the latest technology and true innovation,” said Chad McDonald, Gateway’s director of notebook products. “We’ve made Tablet PC applications more accessible and appealing to mainstream customers by providing dual-core processing capability and high-end mobile performance at industry-leading prices.”
Gateway Convertible Notebooks Combine Mobile Power with Tablet Flexibility
The unique design of the Gateway Convertible Notebooks enables them to be easily “converted” from notebook- into Tablet-mode, making them ideal for the many environments where a mouse and keyboard are not practical, such as taking notes in a meeting or class as well as moving around the office, school or home. After the display has been swiveled and folded down upon the keyboard, users can write notes, draw diagrams and edit documents directly on the large 14-inch widescreen display, which provides valuable extra work space over non-widescreen displays. The display is comfortable to use since its flush with the surrounding frame and closely resembles the size of a legal pad of paper. Also, writing is crisp thanks to the digital pen’s Continuous Sensing Technology™ that improves accuracy.
In addition to Tablet PC capabilities, the Gateway Convertible Notebooks are also full-featured power notebook PCs. Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology complements the systems’ high-performance features, such as fast SATA hard drives and dual channel memory. Both models can be configured to order, so Gateway customers have the ability to customize key features to meet a variety of needs. For example, customers can choose optional dedicated ATI Mobility™ Radeon® X1400 graphics or standard integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics, as well as multiple processor, memory and hard drive options. Also, the modular bay lets customers choose from a number of optical drives or a second battery. The new Gateway Convertible Notebooks easily connect to digital devices, digital media and peripherals via a 7-in-1 Media Card Reader, three USB 2.0 ports and one IEEE 1394 port.
Ready for Mobile Computing with an Enhanced Design and Feature-set
The new Gateway Convertible Notebooks are ready for mobile computing with an enhanced ergonomic design that is comfortable for both right- and left-handed use as well as while standing or walking. Plus, the new Convertible Notebooks offer standard integrated 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi for connecting to campus and wireless hot-spots, and Bluetooth® connectivity for a personal cord-free connection to headsets, printers and other peripherals. The systems deliver all-day computing with extended battery life of up to eight hours on a single charge of the optional high-capacity (12-cell) battery.(2) In addition, the new Convertible Notebook PCs boast a durable design that features a magnesium display enclosure and reinforced magnesium internal super-structure that protect the system in demanding environments.
Complete Software Solution Today; Power to Handle Microsoft Windows Vista
The new Gateway Convertible Notebooks come with Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 operating system and meet or exceed Microsoft’s Windows Vista Current Planning Guidelines. They also come with Microsoft Office OneNote 2003, an easy-to-use, all-in-one program that lets customers capture, share and organize information, audio and files. The systems also include Microsoft’s Experience Pack for Tablet PC and Microsoft’s Education Pack for Tablet PC.
Distinct Models for Customers; Pricing and Availability
The Gateway Convertible Notebook is offered in several configurations with the support and accessories to meet a range of customer needs. The Gateway M285-E is part of the company’s award-winning E-Series line of professional notebooks for networked, IT-managed environments such as businesses, government agencies, colleges and K-12 education environments. It offers image stability and managed lifecycles of more than 12 months, and shares common accessories with other Gateway notebooks in order to simplify support and reduce costs. In addition, the M285-E supports a port replicator that conveniently connects the PC to peripherals in portrait or landscape mode as well as in both notebook and tablet modes.
The new Gateway M285-E Convertible Notebook starts at $1,399.99. It is available for order now direct from Gateway via 1-800-GATEWAY or www.gateway.com.
The Gateway CX210 Convertible Notebook for home and home office customers is designed to be easy to use and maintain at prices that fit into their budgets. It will be available for order in late May.
Comprehensive Security Solutions via GatewayShield
GatewayShield,(3) a comprehensive security solution that combines hardware, data and Internet protection, supports the new Gateway M285-E and CX210. The Convertible Notebooks are available with optional technology that tracks it if lost or stolen, either Computrace®Complete embedded in firmware for professional customers or Lojack for Laptops® for home, home office and small business customers.(4) Additionally, the M285-E for business and professional customers is TPM 1.2 hardware ready, providing compatibility for data protection through encryption, user authentication and comprehensive password management.
Gateway helps customers protect the data on their notebooks from online attacks. The new Gateway M285-E for professionals comes with a 90-day complimentary subscription of Symantec Client Security,(5) which protects the systems from security risks and intrusions such as spyware, unauthorized network access and mass mailer attacks. The CX210 for home, home office and small business customers is pre-installed with a 90-day trial of McAfee Internet Security Suite™ (Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam, Anti-Spyware, Firewall and Parental Control)(5) and also comes with a complimentary pro-active upgrade tool called BigFix®, which identifies and sends messages offering updates and general PC maintenance.(6)
Service and Support Programs
The new Gateway Convertible Notebook PCs are supported by the company’s standard limited warranty options.(7) Additional service and support options are available. Gateway’s commitment to quality and reliability is evident in its award-winning line of PCs as well as in its exceptional service and support programs. The company’s extensive online support center helps customers maximize their PC investment; it gives them easy access to customer support representatives and information on important issues such as warranties, technical issues and upgrading.
For more information on Gateway products, customers can visit http://www.gateway.com or call (800) 846-2000.
Since its founding in 1985, Irvine, Calif.-based Gateway (NYSE: GTW) has been a technology pioneer, offering award-winning PCs and related products to consumers, businesses, government agencies and schools. After acquiring eMachines in early 2004, Gateway is now the third largest PC company in the U.S. and among the top ten worldwide. The company’s value-based eMachines brand is sold exclusively by leading retailers worldwide, while the premium Gateway line is available at major retailers, over the web and phone, and through its direct and indirect sales force. See http://www.gateway.com for more information.
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- Performance may vary. See http://www.intel.com for additional information.
- Battery life varies depending upon use and configuration.
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- 90 days of complimentary updates included. Internet connection required.
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- Limited warranties and service agreements apply; visit gateway.com or call 1-800-846-2000 for a free copy. May not be available in all locations. Phone charges may apply for tech support.