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Gateway Debuts Widescreen Notebook

Two versions are available, one for enterprises and another for small business.

Marrying pen computing with traditional notebook functionality and performance, Gateway introduced a new, competitively priced convertible notebook. The notebook features a pen input capability as well as a 14-inch widescreen display.

Sales of tablet PCs are ready to take off, according to several market research firms. In-Stat believes that broad horizontal corporate market demand should start to make an impact this year, as average selling prices fall well below $2,000. IDC predicts that Microsoft's new operating system will spur sales, leading to shipments of around 4.9 million units of tablet PCs in 2005. This will increase to 9.7 million units by 2008, representing approximately 11 percent of portable PC shipments.

Gateway has introduced two models of the convertible PC: The Gateway M280 is designed for enterprise, government, and education customers; the S-7200C is meant for small businesses, with special software and warranty offerings needed by that category of customer.

The Gateway S-7200C comes with Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system, and Microsoft OneNote, a program that lets tablet PC users capture, share, and organize information, audio, and files. The system also comes with Microsoft's Experience Pack for Tablet PC and Microsoft's Education Pack for Tablet PC.

It is also outfitted with a complimentary pro-active upgrade tool called BigFix. BigFix identifies and sends messages offering updates and general PV maintenance, keeping the PC up to date and secure against Internet of cyber-based attacks. It also comes with Gateway Internet Security Shield, a combination of security software that protects customers against viruses, spyware, and other threats. It includes Norton Internet Security 2005 and McAfee Anti-Spyware.

The system is built on the Intel 915 chipsets with PCI Express architecture and dual-channel DDR2 memory support. The system is built for durability, boasting a magnesium display enclosure and reinforced magnesium internal super-structure that protects the system in demanding environments. The second-generation alloy swivel hinge is securely anchored in magnesium, while the dual magnetically activated display latches keep it locked in place.

The system is available for pre-order now, and can be configured to order, or purchased in several ready-to-ship configurations that can be optimized for enhanced performance, value, or extended battery life.

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