New computers for tight fed space

IBM Corp. unveiled two simple and space-saving computers in its NetVista line today, features the company says make the products ideal for federal offices.

The NetVista X40 measures 16 inches by 16 inches by 10 inches and is designed to take up 75 percent less space than a traditional PC while maintaining high functionality, said Steven Loeschorn, worldwide product marketing manager at IBM.

"[It's useful in] situations in the federal government where space is tight, like in hospitals, or where you need to mount them," Loeschorn said. The machine also allows for expansion and flexibility through two PCI slots.

The all-in-one, flat-panel X40 is designed to be visually attractive from all sides (see www.ibm.com/pc/ww/netvista_take_a_look), which makes it perfect for secretarial or reception-area locations, Loeschorn said. The machine and comes with Intel Corp. processors, 10/100 Ethernet and preloaded Microsoft Corp. software.

The legacy-free S40 model is designed to provide the simplest computing experience possible for the end user, Loeschorn said. It comes with a 10/100 Ethernet and is expandable using the two PCI slots and five USB ports.

"A lot of the time, our federal customers ask for devices without floppy drives or CD-ROMs, and this device is perfect for them," Loeschorn said.

The X40, with a list price of $1,799, will be available late this month, and the S40, starting at $699, will be available in June. IBM plans to get the new products on the General Services Administration schedule soon, Loeschorn said.

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