Toshiba refreshes notebook line
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Jun 19, 2000
A notebook computer equipped with desktop processing power and the ability
to send diagnostic data to technicians is among the new releases announced
today by the Computer Systems Group of Toshiba America Information Systems
"The Tecra 8100 with the 750 MHz processor allows the federal user to get
the fastest CPU possible in the mobile space," said Craig Marking, product
manager for the Tecra and Portege lines of notebooks at Toshiba.
The Tecra 8100 also includes the new VirtualTech feature, an interactive
e-support function that can quickly send a full system report to a Toshiba
technician, who then can diagnose a problem without the user having to answer
a string of questions, said Marc Tanguay, director of product marketing
"It's perfect for a government agency with a small or [nonexistent] IT staff,"
Tanguay said. "The active menu component and database communicate over a
satellite system with a database on Toshiba servers and the machine can
get updated without an IT staffer touching it, all at no cost to the consumer."
The Tecra 8100 is available immediately for about $4,300. Notebooks in the
Portege and Satellite Pro series will be ready for shipping by the end of
the month and pricing starts at around $2,000, Marking said.