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Toshiba carves more millimetres from notebook

Ultra-thin, unpronounceable Portégé 2000 launched

Toshiba uncovered its thinnest notebook yet today — the Portégé 2000. At a notch over a kilo, Toshiba has still managed to cram in support for wireless networking.

Specs are slim — the Portégé 2000 weighs in at 1.17kg and measures between 1.9cm at its thickest and just over 1.5cm at its thinnest.

Toshiba has a very specific target audience in mind for the Portégé 2000 — 'executives and senior management who are out of the office about 70 percent of the time', a company spokesperson said. It’s set to cost £1,669 excluding VAT, and should be shipping in February.

This portable device houses Intel's ultra-low-voltage Pentium III Processor-M running at 750MHz, a 12.1in TFT (thin-film transistor) display, 256MB of RAM and a built-in ethernet port and modem.

The Toshiba features built-in WiFi (802.11b) wireless-networking technology, with the antenna built into the unit just above the keyboard. It also has two USB (universal serial bus) ports, a port for an external monitor and infrared capabilities.

Toshiba used new technologies in its notebook to get both the thickness and weight down to new levels, including its recently announced tiny 20GB 1.8in hard drive and lithium-polymer battery.

The advantage of using lithium-polymer, says Toshiba, is that while other batteries are usually cylindrical, these cells can be made very flat and thin. Standard battery life is a claimed two hours. The optional high-capacity battery holds a charge for an additional 4.5 hours, says the company.

Toshiba also added a SD (Secure Digital) flash memory card slot to the Portégé 2000 for multimedia capabilities. However, Toshiba admits that the design is not for everyone, because components such as a DVD/CD drive must be external, connected through the USB or PC Card slots.

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