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Gateway Intros Wireless Laptops

Whether you're a mobile professional catching a flight or a home PC user hoping to surf from the back porch, Gateway Inc. has a new notebook for you. The cow-spotted company's slimline Solo 3450 and entry-level Solo 1200 start at $2,199 and $999, respectively.

The Solo 3450 weighs just 3 pounds and is just 0.8 inch thick, yet packs a 750MHz Intel Pentium III processor, 192MB of standard SDRAM (expandable to 320MB), a 10GB hard disk, built-in modem and Ethernet ports, and a 12.1-inch, active-matrix display.

A multimedia docking base snaps onto the bottom of the system, increasing total weight to a still relatively svelte 5.6 pounds while adding two modular bays for CD-RW, DVD-ROM, or floppy drives. When you buy the $2,199 base system with Windows Me and Works Suite 2001, Gateway is currently offering the modular base with CD-RW instead of CD-ROM drive for no extra charge (opting for DVD-ROM adds $100, and upgrading from a 10GB to 20GB hard disk adds $50).

The value-priced, 6.8-pound Solo 1200 also has a 12.1-inch TFT display and 10GB hard disk, but costs only $999 with a Celeron/800 CPU, 128MB of SDRAM, and CD-ROM drive. A $1,228 model boasts 192MB of memory and a built-in 802.11b wireless network adapter.

--Eric Grevstad is managing editor of HardwareCentral.