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Toshiba Introduces World's Thinnest Ultraportable Notebook

2.6 Pound, .6-Inch Thin Portege 2000 (January 21, 2002)
The Computer Systems Group (CSG) of Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. (TAIS), today announced the world's thinnest notebook computer.

The Portege 2000 is 2.6 pounds and .6-inches thin, with a 1.8-inch, 20GB hard disk drive that is 49 percent smaller than any main hard drive on the market. The notebook also has integrated Wi-Fi technology so users can connect to a wireless network anywhere on their corporate campus or on layover while traveling.

The Portege 2000 includes integrated Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b) technology, enabling true mobility without the restraint of wires or cables. Regardless of the connection need, the slim Portege 2000 comes well equipped. With an Ethernet port and modem, users have quick network and Internet connection in the office and can plug in whether at home or while traveling.

The Portege 2000 also provides an industry-standard RGB port for connection to a monitor, two USB ports for additional peripherals and IR.

The Portege 2000 is built with a sleek yet strong magnesium alloy casing that is 25 percent thinner than that of a standard notebook, yet is highly durable to withstand the rigors of constant travel. The 12-inch diagonal poly-silicon TFT display provides increased clarity for easy viewing of online images and a comfortable, full-width keyboard.

Additionally, the Portege 2000's primary battery offers up to two hours of battery life and is constructed of lithium-polymer metal. This flexible battery stores energy in a flat form factor, as compared with the cylindrical shape of standard notebook batteries, helping to maximize the overall thinness of the notebook.

For long cross-country flights, the notebook comes standard with a slim and light battery slice that provides up to four-and-a-half extra hours of battery life, totaling up to six-and-a-half hours for power users. This gives customers the choice to travel extra light with the primary battery for normal use, or carry the slim second battery for extra-long battery life, depending on their particular needs.

For enhanced multimedia storage needs, the Portege 2000 includes a Secure Digital (SD) Media slot, which, for example, can hold a 256MB SD Memory Card with storage capacity up to four hours of music or 80 minutes of video. The flash-memory-based removable storage card has cryptographic security, protection of copyrighted data and a high-data transfer rate for fast copy/download with devices such as PDAs, digital/still video cameras and MP3 players.

For added functionality, the optional Slim Port Replicator has four USB ports for a variety of added peripherals, an RGB port for connection to an external monitor, Ethernet connection and AC-in. To complete the package, a DVD or CD-ROM drive can be connected via either a USB port or the PC card slot.

The Portege 2000 comes with a three-year parts and labor standard limited warranty including Toshiba's Notebook Depot repair program. Through this program, a notebook is shipped to Toshiba's depot, repaired and returned anywhere in the United States within 48 hours after receipt at the depot (service Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Warranty service also includes the option of carry-in service to one of Toshiba's Authorized Service Partners, located in major metropolitan areas in the United States. In addition, all portable computer customers receive telephone technical support through Toshiba's InTouch Center(R), available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Online support, available at, offers immediate solutions to technical questions via Ask IRIS, numerous downloads and support bulletins. Toshiba's SelectServ Service Programs also offer customers an array of warranty extensions and service upgrades, including on-site service and the popular SystemGuard, Toshiba's accidental damage protection coverage.

Toshiba Computer Systems Group is one of the world-leading vendors for portable computers. In addition to notebooks, the company offers portable and wireless accessories, a Pocket PC device and server computing solutions for business customers under the Toshiba brand name. For more information call 800/TOSHIBA or visit the company's Web site at

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