Gateway Arms Road Warriors with Ultraportable Solo 3450

Gateway, Inc. today announced the introduction of its new Gateway Solo® 3450 notebook computer, the perfect companion for mobile professionals who want a highly portable system with advanced performance features. Mobile professionals will appreciate the sleek design, weighing only 3 pounds (1) and measuring a mere 0.80-inches thick, wrapped up in a stylish and durable case. The Solo 3450, complemented by Gateway’s new Solo 1200 entry-level notebook computer, builds on the company’s award-winning line of Solo notebook computers. (Please see related announcement on the Gateway Solo 1200, also issued today.)

The Solo 3450 delivers tremendous value to a range of mobile customers through a combination of performance, connectivity and ultraportability features. The product is perfectly suited for executives who need a reliable, stable computer for working in the office or on the road. Sales, service and marketing professionals can use the Solo 3450’s integrated Ethernet and modem connections and multimedia dock to maximize productivity and remain connected wherever their work takes them.

The combination of the Solo 3450 mounted on the standard multimedia docking station transforms the computer into a full-featured multimedia powerhouse. Mobile professionals can use the multimedia dock’s two modular bays for the added functionality of CD-RW, DVD-ROM or floppy drives, in order to develop presentations and share digital video on the road. The dock adds very little additional weight, making the Solo 3450 highly portable at a total weight of 5.36 pounds (1).

“The arrival of the Solo 3450 means that highly mobile professionals no longer have to sacrifice performance for portability – they can have it all,” said Mike Stinson, vice president of mobile products, Gateway, Inc. “Whether working on an airplane, on a small hotel desk or back in the office, mobile professionals can do their best work on the Solo 3450.”

Road warriors can stay in touch via the Solo 3450’s enhanced communications features. The integrated V.90 modem and 10/100 Ethernet mean that access to the Internet and network information is just a few clicks away. The product’s new integrated IEEE 1394 interface gives mobile professionals a fast, reliable digital connection for video and multimedia displays – a must for sales and marketing professionals.

Key features of the Solo 3450, which is configurable to meet a range of needs, include:

A stylish, highly portable 3-pound, thin design ranging from 0.80-0.96 inches thick, which utilizes magnesium for added durability
Intel® Pentium® III processor, 750MHz with battery-saving SpeedStepTM technology and optional high-capacity battery for maximum computing time
A high resolution 12.1-inch XGA TFT display for optimum viewing
192MB of RAM, expandable to 320MB
Multimedia capabilities via the multimedia dock with two modular bays for the standard floppy drive and CD-ROM, as well as optional DVD-ROM or CD-RW drive
An integrated V.90 56K (2) modem and integrated 10/100 Ethernet card for connectivity in a variety of settings
Ample storage space with a 10GB or 20GB hard disk drive
Availability of Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 2000 or Windows Millennium Edition
Standard 3 Year Warranty (3)
Optional high capacity battery for extended battery life
Coupon that allows customers to upgrade from Windows 2000 or Windows Millennium Edition to Microsoft Windows XP for just $15 when it becomes available (4)
The Solo 3450 with multimedia dock is available now at a starting price of $2,199 (5). The new notebook computer and all of Gateway’s products can be ordered directly from Gateway by calling 800-846-2106, visiting the company’s Web site at www.gateway.com or going to one of 300 Gateway Countryâ stores nationwide.

Gateway supports its customers with a number of unique service and support programs. Gateway’s Network Solutions Providers deliver free on-site consultation, installation support and customized IT services for business customers. The Mobile AccessSM program is a suite of services designed to support the specific needs of the mobile professional. The Critical Loaner service ensures that mobile customers can remain productive by giving them access to a back-up computer when their own notebook needs repair. Additionally, Gateway’s Accidental Damage Protection service for its business customers repairs damage caused by unexpected events such as spills, drops and power surges.


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