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IBM Reaches the Top of the Class with Affordable Products for Back-to-School

   

MARKHAM, ON -- August 4, 2004 -- This back-to-school year, IBM Canada is helping students maintain their grades and their budgets with a slew of technology products to get them through the academic year. From space-saving desktops and highly portable notebooks to a variety of high-tech options, IBM has many alternatives for anyone heading back to the classroom this September.

For students looking for new personal computing technology, IBM offers something for everyone at price points that cater to all.

ThinkPad G Series: For students on a budget, value is always key. With power and portability, the ThinkPad G Series offer loads of features at affordable costs. Starting as low as $1,099.00, G Series ThinkPads include Intel Celeron processors, 40GB hard drives, and built-in Ethernet. The combo DVD-ROM/CD RW drive provides the perfect way for students to take a break from their studies and watch their favourite video or listen to their best CD. Because students are always into the latest and greatest technologies, all GSeries ThinkPads come with IBM’s ThinkVantage Technologies, including Access IBM, a one-button solution that lets students tap into a rich set of onboard resources and services -- no matter where they’re working from. Students looking to connect to wireless networks can install an optional wireless PC Card. Then, using IBM’s unique Access Connections feature, their ThinkPad can automatically locate and connect to any wireless or wired network without even needing to push a button.

ThinkPad R Series: The ThinkPad R51 blends portability and essential features, with prices starting at $1,639.00. The R51 includes a 1.30GHz Intel Celeron processor, 20GB Hard Drive and integrated wireless capabilities that let students connect to university networks effortlessly. In addition, with IBM’s Embedded Security Subsystem, files and folders are automatically encrypted and communications secured. The R Series’ light weight and long battery life make it the perfect companion whether working in the classroom, at the library or in residence, and, with models incorporating the latest Mobile Intel Pentium 4-M, the R Series offers power to spare.

ThinkCentre S Series: For the student who prefers a desktop to a notebook, IBM’s ThinkCentre S50 is the perfect fit for any crowded dorm room. With a footprint smaller than many notebook PCs and the size of a cereal box, the ThinkCentre S50 saves plenty of desk space without compromising function. Starting at under $1,699.00, the ultra small desktop features an Intel 2.80GHz Pentium 4 Processor, 256MB of memory, a 40GB high-speed hard drive and comes ready to support high-speed Internet access. Complete with IBM’s ThinkVantage Technologies like Rescue and Recovery with Rapid Restore -- a one-button backup and recovery solution that can easily restore previously saved data after a software failure -- students won’t need to worry about losing their important assignments in a surprise power glitch. In addition, the S50 offers a three-year warranty for parts and labour, covering the length of time it takes to get a degree. The ThinkCentre S50 is also IBM’s quietest desktop PC ever, helping to ensure that all-nighters don’t disturb roommates. In addition to the S50, IBM has many other desktops to fit all budgets, including the A50 starting at $399.00 (excluding monitor).

IBM USB 2.0 Memory Keys: For those students who prefer not to lug big binders back and forth with them all over campus, IBM offers the 128MB High Speed Memory Key which allows users to store as many as 88 diskettes worth of information in a thumb-sized key. As well, this highly portable accessory eliminates the clutter and time it takes to store data on a CD by simply letting them plug into any computer with a USB port. IBM’s latest memory key is not only compact and convenient, but nearly twice as fast as other models. The 128MB High Speed Memory Key also comes at a price that fits any student’s budget and is available for $79.00. For those requiring additional space, the 256MB Memory Key is also available for $179.00.

C170 and L170M Monitors: With a fully flat shadow mask, ample screen size and appealing look, the C170 CRT monitor is a great buy for any student with a monitor on their mind. Available for $189.00, this 17” monitor provides an “easy on the eyes” solution for students hard at work by minimizing glare and distortion around the edges and corners of the screen. For those with a little more pocket money to spare, the L170M LCD monitor is also a great choice for back-to-school. With all of the homework that September brings, desks often get cluttered, and the L170M monitor’s sleek and thin design takes up minimal space and even includes built-in speakers, ideal for watching DVD’s or playing video games during study breaks. The L170M is available for $799.00.

For those who prefer not to spend all of their hard-earned cash in one place, IBM also offers a wide selection of refurbished products so that students can make the most of their back-to-school budgets. To order refurbished products, visit www.ibm.ca/store and click on “Home/Home Office” and then “Clearance Corner.” Prices and selection change weekly and all products come complete with a one-year warranty and a 15-day complete satisfaction, money back guarantee.

To purchase new IBM products, students can visit www.ibm.ca/store or call 1-800-IBM-CALL (1-800-426-2255).

For more information on these or any other IBM computing products, high resolution product photos, or to arrange an interview or loaner, please contact us, or visit IBM online at www.ibm.ca .

About IBM IBM, the world’s largest IT company, has helped customers innovate for business advantage for more than 80 years. IBM is the only major IT vendor in Canada to offer “buy today, ship today” service on their PC products. IBM Solution Delivery Services offers custom configuration, asset management and logistics services designed to help customers manage their product or service from order to delivery.

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Susan Taylor PR Manager905-316-3902 susant@ca.ibm.com