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Epson Unveils Portable Laptop with Removable Hard Disk Drives

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Epson Unveils Portable Laptop with Removable Hard Disk Drives

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Epson Unveils Portable Laptop with Removable Hard Disk Drives

Epson America, Inc. has introduced its new Equity LT-286e computer that features a revolutionary modular design, a "3-Way Expansion System" and the first removable hard disk drives found in a brand-name laptop model.

The Equity LT-286e is equipped with a "DataSafe" disk drive system that allows end-users to easily remove the standard 20 MB or 40 MB hard disk drive for added security, or for easy upgrade or exchange. The 20 MB and 40 MB hard disk drives are equipped with embedded controllers and built-in shock indicators. Both models have undergone extensive testing to ensure durability under a variety of field conditions.

To upgrade or exchange the 20 MB or 40 MB hard disk drive, end-users simply press a button and the drive pops out for easy removal. The drive can be reinserted by sliding the unit into the empty drive compartment until the built-in connector snaps securely into place.

In addition to its removable hard disk drives, the Equity LT-286e is equipped with an 80C286 microprocessor with selectable clock speeds of 8 or 12 MHz; 1 MB standard Random Access Memory (RAM); a removable NTN paper-white, high-contrast liquid crystal display (LCD) screen for easy viewing under a variety of lighting conditions; and a "3-Way Expansion System" that allows end-users to install such options as a 2400 baud Hayes-compatible modem; and a 1 MB RAM expansion card. An 80287 math coprecessor may also be added to further enhance performance.

To ensure easy readability under a variety of lighting conditions, the Equity LT-286e's removable NTN paper-white LCD screen has 640 by 480 pixel resolution and full Enhanced Graphics Array (EGA) compatibility. The NTN paper-white LCD screen is removable for easy connection to an optional external EGA monitor using the Equity LT-286e's built-in video port. …

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