New “e3” “portable” computer plays DVDs, Television, Internet and music

eMachines(TM), Inc. (Nasdaq: EEEE), one of the largest vendors of desktop PCs sold through U.S. retailers, today announced that it will offer a new integrated all-in-one compact computer, designated the e3 Series for “education, entertainment and excitement”. This unit is a small footprint entertainment system including the functionality of a desktop PC, in a notebook-like configuration with high-quality music capability, TV and DVD player.

Featuring Windows 2000 Professional from Microsoft Corp. and scheduled for availability in 2001, the eMachines e3 PC is designed to integrate all of the popular entertainment components into one comprehensive, yet compact footprint for college students or family environments where space limitations are a key consideration.

Packaged as a colorful, portable all-in-one “transportable” PC, the unit weighs in at under 12 pounds and features a 12.1 inch TFT LCD display. The eMachines e3 combines a full function personal computer powered by an Intel Celeron or Pentium III processor, with Windows 2000 Professional, optional TV reception with a built-in tuner, a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM for movies, FM radio, and very high quality stereo sound.

Pricing will range from $1,000 to $1,400 depending on configuration.

Though it’s a bit skimpy on specific details regarding sound and picture quality, this seems like good deal for people who want a bit of everything but can only afford one device…not to mention that products like this will help drive down the prices of those delightful but expensive portable DVD players…!!!

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