Sharp has introduced one of the lightest and brighest widescreen notebook on the market. The Sharp M4000 WideNote features Intel's Centrino Mobile technology and the company claims it offers the perfect balance between size, weight, performance and battery life.
The M4000 weights in at 3.7 pounds and is only just over an inch thick at its thinnest point. It features the Intel Pentium M 740 processor which operates at 1.73GHz and has 2MB L2 cache. It features a 80GB HDD, wireless LAN, integrated graphics and a CD-RW/DVD-ROM optical drive.
It has a 13.3-inch WXGA widescreen with a 300 nits brightness and is equipped with power saving technology to offer a battery life of maximum 6 hours. The wide format of the M4000 WideNote provides users with a 19mm pitch, 2.5mm stroke keyboard, providing a large and ultra-comfortable typing surface that accommodates users with large hands with a precise typing experience that won't slow them down.
The Sharp M4000 WideNote features Sharp's exclusive Advanced Power Management software providing this substantially powerful notebook with hassle free coast-to-coast computing. With this highly flexible power management software, the user has the ability to establish and use three preset power usage settings including: "Max Power" for when the maximum system power is required, "Mobile" for when balanced levels of power management and system power are needed, and "Max Mobile" when maximum battery life is required. This exclusive software offers users the ability to control power levels of up to eleven subsystems including the LCD display (brightness, backlight & refresh rate), hard drive, optical disk drive, wireless LAN, System Standby, Suspend to Disk, System Wallpaper, Audio and CPU performance, ensuring maximum system battery life at the optimal user performance settings. In "Max Mobile" mode, the Sharp M4000 WideNote boasts battery life in excess of six hours.
The full-featured Sharp M4000 WideNote was designed for maximum usability with a 'no compromise' approach to mobile computing. Eliminating the need for external optical devices, external keyboards and extended batteries, the M4000 WideNote provides extremely comfortable mobile computing in a sub-4 pound design.
In addition to housing a built-in optical drive (CD-RW/DVD-ROM), the Sharp M4000 WideNote is equipped to handle Secure Digital (SD) memory cards, which are popular in the mobile environment, especially in digital cameras, PDAs and cellphones. The notebook also includes a Type II PC Card slot (PCMCIA) and 2 USB 2.0 connections, as well as a V.92 modem and an Ethernet jack. Additionally, the M4000 is equipped with built in stereo speakers, a headphone jack, and a 15-pin external video VGA output jack.
Enhancing the Sharp M4000 WideNote's capability for multimedia, the notebook also features sharp-fx, Sharp's exclusive DVD optimization software. This included module for InterVideo's WinDVD player automatically adjusts image contrast for optimum clarity, providing a brighter picture in comparison to the wash-out that occurs when standard notebooks attempt to play DVD movies.
The unique, innovative, and industrial design in the Sharp M4000 WideNote offers advanced style and durability. The brushed aluminum outer system housing offers an elegant design, greater impact resistance and increased resistance to dirt and fingerprints. The magnesium frame provides superior stability for the motherboard, hard drive, optical drive, and LCD display.
Shipping with Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2, the ultraportable Sharp M4000 WideNote comes with a 80 GB hard drive, and application software including Norton AntiVirus, Intervideo Win DVD player with sharp-fx, and Drag'n Drop CD+DVD creation software.
The Sharp M4000 WideNote is competitively priced with an estimated street price of $1,799.99 and begins shipping later this month.