ECS To Deliver Units With Built-in WiFi Running LindowsOS Laptop Edition

SAN DIEGO and Taipei, Taiwan, January 8, 2003 -- ELITEGROUP Computer
Systems Co. Ltd. (ECS: 2331.TW) today announced the deployment of more than
300,000 of their laptops bundled with LindowsOS Laptop Edition
( The US-bound laptops come complete with built-in
WiFi at a sub-$700 price-point. To visit retailers who are currently
selling the Linux laptop, visit ECS will also
begin additional shipments to Canada (

"This 300,000 deployment demonstrates that 2004 will be the year of the
Linux laptop," said Michael Robertson, chief executive officer of Inc. "The phenomenal product and phenomenal price-point is
breaking open new markets for laptops."

The model A535 laptop has an AMD 4, 1400+ processor, 128 MB of on-board,
can be upgraded to 640 MB, DDR RAM, has a 2.5" hard drive up to 80G, and
weighs in at 6.0 pounds. A535 has built-in WiFi support for 802.11b
networks to make wireless connections simple and easy anywhere. All A535
laptops have been certified for compatibility with LindowsOS Laptop Edition

"For the first time, a powerful, mobile computer with built-in WiFi at a
sub-$700 price point is making a global reach," said Wilson Lan, general
manager of the mobile PC business unit at ELITEGROUP Computer Systems.
"Pre-loading our notebook with a Linux operating system like LindowsOS
Laptop Edition is an example of our commitment to our customers to offer
quality yet economical IT products."

ELITEGROUP currently ships approximately 1.1 million notebooks a year,
making it one of the largest laptop manufacturers in the world. The country
of Taiwan exports the majority of laptops worldwide with 18.4 million
laptops expected to ship this year. ECS sells to major retailers in the
United States, Canada, and Mexico, with ECS operations also established in
Europe and the Pacific Rim.

The A535 exceeds the technical specs of other products with similar
computing power. The full-featured notebook comes with DVD dual drive, 4
USB 2.0 ports, 1 Gbps LAN, and an easy-on-the-eyes 14.1-inch TFT LCD with
1024 x 768 resolution. The hard drive can be 20/30/40/60/80 GB. The optical
drive can also be CD-ROM, DVD-ROM or a combo/DVD dual. The A535 also
received the Good Design Award from the Industrial Development Bureau of
Taiwan, review the award details at


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