IBM Announces Enhanced General Business Series Monitors with USB Hub Option

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - 28 Jul 1998: ...IBM today announced two new General Business Series monitors and a 4-Device Port Universal Serial Bus (USB) hub option providing users increased manageability on their desktop. Continuing its leadership position in visual products, IBM also reduced pricing across it entire General Business Series line today, with reductions ranging up to 9%.

"These new monitors and the USB hub option provide users with increased performance, flexibility, and manageability to maximize their e-business capabilities," said Alan Petersburg, manager, IBM Worldwide Visual Products. "Additionally, these products provide users a choice of enhanced features to further increase ease-of-use and end-user comfort at an affordable price."

Enhanced General Business Monitors

Ideal for mainstream business applications, the new G54 and G74 models, which replace the existing G52 and G72, feature improved contrast for sharper, brighter images with less glare and reflections through premium screen treatments and an enhanced, brighter tube.

The G54 monitor, a 15-inch CRT with a 13.7-inch viewable image size, and the G74 monitor, a 17-inch CRT with a 15.9-inch viewable image size, offer flicker free operation at optimum modes. Both monitors are equipped with a maximum horizontal frequency of 69KHz, offering 1024 x 768 addressability at an 85 Hz non-interlaced refresh rate. Additional enhancements include on-screen displays, providing users with improved usability in five language settings. The controls also offer a locking feature to prevent tampering, and Plug and Play Direct Display Communications (DDC) capabilities for automatic configuration and asset tracking which increases ease of use and manageability. As with all IBM monitors, the G54 and G74 meet or exceed current industry standards for energy efficiency and emission standards(1). Additionally, the G54 and G74 will be offered as touchscreen monitors by MicroTouch Systems, an IBM Business Partner.

4-Device Port Universal Serial Bus Hub

Also announced today, a new 4-Device Port USB Hub option, provides users with an enhanced manageability feature that allows customers to attach up to four USB-enabled devices such as keyboards, mice, joysticks, scanners, cameras, and audio equipment to their PC system simultaneously. Developed to fit neatly into the recess at the rear of the monitor stand, it is also available as an option to sit alongside other IBM monitors for easily connecting USB peripherals.

Pricing and Availability
The G54, G74 and USB Hub option are available now in the U.S. and were available late June in Canada and selected European countries. The following are estimated reseller prices(2):

$259 -- G54 Monitor
$469 -- G74 Monitor
$49 -- 4-Device Port USB Hub Option

IBM's award-winning monitors and USB Hub option are covered by a three-year limited parts and labor warranty(3). All products offer IBM's outstanding 24-hour, 7 days a week service and support.(4)

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(1) The G54 and G74 are compliant with Energy Star and NUTEK for worldclass power savings, MPR II and TCO95 for lowest emissions and ISO 9241, parts 3, 7 and 8 conformity for best screen performance and ergonomics. IBM provides a complete family of both TFT Flat Panel and CRT monitors. IBM received the 1998 Energy Star Computer/Monitor Partner of the Year award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizing IBM's achievement in developing and implementing power management features and initiatives to promote energy-efficient personal computing and help preserve the global environment. As an Energy Star Partner, IBM has determined that the products meet Energy Star guidelines for energy efficiency.

(2) Estimated Reseller Price only. Actual price to end-users may vary.

(3) For information regarding the terms and conditions of IBM's limited warranty, please call 1-800-772-2227.

(4) Response times may vary depending on call loads. May exclude certain holidays.

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