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July 21st, 1999

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[12:30 AM]
Newer Technology Announces Docking Station For Lombard PowerBooks
Newer Technology has announced a new version of their BookEndz docking station for the latest round of PowerBooks. BookEndz allows users to easily attach and unattach their PowerBook to peripherals by reproducing the PowerBook's connectors in a device that the PowerBook itself fits into, keeping everything neat, orderly, and fast. According to Newer Technology:

Newer® Technology, Inc. today announced a new BookEndz docking station for Apple Computer's 1999 bronze keyboard PowerBook G3. Continuing the BookEndz line of docking stations, the design of this new BookEndz includes a stiffer chassis. The reinforced construction ensures longer life as well as better support for the many connectors when docked with the PowerBook G3.

The new BookEndz model replicates all the ports on back of the 1999 PowerBook G3 including: two USB ports; 25-pin female SCSI (identical to desktop Macs), RJ-45 Ethernet, RJ-11 modem port, 4-pin S-video, RCA composite video, 3.5mm (Walkman-style) audio in/out and a SVGA video connection. Additional features include cable routing channels for PC Card use, computer reset switch on the rear of the dock, illuminated dock indicator and security slot on dock-- all with no assembly required.

The following PowerBook features can be used when docked: IR devices, expansion bays and PowerBook security slot (rear door need not be removed prior to docking). As with previous BookEndz models, the factory power supply shipped with the 1999 PowerBook G3 should be used when AC power is required. Newer made every effort to ensure that the color and texture of the BookEndz was modeled carefully to match the new PowerBook G3 so when docked, it appears as an integrated system.

Compatibility

This new BookEndz is compatible with the latest PowerBook G3 (often called the '1999 G3' or 'bronze keyboard' model). The previous PowerBook G3 models (called Wallstreet) have a different BookEndz G3 dock.

You can find more information on BookEndz at the company's web site, though information for the new unit has not yet been added. Newer Technology has priced this version of the BookEndz at US$229 and says it should be available in September.

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