eMachines Introduces 64-Bit Wireless Widescreen Notebook Line; Company Is First Major PC Brand to Incorporate Mobile AMD Athlon 64 Processor for Mobile Computing

IRVINE, Calif.--()--Jan. 19, 2004--eMachines Inc., the second-largest provider of PCs in U.S. retail stores, today announced the first 64-bit notebook line from a major PC brand, offering state-of-the-art performance with 15.4-inch widescreen display and 54g(TM) wireless connectivity.

Incorporating the Mobile AMD Athlon(TM) 64 processor 3000+, the M6805 and M6807 are the first in a family of eMachines 64-bit notebooks, delivering unparalleled computing performance and display for DVD movies, games, digital photography and other 32-bit multimedia applications.

"By being the first major PC company to introduce a 64-bit notebook line, eMachines continues to demonstrate its ability to provide the best value at any price point -- delivering high-performance notebooks with the latest technology," said Ed Fisher, senior vice president, global sales operations for eMachines, based in Irvine.

"The M6805 and M6807 offer consumers high-speed processing, graphics and wireless connectivity with optimal widescreen display and premier post-sale customer service," Fisher said.

"The new notebooks from eMachines showcase the features of the Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processor 3000+," said Marty Seyer, vice president and general manager, Microprocessor Business Unit, AMD. "With the Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processor, the eMachines notebooks give consumers high-performance computing in addition to advanced power management with AMD PowerNow!(TM) technology and compatibility with today's most popular wireless LAN solutions."

Combined with the notebooks' 15.4-inch LCD display and ATI's Mobility RADEON 9600(TM) video card, the systems offer cinematic visual quality for gaming and other graphics-intensive applications. The display features a 16:10 aspect ratio, similar to the widescreen TV format, allowing up to 30 percent more DVD viewing area than a standard 15-inch notebook screen.

Both notebooks feature HyperTransport(TM) technology, designed to increase bandwidth and reduce bottlenecks for faster processing speed and seamless multi-tasking on multiple applications.

With a combination DVD and CD-RW drive, the M6805 is priced at $1,449 after manufacturer's $100 mail-in rebate, while the M6807, with a multi-format DVD-RW(+/-) drive, is priced at $1,549 after $100 rebate.

Both the M6805 and M6807 incorporate the 54g chipset from Broadcom(R), providing up to five times the performance of 802.11b while maintaining compatibility with other wireless devices on the market.

The new eMachines' M6000 series notebooks feature a "6-in-1 Media Reader" for quick downloading, editing and sharing of digital, audio and video images. The media reader supports Compact Flash, Micro Drive, MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital, Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro storage formats.

Other features include 512 MB PC2700 DDR memory, 60 GB hard drive, four USB 2.0 ports, one IEEE 1394 Firewire port, PCMCIA slot for Type I or Type II card bus, and 10/100 Mbps built-in Ethernet.

The M6000 series is 1.6 inches thin and weighs 7.5 pounds. The notebooks include an 8-cell lithium ion battery offering approximately 2.5 hours of battery life.

The notebooks feature the Microsoft Windows(R) XP Home Edition operating system, Microsoft Works 7.0, Microsoft Money 2004, Encarta Online, Adobe Acrobat(R) Reader(TM), Cyberlink Power DVD, Microsoft Media Player, Real Player, Internet Explorer, Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator, CompuServe, MSN, and three-month AOL membership.

Norton AntiVirus 2004 comes pre-installed on all eMachines notebooks, providing protection from all previously released computer viruses. Within the 90-day complimentary subscription period, users can choose to subscribe to anti-virus updates from Symantec for protection from future viruses.

eMachines supports its entire notebook line with a comprehensive Customer Care program comprised of one-year parts, labor and technical support with several service options, including an End-User Replaceable Parts Program and five-day depot repair.

For the first time, eMachines is offering two- and three-year extended service plans with screen protection for all its notebook products. The two-year plan costs $109 and the three-year plan costs $189. Either plan may be purchased within 90 days of the original notebook purchase date.

eMachines' new 64-bit notebook line is currently available at major consumer electronics retail outlets nationwide. For more information visit www.emachines.com or call 800-362-2446.

About eMachines Inc.

Recently noted the No. 3 top-selling desktop PC vendor in the United States by industry analysts IDC, eMachines is a privately held company dedicated to providing consumers with affordable, high-value personal computers. Incorporating the same high-quality, brand-name components as other major PC brands, eMachines is able to offer premium value to its customers by working closely with its manufacturing and retail partners, and by strictly maintaining one of the lowest operating costs in the PC industry. Since inception, eMachines has shipped more than six-million PCs through leading national and international retailers, catalog and online merchandisers. For more information, visit www.emachines.com.

Note to Editors: eMachines is a registered trademark of eMachines Inc. All other company and product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Features, pricing, availability and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Contacts

Maples Communications for eMachines
Rick Havacko or Mike Kilroy, 949-477-0710
rhavacko@maples.com

Contacts

Maples Communications for eMachines
Rick Havacko or Mike Kilroy, 949-477-0710
rhavacko@maples.com