The gauntlet that PC giant Compaq threw down last week, with the launch of a sub-#1,000 system, was picked up by Elonex and thrown back in its face.
Earlier this month, Compaq claimed it was aggressively promoting a Prosignia 200 server at a price point under #1,000. But today Elonex claimed the move was just a marketing gambit as it introduced a machine at #995 and condemned Compaq's description of its own machine as a server as "fraudulent".
Demetre Cheras, technical and marketing director at Elonex UK, accused Compaq of "lying" because the configuration it proclaimed did not have a hard drive. A spokesperson for Compaq denied that. He said the company had never pretended it included a hard drive.
Elonex today made available a machine using an Intel P166, 24Mbytes of EDO memory, a 2.5Gbytes hard drive, 14-inch colour screen, PCI Ethernet card, five drive bays, and an eight-speed CD-Rom. Novell Intranetware 4.11 is bundled.
Cheras said: ?Compaq doesn?t even include a monitor never mind a hard drive. They claim they have systems management software but the offering does not meet the need of five-seat networks.?
The spokesperson said: ?They would say that, wouldn?t they?? He said Compaq had never made any attempt to imply that it was offering an entry level server.
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