Dixons has started selling a sub #400 PC, but it will only be available over the Easter weekend.
Available at PC World, Dixons and Currys, the Patriot MII 300 PC costs #399 including Vat and will be sold from today until 5 April.
The cheap PC comes with Cyrix MII 300 chip, 2.1Gbyte hard disk, 32Mbyte Ram, 512Kbyte cache memory, 32x speed CD-Rom drive, 14" monitor, Windows 98 and 4Mbyte graphics card.
Internet access is not supplied, but a 56Kbps V90 modem can be included for an extra #50.
One industry source said this was a case of Dixons offloading last year's excess stock at below cost price.
Even so, at less than #400, this latest move in the PC price war is bound to be good news for some consumers.
John Clare, Dixons Group chief executive, commented in true Dixons' style: "It is an excellent value package and demonstrates our determination to keep driving prices down so that the computer age is available to all."
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