Spring is in the air for Gateway, Time and NEC, as all three manufacturers have produced new offspring.
Gateway has launched its Performance 850 XL, based around Intel's 850MHz Pentium III. As well as a speedy processor, this system features 128Mb of RAM, a 20Gb hard drive, 12x DVD-ROM, 56Kbits/s modem and a 17in monitor.
Gateway is also including an LS120 'super' floppy drive instead of a standard unit, and a 32Mb TNT 2 video card. With free Internet access via Gateway.net, this lot will set you back £1,879.
Meanwhile, on the high street, Time has 700, 850 and 866MHz machines.
At the top are the grandly named 850-3 and 866-3 CDR-TV Ultimate Time Machines, priced at £1,996.33 and £2,113.83 respectively. Both models include a 30Gb hard disk, 256Mb of SDRAM, a 32Mb TNT 2 graphics card and 17in monitor.
NEC's new baby is the Direction VP. This system is available in a range of configurations, with up to an 800MHz Pentium III, 256Mb of SDRAM, 40Gb of hard drive space and a 21in monitor. Prices will vary depending on the model concerned but all should feature a 10x DVD-ROM drive, modem and GeForce 256 graphics.
Gateway: 0800 973132; www.gateway.co.uk
Time: 0800 771107; www.timecomputers.com
NEC: 0870 010 6321; www.nec-online.co.uk.
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