Toshiba US has slashed prices on both its desktop and notebook PCs, with price reductions of up to 30 per cent on some of its Equium desktops. Similar cuts are expected to follow in Europe in the next two weeks.
Cuts on notebooks were expected after Intel announced last week that it was reducing the price of processors, and announcements from other major vendors can be expected this week. Gateway has already announced notebook reductions.
The cuts on the Equium 7000 desktops now mean street prices for the PCs start at around the $1,100 mark, depending on configuration.
Prices for the notebook ranges will now start in the US at $699, for the Toshiba Libretto 50CT. The Satellite Pro 480 CDT has dropped in price to $2,699, for machines which offer a 233MHz Pentium and a 4Mbytes hard drive. The Tecra 520CDT drops in price by 23 per cent to $2,299. That machine uses a 166MHz Pentium MMX processor.
Toshiba introduced a range of new machines in its notebook families two weeks ago, as revealed here.
Also on the notebook front, Compaq has launched the Armada 1573DM in the US, a machine that uses a PII/mobile 233MHz chip, a 56Kbps modem and a 20-speed CD drive as well as a 3.3Gbytes hard drive, 32Mbytes of memory, and a 12.1-inch STN display. The machine is already available and will cost $2,399 in the US.
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