Compaq bundles PCs, services into monthly package

Compaq bundles PCs, services into monthly package

Government agencies can buy new Evo desktop and notebook PCs from Compaq Computer Corp. through per-seat deals, starting at $99 a month, that include help desk assistance, technology updates and asset reporting services.

Prices in the per-seat program, called Access on Demand, range from $99 to $169 a month for three years, Compaq Global Services' spokesman Joe Hogan said. Buyers own the hardware at the end of the three years. Custom software images are available for Compaq's and other vendors' hardware environments.

The program includes the new 1.5-GHz Evo Desktop D500 Pentium 4 PC, a small-form-factor D500, a 1.1-GHz Mobile Pentium III Evo N600c notebook PC with 14-inch display, and a 1-inch-thick, 850-MHz N400c with 12.1-inch display.

The desktop Evos have 128M of synchronous dynamic RAM, 20G hard drives, CD-ROM drives, and a choice of Microsoft Windows 2000, NT 4.0, Win98 or Windows XP. They do not have the Microsoft Office suite preinstalled, however.

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