Notebook PC prices home in on $1,000 mark

Notebook PC prices home in on $1,000 mark

Compaq Computer Corp. last month began pricing its 6.8-pound, 475-MHz Notebook 100 computer as low as $1,112 for government buyers. The price includes delivery.

The Notebook 100 has an AMD K6-2 processor, 32M of RAM, a 12.1-inch display, Accelerated Graphics Port 2X graphics on a dedicated 100-MHz bus, a 56-Kbps modem, a 5G hard drive, a 24X CD-ROM drive, a floppy drive, and Microsoft Windows 98 and Word 2000. Port replicators with Ethernet and Universal Serial Bus hub connections cost extra.

The Notebook 100's processor is from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., which last month beat rival Intel Corp. to market with a 1-GHz desktop PC processor. The CPU, called the Athlon, itself costs about $1,000. Compaq and Gateway Inc. are building desktop PC systems with the Athlon; other makers, including Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp. and Micron PC Inc. of Nampa, Idaho, are touting the 1-GHz Intel Pentium III CPUs that will be available in their desktop PCs in the second half of this year.

Contact Compaq Federal at 800-727-5472.

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