WinBook takes aim at desktop PC market

WinBook Computer Corp., known until now for high-end notebook PCs at low-end prices, is extending that strategy to take on established desktop PC makers.

The Hilliard, Ohio, company is launching the PowerSpec 9325, flagship of the new WinBook desktop line, to compete with Dell Computer Corp.'s Dimension 8250 in price and performance.

The PowerSpec's specifications are among the most muscular the GCN Lab has seen in an affordable PC: 3.06-GHz hyperthreading Pentium 4 processor, nVidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 graphics and a price of $1,599.

Included are a large, 120G hard drive that spins at 7,200 rpm, 512M of double-data-rate RAM, six Universal Serial Bus 2.0 ports, and DVD-ROM and CD-rewritable drives.

WinBook representatives said Dell's equivalent would cost $1,799. Lower-performance PowerSpecs will start as low as $399, they said.

Stay tuned to to see the GCN Lab's Alterion Corp. performance benchmarks match up the new PowerSpec 9325 against its competition.

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