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Compaq cutting notebook prices

Compaq says it is reducing prices on its flagship LTE 5000 notebook computers by up to 20 percent.

    Compaq Computer (CPQ) said today it is reducing prices on its flagship LTE 5000 notebook computers by up to 20 percent.

    The LTE 5000 notebooks use "classic" Pentiums at speeds up to 150 MHz and are targeted at mobile corporate users. Features include a modular bay design and Intelligent Manageability, which is Compaq's name for its asset and security management technology.

    Compaq cut prices on models in the Armada notebook line in January and again in February, and the LTE 5380 had just last month had its price reduced nine percent.

    The cuts follow a recent pattern adopted by other manufacturers as well. NEC Computer Systems Division of Packard Bell lopped as much as 20 percent off the price of its Value line of Versa notebook computers.

    IBM recently reduced prices on its ThinkPad 365 series, which is its entry-level notebook PC line sold through both business and consumer channels. Toshiba, the world's largest notebook vendor, has not yet announced any response in kind.

    New prices for the LTE 5000 family are as follows:

    Model Previous
    price
    New
    price
    Percent
    cut
    LTE 5150 $2,999 $2,399 20%
    LTE 5250 $3,199 $2,699 16%
    LTE 5280 $3,899 $3,399 13%
    LTE 5300 $4,399 $3,899 11%
    LTE 5380 $4,999 $4,199 16%
    LTE 5400 $5,199 $4,399 15%

    The prices cuts are effective immediately.