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Digital slashes desktop prices

Digital discounts selected desktop models, amid industry speculation that the company is phasing out the line.

    Digital Equipment discounted selected desktop models, amid industry speculation that the company is phasing out the line.

    The Maynard, Massachusetts, PC maker has yet to announce any systems based on the recently introduced 350- and 400-MHz Pentium II chips from Intel, leading many to believe that when its coming merger with Compaq is finalized, the days of the Digital desktop PC are numbered.

    While not yet available at fire sale prices, the Digital PC line has been discounted by up to 18 percent. For instance, the Digital PC 3500, a 266-MHz Pentium II system, was slashed from $1,574 to $1,288.

    The Digital PC 3100, incorporating a 233-MHz AMD-K6 MMX processor, has been dropped from $1,106 to $963, a savings of 13 percent.

    The high-end PC 5510, a 333-MHz Pentium II system with 64MB of memory and a 4GB hard drive, has been discounted from $3,206 to $2,672, a savings of 17 percent.