HP said the price cut will make the notebooks more competitive against other Pentium laptops on the market because all models offer PCI architecture for enhanced system performance.
For the entry-level 5500 CS with 100-MHz Pentium processor, 16MB of memory and 11.3-inch dual-scan display, retail prices are expected to be as low as $1,530. The old price was $1,795; the price cut is 15 percent.
The top-of-the-line 5500 CT with 133-MHz Pentium processor, 16MB of memory, and 12.1-inch active matrix display has a new estimated retail price of $3,510, about 19 percent less than the old $4,320 tag.
HP also cut the price on its Omnibook 800 CT from $3,800 to $3,400. All prices are effective immediately, though they may differ outside the United States.