Big Blue this week revised its NetVista X series and NetVista A series desktops and introduced the new NetVista M series, placing the new model configurations on its Web site with no fanfare.
All three new PCs offer Intel's Pentium 4 processor and 845 chipset. The chipset, which began shipping in early September, allows PCs to pair the Pentium 4 with standard SDRAM memory instead of more expensive Rambus memory.
The X series now includes an embedded security subsystem that uses IBM's dedicated security chip and a software package for encryption and identification, among other functions. The new X series starts at $1,649 for a model with a 1.5GHz Pentium 4 chip, 15-inch flat panel display, 128MB of RAM and 20GB hard drive. Pricing for a model with the 17-inch flat-panel screen starts at $2,399.
The new M Series, starting at $1,149, was introduced as a midrange, corporate-oriented desktop, an IBM spokesman said.
The new line can be configured with a 1.6GHz, 1.8GHz or 2GHz Pentium 4 chip. The M series also packs IBM's embedded security subsystem. A 1.6GHz M Series can be had for $1,169 with 128MB of RAM, a 40GB hard drive and a CD-ROM drive. A monitor is not included in that price.
New A Series models are aimed at giving buyers a lower-cost option, the IBM spokesman said.
The A Series' base Pentium 4 system includes a 1.5GHz version of the chip, 128MB of RAM and a 20GB hard drive, according to IBM's Web site.