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Compaq cuts notebook prices

Compaq drops prices as much as $300 on its consumer notebook computers as it prepares to begin volume shipments of three new business portable lines.

Compaq today cut prices as much as $300 on its consumer notebook computers as it prepares to begin volume shipments of three new business portable lines.

Compaq Computer reduced the Presario 1245, 1275, and 1685 consumer models by $100 each to $1,199, $1,499 and $1,899, respectively. The Presario 1688 dropped $300 to $1,999, and the 1690 $200 to $2,299.

The PC maker at the end of last month released three revamped business notebook lines. When these begin shipping in volume they are expected to trigger price cuts of aging Armada models such as the 7400 and 7800 lines.

All the models with price cuts announced today feature AMD K6 processors and use an all-in-one drive which integrates a number of storage devices and saves on cost but prohibits upgrading most major components.

Compaq also dropped the price of its Presario 1925 ultrathin notebook by $200 to $2,499. The Presario 1925 is Pentium II-based portable that uses a detachable "wedge" to connect to the DVD drive and other expansion components.

The company is also offering several back-to-school promotions through the end of September. Buyers of new Presario notebooks will get a free backpack with their purchase, the company said. Compaq also has a promotion for consumer desktop buyers. Customers purchasing a rewritable CD-R/W drive with new Presario PCs get a free Diamond RIO MP3 player.

Compaq on Monday also introduced several new Presario desktop PC models including the 600-MHz Pentium III-based Presario 5700T and 5700N 500-MHz Celeron PC. The company is only offering the models direct or through configure-to-order kiosks available at 9,300 retail outlets.