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Gateway trims notebook prices

One model falls to $1,799, making it the direct vendor's cheapest portable ever.

Gateway trimmed notebook prices across its Solo line today, reducing one model to $1,799, making it the cheapest Gateway notebook ever.

Notebooks are increasingly taking center stage for PC vendors. Sales will grow approximately 20 percent a year through 2001, more than 30 percent greater than desktop growth, according to statistics from Intel. Portables are doubly attractive because they also typically provide larger profit margins.

Most of the price cuts are in the $100 to $200 range and take place across the majority of Solo line. The only notebook family that was not reduced in price is the top-of-the-line 9100 series. Instead, Gateway added a 16MB memory boost worth $50, according to the company.

At the bottom end of the price segment, Gateway reduced the Solo 2300SE to $1,799. The notebook comes with a 200-MHz Pentium MMX processor, 16MB of memory, a 2GB hard drive, a CD-ROM, and a 12.1-inch active-matrix display. The Solo 2300LS was cut $200 to $2,199.

Pentium II-based notebooks, which were introduced last month, were cut $100. The Solo 5100 family now ranges in price from $2,899 for a system containing a 233-MHz Pentium II, a 14.1-inch display, and 32MB of memory, to $3,699 for a computer containing a 266-MHz Pentium II and 80MB of memory.

The Solo 2500, which comes with a 266-MHz Pentium II, 64MB of memory, and a 13.3-inch screen, was cut to $3,499.