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HP desktop discounts run gamut

Hewlett-Packard makes cuts of up to 21 percent on desktop computers with Pentium II processors.

Hewlett-Packard made price cuts of up to 21 percent on a broad array of desktop computers with Pentium II processors.

The price reductions cover three brands of

HP price cuts
Model Pentium II chip Price
Brio PC 300 MHz $1,389
Vectra VL 266 MHz $1,399
Kayak XU 266 MHz $2,990
Kayak XW 333 MHz $8,600
business PCs and PC workstations: Brio small-business PCs, Vectra corporate PCs, and Kayak PC workstations. All of the price reductions are on Pentium II processor-based models and are effective immediately, HP said.

Brio PCs, which start at $799, have been reduced by up to 15 percent. A Brio with a 300-MHz Pentium II processor now goes for an estimated street price of $1,389. The systems come with a 4.0GB hard drive and are targeted at small businesses.

The prices of the HP Vectra VL corporate line of PCs have been reduced by up to 21 percent. A Vectra with a 266-MHz Pentium II processor and a 4.3GB hard drive, advanced Cirrus Logic 3D graphics, and a CD-ROM drive, now has a street price of $1,399.

A Vectra VL PC with a 233-MHz Pentium II processor and a 3.2GB hard drive has been reduced to $1,199.

Also, prices on the HP Kayak PC Workstation line have been reduced by up to 19 percent. A Kayak XA PC Workstation with a 266-MHz Pentium II processor, a 4.3GB hard-disk drive, and a Cirrus Logic graphics subsystem has been cut to $1,690.

A Kayak with a 333-MHz Pentium II processor, 64MB of memory, a 4.5GB disk drive, and an advanced graphics subsystem now has a street price of $3,700.