Hewlett-Packard said today that it is reducing prices by as much as 17 percent on its ultraportable OmniBook 900 series and about 4 percent on its popular 4150 notebook.
The price move on the OmniBook 900 is one of the first instances of a major computer maker cutting prices on a model with Intel's latest and greatest notebook chip, the 366-MHz Pentium II. Systems with this chip just started shipping in February and March.
The 4150 is a high-end model and competes with IBM's 600 ThinkPad and Compaq's 7400 series.
The OmniBook 900 notebook PC will now sell for about $2,899 with the 366-MHz chip, a 6.4GB hard drive, and a 12.1-inch active-matrix LCD screen.
A 900 model with a 300-MHz chip and 4.3GB hard drive will now sell for $2,399.
The OmniBook 4150 notebook PC price was cut by 3.5 percent and drops to $2,999. This notebook comes with a Pentium II 300-MHz processor, a 6.4GB hard drive, 64MB of memory, CD-ROM drive, and a 14.1-inch screen.