HP slashes notebook PC prices

Hewlett-Packard cuts prices on its notebook PCs as much as 25 percent as it makes way for new models.

Hewlett-Packard has cut prices on its notebook PCs as much as 25 percent as it makes way for new models.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) today dropped prices by as much as 25 percent on several feature-rich notebooks boasting large, 14-inch LCD screens and Pentium II processors.

The HP Omnibook 7100 received the largest price cut of 25 percent. This is a relatively hefty "desktop replacement" notebook that is now expected to sell for about $3,199. It comes with an Intel Pentium II 266-MHz processor, an 8.1GB hard drive, a 14.1 inch active-matrix LCD, and a module that combines a CD-ROM drive and a floppy drive.

HP will trim its notebook lines to three, according to Glenn Kuo, product manager for the HP mobile computing division, in a recent statement, and the 7100 will start to disappear, he said.

The slim-design, lightweight OmniBook 4150 was reduced in price by 17 percent. This will sell now for $3,399. It includes a Pentium II 300-MHz processor, a 6.4GB hard drive, 14.1-inch screen, and a CD-ROM drive.

HP recently introduced new notebooks based on the just-released 366-MHz Pentium II processor.

The company also cut prices on accessories. A DVD drive, for example, was slashed 60 percent and now sells for about $175. A port replicator was cut 44 percent and will now sell for an estimated $55. A port replicator is a type of docking device which is already connected to a company network and to devices like a mouse or monitor, thus allowing users to simply plug in their portable computers to start working.

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