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Power to the low-cost PC

The surge of powerful, full-featured PCs under $1,000--sometimes well below--continues to change the PC market. The latest salvos come from Celeron systems and Emachines.

The surge of powerful, full-featured PCs under $1,000--sometimes well below--continues to change the PC market. The latest salvos come from Celeron systems and Emachines.

PC makers gear up for new Celerons
Next week, companies will unveil new, low-cost computers with features once seen only in fancy high-end machines.

Emachines: $599 PC with big features
The low-cost PC maker, which is rapidly gaining market share, is readying a new round of sub-$600 systems based on the Intel 400-MHz Celeron chip.

Dell joins sub-$1,000 home PC race
The company becomes one of the last major computer makers to offer a sub-$1,000 PC to consumers, although it has offered cheap machines to businesses.