Umax also updated its sub-$1,000 Mac clone for consumers with a faster processor.
The move is in line with Umax's strategy to capitalize on what analysts say is the fastest-growing segment of the PC industry in the consumer and corporate markets by pushing multimedia features such as CD-ROM drives and "surround sound" in low-cost systems. Umax first introduced a sub-$1,000 Mac clone for the consumer market in May.
Computer Intelligence, a market research firm, reported earlier this year that sub-$1,000 PCs from these companies were driving sales of desktop and portable PCs in the U.S. retail market.
Umax's entry-level business offering, the C500e/180, comes with Ethernet networking capability, a 180-MHz PowerPC 603e processor, a 1.2MB hard disk drive, and an 8X CD-ROM for $1,095. Another new model, the C600e/200, comes with Ethernet capability, a 200-MHz PowerPC 603e, 32MB of memory, a 2GB hard drive, a 12X CD-ROM, and a Zip drive from Iomega. It's priced at $1,895.
The company's $945 consumer system, the C500LT/180, has a 180-MHz PowerPC processor, whereas the latest comparable PCs from Compaq and Packard Bell have 150-MHz Pentium-class processors. The C500LT/180 also has a 1.2MB hard drive and an 8X CD-ROM.
All systems are available now.