HP cuts prices, unveils new desktops

Hewlett-Packard cut prices on its Vectra PCs and introduced new desktops.

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Hewlett-Packard today cut prices up to 26 percent on all of its Vectra commercial PCs and introduced a new line of less expensive Pentium Pro desktops.

The Pentium-based Vectras now begin at $1,262, and those running Pentium Pro processors start at $4,121, the company said.

The Vectra VE with a 100-MHz Pentium, a 1.2GB hard disk drive (HDD), and 16MB of RAM falls to $1,657 from $2,032. A Pentium Pro-based XU with a 180-MHz processor, 2GB HDD, and 32MB of RAM falls to $4,605 from $5,232.

HP also announced two new Pentium Pro-based Vectra PCs.

The Vectra VA comes with Intel's new high-performance 440FX chipset, Extended Data Out (EDO) RAM, HDD capacities reaching 2.5GB, and Desktop Management Interface (DMI) support for more efficient management of networked PCs. Prices start at $2,800.

The high-end Vectra XA features integrated 32-bit PCI Ethernet LAN hardware, LAN Remote Power-on Technology, enhanced DMI Support, and multi-platform management, including support for Windows for Workgroups, Windows 95, Windows NT, HP's OpenView, Intel LANDesk and Microsoft SMS Consoles. The XA starts at $3,200.

Both lines are bundled with Windows NT and 8X CD-ROM drives.