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Compaq slashes notebook pricing

Compaq today cut prices across its LTE 5000 line of notebook PCs by up to 28 percent, a move considered overdue by many notebook buyers comparing the systems' relatively high prices to a long list of competitors.

Compaq today cut prices across its LTE 5000 line of notebook PCs by up to 28 percent, a move considered overdue by many buyers.

The LTE 5000 Model 510 got the biggest reduction, dropping by $1,000. The 510--with a 75-MHz Pentium processor, 10.4-inch color dual-scan LCD, 8MB of RAM, and a 510MB hard drive--was cut from $3,999 to $2,999.

At the high end, the LTE 5200 Model 1350 was reduced from $6,499 to $4,999. The system comes with a 120-MHz Pentium processor, a 10.4-inch active-matrix LCD, 8MB of RAM, and a 1.35GB hard drive.

Other price cuts included:
--the LTE 5100 Model 810 with an 800-by-600-pixel resolution active-matrix LCD, from $5,899 to $4,599
--the LTE 5000 Model 810 with an 800-by-600-pixel dual-scan LCD, from $4,699 to $3,399.

Compaq also announced price reductions of up to 34 percent on its PCMCIA fax modems.

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