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Compaq slashes PC, notebook prices

The No. 1 computer maker cuts prices up to nine percent on certain desktop computers and a wide range of notebooks as it tries to stir demand in the market.

Compaq cut prices up to nine percent on certain desktop computers and a wide range of notebook models today as the No. 1 PC maker tries to stir demand in the market.

Compaq Computer today announced price reductions of up to nine percent on some Deskpro EP Series models and 11 percent on Armada 1750 and Armada 7400 models. All of these lines are sold as business systems.

The EP desktop PC with a 350-MHz Pentium II processor was reduced from $1,439 to $1,329, a drop of nine percent. Other EP models with 400- and 450-MHz chips fell nine percent and five percent respectively, to $1,699 and $1,869.

Compaq also instituted cuts on a wide range of notebook PCs in its flagship Armada line. Its popular Armada 7400 line, for instance, received cuts across the board.

A 7400 model with a 300-MHz Pentium II processor and a 13.3 active-matrix LCD screen fell from $3,499 to $3,199, a reduction of nine percent. A model with a 266-MHz Pentium II was cut from $2,699 to $2,499, a seven percent decline.

At the high end, a recently released 7400 with the new Intel 366-MHz Pentium II chip and a 13.3-inch screen fell five percent, from $4,399 to $4,199.

In all, 10 7400 models got price cuts.

Compaq also reduced the price of an expansion base for its 7400 and 7800 series of notebooks. This falls from $879 to $779, a reduction of 11 percent. The expansion base allows users to add desktop PC features such as add-in circuit boards.

Also, an Armada 1750 model with a 366-MHz Pentium II and a 14.1-inch active-matrix screen fell from $3,599 to $3,299, a price decline of eight percent.