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Dell reduces desktop prices

Dell reduces corporate desktop prices by up to 20 percent, the latest in a flurry of pricing announcements today.

Dell Computer (DELL) reduced prices on its corporate desktops by up to 20 percent, the latest in a flurry of pricing announcements today from vendors including Compaq, Digital Equipment, and Toshiba.

Dell cut prices 20 percent on its corporate line of "network-centric" OptiPlex desktop PCs. The desktops use 200- and 233-MHz Intel Pentium MMX processors.

"The Dell direct model gives us many [pricing] advantages," said Kevin Rollins, president, Dell Americas, in a prepared statement.

OptiPlex PCs come with networking and management features such as Desktop Management Interface (DMI) 2.0 and Dell Inspector software. DMI 2.0 offers basic technology for implementing remote management of PCs, while Dell Inspector 4.0 software offers automated inventory, remote access asset management, and predictive hard drive failure alerts, according to Dell.

An OptiPlex Gn 5233 L with a 233-MHz Pentium processor, 32MB of memory, a 2.1GB hard drive, CD-ROM drive, and a monitor is now priced at $1,679, down from $2,102, a reduction of 20 percent.

An OptiPlex Gn 5200 MT+ with a 200-MHz processor, 64MB of memory, a 4.3GB hard drive, CD-ROM drive, and a monitor is now $2,482, falling from $2,909, a decline of 15 percent.