In a limited price action, the North Sioux City, South Dakota, company will discount its Solo 5100 XL Pentium II notebook by $100 to $3,799, according to sources close to the company. The high-end portable incorporates a 266-MHz Pentium II chip, 64MB of memory, a 14.1-inch active matrix display, a 4GB hard drive, a CD-ROM drive, and 56-kbps cellular modem.
Gateway will also lower the cost of its 200-MHz Pentium MMX Solo 2300 SE from $1,899 to $1,699. The older model also comes with 16MB of memory, a 12.1-inch display, 2GB hard drive, and CD-ROM drive.
Yesterday, Intel cut the price of the 233-MHz and 266-MHz mobile Pentium II processors that were launched at the beginning of this month, and also reduced the cost of older Pentium MMX chips. The chip cuts range from 8 percent up to 42 percent.
Meanwhile, IBM today introduced new "thin and light" models in its popular ThinkPad line. Though higher-end systems, the new 600 systems are priced closer to the $3,500-$4,000 range than the $5,000 price point where top-flight systems previously debuted.