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iDot releases cheap build-to-order PC

One of the first start-up companies to promote low-cost PCs releases a model for about $350, one the cheapest models from any company to date.

iDot, one of the first start-up companies to promote low-cost PCs, has released a model for about $350, one the cheapest models from any company to date.

iDot is touting its new V-Series, which starts at $349, as a built-to-order system. Typically, the configuration of low-cost PCs is set and they are not offered as boxes that can be assembled to customer specifications.

iDot broke into the low-cost PC scene last October with a PC priced at $699. iDot says it does all of its business on the Web.

The V-Series computers are available with options including an Iomega ZIP drive, tape drives, and 3DFX Voodoo II graphics chips, said Mark Marlow, vice president of marketing for iDot.com.

The new 333M2 V features a Cyrix MII processor, a 3.2GB hard drive, 32MB of memory, CD-ROM drive, and Windows 98. Monitors are available separately at $159 for a 15-inch monitor and $249 for a 17-inch monitor.

iDot plans to emulate the strategies of start-up Internet service companies such as Gobi and DirectWeb. For an additional $49.95, users can get an Internet bundle, which includes an internal modem, multimedia speakers, and Internet access.

Customers may begin pre-ordering systems today. Systems will begin shipping in volume on May 28. Once volume production begins, iDot.com plans to fulfill orders within 2 weeks.