Attention shoppers: NEC Computer Systems is advertising a desktop PC featuring a 333-MHz Pentium II microprocessor for $2,199 with monitor, one of the lowest prices available for a machine with Intel's top-line chip.
The system is the latest in a series of discount cutting-edge computers that have emerged from NEC since the company opened its direct sales program, NEC Now.
The Massachusetts-based subsidiary of Japan's giant NEC Corporation has
NEC's Direction SPL333
While the shift sales initially resulted in a revenue dip, the program has allowed NEC to stay on the front lines of price wars. Similar computers from other vendors generally retail for $100 to $200 more than the NEC's offerings, and often do not come with monitors.
The Direction SPL333 features a 333-MHz Pentium II processor with the MMX instruction set, 64MB of memory, and a 4.3GB hard drive. A CD-ROM drive and a modem are among the extras. Comparable machines from Compaq and IBM retail for between $2,500 and $2,600.