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NEC rolls out new desktops

The PC maker introduces new desktops with 56-kbps modems from U.S. Robotics and 200-MHz MMX Pentium chips.

NEC introduced new desktop PCs with 56-kbps modems from U.S. Robotics (USR) and 200-MHz Pentium processors with MMX multimedia features.

NEC's Computer Systems Division says it is the first company to ship computers with modems using x2 technology from U.S. Robotics, though competitors like Gateway2000 (GATE) are expected to ship this month as well.

The x2 technology is incompatible with the K56flex 56-kbps technology from Rockwell Semiconductor and Lucent Technologies: Users must connect to a service provider using compatible technology to get the faster speeds.

NEC says the new Ready 9701SE will come with a 166-MHz Pentium processor, 16MB memory, and a 2.1GB hard drive. The Ready 9704 will come with a 200-MHz Pentium processor, 24MB memory, and a 3.2GB hard drive. Both systems have a 16X CD-ROM drive, a 56-kbps x2 modem, and 64-bit graphics. Estimated prices are $1,299 for the Ready 9701SE and $1,599 for the Ready 9704.

The Ready 9712SE will come with a 166-MHz Pentium processor with MMX technology, 32MB of memory, and a 3.2GB hard disk drive. The Ready 9712SE will have an estimated retail price of $1,799.

The Ready 9716SE features a 200-MHz Pentium processor with MMX technology, 32MB of memory, and a 4.3GB hard disk drive. It will have an estimated price of $2,199.

Both systems have 3D graphics acceleration, a 16X CD-ROM drive, and a 56-kbps x2 modem.