Compaq slashes hardware prices

Customers of Compaq Computer, both consumer and corporate, stand to be spending less money on the company's machines after the personal computer maker announced a series of price cuts in the US Tuesday.

          Customers of Compaq Computer, both consumer and corporate, stand to be spending less money on the company's machines after the personal computer maker announced a series of price cuts in the US Tuesday.

          Compaq says it will reduce prices on selected Deskpro desktops, Armada notebooks, AP and SP Workstations and ProLiant servers.

          The desktops will go down in price anywhere from 6% to 31% depending on the model, Compaq says. Compaq also implemented a rebate programme where users can get back up to $US150 on selected Deskpro EX and EXS products either on Compaq's website or through authorised retailers.

          The Armada line of notebooks will also drop in price by up to 22%, depending on the type of machine. The company recently recalled close to 55,000 battery packs used in its Armada E500 and V300 notebook computers, saying the batteries can short-circuit and potentially cause fires inside the laptops.

          On the higher end, Compaq says it has continuously lowered the price of its ProLiant servers from 4% to 24% over the past 30 days. The company added a special leasing option to the ML350 model servers where users can receive free additional memory for certain purchases.

          Tuesday's move follows an apparent trend among hardware makers to lower prices. For US buyers, Apple Computer continues to offer a $US300 rebate on its new G4 Cube desktop and a $US200 rebate on its PowerBook notebook line. Dell Computer also followed suit with reductions last month on its PowerEdge line of servers, Dimension desktop PCs, and Inspiron notebooks.

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