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eMachines 2001 Line, UMAX PCs Usher In Back-To-School Season

Entry-level PC maker eMachines today rolled out its back-to-school computer line, all of which has at least 128MB or RAM making the PCs capable of running the Windows XP operating system.

The new entrants start with the T1801 powered with an Intel Celeron 800MHz processor, which is $399 after rebate. Intended for students and consumers just doing simple tasks such as e-mail, the Internet and word processing, the T1801 has a 20GB hard drive, CD-ROM drive and two USB ports.

The step up T1855, which is $499 after rebate, has a slightly faster Celeron 850MHz chip and DVD-ROM drive. The T1905 is $599 after rebate and has a Celeron 900MHz processor, CD-RW drive, 30GB processor and a built-in 10/100Mbps network card.

The first of the new models to sport a Pentium processor is the T3100. With a $699 (after rebate) suggested retail price, this machine features a 1GHz Pentium III processor, CD-RW drive, 30GB hard drive and network card.

The company’s new flagship model is the T4310. It sports a Pentium 4 1.3GHz processor, combination DVD/CD-RW drive, 40GB hard drive and a DirectAGP 3D graphics card.

In other PC news, Scanner vendor UMAX completed its planned re-entry into the market as a PC maker with the UMAX P414 PC, which is going on sale today at the company’s online store.

UMAX announced in June at PC Expo its intention to jump back into PC category with a model geared for the graphics professional and digital imaging enthusiast. The P414 has an Intel Pentium 4 1.4GHz processor with 128MB of RAM, making it Windows XP ready, and a TNT2 M64 32MB 4X AGP graphics card. It carries an $898 suggested retail price.