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eMachines Intros New Models

Budget priced PC maker eMachines this week introduced several new models in its eTower and eMonster desktop and eSlate notebook lines.

The company, which was ranked fifth by the research firms Dataquest and IDC in PC shipments to retail in the U.S. for the first quarter of 2000, has six new models ranging in price from $399 to $999, after mail-in rebate.

The eTower 500is is the entry-level model. It features a 500Mhz Intel Celeron processor, 32MB of RAM, 4.3GB hard drive, 40x CD-ROM drive, two USB ports, a MIDI/game port and an ATI Rage Pro Turbo AGP. The line steps up to the 500ix with a $549 street price. It sports 64MB of RAM and 10GB hard drive.

The eTowerid2, street price $599, is the first of these new models to sport a DVD-ROM drive. This PC also has an Intel Celeron 533MHz processor, 15GB hard drive, an Intel integrated 3D Direct AGP graphics card.

The eTower566ir drops the DVD-ROM drive in favor or a CD-RW drive. It also boosts the processor speed up slightly to a Celeron 566Mhz process. The 566ir’s has a $699 street price.

The newest model in the eMonster family is the 600. This $899 PC has an Intel Pentium III 600MHz, 20GB hard drive, 8x DVD-ROM drive, and an NVIDIA Riva TNT2 2x AGP graphics card with 8MB of memory.

The eSlate 450 notebook uses an AMD k6-2 450MHz processor, has a 12.1-inch display, 4.3GB hard drive, 32MB of RAM, 24x CD-ROM drive and a $999 street price.