New Aptivas showcase USB

IBM today released a new line of its Aptiva consumer desktop systems, packing in 3D graphics, multimedia, communications and software bundles.

The new Aptiva models are based on Pentium processors up to 200MHz speeds, with up to 2Gb hard drives, and 16Mb RAM and eight-speed CD-ROM drives shipped as standard. They are also the first PCs out in the UK with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) port in place for high-speed peripherals that can be daisy-chained a la the Macintosh.

The 3D graphics engine is the Total Image 3-D card based on ATI's 3D RAGE accelerator with 2Mb DRAM and hardware MPEG support built in to IBM's MWave processor. The Aptiva is also Internet-ready with an internal 28,800bps voice-modem, Netscape Navigator 2.0 and trial subscription to CompuServe. The huge software bundle includes Lotus SmartSuite, Microsoft Works 4.0 and numerous games and edu-tainment CD-ROMs. Like Hewlett-Packard's Pavilion, the Aptiva comes with colour-coded cables to ease setup.

Prices start at £1,399 + VAT.

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