Pentium II-based OptiPlex desktops duck below Pentium MMX systems for the first time, according to the direct seller. A 233MHz PII-based OptiPlex GXa costs £1,099, £50 less than a similarly configured 233MHz Pentium MMX model.
Dell said the price cuts were enabled by exceptionally low inventory levels
In mobile PCs, the Latitude CP notebook line loses up to £250 with the 233MHz Pentium MMX-based Latitude CP M233XT falling to £1,949. The entry-level 166MHz Pentium MMX-based Latitude CP M166ST is reduced from £1,799 to £1,649.
"The notebook market is now a mature one, and there is no justification for the premium prices charged by many manufacturers for today's technology," said Steve Rawsthorn, marketing director at Dell UK Corporate.