Your Technology Feb. 1, 1999

What's Next, Free PCs?

Computers are getting so cheap, sellers are practically giving them away. Last week online retailer OnSale onsale.com began hawking computers at wholesale prices, featuring a Compaq Presario with a 333-MHz Cyrix chip, for example, for just $560 (monitor sold separately). Earlier this month, Packard Bell NEC unveiled a $500 machine powered by a 300-MHz chip. Once a novelty used by upstart vendors trying to get the edge on market leaders, inexpensive PCs are becoming the norm, with average retail prices hovering around $1,000.

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