HP lowers price pole with $349 PC

Yes, I know, this isn’t the coolest, fastest, powerfull PC, but it is a great gift idea for a child or grand-parent. Believe me, they’ll be thrilled! A lot better than a Lindows PC, too.

“Hewlett-Packard is again doing the low-price computer limbo with a new $349 desktop PC.

The computer giant on Thursday began taking customer orders for the new Pavilion a210e PC on its HPShopping Web site. The machine–the sister model of the $349 Compaq Presario S4000J–will be available only directly from HP.

The Pavilion a210e will have enough power for everyday computing tasks such as sending e-mail. The desktop is fitted with an Advanced Micro Devices Athlon XP 2000+ processor running at 1.67GHz, 128MB of RAM (random access memory), a 40GB hard drive, a CD-ROM, a modem and a keyboard and mouse. The desktop uses built-in graphics included with its Via Technologies chipset. Its base configuration does not include a monitor, nor does it have a floppy drive or speakers, which are each $20 upgrades.” [News.com]