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James Griffith, desktop brand manager at Dell, said, "Our most popular corporate desktop, the Optiplex GX270, is fixed for 15 months." Dell has assured business users it will not change chipsets such as graphics processors and sound and network chips during the lifetime of the product.
This allows users to create a standard software image that can be rolled out to all corporate desktops based on the same PC specification. Griffith added that users were ordering smartcard readers to support the smartcard authentication system built into Windows operating systems.
Hewlett-Packard has seen demand for a standard PC specification and for PCs that fit in with modern office designs. Dominic Webb, category manager at HP, said, "People are spending a lot of money redesigning their office space. The last thing they want is a drab-looking PC." Falling prices of TFT flat panel monitors had also boosted sales, he said.