Dell offers pre-built PC

Dell has begun selling a $599 (£414) pre-built PC on its US Web site, in a departure from its build-to-order PC strategy.

Dell has begun selling a $599 (£414) pre-built PC on its US Web site, in a departure from its build-to-order PC strategy.

Based on Intel's 1GHz Celeron processor, SmartStep 100D comes with 128Mbytes of SDRAM, a 20Gbyte hard drive, 48X CD-ROM and a 15in monitor. The PC is loaded with Windows XP, Microsoft's latest operating system.

The move is a break from Dell's successful PC manufacturing strategy, which requires that PCs be assembled once an order has been received.

Unlike Dell's other desktop PCs, which can be configured to meet specific demands, SmartStep 100D offers limited room for customisation. There are no options available for a faster processor, more memory, a larger monitor or a DVD-ROM drive.

The Taiwanese hardware manufacturer, Mitac International, declined to comment on reports that it is building SmartStep 100D under contract for Dell. Mitac is bound by contractual terms not to comment on the activities of its customers.

Dell officials could not be reached for comment.

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