The base configuration of IBM's S42 features a 1.8GHz Pentium 4 processor from Intel, 256Mbytes of DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM), a 40Gbyte hard drive, six USB 2.0 ports and a CD-ROM drive. The machine is priced at $949 (£605) and is generally available worldwide now.
The PC comes with Rapid Restore, IBM's software for enabling users to restore previously saved files in the event of a software glitch by simply pushing an external button. Also included is IBM's ImageUltra software, which allows system administrators to create and maintain unique "images" of all the software installed on a given PC, making it easier to set up new systems.
Hewlett-Packard has also launched a small form factor desktop as PC makers try different strategies to convince businesses to upgrade their IT infrastructure. HP began shipping the Compaq Evo D510 e-pc in September for $699 (£445).