Magazine article Technology & Learning

What's New with ... Computers for Schools

Magazine article Technology & Learning

What's New with ... Computers for Schools

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Remember the days when a 4MB hard drive seemed too good to be true? When 150 MHz of processing power gave you shivers? Those heady days are long gone, replaced by chips with climbing speeds and expansive memories, and svelte form factors with larger displays. Look under the hood and you'll find all the fixings: network readiness, graphics cards, DVD, and more. Whether you're planted firmly in your seat or have computing wanderlust, here are some models making an appearance in a school near you.

For the Desk

First introduced in spring 1999, Compaq's Deskpro EN Small Form Factor offers increased processing power, starting at 500 MHz with 66-MHz system bus. The C500/6400/CDS model features 64MB memory, a 6.4-gig hard drive, and a 24x CD-ROM. Also included are a 10/100 Ethernet network interface controller, a LearningPaq educational software bundle, and a 15- or 17-inch monitor. $1,099.

Compaq Computer Corp., P.O. Box 692000, Houston, TX 77269; 800-88-TEACH; www.compaq.com.

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Dell has introduced a dual-function product that acts as both a computer and a television. The Presentation Station combines an OptiPlex desktop computer with a 27- or 31-inch monitor that connects to a VCR or cable lines for access to television. Integrated components include a DVD, Zip drive, CD-ROM and CD-Writer, as well as 3D and 2-D graphics acceleration card. A wireless keyboard and mouse and pre-installed Office 97 or Office 2000 are standard features; optional components include analog cable, monitor cables, and a Logitech joystick. $2,899.

Dell Computer Corp., One Dell Way, Round Rock, TX 78682; 800-388-8542; www.dell.com.

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Gateway now offers the E-1400 desktop system, which features a 400-MHz processor with 128K cache technology, 64MB SDRAM expandable up to 512MB, a 6-gig hard drive, and a 15-inch monitor. Integrated 10/100 Ethernet enables Internet access, while two PCI slots allow for expandability. A small form factor that can install as a desktop or tower, the E-1400's motherboard, CD-ROM, floppy disk, and drives are easily accessed for removal and reconfiguration. Includes Windows 95 or 98. $899.

Gateway, 610 Gateway Dr., N. Sioux City, SD 57049; 800-846-2000; www.gateway.com.

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Micron has launched the Client Pro Cx, an up-to-600-MHz desktop with integrated NIC, 2 PCI slots, and a shared ISA/PCI slot for future expansion. Features include 64MB memory, a 17-inch monitor, 10/100 networking, and a 4.3GB ATA hard drive. 500-MHz Celeron model: $1,349. 600-MHz Pentium III model: $1,979.

Micron PC, Inc., 625 Stratford, Ste. 1000, Meridian, ID 83642; 888-742-4334; www.micronpc.com.

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NEC has announced the availability of its PowerMate series of desktops with Pentium III 600-MHz processors. Features of the PowerMate ES 5200 include a 4.3GB hard drive, 32MB RAM, 4MB Video, 10/100 LAN and Windows 98. The PowerMate VT 300 series offers options that include 2x, AGP graphics, a 40x CD-ROM or 6x DVD-ROM. ES 5200: $1,599 and up. VT 300: $1,549.

NEC Computer Systems Div., 339 N. Bernardo Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043; 888-446-8632; www.nec-computers.com.

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Premio has introduced the Telesto, a network-ready PC that features a compact case and integrated system with 400-MHz processing speed, 128K cache, 64MB SDRAM, 6. …

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