eMachines Announces Budget PCs

Gateway's eMachines division launched a trio of new machines on Monday, all geared at a budget-minded audience.

Gateway Inc.s eMachines division launched a trio of new machines on Monday, all geared at a budget-minded audience.

eMachines launched the T2824, the T2958 and the T3092, all priced at less than $600. All three machines are designed for consumers wishing to purchase a cheaper alternative than higher-priced, more powerful PCs, such as a computer for the den or a new PC for a student heading off to college.

All of the new eMachines PCs offer either CD or DVD burners plus an 8-in-1 card reader.

At $399.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, the eMachines T2824 ships with an Intel Corp. Celeron D 325 processor, 256MB of RAM, a 40GB hard drive, a combo CD/DVD burner and the memory-card reader.

The $499.99 T2958 includes the Intel Celeron D 330 processor, a 80GB hard drive plus 512MB of DDR (double-data-rate) synchronous dynamic RAM thats expandable to 1GB. The T2958 also includes a dedicated DVD-ROM drive and a CD burner, along with Intel Extreme Graphics and the 8-in-1 memory-card reader. The price includes a $50 mail-in rebate.

Finally, the higher-end T3092 turns to the Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Athlon XP 3000+ processor to drive the system, which includes 512MB of DDR-1 memory, a 160GB hard drive, and a CD-ROM and DVD+/-RW drive. The T3092 is priced at $599.99, after the $50 mail-in rebate.

All of the PCs ship with a one-year warranty, according to Gateway officials.

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