October 12, 2001 7:55 AM PDT

Emachines hawks Windows XP bargain

Emachines is offering Windows XP on the cheap, with Friday's introduction of new desktop PCs.

The budget-minded personal computer maker is offering four new desktops with Microsoft's operating system pre-loaded and with a starting price of $474 before a $75 rebate.

The company is betting that the combination of Windows XP and a low price will help persuade consumers to upgrade. Microsoft's new operating system is set to launch Oct. 25, but PC makers have been offering systems with Windows XP pre-loaded since late last month.

Also on Friday, Hewlett-Packard restated its support for the new operating system, which it's now offering on desktop and notebook PCs. The company had been rather subdued in September when others, including Compaq Computer, Dell Computer and Gateway, were trumpeting their Windows XP systems.

But PCs have been a tough sell so far this year, with purchases sliding in a slowing economy.

Typically, Emachines offers PCs at prices starting at $399, $499 and $599, after a blanket $75 rebate. The company also offers higher-priced PCs, usually starting at $699 after a smaller, $50 rebate.

Emachines' newest entry-level desktop, the T1090, combines Windows XP with hardware that includes a 900MHz Intel Celeron chip, 128MB of SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM), a 20GB hard drive and a CD-ROM drive for $474, or $399 after the rebate. Its previous entry-level machine sported an 800MHz Celeron for the same price.

The PC maker also introduced the T1100, which comes with a 1GHz Celeron chip and CD-RW drive for $574, or $499 after rebate.

In addition, the company introduced a pair of new Pentium 4 desktops, starting at $749 before rebates. Its T4150 offers a 1.5GHz Pentium 4 processor, 256MB of SDRAM, a 40GB hard drive and a CD-RW drive for $749 before a $50 rebate. The T4155 has a 60GB hard drive and a CD-RW/DVD combination drive for $849 before a $50 rebate.

The Pentium 4 PCs use Intel's 845 chipset, allowing Emachines to pair that chip with standard SDRAM. Typically, this combination allows manufacturers to shave about $100 from the price of the PC, but they must also give up some performance, analysts say.

The company's previous Pentium 4 system was a 1.3GHz based on Intel's 850 chipset and RDRAM memory, priced at $999 before a rebate.

Emachines ranks as the No. 3 retail PC seller, behind HP and Compaq. To date, the company says, it has sold 3.6 million PCs.

But the company has seen its share of turmoil. It ousted CEO Stephen Dukker last February, then cut jobs and reorganized in March. In May, it hired Credit Suisse First Boston to evaluate alternatives, including the sale of the company, but has since stopped working with CSFB on the issue.

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eMachines rejects rebates
I recently purchased an eMachine PC and monitor, both of which were offering $50 rebates. The rebates were rejected because they said the item was not circled on the receipt. They were circled for both rebates. It is obvious eMachines has a policy not to honor rebates. I suggest people look elsewhere for a new PC.
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emachine rebate
i bought a T 3830 emachine on Feb.14-05 and it came with a $50.00 rebate,now I'm 64 and on disability and $50.00 means a lot to me.But about two weeks ago I recieved a disqualifing letter saying I hadn't sent in all UPCs in which I stapled both of them to my CircuitCity receipt and now they won't give me what they owe.I've read other peoples posts where its impossible to get your rebate.Whats a person to do?I filed a complaint with the BBB in the Irvine,CA.area and hope they will intervene.Just a week ago the FTC slapped CompUSA with an order to honor their rebates,maybe thats what its going to take to loosen up eMachines.
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Gateway Owns EMachine
You might want to put presure on Gateway, Since they are either the parent company or out right owner.

Look on the bottom of the EMachine webpage and you'll see Gateway indecating that their the owner or parent company
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Here is what I was trying to say: At URL;

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.emachines.com/" target="_newWindow">http://www.emachines.com/</a>

And on the bottom left side, facing the computer screen.

Please read::

© 2006 Gateway, Inc. All rights reserved. Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.
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