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Hewlett Packard has brought out two home PCs in its Pavilion range based on AMD K6 chips, which it claims will prove its commitment to the consumer PC market. The two models in the Pavilion range, the 6340 and 6350, will be sold through, PC World, Currys, Tempo and Toys R Us, with prices advertised as starting at £849 - including VAT and 14 inch monitor for the 266 MMX K6-based 6340, with 32Mb SDRam. There are Intel-based models available - the PII 350 version with 64Mb SDRam is priced at £1649, including VAT and 15 inch monitor. Home users can also take advantage of three months free Internet access, including email. Pavilion bundles also offer hard drives than can be expanded up to 6Gb, up to 8Mb video Ram and software including Microsoft Works, Money 98 and Encarta World Atlas 98. The systems come with up to six bays and five expansion slots. Product manager for the Pavilion range Martin Hurren stressed that making the PCs easy to use was a priority. "We listened to customers and designed a full range of HP Pavilion multimedia PCs to meet their needs. Ease of use is our paramount importance for consumers and we ensure that their experience is second to none," he said.

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