Feeds

Dell gets in on the cheap WebPC idea

We wish you a merr-e-Christmas

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Dell has joined Compaq and Hewlett-Packard by releasing a cut-down, low cost PC aimed squarely at the Internet user. The WebPC basic model (433MHz Celeron, 15in monitor) will cost $1,000 (£628), with a 466MHz model costing $1,099 (£690) and with a flat-panel screen, $1949 (£1,223). It comes in a range of colours a la iMac and with a range of peripherals including scanner, digital camera and joystick. Dell revealed its WebPC intentions in August and released it just in time for Christmas but several weeks behind Compaq's iPaq and Hewlett Packard's e-PC. The WebPC is more expensive than the $499 (£313) iPaq but equivalent to Gateway's cut-down PC, Astro. All the models are essentially dumb terminals designed for simple Internet access. The low price is achieved by cutting out many of the usual PC features such as a disc drive, CD-Rom or expansion ports. Dell believes it has an advantage over other systems, however, since it is marketing the WebPC solely at consumers. The PC will also incorporate two buttons: one will automatically connect the user to an online technical support and the other is a sleep button, similar to a TV's standby button. The WebPC will run on Windows 98 and can be ordered from Dell's site, but – alas – it won't be available in the UK until the first half of next year. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’
Catapult me a Mojito, I feel an Digital Innovation coming on
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else
Spill those Android secrets, or we’ll fine you
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.