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Dell is being a little skimpy with its PC specs in order to hit certain price points.

Today it's been advertising a 1.3GHz P4 Dimension for £799 inc VAT and delivery. We saw it in the Sun but its probably being plugged elsewhere.

The machine comes with 128MB RDRAM, 32MB Nvidia GeForce 2, but a 15in monitor. But where the specs come in really underweight is with the hard disk - it's just 10GB.

Now 10GB is plenty of space, but the standard these days is for 40GB to 80GB.

What the deal really does is give Dell a chance to upsell. The whole advert is built around improving the spec with a larger monitor, and CD-R, and buying a printer, scanner, and other add-ons.

Maybe Dell will be a bit more generous when the P4 price cuts kick in on 26 August. ®

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