£999 2GHz P4 box approaches
If it's not already here
Mesh chose the Bank Holiday weekend to jump the Intel gun slightly and announce its 2GHz P4 machine. It also seems up for a price fight.
Mesh brought out a PC with 256MB SDRAM, 40GB hard drive, 19 inch monitor, DVD, CD-R for £1099 ex VAT - pretty close to the golden £999 number we predicted 2GHz P4 boxes would appear at in late September.
The Mesh PC is £1291.33 inc VAT and if the company had trimmed down some of the specs, such as the monitor size, or a Dell-style 10GB hard drive, it could have come in under a grand.
We expect to see a £999 2GHz P4 before the week is out.
Meanwhile PC World did a three-day only Bank Holiday special on an Advent brand 1.7GHz P4. This was £1024.43 ex VAT and came with 128MB RDRAM, 40GB hard drive, but you did get a 15-inch TFT flat panel display.
Beleaguered Gateway came in with a bit of a sale following the P4 price cuts. It knocked off £100 from its inc VAT prices to produce a 1.6GHz P4 with 128MB RDRAM, DVD for £899. Also on sale is a 1.8GHz P4, 256MB RDRAM, DVD and CD-R for £1,299. ®