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Dell is shipping the 1500SC, the latest addition to its budget range of PowerEdge servers. Prices start at £999 (without an operating system).

The dual-processor capable unit, powered by a 1.13GHz PIII chip in its base configuration, also features Intel's PRO/1000 XT network connection on its motherboard, enabling up to 1Gb per second transfer rate. Other features include ECC memory and hot-pluggable hard drives, typically found on Dell's mid-range servers.

Aimed at SME companies, buyers can choose between Windows 2000 server, NT 4.0 or Red Hat Linux 7.2 to run the machine. Dell's PowerEdge page has some more information on the 1500SC.

In a recent Gartner survey, Dell was the only major server vendor to increase its market share, now sitting at 25 per cent for the UK, behind Compaq's 36 per cent.

M40

The company also made available its 'mobile workstation', which we first heard about in October. It is ready to hit the UK market at a price of £2,445 (excl. VAT and delivery).

The M40 is essentially a souped-up laptop built to handle high-level graphics, aimed at designers and other graphics professionals. Dell describes it as a combination of performance hardware and portability.

The most important components are its NVidia 4X AGP 32MB Quadro2Go graphics card and 15-inch screen, able to support resolution up to 1600x1200.

No lightweight on any of its specs, the notebook is based on a 1.2GHz Pentium III mobile processor and has 512MB SDRAM, a 48GB hard drive and a combo DVD/CD-RW drive. (See the full specs here.) ®

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