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eMachines unwraps Xmas line-up

Four desktops, two LCD panels and a laptop in a pear tree

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Reg Kit Watch eMachines will ship four new desktops, a notebook and a pair of LCD monitors in time for Christmas, the PC maker said today.

Two of the four desktops are based on Intel's integrated i845GV chipset and contain 2.5GHz and 2.6GHz Celeron CPUS, respectively. The 2.5GHz machine, the T2542, contains a 40GB hard drive and a 48x CD-RW unit; the faster box, the T2682, offers an 80GB hard drive and a combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW optical drive. Both boxes will ship with 256MB of DDR SDRAM.

The third and fourth desktops pack an AMD Athlon XP 2800+ backed by 512MB of 333MHz DDR, a 120GB hard drive and a combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW optical drive. Its graphics are provided by the T2825's Nvidia nForce 2 chipset. There's an eight-in-one media card reader fitted too.

To that spec. the T2865 desktop adds a 160GB of hard drive, a CD-ROM unit and a DVD-RW drive.

The four desktops will retail for $449, $529, $619 and $719, respectively, though the Intel-based machines come with a $50 mail-in rebate coupon.

On the portable side, the $1249 M5312 notebook packs in an Athlon XP-M 2400+ processor, 512MB of DDR memory, 60GB hard drive, combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW optical unit, three USB 2.0 ports and a 1394 connector, 10/100Mbps Ethernet and 56Kbps modem for wired connectivity and a Broadcom 802.11g wireless chip for wireless links.

The 6.5lb notebook's graphics come courtesy of the ATI Radeon 320M chipset, which grabs 64MB of the main memory bank for its frame buffer. It has a 15.4in 16:10 widescreen-ratio screen.

Finally, eMachines will offer two LCD screens this Christmas, the 15in E15T and the 17in E17T. The first has a native resolution of 1024 x 768 and supports 262,144 colours. The E17T offers a resolution of 1280 x 1024 and is capable of displaying 16.7 million colours, sufficient for 24-bit colour and up. Both monitors come with a $100 mail-in rebate coupon and will retail for $299 and $399, respectively. ®

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