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Dell's New Webpc

Techstination feature for Wednesday, December 1, 1999

It's small, colorful and cheap. The Webpc from Dell. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. It is a ten and a half inch tall, hour-glass shaped computer that comes in five different color accents....designed, says Dell's David Marmonti, to get customers on the web fast and easy....

"When you order one of these, you get a PC, a monitor, a printer and Internet access all included in the same bundle." And it starts at what price? "999"

That includes a year of Internet access, a 433 MHz Celeron processor and 64 megs of RAM. A 500 MHz Pentium III goes for 1499. The Webpcs have no card slots, serial or parallel ports and no floppy drive. Everything is connected through USB ports....

"We think that's clearly the wave of the future and what our customers are looking for. That makes it easy to plug and play."

Dell isn't the first PC maker to notice the consumer attraction to Apple's USB connected, colorful iMac. A nice touch on the Webpc, a one touch button on the front for help...

"And if a customer has any questions about any components or software, they can hit that e-support button. It'll launch an e-support session where they can click on the device that they have a question on. They can also create a chat session with one of our technicians."

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