Dream Days For Desktops

Bargains, bargains everywhere--from starter systems to state of the art

Hear that? It's the Sound of personal computer prices crashing through the floor. That's what you heard on Oct. 29 when IBM introduced the new $599 IBM Aptiva home PC, setting a new threshold in the booming market for inexpensive machines from top manufacturers. Just a few weeks earlier, Compaq Computer Corp. held the distinction with a $699 Presario model, after a rebate. And only a few weeks before that the entry-level price for a name-brand PC stood at $799--that is, without a monitor.

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