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AOL, Sun, And Systemax Team To Offer Cheap PCs

They're offering a desktop for less than $300--but buyers must commit to 12 months of AOL's online service.

America Online has partnered with low-end computer dealer Systemax and Sun Microsystems on a pilot program to sell a PC for less than $300. The catch? Buyers must commit to a 12-month subscription to AOL's online service.

The Systemax PC is powered by a 1.7-GHz Celeron processor from Intel, includes 256 Mbytes of memory, a 40-Gbyte hard drive, and relies on Windows XP Home as its operating system. A monitor and Lexmark ink-jet printer are included in the bundle.

Sun's involvement stems from AOL's licensing of the StarOffice application suite, which has been rebranded as AOL Office and pre-installed on the Systemax PC.

According to AOL's Web site, buyers must commit to a year's subscription to AOL's $23.90 per month online service.

The offer is good through the middle of January 2004.

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