Inexpensive Windows PCs hitting the market with help from Microsoft

PC makers are selling laptops with Microsoft's royalty free Windows 8.1 with Bing OS starting at $249

By , IDG News Service |  Hardware

Lenovo's G40, which has a 14-inch screen, and the G50-30, which has a 15.6-inch screen, are priced at $249. The laptops have 320GB hard drives, 2GB of memory, and Intel's Celeron 2830 processor, which is based on the Bay Trail architecture.

Dell's $249.99 Inspiron 15 Non-Touch laptop has no USB 3.0 port, but is instead equipped with two USB 2.0 ports. PC makers often sacrifice some hardware features in inexpensive laptops. The Inspiron also has the Celeron 2830 CPU, 500GB of storage and 4GB of DDR3 memory.

The least expensive Windows 8.1 with Bing PC is Lenovo's Q190 mini-desktop, which is selling for $224.99, compared to the $285.99 Windows 8.1-only version of the desktop. The desktops have Intel Celeron 1017U CPU, which is based on the older Ivy Bridge microarchitecture.

The desktop is priced much lower than the $490 IdeaCentre Q190, which shipped with a Core i3 processor and Windows 8 last year.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

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