Dell (Dell) on Tuesday launched a $300 desktop computer and an under-$600 notebook to try to grab a chunk of the federal rebate headed to taxpayers.
Dell said the Inspiron 530 desktop, which does not include a monitor, comes with Windows XP Home Edition and is powered by an Intel (NSDQ: INTC) dual-core 2.0-GHz E2180 processor. The machine also has a DVD drive, 1 GB of memory, and a 320-GB hard drive.
For $569 consumers can buy the Inspiron 1525 notebook, which includes Windows Vista Home Premium Edition. The computer is powered by a Pentium dual-core 1.73-GHz T2370 processor and comes with a 15.4-inch display. The machine also has a DVD drive, 2 GB of memory, and a 250-GB hard drive.
Dell said the rebate promotion would be available for two weeks. "We think customers will be delighted by the range of systems on sale and will want to use their tax rebates to upgrade to a new laptop or desktop," Phil Bryant, VP of consumer sales in the Americas, said in a statement.
The Consumer Electronics Association says taxpayers are expected to spend a total of $5 billion of their tax rebate on consumer electronics. That amounts to about 19% of households spending a portion of their checks on electronic gadgets. The trade group said people are most likely to spend their money on computers, televisions, and mobile phones.
With that much of a pool of money potentially available, retailers have been launching promotions to grab as big a share as possible. Congress passed the tax rebate this year as an economic stimulus to counter the recession caused by the subprime mortgage debacle.