America Online, Inc. has announced the introduction of the AOL Optimized PC, a computer system that includes the hardware and software needed to get user up and running and online, claims the company.
Available for US$299.99 with a 12-month AOL membership commitment of $23.90 a month, the AOL Optimized PC will be available this month in Office Depot stores, and soon in other major retail locations across the US.
The company is targeting the 27% of U.S. households who have yet to purchase their first computer with a complete system that offers language preferences for both English and Spanish.
The AOL Optimized PC includes the hardware needed to get started: a PC, monitor, printer, speakers, a mouse and a keyboard. Color-coded cords, a large 4-color instructional poster and an instructional video have been included to help make it simple to connect and set up the various components right out of the box.
The AOL Optimized PC is also pre-loaded with software including Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition and AOL 9.0 Optimized. AOL 9.0 Optimized offers built-in online safety and security features, including Parental Controls, spyware protection, Web pop-up controls, enhanced spam fighting tools, and AOL Computer Check Up.
The AOL Optimized PC also comes bundled with the AOL Office suite, a version supplied by Sun. This suite of productivity applications consists of: AOL Office Writer, AOL Office Calc and AOL Office Impress.
Specifications of the AOL Optimized PC manufactured by Systemax include:
Processor: Intel Celeron Processor 2 GHz
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (pre-installed)
Memory: 256MB RAM
Hard Drive: 40GB, ATA 100, 5400 rpm
Optical Drive: 52x CD-ROM
Network: 10/100MB Ethernet
Modem: 56K v.92
Ports: Four USB 2.0 Ports (two front, two back)
Monitor: 17" CRT monitor (minimum 15.7" viewable)
Printer: Lexmark Color Inkjet Printer
Peripherals: Standard Multimedia Keyboard, Two-button Wheel Mouse, Speakers
Additional Pre-Installed Software: AOL Office suite of spreadsheet, word processing and presentation software; AOL 9.0 Optimized Internet service, the latest version of the AOL and AOL Latino services