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    Cuba PC

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    by wesley.chin ·

    I saw the specs for the PCs that are being sold in Cuba. They are being touted as starter PCs. The specs seem to be a little more than starter. What do you think of them?

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    • #2461796

      Expensive starters

      by ic-it ·

      In reply to Cuba PC

      CRT, Celeron, low memory, small drive, et al
      Starter by todays standards, but at least they can try to save for one.

      A tower-style QTECH PC and monitor costs nearly US$780 (euro505).
      The gray and black QTECHs, complete with DVD players, bulky CRT monitors and standard-issue black mice and keyboards, are the only model available.

      The Cuban PCs have Intel Celeron processors with 80 gigabytes of memory and 512 RAM and are equipped with Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system. Both could be violations of a U.S. trade embargo, but not something Washington can do anything about in the absence of diplomatic relations with Havana.

      Clerks said the PCs were assembled by Cuban companies using parts imported from China. For about $80 (euro52) less, buyers in the U.S. can get a desktop with more than twice the memory, a 80GB SATA hard drive and 22-inch LCD flat screen monitor.

      http://news.wired.com/dynamic/stories/C/CUBA_COMPUTERS?SITE=WIRE&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2008-05-03-03-37-26

      • #2461783

        Capitalists take advantage of the embargo

        by jamesrl ·

        In reply to Expensive starters

        They know that because of the US embargo, that they don’t have to compete with vendors from the US.

        Over the counter drugs are also expensive I’m told, because the US, one of the big providers of them, won’t ship or allow their subsidiaries to ship.

        James

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