Microworkz targets $299 computer

Microworkz Computer Corp. has unveiled a fully equipped desktop computer priced at $299, breaking a psychological barrier by creating a PC price in line with that of television sets, stereos and other basic consumer electronics.

Included with the $299 machine is a year's free Internet access from EarthLink Network Inc. and a suite of Corel Corp. WordPerfect software

The low-cost PC, called the WEBzter Jr., runs on a Cyrix 300 MII computer chip.

The $299 WEBzter Jr. includes a 3.2 gigabyte storage drive, a rapid 56 kbps modem for connecting to the Internet, sound and video components, a keyboard and a mouse. It carries a warranty and is upgradeable.

The company maintains an Internet site at http://www.microworkz.com .