Compaq Computer Corp. Monday unveiled a new line of compact desktop computers touted as offering more features than any other system in their class.

The Houston-based manufacturer said its Compaq Desktop 286e computers are aimed at general business users with a need for spreadsheet, word processing and database management uses.The systems include a high-performance graphics controller, one megabyte of memory, five available expansion slots and room for up to four storage devices and standard interfaces.

The Houston-based manufacturer said the machines are aimed at general business users with need for spreadsheet, word processing and database management uses.

"The Compaq Deskpro 286e further demonstrates our continuing commitment to business professionals who have standardized (on) the 286 microprocessor," said Mike Swavely, vice president of sales and marketing.

The systems will sell at retail prices ranging from $2,699 to $3,599. The first shipments already have been delivered to dealers, the company said.

The company, meanwhile, said it is reducing the suggested prices for its Compaq Deskpro 386s models. Model 1 was reduced from $3,599 to $3,299; Model 20 from $4,299 to $3,799 and Model 40 from $4,999 to $4,199.

Compaq also said Monday it will soon begin delivering its new MS-DOS Version 4.01 operating system, which the company described as an enhanced version of the industry standard system designed for single-user, single-task personal computing.

The system includes a graphic interface that incorporates menus, windows and integrated mouse control. It will sell for about $150.

Also introduced was the MS OS-2 Standard Version 1.1 single-user, multi-task system, which is designed to expand the use of Compaq 286- and 386-based personal computers. The company expects April delivery for about $340.

Both systems operate on 5 1/4-inch or 3 1/2-inch diskettes.