I was hunting around again in the computer clearance section of WalMart (Reno, NV) hoping to find the mythical $180 Compaq laptop (which, surprisingly, I did, but at $200) when I saw this Gateway netbook marked down from $198 to $158. On Friday there was just one, but when I returned the next day they had eight of them out.
Granted, it is a netbook so there are limitations, and the reviews seem to be mixed (the 1GB RAM seems to be an issue). But $158 new would seem to be a good deal.
Here's the Walmart link and the Gateway one.
Gateway 10.1" LT4008u Netbook PC:
Key Features and Benefits:
Intel Atom N2600 processor
1.60GHz, 1MB L2 Cache
1GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory
Allows you to do the computer basics of web surfing, emails and documents
320GB hard drive
Store 213,000 photos, 91,000 songs or 168 hours of HD video and more
10/100 Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
Connect to a broadband modem with wired Ethernet or wirelessly connect to a Wi-Fi signal or hotspot with the 802.11b/g/n connection built into your PC
10.1" WXVGA LED-backlit display
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3600 with 64MB onboard memory and support for Microsoft DirectX 9
0.3MP webcam with built-in microphone
6-in-1 memory card reader
3 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x headphone jack, 1 x microphone jack, 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1 x VGA port, 1 x HDMI port with HDCP support
3-cell lithium-ion battery, up to 4 h battery life
Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Starter Edition (To learn more about the features of Windows 7, click here)
Microsoft Office Starter 2010: Includes reduced functionality versions of Microsoft Word and Excel, with advertising. PowerPoint and Outlook are NOT included. Purchase Office 2010 today and get the most out of your new PC. (To learn more about the features of Office 2010, click here)
Norton Internet Security Trial
Gatway Recovery Management
Support and Warranty:
1-year parts and labor warranty
Restore discs are not included (unless specified by supplier). We recommend you use the installed software to create your own restore and backup DVD the first week you use the computer.
What's In The Box:
3-cell lithium-ion battery
Quick Start Guide