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.
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
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10.1" WXVGA LED-backlit display Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3600 with 64MB onboard memory and support for Microsoft DirectX 9
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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: Power cord 3-cell lithium-ion battery Quick Start Guide
I think this one is pretty new. But it basically is a 4004u with a bigger hard drive. So if that worked for osx, perhaps so.
posted: Sep. 17, 2012 @ 2:22p
Is the RAM soldered to the motherboard os is it in a dimm slot that can be removed and upgraded to 2 or 4gb?
posted: Sep. 17, 2012 @ 2:35p
thenew3 said: Is the RAM soldered to the motherboard os is it in a dimm slot that can be removed and upgraded to 2 or 4gb?
If you clicked the link in the post, you'd see:
Memory Standard Memory 1GB Maximum Memory 1GB Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM Number of Total Memory Slots 1
Laziness knows no bounds...oddly, Crucial lists a 2GB chip as an option. I'll let you google that.
posted: Sep. 17, 2012 @ 3:39p
There's a video showing a guy installing RAM and while it seems a pain it can be done. Apparently there is no easy access from below. You need to remove the keyboard, remove some screws and then push out the bottom panel. Once that is done, you just pop out the memory. The guy on the video put in a 4GB stick, but the computer just recognizes 2GB. I know Gateway keeps saying 1GB is the max, but it is because they are still under the impression Windows Starter 7 only recognizes 1GB. Per Microsoft, they are wrong.
posted: Sep. 17, 2012 @ 11:04p
I stopped into 3 Walmarts here in Tucson, AZ, and 2 of the 3 stores had it for $198. The other was sold out... No dice here.
posted: Oct. 18, 2012 @ 10:01a
So does anyone know where this video is? if so send me a link to firstname.lastname@example.org
posted: Nov. 12, 2012 @ 12:37p
Got one of these at my local WalMart in California for $130! Last one they had, it as in the back room, and I had to ask a guy to run the SKU.
posted: Nov. 12, 2012 @ 9:09p
I actually returned mine, because of a sticky ethernet port. But I was in the same one last week and they were back to $228! Go figure.
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