17-inch Laptop for $350
brand spanking new, full-blooded, big-boned 17-inch Toshiba portable for $348.
When a person from Wal-Mart told me a desktop replacement machine ( selling for under many netbooks–including Toshiba’s own NB205-310 ) goes on sale this Sun. , I believed you may want to grasp. For this bargain-basement notebook price what, precisely, does Toshiba manage to force within the Wal-Mart-centric L355-S7915? Rocks? Here’s a fast list of the bullet-pointed features–and my 2 cents thrown in for good measure:. Truthfully , not so bad with all of the trappings here.
With the exception of the optical drive and the ExpressCard slot this is the sort of layout you’d find in netbooks. Momentarily if you have simple wants, this thing screams “BUY ME. Luckily, an early review unit of the L355 just showed up in our laboratories, and we hope to give you a more detailed alert before it goes on sale this Saturday.
Here’s something to contemplate for now, though : Best Buy drums out exclusive machines geared to schoolkids with seemingly reasonable costs in the $650 to $800 range.
We just looked at two those Best Buy notebooks to see how good they actually were. But Wal-Mart is knocking on Best Buy’s door by possibly out-muscling the electronics chain with ridiculous deals like this one. And it also might start to make you rethink even purchasing a netbook in the 1st place. “Why purchase a $400 netbook that doesn’t actually have an optical drive when I am able to get a fully fledged 17-inch portable for less?” Let’s just say that the chase for your electronics greenbacks is getting ready to get mighty engaging. I’ll attempt to get another update posted before the weekend, but just in case, the unit should be available Aug 16, 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time.
You know, if you suspect to order computers on a Sat. night.
· 17.0-inch diagonal widescreen TruBrite LCD. 1440 by 900 resolution (WXGA ) and native support for 720p content. Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M with 128MB to 1342MB of dynamically allocated shared graphics memory.
· Intel Celeron 900 processor, 2.2GHz, 800MHz FSB, 1MB cache.
Well, apparently someone found a hidden stash of decent–but dated–CPUs.
· 3GB shared dual-channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz, expandable to 4GB.
Hint: You’ll want to upgrade to 4GB at some point…when you buy Windows 7 for this thing.
· 250GB SATA hard drive.
Not too shabby, but I don’t know the HDD speed.
· CD/DVD SuperMulti Drive (DVD+/-RW).
· Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, wired ethernet, 56K modem connections
· USB 2.0 (3), VGA video output, ExpressCard 34/54 slot, microphone and headphone ports
· 6-cell rechargeable lithium ion battery (up to 2 hours, 27 minutes)