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April 18, 2005

Cheap Laptops

I know that I'm supposed to start with a here's who I am, here's what I'm blogging about, but I'm just going to jump in and procrastinate the initial entry until later.

Lot's of people ask me "What kind of computer/laptop should I buy?". Well, I just saw a blob on Newsforge about Walmart's Linspired Laptop. I haven't read the article yet, but I jumped over to Walmart.com and searched for their laptop listings. I was amazed that they offered so many! Of interest were the Balance (VIA) and the Balance (Athlon) models. I think that the Athlon version has it all over the VIA. It's got a bigger hard drive, a DVD drive and a faster processor (albeit not much faster) for only $50 more.

Of course, the memory is lacking in both, only 128MB. But a quick upgrade could pump this up to 640MB. Memory prices being what they are today it's probably best to just upgrade it to that. Other than that it looks pretty good. I can't really vouch for the stability, but I haven't hear of any outstanding problems or a large number of returns. So, outwardly it looks like a good deal for about $500 to $550.

Posted by Guy at April 18, 2005 8:02 PM