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$298 Laptop at Wal-Mart Starts On Sunday

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Starting Sunday, Wal-Mart will offer the 15.6-inch Compaq Presario notebook for $298

Looking to save a buck while buying a laptop? If so, Wal-Mart will have you come calling with the $298 Compaq Presario 15.6-inch notebook (CQ60-419WM) when it goes on sale this Sunday, July 26. The low pricetag appears to be retaliation against Best Buy's laptop challenge that offers a 15-inch Acer laptop for $299 (already sold out).

According to this Wal-Mart blog, the laptop features the AMD Sempron SI-42 CPU clocking in at 2.10 GHz, Nvidia's GeForce 8200M GPU, 3 GB of RAM, a 160 GB hard drive, a SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer support, and built-in 802.11b/g WLAN support. The laptop also comes pre-installed with Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (32-bit) and a 60-day trial of Norton Internet Security 2009.

"Quantities are limited and will begin selling at 8:00 AM on Sunday, July 26th," the blog stated. "May want to pass that along because we expect this one will be quite popular."

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    TheZander , July 24, 2009 12:56 AM
    Same price as a netbook for more screen, a real keyboard, and a noticeable mount of extra processing and GPU power. Looks like a cheap win to me.
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    domenic , July 24, 2009 12:57 AM
    Wow. That's incredible. I shelled out $1400 in 1989(?) for my x286 with 32MB HD. I don't remember how many kilobytes of ram it had ...
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    Anonymous , July 24, 2009 12:53 AM
    Hard to beat pricewise. It's even cheaper than the netbooks which we expected to be half that price!
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  • 11 Hide
    Anonymous , July 24, 2009 12:53 AM
    Hard to beat pricewise. It's even cheaper than the netbooks which we expected to be half that price!
  • 19 Hide
    TheZander , July 24, 2009 12:56 AM
    Same price as a netbook for more screen, a real keyboard, and a noticeable mount of extra processing and GPU power. Looks like a cheap win to me.
  • 13 Hide
    domenic , July 24, 2009 12:57 AM
    Wow. That's incredible. I shelled out $1400 in 1989(?) for my x286 with 32MB HD. I don't remember how many kilobytes of ram it had ...
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    okibrian , July 24, 2009 1:25 AM
    Hate Compaq if you want, but that's a good deal.
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    Aoster87 , July 24, 2009 1:51 AM
    soldier37I'll stick with my Asus G51 Gaming monster, thanks. The kiddies can have that cheapo.


    No need for your uppity comment. Thumbs down.

    I couldn't believe it when I saw it had a dedicated graphics card. Great deal, but I wonder what the battery life is like.
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    Wayoffbase , July 24, 2009 1:55 AM
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    60-day trial of Norton Internet Security 2009...


    you forgot the rest..."at that's just a small sample of the battery and performance killing bloatware you receive absolutely free!"
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    griffed88 , July 24, 2009 1:56 AM
    I wonder how many underpaid overworked people from third world countries it took make this? -_-
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    Aoster87 , July 24, 2009 1:57 AM
    Wayoffbaseyou forgot the rest..."at that's just a small sample of the battery and performance killing bloatware you receive absolutely free!"


    Reformat with Windows 7 or put XP on it until October 22.
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    Caffeinecarl , July 24, 2009 2:25 AM
    I'd call it an appropriate cost for something basic, so if it fits your needs, good buy. I'd buy this before I'd ever buy a netbook, that is, if I actually shopped at Wal-Mart. Still, I'll take my Dell Studio XPS 13 over it any day.
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    gekko668 , July 24, 2009 2:36 AM
    That's a pretty good deal. I'm staying away mainly because it comes with sempron instead of a dual-core.
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    kr33py , July 24, 2009 2:39 AM
    Love them or hate them,there is no denying this is an amazing price !!!

    Awesome Laptop for the price.
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    daship , July 24, 2009 2:49 AM
    Come on Sempron? No thanks. Rather have a dual core atom.
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    lifelesspoet , July 24, 2009 2:50 AM
    This price was attainable buying amd dumping excess unsold stock in a recession and outdated chips, the supply won't last forever. You will come for the 300 dollar laptop but will buy the 500 dollar one when you find out its sold out. That is at least the hope of the walmart/best buy marketing teams.
    Knowing my family, they will probally buy three after me telling them they are crap.
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    skittle , July 24, 2009 2:56 AM
    Too bad its got one of the retarded 16:9 screens...
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    The_Blood_Raven , July 24, 2009 2:59 AM
    soldier37I'll stick with my Asus G51 Gaming monster, thanks. The kiddies can have that cheapo.


    I'll stick with actually having a life instead of thinking a laptop can game, they can't and never will.

    I have a desktop replacement gaming laptop and hate it, I would much rather have something with enough power to run windows 7 smoothly, play 1080p movies smoothly, and enough battery life to get through ONE movie, atleast 3 hours of battery life at load. I bet your "monster" G51 can't do that.
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    Anonymous , July 24, 2009 3:38 AM
    Hopefully nobody will get trampled. Too soon?
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    rooseveltdon , July 24, 2009 3:48 AM
    The_Blood_RavenI'll stick with actually having a life instead of thinking a laptop can game, they can't and never will. I have a desktop replacement gaming laptop and hate it, I would much rather have something with enough power to run windows 7 smoothly, play 1080p movies smoothly, and enough battery life to get through ONE movie, atleast 3 hours of battery life at load. I bet your "monster" G51 can't do that.

    Actually this days many laptops game just fine as long as they are well specced a laptop with a 1440x900 -1680x1050 resolution and anything above the gtx 260m or even the 9800m gts will play the latest games very well and since these kinds of laptops are meant to be desktop replacements the whole point of battery life is moot, secondly newer gaming laptops come with good processing power as well...i am not knocking desktops but these days good gaming laptops do the job just fine not everyone wants a desktop taking space.
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    RazberyBandit , July 24, 2009 3:49 AM
    Gotta love the included "HP Games powered by Wild Tangent" LOL

    My Dad's been searching endlessly for a cheap, basic laptop. $500 was too much... $400 was too much... Netbooks were too small... Maybe now, at $300, he'll finally get off his cheap and buy one!
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    computabug , July 24, 2009 4:00 AM
    Aww is this also for americans only? (i'm canadian) and since when was BB selling acers for 300 bucks? I've subscribed to their emails and they've never notified me...
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