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Wal-Mart's $348 Toshiba 17'' Laptop is a Steal

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One of the best ways to spend $348.

Remember that $300 Compaq laptop that Wal-Mart was selling? Those sold out in a hurry. Now Toshiba is next up to offer an ultra-value-based laptop this coming Sunday, August 16.

Wal-Mart will be selling the Toshiba Satellite L355 (S7915), a 17-inch desktop replacement, for an incredible $348.

Laptop Magazine reviewed this budget notebook and gave it four stars out of five along with its editor's choice award thanks in large part to price.

The specs for this $348 model are as follows:

CPU: 2.2-GHz Intel Celeron 900
Operating System: Windows Vista Basic (32-bit)
RAM/Expandable to: 3GB/4GB
Hard Drive Size/Speed: 250GB/5,400 rpm
Optical Drive: 8X DVD+/-RW
Display/Resolution: 17 inches/1440 x 900

At $348, it does sound like quite a steal. It sure makes netbooks look a little outclassed.

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    spaz480 , August 13, 2009 7:23 PM
    not too bad, but the processor is a huge downside, but at the price its plenty for the market its aimed towards.
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    belardo , August 13, 2009 7:32 PM
    er... Netbooks are a different market.

    You can fit about 5 Netbooks into the area of that huge 17" notebook.
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    sot010174 , August 13, 2009 7:58 PM
    Perfect gift for grandma.
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  • 15 Hide
    spaz480 , August 13, 2009 7:23 PM
    not too bad, but the processor is a huge downside, but at the price its plenty for the market its aimed towards.
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    scook9 , August 13, 2009 7:28 PM
    I will assume Intel x4500 graphics since you failed to mention them?

    and yes, beats the hell out a netbook, except for that portability part...toshiba 17" laptops are HUGE
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    ricardok , August 13, 2009 7:29 PM
    A Celeron?? No, thanks.. I will keep on using my Turion X2..
  • 13 Hide
    belardo , August 13, 2009 7:32 PM
    er... Netbooks are a different market.

    You can fit about 5 Netbooks into the area of that huge 17" notebook.
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    megahunter , August 13, 2009 7:50 PM
    intel GMA 4500M graphics... 2h:30m battery, not so bad for that price
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    tayb , August 13, 2009 7:52 PM
    A netbook is basically a cheap crappy notebook. That certainly fits the bill here.
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    sot010174 , August 13, 2009 7:58 PM
    Perfect gift for grandma.
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    lifelesspoet , August 13, 2009 8:06 PM
    I have been seriously disappoint by toshiba lately. 3 out of the 4 people i know who have one hate it and have serious driver issues. The forth one, my father, is running one that I installed ubuntu on. He is still occassionally annoyed but no longer 3 seconds sort of throwing it through a window. I won't outright blame vista, but rather toshiba's driver/bloatware software they ship with the machine. Its almost once a month i have to reinstall drivers.
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    decoppel , August 13, 2009 8:08 PM
    Heh @ those knocking netbooks.

    I know from firsthand experience Vista will bog down that Celeron, my netbook runs quite snappy with a pre-tweaked XP OS, not to mention is a fraction of the weight and size with a large keyboard. I wouldn't trade it in for this garbage.
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    webgrunt , August 13, 2009 8:24 PM
    tayb 08/13/2009 9:52 PM wrote: "A netbook is basically a cheap crappy notebook. That certainly fits the bill here."

    With the main difference being that a netbook is usually small and light, whereas the Toshiba 17" is big and heavy--so it gives up the only real advantage a netbook has in the first place.
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    Kaiser_25 , August 13, 2009 8:32 PM
    Good gift for a kids first computer or something but far from a beastly machine...but you get what you pay for.
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    Kill@dor , August 13, 2009 8:33 PM
    lifelesspoetI have been seriously disappoint by toshiba lately. 3 out of the 4 people i know who have one hate it and have serious driver issues. The forth one, my father, is running one that I installed ubuntu on. He is still occassionally annoyed but no longer 3 seconds sort of throwing it through a window. I won't outright blame vista, but rather toshiba's driver/bloatware software they ship with the machine. Its almost once a month i have to reinstall drivers.


    I think i might get one for my girlfriend. The only uses PC for social networking and emails... LOL.
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    Kill@dor , August 13, 2009 8:36 PM
    *She*
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    shabaa , August 13, 2009 8:47 PM
    taybA netbook is basically a cheap crappy notebook. That certainly fits the bill here.

    Many fail to see the point. This is a notebook and it will out perform any netbook in all categories except battery life. It has a faster processor, more memory(and can be upgraded), Bigger hard drive, and I do not know of a netbook with a burner in it. DUH! It is a notebook! This is a great value and can be easily made better by installing XP and getting rid of the Toshiba bloatware. A 17" notebook for $348? Try and find a better buy. Of course you can go and get a used notebook on ebay that MIGHT meet the same spec's. Get real......
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    Anonymous , August 13, 2009 8:49 PM
    @decoppel:

    I don't see any reason not to upgrade the OS on that toshiba. vista certainly only qualifies as bloat.

    but apart from that, it remains that this Penrym 45nm based Celeron will absolutely kill the Atom N270 in every performance benchmark out there. It's at least twice as fast.
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    silversurfernhs , August 13, 2009 8:56 PM
    im getting one for my mother, it is well suited for her, except for the OS, which i will switch out for one of my RTMs of windows 7
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    reininop , August 13, 2009 9:47 PM
    Calling it a "steal" is a questionable argument. Sure it has a lot in it for a low price, but it's too big to be really portable and too weak to replace a decent desktop. Cash spent one place is cash you can't spend somewhere else and I stopped buying marginal crap along time ago.
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    jn77 , August 13, 2009 9:55 PM
    I have a Toshiba NB-205 and with 2gb ram and a 7200rpm 500gb HD, it is just about as good as a simple notebook that would be at least double the weight and size. And I get a 9 hour battery life.

    I can't say I like the atom processor thought, it does not like photoshop too well
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    dark_lord69 , August 13, 2009 10:01 PM
    reininopCalling it a "steal" is a questionable argument.

    I have to agree with that.
    If it had a better CPU and windows 7 included...
    Well.. I'd probably convince the wife we should buy it.
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    cabose369 , August 13, 2009 10:49 PM
    It's a Celeron... it is a TERRIBLE processor. Honestly, an Atom is similarly spec'd to a Celeron. Celeron's are actually a joke.
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