$298 Laptop at Wal-Mart Starts On Sunday

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."

  • Hard to beat pricewise. It's even cheaper than the netbooks which we expected to be half that price!
  • TheZander
    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.
  • domenic
    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 ...
  • jhansonxi
    Vista? No thanks.
    Norton? Is the system too fast or something?
    Compaq? I'll recommend it to people I don't like.
    Nvidia 8xxx series laptop chips? I hope this isn't a clean-out of the last of the bad batch.

    The rest of the specs seem adequate for a budget laptop but it's obviously not something that will replace the portability of a netbook.
  • okibrian
    Hate Compaq if you want, but that's a good deal.
  • Aoster87
    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.
  • Wayoffbase
    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!"
  • griffed88
    I wonder how many underpaid overworked people from third world countries it took make this? -_-
  • Aoster87
    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.
  • Caffeinecarl
    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.