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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Wal-Mart Sells Laptop for Under $600

The I4U technology blog is reporting that Wal-Mart is offering a bargain-priced 14" laptop for $598... no rebates, no hassles. With an Althon XP-M CPU, built-in wireless, 40GB HD, DVD-ROM, 128MB RAM and Windows XP Home, the unit looks ideal for students headed back to school, and a solid bargain as well. Especially considering that just a couple of years ago, entry-level laptops were going for over $2,000. Next year, I wouldn't be surprised to see Wal-Mart and other discounters selling laptops for half this price.

As a sidenote, according to the Engadget blog, Wal-Mart is making a mere $3.75 profit per machine. If these laptops take off--and if Wal-Mart ends up making money--they could dramatically change the way computers are priced and sold.