Dell just posted a $400 deal for the Vostro 1000 laptop computer, with Windows XP Home or with Vista Home Basic. That’s the same price of both the Asus Eee PC and the OLPC, which are no where near full-featured computers.
That magic price tag can also save you a lot of frustration if you were planning on getting one of the similarly priced laptops being offered the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday). You can order the Dell from the comfort of your own home without needing to sit in line for countless hours, just to find out that you didn’t get to the store early enough. We’ve been there and done that, and I would much rather have ordered online than sit in line.
And the specs? For the price I was rather surprised at how good they were:
- AMD AthlonTM 64 X2 Dual-Core processor TK-53 (1.7GHz/512KB)
- 15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA LCD Anti-Glare Display
- 1GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHZ, 2 Dimm
- 120GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
- 8X DVD+/-RW w/Double-layer DVD+R Write Capability
- ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 256MB HyperMemory™ (integrated)
- Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g Wi-Fi Mini Card
It’s important to note that this laptop is available through the Dell Small Business site, but under their terms it seems like anything qualifies for Small Business. I’ve ordered from the Small Business section for years, and when asked for the name of the company I just use my own name. I’ve never been questioned about it. Heck, if you sell stuff on eBay every now and then it’s practically a “side” business.
Note: Shipping is free, but taxes will be applied.