EverexBloat-free seems to be a new trend these days, first with Dell offering an option to opt-out of some of the unnecessary “stuff” and now with Wal-Mart’s new budget computer. With back-to-school shopping season just around the corner, Wal-Mart’s decision to sell a PC for under $300 is simply smart.

Yep, that’s right, a computer for under $300. Of course this isn’t for the intensive user, it’s for the user who just needs a computer for word-processing, Internet access, and email. In other-words, this is one of the most affordable, basic options for a student.

The bloat-free computer is an Everex IMPACT GC3502 that will come with Windows Vista Home Basic installed, as well as OpenOffice.org version 2.2. I can’t think of a better way to introduce open source software than to put OpenOffice.org on a computer geared towards students.

Eugene Chang, Everex product manager said, “In creating the eco-friendly GC3602, our main focus was to build a no-compromise, back-to-school PC with all the software applications a typical student would require, without resorting to bundling frivolous trial versions or increasing prices 30 percent.”

Specs:

  • 1.5 GHz VIA C7 CPU
  • 1 GB of DDR-2 SD RAM
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • DVD burner

I just checked Wal-Mart’s website, and the computer isn’t available quite yet, but it will be shortly.

Source: ARS

Walmart reviewsWal-Mart Customer Reviews and Ratings

In other Wal-Mart news, they’ve just added customer reviews and ratings to their site so people can rate the products that they have purchased. The reviews are based upon a five-star system, and the purchaser gives an overall rating along with a rating of the value for price paid, and whether or not the item met expectations.

Source: 901am

There Are 9 Comments

  1. Wow, that looks good compared to my more expensive Dell D3000 that came with 256MB ram, 40GB HD, CD burner, and 2.4GHz Intel Celeron processor.

  2. Bloat free certainly should be a new trend, and about time too. The amount of times my friends have got new computers (especially laptops) and the first thing I do is spend hours uninstalling stuff and removing startup items, services, settings et al. Then as soon as something goes wrong and the PC doesn’t have the developers highly inefficient and useless error reporting tool on it they refuse support. A silly state of affairs that will hopefully be stopped if the PCs come with XP in its vanilla state. Or Vista. Or even Ubuntu if they’re really pushing to boat out.

  3. Not a bad deal, very affordable. Just think almost half the cost of the computer is the OS. ;)

  4. This will be a great computer to load up with Windows Home Server when it is available. I hope it has room inside for several hard drives, if not USB will work.

  5. I think the actual Home Servers might be a little more affordable than something like this. They don’t need to have video out capabilities or ports for anything, so that eliminates some of the cost right there. So if you’re looking for a dedicated Home Server it might be best to see what the price tags look like when they get released later this year.

  6. Specs seems to very reasonable for a $300 PC. Here in India, you won’t get the same specs for anything less than $500

  7. Wow…I didn’t realize that computers in India costed so much more.

  8. Ryan wrote:
    Wow…I didn’t realize that computers in India costed so much more.

    I paid had to pay [h10010.www1.hp.com] for my HP Pavilion dv6137tx which sells for [shopping.hp.com]

  9. That almost left me gasping for air! Out of curiousity what’s the most popular brand of computers over there?

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