Walmart’s sub-$500 laptop


Walmart_laptop_1Walmart and Linspire have teamed up to offer a $498 laptop computer running the Linspire operating system.  Dubbed the Balance, the laptop runs on the VIA C3 1-GHz processor, has 128MB RAM, a 30GB hard drive, a CD-ROM drive and a 14.1-inch liquid crystal display.   It appears Walmart is offering an open source office package, probably openoffice.  Delivery for purchases made now should be made on around December 29 according to the Walmart web site.  Complete specs after the jump.

(via CNET)


  • VIA C3 processor 1.0 GHz
  • 14.1" panel
  • 128 MB memory
  • 30 GB hard drive
  • CD-ROM drive
  • 4 cell battery with a 3.5-hour charge time to 100% capacity (while computer is off
  • 5 hours charge time to 100% capacity while system is on
  • Battery delivers more than 1.5 hours of usage time
  • 4 USB 2.0 ports
  • Lindows/Linspire version 4.5
  • AC adapter, power cord, battery pack

Additional Software

  • Linspire Linux is an easy-to-use, full-featured desktop operating system that is totally familiar for Windows users of all experience levels. Linspire comes with everything you need to browse the Internet, instant message, e-mail, share and write documents, work with digital photos, listen to music, play games and much more Easy and comfortable graphical interface with clear menus and icons
  • Voice-narrated tutorials provide step-by-step instructions on dozens of subjects
  • CNR Service subscription lets you 1-click install over 1,900 software titles in categories such as Business, Education, Games, Internet, Design and more. Automatic updates and management included!
  • Complete Microsoft Office file-compatible office software suite lets you easily create and share written files (.doc), spreadsheets (.xls) and presentations (.ppt). Even create PDFs and export presentations to Macromedia Flash
  • Web browsing including pop-up ad blocking and Hot Words search technology
  • Powerful email software includes built-in spell-checking and fights spam
  • Instant Messaging, Chat and free Internet phone calling
  • Contact management with address book and calendar
  • All-in-one digital photo manager, featuring tools to import, organize, edit, crop, enhance, and share digital photos. Hundreds of digital cameras supported. Even use your photos as a screensaver and make video CDs!
  • Complete music management with Lsongs to import, organize, play and burn CDs of your favorite music Networking PCs and Printers: Share files and printers between Linspire OS and Microsoft Windows systems Plug-n-Play peripheral support


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