It doesn’t exactly hold up to their last laptop deal – which saw a Compaq discounted to $298 – but if you fancy a 17-inch display and another big-brand name then Walmart’s latest notebook promotion may tick your boxes. Up for $348 is the Toshiba Satellite L355-S7915, a 2.2GHz Celeron 900 machine with 1,440 x 900 display, 3GB of RAM and a 250GB 5,400rpm hard-drive.
There’s also a DVD burner, Intel GMA 4500M graphics, WiFi b/g and an ExpressCard 34/54 slot. Ports include three USB 2.0, VGA, audio in/out and an old-fashioned modem, and OS is Windows Vista Home Basic with Microsoft Works pre-loaded.
The L355 will go on sale – in stores and online – from Sunday August 16th, and will be in limited supply so we wouldn’t hang around if you’re interested. Needless to say, if you’ve considered a netbook because of its cost-effectiveness, but lamented the smaller display, this Toshiba delivers plenty more performance and usability for the price. Don’t just take our word for it, either; Laptop Mag have reviewed the L355 and found that a relatively compact hard-drive, missing webcam and HDMI port aside, it’s a surprisingly strong performer.