Sub-$400 Sandy Bridge Notebooks Surface Online, Netbooks Wimper in the Corner - HotHardware
Sub-$400 Sandy Bridge Notebooks Surface Online, Netbooks Wimper in the Corner

Sub-$400 Sandy Bridge Notebooks Surface Online, Netbooks Wimper in the Corner

Fancy yourself a cheapskate in need of something decidedly more powerful than an Atom-powered netbook? Lucky for you Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture is still kicking tail and taking names, and if you look hard enough, you can find a handful of notebook PCs going for less than $400 (and we don't mean $399.99).

Head on over to Best Buy, for example, and spy Toshiba's L755-S5216 Satellite laptop. For $380, this thing packs a 15.6-inch screen, Intel's new Pentium B940 dual-core processor (2GHz, 2MB L2 cache), 4GB of DDR3 memory, 320GB hard drive (5400RPM), DVD burner, Wireless-N, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and other odds and ends.


Toshiba L755-S5126 laptop

Office Max is selling a similarly spec'd Acer Aspire AS7570Z-4830 notebook built around the same Pentium processor. It too sports a 15.6-inch screen and has 4GB of DDR3 memory, but ups the storage ante to 500GB (5400RPM). This one also sells for $380.

If we head back to Best Buy, you can find a 14-inch HP Pavilion G4-1104DX selling for just $350, which is about $50 less than what some higher end netbooks used to run. This too boasts a dual-core Pentium B940 processor along with 4GB of DDR3, 320GB hard drive (5400RPM), Intel HD Graphics 2000, Wireless-N, three USB 2.0 ports, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.


In case you're wondering, yes, the Pentium B940 is based on Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture and is designed for entry-level notebooks. It trades more advanced features -- like Hyperthreading and Turbo Boost -- for a low price tag.

Know of a good deal on a laptop? Feel free to share it in the comments section!
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"Head on over to Best Buy"

Not even if they were the only tech retailer left on the planet. If I want to be lied to and cheated, I'll stick with used car lots. At least a piece of crap car can be sold for the metal scrap in it.

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We should see a price war here in the coming months as AMD releases more Fusion notebooks and such.

Should be a good back to school season for shoppers indeed!!!!!

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"Not bad, good deals"

-Optimus

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Given time, these deals will be everywhere and Newegg will have some great sales on them.

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Well... At least anybody who's ever wanted a laptop with the latest technology can now easily afford it for $400 or less The netbooks are certainly cowering in fear.

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I don't get it. What exactly does a netbook have to fear? That HP laptop weighs 4.7 pounds and the Toshiba is a 5.7 pound monster. Something tells me these guys aren't meant to compete with 2.8 pound, $300 laptops with 10 inch screens.

Price isn't the only feature that defines a netbook.

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bradlinder:
What exactly does a netbook have to fear?

Nothing at all. They have their niche and they fill it well. My son's MSI Wind is a cool little PC.

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