Laptops, PCs At The Center Of Wal-Mart Back to School Blitz
Said noteboook will offer a 15.6" screen (1366x768), a single-core Sempron SI-42 (clocked at 2.1GHz), 3GB of RAM, a 160GB 5400RPM HDD, and support for wired and wireless networking (802.11b/g). Video is provided by a GeForce 8200M, and the system will ship with Vista Home Basic. Three USB ports, one VGA-out port, and an integrated CD/DVD drive round things out. "We think that that's a screaming value," Wal-Mart's senior vice president of home entertainment, Gary Severson told Reuters. "You're going to see us focus dramatically not only on price, but the value for that price."
Wal-Mart's aggressive moves into computer retailing aren't limited to offering a single, well-priced laptop. The retail giant now offers certain Dell Inspiron models in various colors, is introducing new peripherals to match the new systems, and plans to cut prices on other notebooks as well. In August, Wal-Mart plans to launch a new mini notebook from HP and a beefed up Dell laptop with a 500GB hard drive and 4GB of RAM. The company has also rennovated the PC area of 1200 stores. That's a full third of Wal-Mart's nationwide, and it speaks to the company's longer-term intention to be a big player in the retail market.