Aug 15 2009

A Laptop To Undermine Netbooks Forever

Bigger but cheaper. Heavier but more capable. Fair trade off? Image: Toshiba.

Netbooks’ main selling points are portability and low price in an economically troubled time. As a tradeoff ,most are too low-powered to manage anything more resource-draining than word processing and web tasks. Wal-Mart is now offering a computer that seems to be the complete antithesis of a netbook, for a comparable price – $348.

The 17-inch Toshiba Satellite L355 notebook is clunkier and uglier than a netbook but has fearsome specs in comparison – a 1440 x 900 pixel LCD display, a 2.2 GHz Intel Celeron CPU, and the 4500M Intel Mobile Graphics Accelerator. It has a massive 250 GB SATA HDD and a full 3 GB of DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4 GBs.

It even has an optical drive, Wi-Fi, Etheret, 3 USB 2.0 ports, VGA out, an ExpressCard slot and a 6-cell battery.

The notebook may be the first in a line of laptops cheap enough to harass netbook sales figures. Could machines like the Toshiba Satellite L355 spell the end of netbooks?

Via TheTechHerald.

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