Walmart Laptop Sale - Compaq Presario V5305WM Laptop For $398

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  1. TENIA66

    TENIA66 <font color=red>Does the tag fairy post things you

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    Walmart Laptop Sale - Compaq Presario V5305WM Laptop For $398

    The Walmart laptop sale is starting early this year. Starting November 5th, Walmart will be having the Compaq Presario V5305WM Laptop on sale for $398. The technical specs are:

    * 2.00 GHz Mobile AMD Sempron™ Processor 3300+
    * 512MB 333MHz DDR (upgradable to 2GB)
    * ATI RADEON XPRESS 200M IGP (128MB)
    * 60GB 5400RPM Hard-Drive
    * 24X DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive
    * 15.4” WXGA High-Definition BrightView Widescreen (1280 x 800) Display
    * Integrated 56k modem, 100mb Network Card and 54g 802.11b/g Wireless Connectivity
    * 1 ExpressCard/54 Slot (Not PCMCIA)
    * 10.2-inch (L) x 14.1-inch (W) x 1.38-inch (min H) /1.77-inch (max H)
    * 6.4 lbs

    There will be a minimum of 15 per store with a limit of 1 per customer. This is only good from November 5th to November 11th at Wal-Mart.
     
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  3. MemoryMakers2669

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    Anyone know if this is a good computer or is it a you get what you pay for type thing? I would love one, especially now that I am wireless, but don't want to pay too much for one. I am not familier with the Processor.
     
  4. grlzmom

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    I am also interested, but dont understand the "wireless connectivity" part.

    Does that mean built in wireless card? If someone has time to explain, I would be extremely grateful!!!!!
     
  5. TENIA66

    TENIA66 <font color=red>Does the tag fairy post things you

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    It means that the wireless technology is integrated, wireless card in it.

    it's good for browsing, light work, and picture editing.
     
  6. bamamom

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    I would like to know as well....I need one for school really bad. Was going to go with Dell since that is what my hubby gets discount on through work and that is what our desktops are....if this is a good computer for the price then I would much rather save some dough :thumbsup2
     
  7. Davidsmommy

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    100mb Network Card and 54g 802.11b/g Wireless Connectivity

    Hi grlzmom.

    I am no expert (on anything lol), but yes, the above specs means it has a built in wireless card.

    Everything else on the specs looks pretty decent for a less than $400 laptop, honestly. I run a very busy e-commerce business with a home network consisting of several laptops and 2 desktops, and those stats are not terrible for the price.

    Personally, I would upgrade the ram to 2 GB immediately, but that wouldn't put it over the price of a Dell/Gateway with similar specs (I think - didn't price it, but it shouldn't)...512 Ram isn't terrible - I just want the fastest I can get.

    For those who aren't totally familiar with computers (and, again, I am NOT an expert - this is my understanding of everything) -

    Ram is memory. It helps with speed of your computer. Everything I have read (and experienced) is that the more, the better. I am a ram hog.

    Your hard drive size is the "storage" your computer will have. 60 GB is plenty for most home users, even picture people. One of my desktops has a 40 GB harddrive. I have thousands of pictures (pictures are one of the largest things you will deal with - a word document is small. Excel documents are larger) saved, and am nowhere near my capacity.

    That system doesn't have a dvd rw, which many people want (I have one and have never used it.)

    Honestly, it seems like a good basic system. Not something you would want to use for screaming graphics for heavy gaming, but for basic home use, it should be sufficient.

    Disclaimer - I am not a techie geek. I am sure somoene will come along and tell me I don't know what I am talking about. That may well be true. This is my firsthand experience, based on about 10 hours of computer use a day. For several years. But, I am not a techie...just a user.
     
  8. Davidsmommy

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    Here is a similar value Dell System:

    Intel® Celeron® M Processor 380 (1.60GHz/1MB Cache/400MHz FSB)

    Operating System - Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition
    - Unless I missed it, the walmart system doesn't say what OS (if any) it has loaded - something to consider, since it could be a couple hundred to add one if it doesn't have it.

    14.1in WXGA Display (Walmart system has larger screen)

    512MB DDR2 SDRAM 2 Dimm

    60GB 5400rpm Hard Drive

    24X CD Burner/DVD Combo Drive

    Dell 1370 Internal Wireless Card (802.11b/g, 54Mbps)

    No software, etc.

    Looks like that system would price out at $529.

    Remember the Dell display is a little smaller, but I am guessing the Intel processer is a little better (not sure though).
     
  9. 2angelsinheaven

    2angelsinheaven Loves making dreams come true!

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    I would assume the Walmart ones comes with Windows XP, it's pretty standard. You could always add a portable DVD-RW drive for not a whole lot. We bought a HP laptop last year and spent $800 on ours for similar specs (but with a DVD-RW) so this seems like a great deal.
     
  10. grlzmom

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    Thanks for all the info.

    I am looking for laptops for the two teen dds for Christmas. They dont do any gaming, mainly a little internet and homework, and of course, picture stuff with their cameras.

    Dont want to spend too much since I need two :goodvibes
     
  11. NewEnglandDisney

    NewEnglandDisney Just My Opinion. Your mileage may vary.

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    That looks like an excellent deal, out of the box. Sure, a RAM upgrade would be nice, or a DVD burner, but that's a great price for a laptop like that. Even the graphics card is decent - it won't do cutting edge stuff, but would play most games reasonably well.

    I'd pick one up myself if it had a DVD burner and a PCMCIA slot. The PCMCIA slot would be useless to 99% of you (I just use some legacy devices), but as long as you can go without DVD burning it's a great system. And, if you really want to add one later, you can get an external one for $60-80 on sale that connects via USB to any PC.

    Grlzmom - I would think these would be perfect for what you are looking for, especially if you need two.

    You've just got to keep in mind who's going to use it - unless you are going to be doing heavy video editing (i.e. everyday) or playing the newest-of-new games, these system specs are going to satisfy any Internet/music/homework use.

    If I wasn't going to WDW in a few weeks I do think I would be picking one up myself for my living room - I'm using a 10-year old laptop in there (just upgraded it to 144MB of RAM lol) just for the internet, and while it's servicable, for four hundred bucks I'd replace it.

    NED
     
  12. hsmamato2

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    This is a really good deal- I don't think Compaq is top of the line,but for 398? Dell prices can't get close, b/c I was looking the other day... this is a notebook!
    I actually just orderd a Compaq refurb off ebay the other day for around $200, it has less 'power' than this one( I needed it for some really basic internet and work),but for this price, I may get the walmart one too, that's 2 laptops for $600? I like them numbers!!!
    This way- when one inevitably dies, I'll still have one that works-
    I personally hate my HP we got a few years ago, nothing but trouble,time and money!
     
  13. bamamom

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    So these are coming out before black friday? Wonder if there will be another laptop for black friday? :confused3
     
  14. tinan

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    I wouldn't automatically assume that these come with Windows XP. If I recall correctly, I remember seeing something somewhere that WalMart was selling computers either a) without operating systems or b) selling them with Linux software on them. Linux is just another, but free, operating system. My husband loves that and with all the viruses, bugs, etc. wants to switch all of us over to Linux. Since I am resistant to change in general and somewhat of a control freak, of course, I am reluctant to change. The latest versions are looking more and more like Windows, but some programs I use can't be used on Linux, yet. When they can, they I will be more willing to change.

    By the way, $400 for this laptop is a decent price and my techno-geek dh would say it is ok for an upgrade here, but he too would add more memory as he is also a memory hog. For that matter, XP is a memory hog in and of itself. We have a Compaq laptop that came with 128 megs of ram with Windows XP and it was near impossible to work on it until we upgraded the memory.
     
  15. Davidsmommy

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    I wouldn't automatically assume that these come with Windows XP. If I recall correctly, I remember seeing something somewhere that WalMart was selling computers either a) without operating systems or b) selling them with Linux software on them. Linux is just another, but free, operating system. My husband loves that and with all the viruses, bugs, etc. wants to switch all of us over to Linux. Since I am resistant to change in general and somewhat of a control freak, of course, I am reluctant to change. The latest versions are looking more and more like Windows, but some programs I use can't be used on Linux, yet. When they can, they I will be more willing to change.

    I agree, and my dh practically had a heart attack the other day when I very casually said, out of the blue, "Maybe we should consider macs in the future....."

    He was like, "Who kidnapped my wife and brainwashed her with the mac mantra?" LOL!

    I am considering it though....the main thing that is holding me back is the software I would need for my business.....
     
  16. grlzmom

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    Wow, all these replies are great.

    I guess I am going to attempt to purchase a couple of them if we can find them this weekend.

    I wonder if Walmart has them in stock and out now or if they are waiting til the 5th to put them out? I will have to drag dh out with me since its a one per customer thing and I need two.
     
  17. Corwin12

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    The AMD Sempron Processors and Intel Celeron Processors are the slowest, cheapest processors on the market today. They will be sluggish beyond any basic computing ... i.e. word processing or email or internet. I just priced out a Compaq on HP's website. Under the academic purchase program, you could get a laptop with all the same specs except a Turion processor for 889.98. There is 150.00 in instant savings plus 180.00 in mail in rebates to bring the price down to 511.38. And this includes a color inkjet printer.
     
  18. Mskanga

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    I personally would never buy a Compaq , by the way I have always bought my desktops and laptop from dell outlet and I have been very happy with them for both reasons , quality and price.
    BTW my laptop has an intel celeron processor and it's not slow at all.
     
  19. MemoryMakers2669

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    My experience is just the opposite. Both Compaq we have had were awesome and lasted for years. The one problem we ever had with the one, they sent someone to our house to fix it..free. The Dell, HATE it, it has been nothing but problems with it and calling them is a nightmare, they are no help at all.
     
  20. nuke

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    I have a Dell at home with a Celeron processor and its slower than my old windows 98-7 year old computers at work with Pentiums inside. Any computer I buy from now on will not have a celeron. It literally takes over a minute to open any program. In fact I'm so frustrated with my home computer that I'm considering Apples.
     
  21. ignatz1

    ignatz1 Earning My Ears

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    I have a Compaq laptop...love it... have a Hp desk top love it... had a Dell...hated it.. had a lemon i guess couldn;t get thru to anyone at
    dell that could help me and it never quite right, bought the Dell because of the price but quickly went to Compaq.
     

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