By now you've probably heard about thestarting this Sunday.
That's a pretty amazing deal, but I see two downsides. First, it requires a trip to Walmart (and possibly some throwing of elbows, as this is a Black Friday-class price). Second, that Toshiba comes with a seriously pokey Celeron processor.
If you've got a little more room in the budget and want a system that's a tad more robust, you can get a Dell Inspiron 17 dual-core laptop for $499.
In addition to a 17.3-inch LED display and 2GHz Pentium T4200 processor, the Inspiron features 2GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and all the other standard goodies.
In other words, it's a fine choice for students heading back to school or anyone looking for a no-frills desktop replacement.
Unfortunately, shipping will run you $29, and you may have to pay sales tax as well. Plus, the system comes with Vista Home Basic. I think it's worth spending an extra $30 for Vista Home Premium, which comes with a free Windows 7 upgrade.
By the time you get out the door, then, you may be spending closer to $600. That's still a very solid deal on a 17-inch notebook.
That said, how many of you will be lining up at Walmart Sunday morning? Mighty tempting.