Picture, if you will, me as the "Lost in Space" robot, flailing my arms madly and blaring, "Danger! Danger! This Netbook will sell out, Will Robinson!"
That's because this is one of those lowest-price-ever deals, and you know how those go.
Today only, Wal-Mart has the Asus Eee PC 1005HA-EU1X Netbook for $198 (plus sales tax in most states). Shipping will run you just 97 cents.
Update: As I feared, this is already sold out. (I did flail my arms, you know.) But see Bonus Deal No. 1 down below for a damn fine alternative.
This is a 10-inch Netbook. It's new, not refurbished. It requires no rebate forms--$198 is your out-the-door price. And it sells for at least $250 at most other stores.
The specs are about what you'd, well, ex-spec for a Netbook (yuk, yuk): 1.6GHz Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, and 1,024x600-pixel screen resolution.
On the plus side, the Eee PC offers 802.11n Wi-Fi, not 802.11g like on a lot of models. On the downside, it sports a three-cell battery--good for a few hours of runtime at best. Also something of a downer: it runs Windows XP Home, not Windows 7.
Still, this is an awful lot of portable PC for an awfully low price. Might make a nice gift for the dad or grad in your life.
Bonus deal No. 1: If you want something a little more robust, today's Woot.com deal is for a refurbished Gateway 10-inch Netbook with a 250GB hard drive, Windows 7, and a 6-cell battery, all for $239.99. (Wi-Fi is 802.11g, though.) That's pretty stellar.
Bonus deal No. 2: From today until May 19, IObit is giving away free licenses of its Advanced SystemCare Pro utliity, which normally sells for $29.95. It's a system cleaner, error fixer, performance optimizer, etc. I'm not generally a fan of these tools, but if your machine's been causing you trouble, this might be worth a try.