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Walmart Microtel

Does anyone have any experience with these computer?  They seem really cheap.  Are they crap or a good buy?

name withheld out of cowardice
Thursday, April 01, 2004

I'm curious to know whether the Java apps were compiled in native mode, or just the usual slow bytecode. Two things I never download: .Net and Java apps :-)

Fred
Thursday, April 01, 2004

For browsing, word processing it should be fine.. Thats what many in the world do..

Heavy gamers or developers may not find it suitable....

Karthik
Thursday, April 01, 2004

Remember they come without a monitor.

They include a Linux distribution and Open Office. Remember that an OEm will pay around $100 for a Windows license, so they don't look that cheap. Who and what do you want the machine for?

Stephen Jones
Thursday, April 01, 2004

OEM's don't pay $100 for XP Home. Hell, OEMs will resell you XP Home for a LOT less than $100, and I'm sure they're making their piece of the profit.

Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Friday, April 02, 2004

I don't want it for anything.  I was just fascinated to see a PC available for $298 and wanted to know if it was crap that would break in a week.  Based on its specs I could use it for programming (though I would add RAM).  My feeling is that as the computer gets cheaper and cheaper the manufactuirer would have to skimp on things like the power-supply so does that make this a disposable computer?  Would I be choosing between a cheap Dell for $600 and this for $300 but this $300 one only lasts a year if you are lucky?

name withheld out of cowardice
Friday, April 02, 2004

Power supplies seem to be costiing between $10-$15 where I am. Not much room to save money there. What's in question is likely to be the reliablity of the motherboard - since I'm presuming that the keyboard and mouse will be bottom of the range. What make is the mobo?

Stephen Jones
Friday, April 02, 2004

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