On Saturday, November 8th, Walmart is having their Pre-Black Friday Sale starting in-stores at 8am. The sale has been covered in-depth in an earlier post, available here. The big draw is the $299 Compaq Laptop.
Then, on Sunday, November 9th, in Best Buy's weekly advertisement, they will be having an eMachines Laptop on sale for $299. And now you're stuck, which laptop do should you buy?
We've put their specifications head-to-head in the following table, highlighting the positives of each laptop.
|Processor||1.60 GHz AMD Athlon w/ 512KB L2 Cache||2.0 GHz Intel Celeron 575 w/ 1024KB L2 Cache|
|Screen Size||14.1" WXGA (1280x800)||15.4" WXGA|
|Memory||1GB DDR2||2GB DDR2|
|Optical Drive||8X Dual Layer DVD Burner||Dual Layer DVD Burner|
|Graphics||ATI Radeon X1200||Integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD|
|Operating System||Windows Vista Home Basic w/ Service Pack 1|
|Ethernet||10/100 LAN, 802.11b/g Wireless LAN|
|USB Ports||3 USB 2.0 Ports|
|Minimum Quantity||15 Units||10 Units|
|Product Specs||click here||Unknown/Unavailable|
Walmart's Compaq laptop takes the edge because it has a faster processor (along with twice the L2 cache), a larger screen (although this will make the laptop larger and heavier) and 2GB of DDR2 memory over the 1GB from Best Buy's eMachine.
Aside from the integrated graphics cards (which we give the eMachine a slight edge for the X1200 over the GMA 4500), these laptops are eerily similar in specifications, sharing similar or the same hard-drives, optical drives, operating system and connectivity ports.
Apples to apples, the Walmart Compaq computer is the better purchase by a slim margin. You really can't go wrong with either laptop at a $300 price-point. Best Buy will have 5 more guaranteed laptops on hand than Walmart and since Best Buy hasn't marketed this week's sale like Walmart has, you might have an easier time getting the laptop at Best Buy.
The good thing is, the sales are on two completely different days. You can go to Walmart on Saturday and if you don't get the laptop, you can try on Sunday for the Best Buy laptop. Hope this helps with your holiday shopping!
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