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The Walmart Laptop...is it worth it?

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 2 months ago '10        #8
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 2 months ago '04        #7
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This is cool if you use it as is right out of the box for school or work but for anything else, that’s a no. All of the upgradable spec options might be nice but the guts are probably cheaply made. Flimsy motherboard, cheap heat sinks, narrow airway with a low performance fan. Give it a year or so of letting it run all day and night like a regular laptop and you will start having problems. Let’s not even think about if you upgrade aspects and start sending more data, heat, or power through channels than was intended. Skimping on the hardware engineering aspects is how the price points get so low.



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 2 months ago '09        #6
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Hard to hate on any $329 laptop that has upgradable memory of up to 32gb (yes, 32gb), an additional slot for NVMe so you can have additional storage, a backlit keyboard, a large trackpad, USB C, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, ethernet and HDMI ports and is lightweight. Regardless of battery life, quality and feel of keyboard, screen brightness and any other quality cutting corners Walmart might've cut to sell this laptop at this price it's a helluva deal considering how future proof you can make this thing for just another $200 or so to max it out.

At $329 I would probably pick this over any $500-600 Chromebook (that's about the price of most entry-level high-end Chromebooks). Might be fun to put Ubuntu on it

I would totally buy this if I was on a budget for a laptop for school or work only thing I can see being a better value then this is buying a used Thinkpad and upgrading that but not everyone wants a clunky a*s Thinkpad


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 2 months ago '12        #5
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Walmart laptop selections are usually average at best. Usually for someone who gets moderate laptop usage. You can find some gems there from time to time though. Laptops are tricky though. You can't always look at "specs". You have to look at the physical build too. You can have a laptop with tons of good "specs" but has crappy ventilation resulting resulting in heating issues.
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 2 months ago '18        #4
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 2 months ago '05        #3
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for the price and specs, it's a pretty good buy...

keep in mind tho

Lots of people complaining about it freezing or the screen going black...hardware issue

The laptop can sleep if headphones or a magnet is on top of the bottom right corner!

make sure to upgrade to newest bios

you can also upgrade the ram, SSD and wifi


there are folks who don't experience some or most of the issues


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 2 months ago '04        #2
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 Zaosyn said
Hard to hate on any $329 laptop that has upgradable memory of up to 32gb (yes, 32gb), an additional slot for NVMe so you can have additional storage, a backlit keyboard, a large trackpad, USB C, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, ethernet and HDMI ports and is lightweight. Regardless of battery life, quality and feel of keyboard, screen brightness and any other quality cutting corners Walmart might've cut to sell this laptop at this price it's a helluva deal considering how future proof you can make this thing for just another $200 or so to max it out.

At $329 I would probably pick this over any $500-600 Chromebook (that's about the price of most entry-level high-end Chromebooks). Might be fun to put Ubuntu on it

I would totally buy this if I was on a budget for a laptop for school or work only thing I can see being a better value then this is buying a used Thinkpad and upgrading that but not everyone wants a clunky a*s Thinkpad
Upgradeability aside... The price isn't great for a AMD based system, with a 256GB SATA M.2, 8GB RAM which is really 6GB since the Radeon Vega is going to use 2GB of your memory...

Once you start upgrading you will be in the $5-600 range with a $399 starting price
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