I saw the Compaq in my local Wal-Mart sales circular and noted in the fine print that each store only has 10 units. In other words, they aren't serious about selling these things like hotcakes. It's clearly a loss leader to get more computer shoppers in the store who will hopefully buy something a bit more expensive when they see the $298 laptop is out of stock.
So, in the end there really isn't a cheap laptop war; just a laptop war.
Will these hot teaser specials persist when Windows 7 comes out or is this just the desperate act of PC sellers dog paddling by until October 22nd when the new O/S comes out?
Are the red hot netbook sales cannibalizing regular laptop sales too, too much and is this evidence of preserving traditional laptop sales?
Last updated: Jul 29, 2009
RENEE ORICCHIO is a technology writer and former supervising news producer for CNN Financial News. She has been covering the computer industry since 1987. @oricchio