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Wal-Mart offers lower prices on laptops for back-to-school shoppers

July 28, 2009 |  1:29 pm

To help students stick to a budget, Wal-Mart is offering several laptops at what it calls "unprecedented savings" this back-to-school season.

The retail giant said it worked closely with brands including HP and Dell to deliver new value products, including laptops priced at less than $300.

“We know all students need solutions that integrate work, entertainment and portability,” said Gary Severson, senior vice president of entertainment for Wal-Mart's U.S. division. “Our increased assortment delivers more targeted offerings from great brands at dramatically affordable prices.”

The retailer is offering a Compaq Presario notebook for $298. The Compaq Presario CQ60-419WM has a 160 GB hard drive, CD and DVD drive, 3 GB memory and Windows Vista pre-loaded in the notebook.

Wal-Mart also introduced a new colorful assortment of the Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop at $398 in black, blue, pink, red, purple and aqua. 

It also slashed the price of the Acer 8-hour battery laptop by $50, to $548. The Acer 15.6-inch AS5810-4657 All Day Computing Laptop with Intel ULV SU2700 has a 3 GB memory, a 320 GB hard drive and an eight-hour battery.

In August, Wal-Mart plans to roll out more laptop deals, including a new ultra-portable 10.1-inch HP netbook, a 17-inch Toshiba and a 4 GB memory Dell. Prices on those models have yet to be announced.

In addition Wal-Mart has cut prices on components and accessories, such as the Kodak All-in-One color printer for $89, a Linksys wireless router for less than $54 and laptop podiums in various colors for $19.

-- Andrea Chang

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