Just in time for the back-to-school season, Walmart has started selling a $298 PC, the Everex IMPACT GC3502, which will come pre-installed with Microsoft Vista Home Edition and software provided by OpenOffice.Org, the open-source office suite.
The system will come loaded with an 80 GB HDD, 1.5 GHz VIA C7 CPU, 1 GB of DDR-2 SDRAM, integrated graphics, and the usual keyboard, mouse, and speakers. Sure, you won’t see any familiar brand names like Intel or AMD. But for $298, subbing out for VIA and OpenOffice is a nonevent. — Andrew Dobrow