- Color: black
- CPU: 1.3GHz Intel Celeron 743 (single core)
- OS: Windows Vista Home Basic
- RAM: 2GB
- HDD: 160GB
- Battery: 3 cell, 28WHr
- WiFi: 802.11a/b/g
- Bluetooth: none
There are a number of configuration options, but here’s how I would configure my (nearly) ideal system for $564:
- Color: black
- CPU: 1.3GHz Pentium SU4100 (dual core)
- OS: Windows Vista Home Premium (with free upgrade to Windows 7)
- RAM: 2GB (You can upgrade to 4GB for $120, but I’d rather pick up some third party memory for cheaper)
- HDD: 250GB
- Battery: 6 cell, 56WHr
- WiFi: 802.11a/b/g (For $25 more you can get 802.11n)
- Bluetooth: none (You can get an internal Bluetooth module for $20)
While $564 isn’t quite in the same ballpark as $399, you should get noticably better performance out of the dual core processor and better battery life out of the higher capacity battery. I suppose the 250GB hard drive isn’t absolutely necessary, but it’s only a $25 upgrade over the standard 160GB hard drive.
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