Thought my readers would be interested in this… Appears Walmart is going all out in competing with Amazon and the like. FREE 2-Day Shipping when you spend $35 or more. NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED!
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. – OCT. 18, 2016 – Vudu, Walmart’s subscription-free, premium video streaming service, today introduced Vudu Movies on Us, a new program offering customers thousands of movie and TV titles to watch for free, and on-demand, with limited commercials. Customers who log on to Vudu from their browsers, mobile or living room devices can now watch blockbuster and classic titles like “Mad Max”, “True Grit,” “Abduction,” “School of Rock” all on the house – no fees, no subscriptions, and limited commercials – in premium 1080p high definition.
My wife and myself are frequent visitors of WalMart. When we get there, we park in the same area, we go in the same entrance, and then we always separate in the store and cruise our circuits in the store. The circuit she travels takes a considerable amount of time and I’ve learned to navigate my circuit like a sloth. My circuit consists of tools, automotive and the grand finale of electronics (tvs, computers, cameras, peripherals, etc…). Like a sloth I slowly navigate the circuit hoping I will see something really different, especially in the electronics section; however, nothing really changes. I think it is really neat that they sell PC’s and PC peripherals, but going there for that sort of thing is like going to the convenience store for bread. Today, it was different… As I sluggishly clawed my way (like a sloth) past the aisle that displayed some notebook computers, my inner electronics instincts, told me to stop. What caught my eye was a very, very small notebook computer. My inner electronics instinct, now became an inner voice, that yelled “buy me, buy me, I’m different, buy me”. There before me was a mini-notebook (or netbook), with an 8.9″ screen, that was manufactured by ACER for $348.00. For some reason, I have always envisioned owning a small computer that I could easily tote around and here it was right before me. Well, now that I’m 50 and grown up, I passed up the urge and went into my usual “planning stages”:
- Review the specs on the internet
- Check out customer reviews on the internet
- Check for best pricing
- Convince Wife (which will be easy since my birthday is coming up)
The specs and description of this computer, as posted on WalMart site, is reflected below. Customer reviews for this PC, on their site, was very good; however, I have not checked out additional reviews on the internet at the time of this posting. Their pricing, from what I’ve found, is unbeatable… I sowed the seed with the wife; however will have to slowly nurture it. If anyone out there has any comments on this “netbook”, please feel free to comment below. You can see this PC on the WalMart site by clicking on the “Acer Computer” graphic below.
Acer 8.9″ Aspire One with Intel Atom Processor N270, Blue
This ultra-portable laptop is the ideal traveling companion that lets you take the Internet on the road without the heavy load. The Intel Atom Processor combines performance, power and efficiency to explore the Internet and stay connected while on-the go. Windows XP Home Edition lets you surf the Internet, edit documents and photos and read email.
Key Features & Benefits:
Intel Atom processor N270
1.60 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 512 KB L2 cache
8.9″ WSVGA high-brightness Acer CrystalBrite TFT LCD
Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
1024MB DDR 533MHz Dual Channel Memory
Use multiple applications without a decrease in performance
120GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Store large video files, music, photos, documents and more on this expansive drive
Windows XP Home
Acer Crystal Eye Webcam 3-cell Li-ion (2200 mAh) Battery
3 – USB 2.0 Ports AC Power Adapter
Multi-in-1 Card Reader AC Power Cord
Acer InviLink 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Modem Cable
3-cell Li-ion (2200 mAh) Battery
2.19 lbs. 995 g (system unit only)
Completed all of the planning stages, as previously indicated, and now have the Acer Aspire One in my possession. The “convince my wife” stage was not as bad as I had anticipated. So far, I have found the physical and operating qualities of this product to be awesome, especially for the price ($348.00). Really, the only downfall I could find was that the case is so glassy, that it is a magnet for fingerprints. It is pretty much designed with the concept that you will use it for portability and internet access; however, I wirelessly remote into it, via VNC software, to test software downloads, etc… The LCD Screen on this is absolutely great for a small LCD (8.9″) and when I remote into it with my main PC, the remote screen image is unbelievably clear. The Aspire One, from what I can tell, has a hidden partition with the factory install image in place in the event you have to completely restore the system back to factory defaults. The factory default restoration process appears to be quite easy and can be accessed either during bootup or by the restoration software installed on the operating system (Windows XP Home). The Aspire One can be booted from a USB flash drive; AND, as a result, I installed Acronis Disk Imaging on the computer, created a bootable USB disk, and created an image of the PC on another USB flash drive. Following that process, I archived the “boot image” and the “disk image” on my main PC’s backup drives. For the money, really nice product. Specs for the Acer Aspire One, that I purchased, is reflected below (PDF file):