UPDATE 9/2/2011 – The deal is alive again. I bought one and it is a reasonably nice screen and keyboard.
Here is a Lenovo “Pentium” branded Sandy Bridge laptop for $268! at Fry’s (Silicon Valley, don’t know about other regions). That’s a little too good for me to pass up as my old wooden computer experiment is barely holding on from bit rot. This thing has an Intel B940 dual-core processor that is a 32nm Sandy Bridge microarchitecture chip with all the power saving features of an i3 processor. Hyperthreading is disabled though. Comes with Windows 7 Home Premium license. No HDMI port but c’mon, $268 is rock bottom prices.
Note that these deals will likely be gone in the morning so hurry up if you want one.
This should make you wonder why 10″ tablets should sell for $500, or even $400. Those IPS displays and capacitive touchscreens are expensive now but they’ll have to come down in price as tablets push those components into the mainstream. This laptop is obviously nowhere near as portable as a tablet, but it will make a nice luggable device that will primarily be used at home plugged in.
UPDATE – Damn it. Fry’s reissued a Friday ad on Sunday and a bunch of people there were asking for this and they didn’t have it.