Sending your kids off to college is more expensive than ever, and parents are understandably looking to recoup some tuition costs by finding deals on back-to-school shopping. Wal-Mart’s $500 student computing bundle piqued our interest, and now it’s been marked down to $398 (with free shipping!), so we decided to take a closer look.
First, here are the items you get in the standard $398 package, along with their individual prices:
• Compaq Matte Black 15.6" Presario CQ62-219WM Laptop: $348
• Quattro Qresolve New PC Assist Plan: $79.98
• Laptop Carrying Case (various available): $14.88 to $16.95, depending on item
• SanDisk 4GB USB Flash Drive: $9.88
• HP Deskjet D1660 Color Inkjet Printer: $29
That brings the total value of the items to $483.81, which means that buying the bundle will save you $85. That’s not a slam dunk, but it’s still a pretty good deal, assuming you’re getting great products for your money. Are you?
The centerpiece of the deal is the Compaq Presario, which brings 2 GB of RAM and a 250 GB hard drive to the table. That’s not exactly a super computer, but it’s plenty sufficient for most college tasks. Reviews on Walmart.com indicate a high level of satisfaction with the product—it’s a solid computer for that price. Still, it’s worth noting that just a month ago it was marked down even further to $298—so even with the bundle, you’re not exactly getting some unprecedented deal on this laptop.