Netbook sales have pretty much fallen off a cliff compared to this time last year, and Intel appears to be gearing up to drive another nail in the coffin. New Sub-$400 notebooks have begun appearing on Best Buy’s website, and they are actually pretty compelling. These cheap and cheerful little machines are rocking new stripped down Sandy Bridge parts that put last generation Atom chips to shame.
The $349 HP Pavilion g4-1004dx sports Intel’s new B940 Dual Core 2Ghz processor , 4GB of Ram, and a 320GB hard drive, and a 14-inch display. When you compare those specs with last year’s standard netbook that sold for around the same price, it’s not hard to see why this is a category is in deep trouble when compared to current and upcoming low cost notebooks.
The HP machine is the lowest cost Sandy Bridge laptop we’ve seen so far, but if you’re a Toshiba fan with an extra $30 to spend you can also pick up the nearly identical Satellite L755-S5216 with a slightly larger 15.6-inch display, and an extra hour of battery life.