Known for its direct-sales business model, Dell is about to make a drastic departure from that model. The Associated Press reports that Dell plans to start selling two of its desktop computers in Wal-Mart stores in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico starting June 10. According to a Dell spokesman quizzed by the AP, the Wal-Mart deal is Dell's "first step" into global retail, and additional deals will be announced in coming quarters.
The two machines headed to Wal-Mart stores are variants of the Dimension E521, which is one of Dell's cheapest desktop machines. The Dimension E521 starts at $359 on the company's website, and in its base configuration, it includes an AMD Sempron 3400+ processor, 512MB of DDR2-667 RAM, a motherboard with integrated Nvidia GeForce 6150 LE graphics, a 160GB hard drive, and a copy of Windows Vista Home Basic. Thanks to TR reader Eric for the tip.
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