What's the opposite of a netbook? The jury's still out on that one, but it may well be Toshiba's Satellite L355—a 17-inch desktop-replacement "laptop" with an impossibly low $348 price tag. The folks at Laptop Magazine say the machine will hit Walmart stores this Sunday, and they've written up a review ahead of time.
The Satellite L335 packs a 2.2GHz Celeron 900 processor, three gigs of RAM, Intel GMA 4500M graphics, a 250GB 5,400-RPM hard drive, a DVD burner, and a copy of Windows Vista Home Basic. In other words, it has better hardware and software than most similarly priced netbooks. Laptop Magazine says it feels snappier than 15" CULV laptops like the Acer Aspire 5810T, too.
Along with the relatively decent guts, Toshiba gives you a 17" 1440x900 display with a glossy finish (and allegedly poor viewing angles), plus a six-cell battery that manages to keep the contraption running for around two and a half hours. Not exactly Eee PC territory, but enough to call the L335 a mobile system... as long as you don't mind the weight (7 lbs) and bulk (dimensions are 15.6" x 11.4" x 1.6").
Laptop Magazine seems surprisingly pleased with this notebook, though. The review concludes, "The Toshiba L355 (S7915) isn’t sexy, and we wish it had a webcam, but at $348 this notebook offers good-enough performance for people with simple computing needs who also want a big screen." How about that.