October 20, 2021

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Get a 15.6-inch, Windows 11-ready HP laptop for a ludicrously low $269

If you need a usable, cheap PC for the new school year or just want something affordable and portable, head to Walmart today. The big box retailer is selling a 15.6-inch HP laptop for just $269. That’s $100 off the MSRP and an excellent price for an entry-level laptop.

This laptop has some really nice features that you don’t normally see in this price range. First, it’s rocking a big, 15.6-inch 1080p display. Quite often we’ll see machines at this price point with tiny 1366-by-768 displays, which is fine but nowhere near as crisp as looking at something in 1080p. HP also packed a free year of Microsoft 365 Personal with this (though the signage is still calling it Office 365), which is a really nice value—especially for a student or office worker. 

Of course, when you’re getting a Windows PC this cheap, you definitely need to accept some compromises, so let’s dive in. First, you don’t get a ton of storage at just 128GB, but it’s an M.2 SSD, meaning it won’t weigh the machine down the way a hard drive would—this portable laptop weighs under 4 pounds. (You can also replace it with a bigger SSD if you want more capacity.) RAM is also a little weak at just 4GB, but it’ll work.

The CPU is an Intel Celeron N4020, which is a dual-core processor with a boost to 2.8GHz. That’s nothing to get excited about, but this is still a very usable laptop for web browsing, video streaming, email, social media, and document creation and editing. We wouldn’t recommend using it for anything require a lot of oomph such as video editing or serious photo editing. But for basic uses it’ll be just fine. 

HP’s laptop ships with Windows 10 in S Mode, which means you can only install apps from the Windows Store. The good news is you can do a one-time, one-way upgrade to regular Windows 10 if you prefer, and it’s relatively quick and painless. According to the Walmart page this PC is also Windows 11-ready. 

[Today’s deal: HP 15.6-inch 1080p laptop with Celeron processor for $269 at Walmart.]

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Ian is an independent writer based in Israel who has never met a tech subject he didn’t like. He primarily covers Windows, PC and gaming hardware, video and music streaming services, social networks, and browsers. When he’s not covering the news he’s working on how-to tips for PC users, or tuning his eGPU setup.

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