ALDI has one of its periodic Medion PC specials tomorrow — an AMD-powered desktop box with a 1TB hard drive, 4GB of RAM and Windows 7. At $499 it looks keenly priced, but could you do better elsewhere?
The $499 includes Windows 7 Home Premium and the starter edition of Office 2010, though it's worth noting the latter is the Word-and-Excel only version which you can often download for free anyway. Combined with good basic spec hardware, it's a solid offering if you need a desktop machine. (If you want a laptop, you can get a netbook-style device for a similar price, but you won't get this kind of processor or drive capacity.)
While you might not find this kind of deal in many other big brand retailers, you can sniff out similar packages. This model at iiBuy, for instance, is $449 and has the same basic specifications, though you'll have to up the price to cover a keyboard and mouse if you don't already have one.
Bottom line? It's a solid deal if you need a desktop sans monitor, but a cheap laptop could cost about the same and include a screen. If you do miss out in the traditional ALDI opening rush, there are similar models out there that won't cost you too much more.
Planning to hit ALDI and grab one of these? Tell us (and tell us why) in the comments.