I wonder what kind of monitor you get for $1?
The specs aren't the same. The Everex Windows computer with monitor has 512 megs of RAM, a PATA hard drive, a DVD +/- RW drive, a card reader, and a PCIe slot. The monitor is a 17" CRT. The Everex Windows computer without monitor has a gig of RAM, a SATA hard drive, a DVD +/- RW drive, no card reader, no PCIe slot.
Comparing them to the $199 Linux computer, I see no keyboard or mouse with the Linux computer, and of course no monitor. Both of the Windows computers mention a ball mouse in the specs and their pictures include keyboards, mice, and speakers. The Linux computer's picture includes none of those and no mouse is mentioned in the specs. The $199 computer does not even include even such basics as a keyboard, mouse, and speakers. So the supposed target market--the new computer user without much money who wants just a basic machine--can't use the computer until he or she spends over $100 for a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers--and that's if he or she gets the cheapest of the cheap for all of them. So compared to the $299 Windows computer with monitor, the Linux computer actually costs *more* by the time you get what you need to use it--and you don't have a DVD burner, card reader, or PCIe slot.
I glanced through user comments and sorry to say, the comments on the Linux computer overwhelmingly were obviously from people pushing Linux, not from typical users getting a cheap computer, maybe their first. I wonder if these posters bought the computer at all, or were just taking an opportunity to evangelize. Heck, I could write a terrific review if I wanted to push something, and how would a reader know I had used it at all?
Frankly, I don't think any of these computers, whether with Linux or Windows, are worth buying. They are seriously slow, have little room for upgrading, have tiny, old-style hard drives, the monitor is big, heavy, and power hungry, the mouse is worth about 50 cents (a ball mouse??? give me a break!), and you can get better specs for not much more. It amuses me to read things where people complain about "crap" computers with Windows installed, but any old piece of junk with Linux on it is praised to the skies. Hey--sometimes cheap is just, well, cheap!
What I'd like to see is a *good* computer with Linux preinstalled sold at a store like Walmart. Surely Linux has more to recommend it than that it's cheap and will run on a cheap computer.