Friday, September 14, 2007

Let's spend this weekend at Fry's

Well not every single moment of the weekend, but just a couple of hours for some shopping :-) Friday is the day that Fry's publishes their ads, online and in the newspapers. So, let's take a look at the laptops offered, starting with the lowest prices first. Most of these are only one per person, so if you want more, keep the wig, the moustache and the extra outfit in your car ;-)

First we have the HP DV6405, which looks like the average sweet-spot priced model, with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 DC TK-53, 1gb memory, 120gb disk, 15.4" wide display, doulbe layer dvd burner, wireless LAN (b/g), built-in memory card reader, and Vista Premium. The price is $600 after a $50 mail-in rebate. Only one per customer the ad says.

Next we have the Toshiba A215-S4747. Don't you wish they gave them names that were easier to remember and pronounce? I sure do! This puppy is $700, but without the burden of rebates. Powered by the Athlon 64 X2 DC TL-56, it has 1gb memory, 200gb disk (nice size!), double layer dvd burner with labelflash, b/g wireless lan, 15.4" wide display and Vista Premium.

At the same price but after a $50 rebate comes the HP DV6426us, this one going with the Intels, namely the Centrino Core Duo T2450. As expected it has 1gb memory, 160gb disk, double layer dvd burner with lightscribe, 15.4" wide screen, 4965 AGN wireless, and Vista Premium.

Staying in the Pavilion camp, the HP dv6445us features an AMD Turion 64X2DC TL-56, 2gb memory, 160gb disk, double layer dvd burner with lightscribe, a/b/g wireless, and of course 15.4" widescreen and Vista Premium. Oh the price? It's eight hundred dollars after a fifty dollar rebate.

The first of two swiveling screen laptops, the HP TX1210us costs $900 after a $50 mail-in rebate. The main difference between this one and the one listed right below is that this guy does not have a touchscreen. And if you want a touchscreen, you have to one hundred dollars more:

Next up we climb into the four figures with the HP TX1219us. As you may glean from the model number, this is a tablet style pc with a twist and swivel 12" touchscreen display. You pay the price for such luxuries as this guy costs $1000 after a $50 MIR. The processor is not something to be shy about, it's an AMD Turion 64X2DC TL-58, with 2gig RAM, 160gb hdd, double layer dvd burner with lightscribe, and a/b/g/N wireless (yes, that's N for the Next Generation). Also a built-in fingerprint reader and web-cam along with everybody's "favorite" Vista Premium.

From the world of Apples and Oranges, the Apple MacBook 2.16 costs $1294, wiht an Intel 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo, 1gb memory, 120gb disk, double layer superdrive (not to be confused with supermulti), and a 13.3" widescreen.

Yes, we have a Sony, hopefully without any rootkits ;-) The Sony FZ180 costs $1700 (no rebates). Its claim to fame is having a BluRay disc drive. BluRay being one of the two struggling high definition disc formats. But worry not, it also has a double layer dvd burner. Its other features are more or less as expected, Centrino Core Duo T7300, 2gb memory, 200gb SATA disk, nVidia GeForce 8400M GT GPU, a/b/g/N wireless, and Vista Premium.

Let's Accessorize!
No purchase is complete unless you accessorize! And we have some interesting ones today, such as the Inland Pro Deluxe Notebook case for $20 after a $10 mail-in rebate. Next up, a SwissGear Comet 15.4" case for $60 (after $10 rebate), or a stylish SwissGear Rhea case for the Ladies for $70 (after $10 MIR). If its the Logitech V320 cordless optical mouse you are after, it's yours for $30 (after $10 MIR). Want to secure your latop with a Targus 6 foot high strength steel cable key lock? Pay $15 (after $10 MIR).

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