Thursday, October 25, 2007

New laptops models invade Best Buy

Six new laptop models adorn the pages of this week's Best Buy circular. Six new laptops and some of the prices may surprise you! For those who hate rebates, there are no rebates to fill! What you pay is what you pay!

A brand new laptop is coming out of the gate at $400. This may belong in the category I call The Remnants, but for a number of uses and applications it may be more than good enough. So what is laptop? It is the Toshiba Satellite A135-S7404. This Best Buy exclusive model comes out of the gate at the price and it's a Toshiba to boot. How can Toshiba make a $400 model? I do not now that answer, but I do know that it has an Intel Celeron processor, 512mb ddr2 memory, 80gb hard disk, dual-layer dvd burner (wow!), 15.4" TruBrite widescreen, and Vista Basic. If these are the only features you need, this is not bad. Or if you plan on running Linux or other lightweight operating systems.

Our first dual core model is the new Acer EX4620-4605. As you can see, even the model naming is new. It is powered by an Intel Pentium dual core, 2gb RAM, 160gb hard disk, dual layer dvd burner, 14.1" CrystalBrite widescreen, and Vista Premium. All that can be yours for $600. Especially if you prefer the smaller 14 inch displays instead of the typical 15.4 inchers.

Next up Sony gives its fans something affordable (in terms of Sony pricing) to put under their Christmas tree: The Sony Vaio VGN-NR180E/W is just $650, with an Intel Centrino Duo Core 2 Duo, 1gb memory, 200gb hard disk, dual layer dvd burner, 15.4" XBrite-ECO widescreen and of course Vista Premium. A reasonably priced Centrino Core 2 Duo Sony? Wow :)

Next we have a computer made from cows! The Gateway P6301 is $700, with a 17" widescreen, Pentium dual core, 1gb RAM, 160gb disk, dual layer dvd burner with label flash and Vista Premium. A Best Buy exclusive model. Ideal if you must have a 17 inch display.

Another Best Buy exclusive at $950 is the HP DV2660SE, SE presuambly standing for Special Edition. This Verve tries to justify its price because of a 14.1" HD BrightView widescreen, fancy cover design (what?), 2gb RAM, 250gb hard disk, dual layer dvd burner with lightscribe, built-in webcam, mobile remote, and Vista. They call it "a stylish powerful performer". Is it?

The last of the advertised new laptops crosses into four figures. You guessed it, it's a Sony Vaio VGN-FZ-240E/B at $1300. Powered by the Centrino Duo Core 2 Duo Intel Making Up Long and Unnecessary Duo Names Duo Silly Duo T7250, it features 2gb RAM, 250gb hdd, dual layer dvd burner, NextGen wireless, built-in webcam, Vista Premium, 15.4" XBrite ECO widescreen and the Sony brand which I'm sure adds about $300 to the price :-)

That's all the laptops. Here are some accessories:

  • Belkin F5L001 cooling stand with fan, $30
  • Belkin F8N044-BRN chocolate color cushtop for laptop for $30. Even thought it says chocolate, DO NOT EAT IT!
  • Avid Pinnacle's PCTV HD ultimate stick with flash memory is $98. Model is 8230-10020-71. Nice name if you want to ask for it by name at a store :)
  • And how about some Madison Avenue accessories? A full page ad in the circular is devoted to a new exclusive line of Liz Claiborne fashion-forward bags and carrying cases for your technology gadgets, be it laptops, digital cameras, cell phones, iPods, and such.

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