Saturday, October 20, 2007

Notebook deals at Fry's Electronics this weekend

Let's see what Fry's Electronics has in-store for us this weekend! We will be presenting the laptops in price order, lower price first :)

First up is the Compaq Presario F730us offered at $480 after a $30 mail-in rebate. This notebook which was a popular Columbus Day deal at Fry's features an AMD Athlon 64X2DC TK-55 processor, 1gb RAM, 120gb hard disk, Vista Premium, dvd burner with lightscribe, 15.4" widescreen and wireless of course. Not much is known about it yet, but it follows on the heels of the successful budget model the F572us.

Toshiba is one of the big names in laptops, and their Satellite A215-S7427 is tempting at $600 without rebates. It is powered by the same processor as the F730us mentioned above, and has similar features except it trade-offs a 2gb RAM for an 80gb hard disk. One per person.

At $650 after a $50 MIR stands the HP dv66265us. This puppy is spec'ed similarly to the F730us mentioned above, but it features an AMD Turion, not Athlon processor. The processor runs at 1.90GHz with a 512KB + 512KB L2 cache.

At $700 after a $50 MIR is the HP Pavilion dv2160us. This guy has an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC TL-58 1.9Ghz, 1gb RAM, 160gb hard disk drive, double layer dvd burner with lightscribe, 14.1" widescreen LCD, Vista Premium, wireless and Bluetooth. This is ideal for those who want a feature packed laptop but also prefer a smaller size. Note that it has a 14.1" widescreen, not the customary 15.4" widescreen. This is a reasonable trade-off between getting the standard 15.4" laptop or the ultracompact ultraexpensive ones.

Stationary screen frustrating you? Then take a look at the HP TX1305us for $900 after $50 MIR. It has a 12.1" convertible swiveling widescreen display, which is also a touchscreen. It has the usual features you would expect in this price range, AMD Athlon, 1gb RAM, 160gb disk, double layer dvd burner with lightscribe, Vista Premium, a/b/g wireless, etc.

There are three Sony Vaios advertised, all featuring Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo processors, 2gb RAM, double layer dvd burners, and wireless. They differ on some of the other specs which explains the price variation. The CR240E/B is $1200, while at $1700 you can get either the SZ640N/B or the FZ280E/B.

Apple users has a choice of the MacBook 2.0 for $1094 or the MacBook 2.16 for $1294. They use Intel Core Duo processors, 1gb RAM, and 13.3" widescreen displays. The other specs are different, which explains the price difference (dvd-burner, processor speed, size of hard disk, etc).

Last but not leasst, let's accessorize! For $100 you can get the HP Notebook QuickDock. $100 flat, no rebates and such. Also from HP, their Notebook Messenger Bag that fits notebooks with displays up to 17" widescreen is $40 flat, no rebates. If you want a more expansive Notebook Expansion Base the HP XB3000 is $200 (no rebatesw) and compatible with a list of Pavilion and Presario notebooks. If you feel like Tom, you can chase the Logitech V320 for $30 after a $10 MIR. You can protect your notebook with the Targus notebook computer key lock for $15 and no rebates. And if you love the SwissGear bags, the Blue Maxxum backpack is $55 after a $15 MIR and good for notebooks up to 15.4" widescreen.

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