Thursday, October 25, 2007

Office Depot Laptops this week (or whatever is left of it)

Office Depot (ODP) has rebates, and they have to be mailed in and they tend to be of the slow variety, so if you are not are not patient or organized, you may want to avoid the rebate offers. MIR means mail-in rebate :)

We start with an ODP exclusive model, the Toshiba L45-S7409 for the very tempting price of $450 after a $150 MIR. It is powered by an Intel Pentium dual core T2310, 1gb memory, 80gb hard disk, dual layer dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen, wireless and such. This is nice price for all the features and not to mention the Toshiba-ness. It certainly belongs to the category. Yum!

Next up at $600 after $150 MIR is the Gateway MT-6723 with the Pentium DC T2310, 2gb RAM, 160gb hard disk, dvd burner with labelflash, 15.4" widescreen, Vista Premium, and wireless. Another ODP exclusive model. This is similar to the Toshi above, but has double the RAM and the hard disk on the surface. I'm sure there's some more differences when you dig further down.

Next up at $700 after $200 MIR is the ODP exclusive HP DV2617US, with a 14.1" widescreen, Centrino Duo T5250, 2gb, 160gb disk, dvd burner, wireless and Vista Premium. Note the screen size on this one. Some people do prefer smaller screens (smaller screen means smaller laptop in general).

Toshi returns with the U305-S7448 at $750 after $150 MIR. This has an even smaller wide screen, at 13.3". But it does feature a Pentium dual core T2310, 2gb ram, 160gb disk, dvd burner, wireless, built-in webcam, Vista premium and such.

Using your laptop for too long, or is it overheating or are you worried the surface you are putting it on may not be good for it? The catch all solution is to use a chill mat. And this week they have the Targus® Notebook Chill Mat on sale for $20.

If you want to hold the Big Blue in your hands, the Lenovo R61i is avaiable for $800 after $250 MIR. It runs Vista Business, Centrino duo T5250, 2gb ram, 160gb disk, dvd burner, wireless, built-in fingerprint reader and more. Another ODP exclusive.

Back to the HPs with the Pavilion DV9620US at $850 after $200 MIR. This puppy has a 17" widescreen, and is intended as a desktop replacement in power. The processor is an AMD Turion TL-58, 2gb ram, 240gb disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, wireless, built-in webcam, Vista Premium and more.

Zooming on up we find the Toshiba Satellite A205-S7468 at $950 after $200 MIR, with an HD-DVD player drive as the spotlight. This of course makes it a good candidate as a multimedia computer for that purpose alone. As you probably know Toshiba is one of the driving forces behind HD-DVD so you bet they are going to try to push it out there as much as they can. What else do you get from this notebook? Centrino Duo T5250, 2gb ram, 200gb disk, wireless including NextGen, Vista Premium, built-in webcam and 15.4" widescreen.

Next Sony's multicolor wonder, the Vaio CR220 is $1150 after $150 MIR. You chose the color and the style and you pay the price :-) This has a Centrino Duo T7250, 2gb memory, 200gb hard disk, dvd burner, built-in webcam, 14.1" XBriteECO widescreen, Vista Premium, wireless and more. For Sony fans :)

Last but certainly not least is the HP DV9650US for $1250 after $200 MIR, with Centrino Duo T5250, 2gb RAM, 320gb hard disk (WOW!), dvd burner with HD-DVD playback, wireless including NextGen, TV Tuner, 17" widescreen, built-in webcam, and Vista Premium. Clearly a do-it-all notebook as you get your bigger screen, your tv tuner, and your HD-DVD player all in one. The 320gb hard disk is a nice touch as well given the multimedia-ness of this guy.

And this concludes our coverage of the ODP laptops this week :)

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