Friday, November 9, 2007

Laptop deals at Fry's electronics this weekend

Let's get this Fry's party started!

The HP Pavilion notebooks
First up, for $600 after a $50 MIR (mail-in rebate) we have the HP dv6605us, which is your typical laptop these days, with a 15.4" widescreen, 1gb memory, 160gb hard disk, Vista Premium, b/g wireless, double layer dvd burner with lightscribe, and such. The processor is an AMD Athlon 64 X2 DC 1.8ghz TK-55. Now that's a railroad! How about 64X2DC instead? :)

Next up from HP we have a similarly spec'ed laptop, the HP dv6626us, but this one has an Intel Centrino Duo Core 2 Duo T5250 processor. Another railroad name. Those two microprocessor manufacturers are such copy cats! They even copy each other's names! Shame! Other than the processor the basic specs are pretty similar as the one above. The price is $700 after a $50 MIR.

For $50 more you can get the HP dv6645us which features an AMD Turion instead of Athlon processor, namely the TL-58 1.9ghz processor, and 2gb of memory instead of 1gb. The rest of the main specifications are pretty similar.

At the same price ($750 after a $50 MIR), you have another option, a laptop with a 17" widescreen, the HP dv9610us. Some people do love these bigger widescreens, so that's a welcome option for them. Spec-wise it is similar with the dv6645, but has 1gb of memory instead of 2gb, and of course the 17" widescreen instead of the 15.4" widescreen. Obviously it's easier to upgrade from 1gb to 2gb of memory, than from a 15.4" to 17" widescreen (infact, you can't :)

Moving on, the HP dv6660se costs $900 after a $50 MIR, and it is similar to the ones above, with AMD TL-58, 2gb memory, but a 250gb hard disk. It has the usual assortment of 15.4" widescreen, dvd burner with lightscribe, Vista Premium, b/g wireless etc etc. Please note I am only referring to the main specs here, I am not comparing their spec sheets line by line. There are other differences but they are beyond the scope of this post.

More HP goodies, the XB3000 notebook expansion base is available for $200 even, while an HP notebook sports backpack with black and green stripes can be yours for $40. No rebates for either one.


The Sony Vaio Trio
We have a trio of Sony Vaio laptops in this ad, starting with the Sony CR 240E /B at $1150. You get an Intel Centrino Duo Core 2 Duo T7250 processor, 2gb ddr2 memory, 200gb hard disk drive, 14.1" XBrite widescreen, a/b/g/N wireless (N for NextGen), double layer dvd burner, and more.

Next up at $1500 we have the Sony FZ 260 E/B which has the same processor as above, 2gb memory, 250gb hard drive, 15.4" XBrite widescreen, a/b/g/N wireless, Vista Premium, 1.3 megapixel webcam, and a dvd burner which is also a BluRay ROM. Yes, it plays BluRay. What it doesn't offer is an answer to the dueling HD formats (BluRay vs HD-DVD). With that in question, are you getting the next VHS or the next BetaMax???

The third one is the Sony FZ 280 E/B for $1650. Yes, these are Sony prices. You get the same T7250 processor, and similar specs as the one before, but without the BluRay, but with a built-in fingerprint reader. Not sure what the other differences are to jistify the higher price. Maybe the Sony logo shines more? :)


The lone Apple
The Apple MacBok black 2.16 is advertised at $1494. Fry's informs us that they are an authorized Appler reseller so worry not. This one has a 2.16ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 1gb memory, 160gb hard disk drive, double layer super drive, and a 13" widescreen display. It makes the Sonys look affordable ;-)


Some accessories of note
The Logitech V150 laser notebook mouse is $20 after a $10 MIR. What a pain to send a $10 rebate on a mouse! Grrrrr! The Swiss Gear angle notebook sleeve is $20 after a $5 MIR. Oh boy! APC has a universal LiIon notebook battery that claims to offer up to 4 hours runtime at $90 after a $10 MIR.

Wanna lockup your laptop? The Targus cable lock with a high strength steel cable and up to 10,000 user setable combinations is $15 after a $10 MIR. AirLink 101 offers a slim PS/@ KVM switch for just $19, no rebates, cables included and it supports video resolution of up to 2048x1536.

Emprex has a 4gb usb flash stick drive for $18 only after a $20MIR though. A brandless 17" LCD monitor is yours for $100 after a $20 MIR. Wow! An SD/MMC USB-based memory card reader is just $4, and no rebates. Thank you very much!

Samsung has a 22" widescreen LCD monitor, with 1680x1050 resolution, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 2ms response time, 300cd/m2, all that for $270 after a tiny $30 MIR.

If you can call this an accessory, the Norton Internet Security 2008 suite is free after two mail-in rebates. One of them is an upgrader rebate which means you must have either an older version of eligible Norton software or eligible competitor software.

We are almost done, Lexar offers an 8gb ExpressCard drive for $90, while PQi has a 16gb USB flash drive for 4100 after a $35 MIR.

And before we go, take a look at our breakdown of the sub-$1000 laptops

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