Sunday, February 24, 2008

Notebook deals at Best Buy this week (2/24 to 3/1)

Let's take a look at the circular ad found in the Sunday paper (and online) by Best Buy, and more specifically what laptops and notebooks are advertised there. As always keep in mind that the better the deal is, the less likely it is you may find it online or in-store. As always, be sure to check first!

We will present them in price-ascending order, starting with the $450 Compaq Presario C751NR, which is a Best Buy exclusive model. Remember, Best Buy does not do rebates, so what you see is what you pay at the checkout counter! The C751NR, and we assume NR does not stand for noise reduction, is powered by a Pentium dual core processor, in contract to the Presario F-series which is powered by Athlon models. It has 1gb DDR2 memory, 120gb hard disk drive, 15.4" widescreen display, dual layer dvd burner, Vista Home Premium (oh lovely!), and the usual assortment. Because of the great price this is offered one per household, assuming you can find one.

At $500 we have the Gateway M6309, which is a Best Buy exclusive model according to Best Buy itself. This lappie offers a Pentium dual core processor, 1gb memory, 160gb hard disk drive, dual layer dvd burner, 15.4" ultrabright widescreen display, and Vista Home Premium among other things.

And keep in mind that if you are participating in the Best Buy Reward Zone rewards program, you can earn 2X or 3X points on all computer purchases totalling $699 or more. Membership to the rewards program is free!

Up the price ladder we go now to the $600 notch where we find the Toshiba A215-S5818, which has an AMD Turion 64 X2 dual core processor, 2gb ddr2 memory, 160gb hard disk drive, dual layer dvd burner, ATI Radeon X1200 graphics, 15.4" TruBrite widescreen, and such. This is a Best Buy exclusive model.

Also an exclusive, and at the same price, is the Gateway T1625, which is also powered by an AMD Turion 64 X2 dual core, 2gb DDR2 memory, 250gb hard disk drive (nice!), dual layer dvd burner with labelflash (not to be confused with lightscribe), ATI Radeon X1270 grpahics, built-in webcam, 14.1" ultrabright widescreen display, and lots more!

Now we move on to the $700 tier where we find the Sony VGN NR260E/W. Wow, a Sony at $700? Yes sireee! It's a Sony baby with a capital S!!! This is an all white model, so be sure to spill your coffee, coke, and orange juice all over it ;-) It is powered by a Pentium dual core processor, 2gb ddr2 memory, 200gb hard disk drive (nice!), dual layer dvd burner, 15.4" XBrite-Eco widescreen display, and Vista Premium. As with all things Best Buy, no rebates!

$50 above the Sony we find the HP DV9715NR, a Best Buy exclusive model as well, which is powered by the AMD Turion 64 X2 DC, 2gb ddr2 memory, 250gb hard disk drive, dual layer dvd burner with lightscribe, built-in webcam, and nVidia GeForce Go7150m graphics. But the distinguishing characteristic of this model is a 17" BrightView widescreen display.

Moving on up, Dell marks the $800 spot with the Inspiron 1420, model B8104, which is powered by an Intel Centrino Duo Core 2 Duo processor (talk about a railroad!), 2gb ddr2 memory, 250gb hard disk drive, dual layer dvd burner, built-in webcam, 14.1" widescreen which means smaller laptop size, which is an important feature for some people, and Vista Home Premium.

At the same price you can get the HP Pavilion dv2754se, which features an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC processor, 3gb of DDR2 memory. Yes, three gigabytes, not a typo! The more memory the better! It also has a 250gb hard disk drive, dual layer dvd burner with lightscrbie, nVidia GeForce Go7150m graphics hardware, built-in webcam, and 14.1" brightview HD wide display. And yes, Vista Home Premium, Vista HP in short.

And now we move to the big leagues, the four-figure laptops, starting with the $1100 Sony VGN-CR320E/P, a pink laptop, but you can select your color of choice. This model has an Intel Centrino T7250 processor, 2gb ddr2 memory, 250gb hdd, dual layer dvd burner, the new wireless technology (NextGen N), built-i webcam, anda 14.1 X-Brite ECO widescreen display. Needless to say it has a Vista HP as well.

Last but certainly not least is the buzzworhty Apple MacBook Air MB003LL/A at $1800. Lots of coverage of the Air at the high tech gadget blogs, where they compared it with the Lenovo X300. The price you ask? $1800! It uses an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2gb ddr2 memory, 80gb hard disk drive, built-in iSight camera, wireless-N and bluetooth, full-size keyboard, and 13.3" widescreen display. It's not the specs or the Apple logo that command this price, but rather the really thin size, 3 pounds weight and just .76" thin. That's about three quarters of an inch! Talk about thin! So thin that it doesn't have an optical drive, but you can purchase the external MacBook Air superDrive for $100. The model # for that is MB397G/A.

And this concludes this episode of Best Buy laptops in this week's sunday paper. And don't forget to subscribe to our full-text RSS feed!

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