Friday, February 29, 2008

Notebooks at Fry's Electronics this weekend

Now let's take a look at what Fry's Electronics is promoting in their big ad for the weekend! They have tons of notebooks, we'll feature some, and then list the rest.

We start with the HP Pavilion dv6707us at $600 after a $50 mail-in rebate. This is a 15.4" widescreen, with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 TK-53 dual core processor, 2 gigs fo DDR2 memory, 160gb hard disk drive, double layer dvd burner, NVidia GoForce Go 7150m video card and such. On the second tier, it has the usual stuff, wireless, Vista Premium. You can also get a free Canon all-in-one printer after rebate. See store for all the details of this promotion.

If you need a desktop LCD monitor to go with this when you are at the office or at home and dont' want to spend more than $140, they have a nameless one at 19" for that price after a $30 rebate. It's your typical 1400x900 widescreen LCD monitor with dual analog and DVI-D interface, and 5ms response time, and 800:1 contrast ratio.

If you prefer a laptop with a 17" widescreen display, then you are in luck! The Toshiba Satellite P205-S7806 goes for $700, no rebates to mail-in! But it's not just a screen, you also get an Intel Pentium T2330 dual core processor, 2gb ddr2 memory, 250gb had disk drive, double layer dvd burner, built-in webam, wireless, Vista Premium, and such. Limit one per customer says the ad. Not sure if the Dave Matthews Band song "Satellite" is included with the laptop ;-)

If you are a fan of Fujitsu and mail-in rebates, you can get the Fujitsu A6110-378 for $800 after two-mail rebates of $50 and $100 respectively. If you do do the rebates, be sure to make copies and keep track of your submissions, and follow the instructions. The processor here is an Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo T5550. Memory is 2gb ddr2 which is become the standard memory size for laptops in this market segment. You also get a 200gb hard disk drive with a shock sensor (nice!), double layer dvd burner, spill resistant keyboard, built-in webcam, wireless, and Vista Premium. Oh yes, the screen is a 15.4" WXGA Crystal View.

Meanwhile at, they have a special deal for $450 on the Compaq c700 Series Notebook, which has an Intel Celeron M 530 processor,15.4" widescreen, 1GB memory, 80GB hard disk drive, dvd burner, and Vista Home Basic. No rebates!

There's two more HP Pavilion models in the newspaper, the Pavilion dv6770se goes for $900 after a $50 mail-in rebate, with a 15.4" widescreen, 3gb memory, 250gb hdd, and Turion TL-62.

There's also the "convertible" TX1410us at $1000 after a $50 MIR, with a 12.1" widescreen, 2gb memory, TL-66 Turion processor, and such. This is of interest to those who like to swivel and twist the display. Which is why the display is smaller and the price is higher :)

Notebooks over $1000
On the higher end of the price range, we have the Sony Vaio SZ750N/C at $1700, without rebates! Other than the Sony brand, you also get an Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo T8100 processor, 2gb memory, 250gb hard disk drive, 13.3" widescreen display, N-Wireless (abgn) and Sprint EVDO-WWAN, Vista Business, double layer dvd burner, along with built-in fingerprint reader and webcam. That and a lot more!

At $1100 there's a more affordable Sony, the Vaio FZ410E/B with the same processor and main features mentioned above except Vista Premium and no Sprint EVDO-WWAN, and a 15.4" widescreen. For the same price, there's another Vaio with a T7250 processor and 14.1" widescreen. No rebate either!

The Apple doesn't fall far from the MacBook Tree
There are two MacBook Pros featured in the ad, the first one at $1900 with a 2.4ghz Core 2 duo processor, 15.4" widescreen, 2gb ddr2, 160gb disk, double layer superdrive, NVidia 8600MGT. If you prefer a 17" widescreen display, there's another one at $2400. Limit one per customer however. Fry's is an authorized Apple retailer.

Accessorize at Fry's - it's cheaper than Macy's
Just $5 (after a $10 rebate) gets you a Belkin Neoprene sleeve for 14" laptops. Limit one per customer though. If you are a Microsoftie, you can get their Prestige Portfolio case for $45 (after $15 MIR). This is good for laptops up to 15.4" widescreen. They also offer the Oggio Flux backpack for $30, with a suspended interiont padded laptop sleeves, good for most 15" laptops.

If you want portable and flexibile backup on the fly, a 4-pack of 1gb Kingston USB flash drives goes for just $25, while a 4-pack of 4gb flash drives is $70. That's less than $5 per gigabytes!

If you prefer to put all your eggs in one basket, there's a 32gb Voyager flash drive for $170 after a $30 mail-in rebate :)

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