Sunday, March 30, 2008

A trio of notebooks in the Fry's electronics sunday paper ad

A trio of laptops are featured in the Sunday (March 30) edition of the Fry's Electronics advertisement in the Sunday paper. Let's take a quick look and see if they are worth it :)

First up, the Sony Vaio CR390E/RC, offered at $850, and one per customer. As with most things Sony, rebates are avoided since they are seen as working against the image the brand wants to portray. You know what I mean :) This laptop uses a Pentium dual core T2330 processor, 2gb of ddr2 memory, 200gb of hard disk space, double layer dvd burner, wireless, and a 14.1" widescreen Xbrite-Eco display. It has more features too, but those are just the main specs.

If you are a fan of Fujitsu and rebates, the Fujitsu A3210-772 is offered for $750 after you submit and receive (and cash) two $50 rebates (total $100). This lovely is powered by the AMD Turion TL-60 dual core 64 X2 processor, and has 2gb of memory, 160gb hard disk, double layer dvd burner, wireless, 15.4" widescreen display, and of course Vista Home Premium!

And the third one comes from HP, it is the convertible TX1420us. This Pavilion costs $1100 after a $50 mail-in rebate, and features a convertible 12" wides touchscreen, 3gb of memory of the DDR2 variety, 250gb hard disk storage, dvd burner with lightscribe and double layer support, the usual wireless (a/b/g), along with N (nextgen). Also featured is an Nvideo GeForce Go 6150M video card. My oh my what a railroad name! And yes, it has Vista Home Premium. Oops, it feels like we forgot something... Oh the processor! It is an AMD Turion TL-66 64 X2 dual core blah blah blah blah. Speaking of railroad names :)

Please keep in mind that not all "convertible" laptops necessarily have a touchscreen display, although it seems to be a nice combination given the twist and swivel flexibility. So be sure to check the specs, and don't jump on something just because it says "convertible". I guess this applies to cars too :) The one mentioned above does have a touch screen, so you can show your friends what you had for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and how many times you picked your nose ;-)

Three hot laptop clearance deals at Staples (March 30 to April 5)

Look inside your paper or go to the Staples website to check these out for more details. Here is the summary: Staples is having a clearance blowout on various items, and three notebook computers are included in this extravaganza! Let's jump right in, no more words!

First up, at $430 after a $30 easy rebate, we find the Compaq Presario F750us. This packs a punch for such a low price, as you get an AMD Athlon TK-57 dual core processor, 1gb of RAM, 120gb hard disk drive, wireless, super multi format dvd drive, Vista premium, and the usual features of this price point (ethernet, modem, USB, etc). But you don't get the fancy features: No ExpressCard, no webcam, no memory card reader. Now, not many people find those three features a must, or they can easily find a workaround by attaching a device like that to the USB port. So it's your money, your choice :)

Next up we have two Dells at $600 each, and for rebate-haters we have good news: NO REBATES :)

First up, with a 14.1" widescreen display we find the Inspiron 1420, available in blue, black or red. This laptop uses a Centrino Core 2 Duo T5250 processor, 2gb of memory, 160gb hard disk drive, supermultiformat dvd burner, wireless, Vista and built-in webcam. This makes an interesting contrast with the F570us mentioned above, as it has more memory and a webcam, but a smaller screen. Trade-offs, trade-offs!

A better match-up is the Dell Inspiron 1525, also at $600 without rebates, with a 15.4" widescreen display, the Pentium (not Centrino) T2330 dual core processor, 1gb of memory, 160gb hard disk drive, supermulti dvd burner, wireless, built-in webcam, Vista and such. Available in black in-store, or pink if you use the in-store kiosks.


Accessorize your life!
A number of accessories are advertised as well, so let's jump right in! You get 25% off all Samsonite and American Tourister computer bags after Easy Rebate. Check store or website for details and selection. And be sure to compare prices because 25% off full list price may still be higher than other stores! As I always say, 25% of too much may still be too much :)

Acer monitors are on sale as well, with the 19" P191Wd on sale for $180. This is a 19" widescreen Acer monitor with 1440x900 resolution, and 5ms response time. Next up aqt $250 you get the P22Wd, which is a 22" iwdescreen, and the P241Wad which is a 24" widescreen for $380.

o/~ Memories o/~ Oops, forgive our singing, but PNY deskop memory is also on sale. The PNY 2gb DDRII PC5300 goes for $60, while the 1gb PC3200 for $65. Prices are actually the same for 1gb PC2700 DDR laptop memory ($65) and 2gb PC5300 notebook ($60).

More accessories! The Microsoft 3000 wireless optical mouse goes for $20 while the Logitech V450 wireless laser goes for $30. Laser vs optical? We blog, you decide!

Furthermore, the Antec external notebook cooler is now down to $20. As the weather is starting to heat up these may be a good idea, especially if you use your laptop frequently, or you have a laptop that tends to overheat. You can power these via USB, and if you have other USB devices there, you can even "steal" power from them, instead of your laptop :)

MSFT is also offering their digital media pro giant and ugly keyboard for $20. Will it blue screen? Probably not, since it does not have a screen :)

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Loaded Dell Inspiron 1525 starting at $650

Don't sleep on this laptop fans! This special ends late on March 31st, 2008! It is a loaded Inspiron 1525 laptop for only $649. The price is before tax, fees, shipping & handling, and after $320 instant savings.

So what makes this a great deal? Take a look at these specs:
+Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core T2370 (1.73GHz/533Mhz FSB/1MB cache)
+Memory: 3 GB ddr2 at 667 (shared dual channel)
+Hard Disk: 250 GB HD (SATA, 5400rpm)
+Optical drive: dual format dvd burner
+Display: Glossy, widescreen 15.4 inch display with the typical resolution of 1280x800.
+Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100

You also get a Dell wireless card along with a 10/100 ethernet card and modem, one year service, Vista Home Premium, 28 Whr Lithium Ion Battery (4 cell), built-in webcam.


Colors and Patterns
You have many options here! You have a choice of 8 colors or 4 patterns. The four patterns available are street pattern, commotion pattern, chill pattern and blossom pattern. The eight colors are ruby red, espresso brown, jet black, arctic ice white, flamingo pink, spring green, sunshine yellow, and the default color, midnight blue!

If you don't like those, pull out your brushes and paint it your way (just kidding of course) :)

The Dell weekend continues!

We started the Dell Weekend here with coverage of the discussions of the new BluRay-powered Dell Inspiron laptops via the various high tech gadget blogs. Then we spotlighted a series of XPS specials, aka the XPS Fan Club :)

We continue today with two more specials, first up the lovely XPS M1730 laptop for only $2149 after $606 of instant savings. The M1730 as the name suggests features a 17" widescreen display! As with all things Dell, you can have it your way!

Next up we have the XPS M1530 laptop for only $1399 after instant savings of $619. As tne model name hints, the M1530 bares its soul to the world via a 15.4" widescreen display :) You can also customize it, given the available options.


Desktop???
All apologies to laptop purists out there, but we are now talking about a desktop! Oh my! The Inspiron 530 desktop is offered at $499, and Vista Haters will be thrilled that it comes with Windows XP. Please note that the price mentioned is before tax, fees, shipping & handling, and it reflects instant savings of $310.

The starting configuration's main specs are as follows:

  • Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 (8MB L2 cache,2.4GHz,1066FSB) processor
  • 3GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz - 4 DIMMs
  • 500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache
  • 16x DVD+/-RW dvd burner
  • No Monitor
  • Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100
  • 1Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor, 24x7 Phone Support

    And here are the secondary specifications:
  • Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
  • Dell USB Keyboard and Dell Optical USB Mouse
  • No Floppy Drive Included
  • Windows XP Home Edition, hooray for Vista Haterz :)
  • Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
  • 56K PCI Data Fax Modem
  • No speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)

  • Friday, March 28, 2008

    Dell offers BluRay Inspiron laptops for under $1000

    We continue the Dell Weekend with Dell news at the Gadget blogs. We tipped off Dell Weekend earlier today with the XPS fan club.

    The biggest Dell news that are buzzing on the gadget and high tech blogs are the announcement of new Blu-Ray powered models starting at under $1000. That's right, under $1000! It looks like the demise of HD-DVD is opening the door for BluRay for wider adoption. Will that work for BluRay? Is the demise of HD-DVD enough for mass market appeal? Will the companies behind HD-DVD embrace with BluRay or align themselves with others in an attempt to find an alternative? Well that's a story for another day, the focus here is the new Blu-Ray Dells!

    Ubergizmo spotlights the Inspiron 1525 now with BluRay. Infact the new ones will not only start under $1000, but they'll actually start at $880. Of course the price will go up as you add more features, along with shipping, taxes and such. More details at Engadget.

    Also chiming on on the announcement are Electronista which points out that you an option of having a BluRay player capability in your drive, but you can also get a full-on Bluray burner, which will obviously costs more. The BluRay playback option is only 720p which will surely disappoint some fans of high def. Which perhaps explains why the price is under $1000!

    And CNet's critically acclaimed Crave blog points out that Dell has yet to reveal the price for the option with the full BluRay burner.

    And another tidbit on Dells, from Engadget, where the scoop is ...fresh: Latitude E-series accessories. Is it a dock, is it a monitor stand or what? Check Engadget to find out :)

    Dell Weekend at Notebooks Etc

    We are now launching the Dell weekend here at Notebooks Etc, where we will be featuring news and specials on Dell computers! This is a new feature we are introducing and if it proves popular, we will expand it later on!


    The XPS fan club
    If you are a fan of the Dell XPS notebooks, we have some temptations for you! First up, the XPS M1330 laptop only $1199 (before tax, fees, shipping & handling) after $699 instant savings + FREE Standard Shipping. The M1330 has a 13.3" widescreen display and it is powered by the Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7250 processor, and "remembers" things with a 3 GB Memory, 200gb hard disk and dvd burner. It also has 128MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8400M GS graphics, and includes Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements (Oh my!) Applicable e-value code: 6VAFF-DYDNTF1. This special offer expires right before midnight on Saturday.

    Then the M1530, which features a 15.4" widescreen display. The XPS M1530 laptop is only $1199, before tax, fees, shipping & handling) after $699 instant savings + FREE Standard Shipping. The standard configuration has an Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 processor, 3gb memory, 200gb hard disk, a slot-loding dvd drive, and a 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT graphics card. This special offer expires right before midnight on Saturday, so don't sleep on it!

    But of course as with all things Dell, you can have it your way, you can customize it to your liking, but within the laws of physics :)

    And there's more, Dell is also having special daily offers on their XPS line-up. Be sure to bookmark this post and check daily to see what new goodies next has for us all: XPS Spring Savings Event Deal of the Day!

    Put on your shopping shoes and dance the Laptop Waltz

    We have a couple of computer specials from Buy.com. The first one is ideal for people who dislike Vista with such a passion that they don't want it to even touch their computer. And this computer comes with Windows XP! So it is not "touched by Vista". The computer? Lenovo ThinkPad R61i offered at $580 with free shipping by Buy.com. This is no slouch laptop fans, it has lots and lots of goodies: An Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2330 1.6GHz processor, a 15.4" widescreen display, 1GB memory (maximum 4gb), 80GB hard disk, super multi format dvd burner, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, one year warranty, and Windows XP Professional. Be sure to check the product page mentioned above or the picture link below for more details. As you can see from the price, and considering that it is a Lenovo, that's not a bad deal!




    Refurbish me please
    The next laptop is a recertified model. Some call them refubrished, reconditioned, used, you pick the word. Buy.com calls them recertified. The price? $700 but with free shipping and handling. The laptop? The Toshiba Satellite P205-S7402. This is a second tier laptop as it features a 17" widescreen, 2gb memory, 160gb hard disk, - Core 2 Duo T5250 1.5GHz processor, Wifi, Vista Premium, and such. Weight is 7.2 pounds.

    Please note that this laptop has a special restricted returns policy on this laptop, so be sure to read it before purchasing!

    One thing of note in the above recertified laptop is that its supermultiformat dvd burner can also play the now historic HD-DVD high definition format, which lost out to BluRay in the high def wars of the 00s. Of course this does not affect a computer the way it affects a dvd player since it doesn't "break" anything just by being there. And because of its upcoming obselence it may create some laptop bargains as we posted earlier in this blog.

    But ultimately the decision and the weighing of the trade-offs are all yours to make :)


    Refurbish me again!
    We have another refurbished laptop, this time from HP, the Pavilion dv9727cl, which offers a 17" widescreen display of the Brightview variety. It is powered by a 2.0 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core TL-60 processor. It has 2gb memory, a 250GB hard drive, and Super 8X DVD±R/RW dvd burner, making the elephant obsolete as a storage option ;-) You also get the usual assortment of features such as built-in webcam, wireless LAN, and Vista Home Premium. Please note this is a Factory Recertified notebook! Oh the price? It is $700 with free shipping!


    Accessorize!
    And we leave you with a couple of accessories ideas, first up for Sony fans, the Sony VGP-AMB9 VAIO Sport Messenger Bag is offered for just $15 and free budget shipping. This is a black, top-loading nylon bag.

    If you don't object to rebates, then you can get the Dane-Elec 4GB Secure Digital High Capacity SDHC Card for just $12, after you submit and receive and cash a $19 mail-in rebate. As with all rebates, be sure to make copies and follow the instructions!

    Thursday, March 27, 2008

    Laptop Lifestyles: The thrifty accessorizer

    We all love accessories, but we also love our wallets :) We want to be trendy, to have the latest and greatest, but at the same time, not spend a mountain of money on them. So, here are some ideas for cool accessories that won't break the bank!

    Look techy and cool when you are out and about at Starbucks and other WiFi hotspots, with this IoGear WiFi Wireless finder, model GWF001. The price? $17! The geek appeal? Priceless! Functionality? Check the reviews :)



    You can't always carry your laptop dock with you, or have a dock in every place your frequent. But you can carry this Trendnet TK-207K 2-Port USB KVM switch for $20. Note that this is a USB switch, not a PS/2 switch! Some of the features mentioned at the J&R product page are auto-scanning. Hot-Plug, and Audible Feedback. Weight is 3.5oz, so it won't bog down your laptop bag or backpack or briefcase or handbag.

    Hide this one from the cat, this mouse is so tiny, the cat is going to devour it :) The Targus ultra mini optical mouse, model #PAUM01U, is priced at $15, and can fit in tiny spaces when you are planning to use the computer for a while and the trackpad or the trackpoint are just way too frustrating when you are trying to multitask on the computer. It has a "Screen Scroller Button" functionality for easy of use, USB of course, optical so you don't need a mousepad, plug and play, and it even comes with a travel pouch! More details at the J&R World product page.



    If you liked this new "Laptop Lifestyles" feature, please let us know, so we can write a few more. If you didn't like it, also feel free to let us know!

    Wednesday, March 26, 2008

    Round-up of Laptop and Notebook deals (hide your credit cards!)

    We've already mentioned the Dell XPS M1730 specials, and the World of Warcraft special edition. But those are for a specific market segment, namely those who wish to spend $3000+ on a notebook computer.

    Unfortunately retailers do not take Monopoly money at the moment, so let's take a look at some other affordable models for the rest of us!


    It's a Dell World!
    If you use your notebook a lot of time, and a large chunk of that time is at home or at the office, then you will find it a lot more comfortable if you are using a bigger screen, especially if you are the multitasking type or the multimedia type. One such display is the Dell E248WFP 24" Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor. Coupon code: 18ZSF3$T576SSX.

    Next we have two Dell Inspiron specials that end on April 3rd, 2008, so don't sleep on them for too long! These two coupons are following the "spend more to save more" mentality. If you plan to spend over $1300 on Inspiron laptops, you can save 30% with this special offer, Dell Coupon Code: LG4SRSV8S2KCV0, which expires on 4/3/08.

    If you plan to spend more than $1000, you can save 25% on Inspiron laptops with coupon code: L3S0KX1RF42WV1. Get inspired with the Inspirons :)


    Dell for your Small Business!
    Apart from the Home and Home Office notebooks mentioned above, Dell has a couple of specials that expire on April 2nd, 2008, for small business business-class laptops!

    Not all businesses out there are swimming in money you know, you can equip your employees with practical and functional laptops for under $500: The Vostro 1000 is featured at $429 and as the model name suggests this is the entry level model. But it's by no means a slouch! If you are not familiar with the V1000, here are the basic specs: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core TK-57 (1.9GHz/256KB) processor, 1gb ddr2 memory, 80gb hard disk, 15.4" widescreen XGA with anti-glare, XP Home (Vista haters will love this), double layer dvd burner, ATI Radeon® Xpress 1150 256MB HyperMemory™ (integrated), Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g Wi-Fi Internal Card, and such. Not bad for a laptop that starts at $429. Of course you can also "have it your way", and configure it to best match your needs.

    And if you want to give your employees with attitude some ...latitude, consider the Latitude D531 featured at $579! This has a dual core Athlon processor, 15.4" widescreen, 120gb hard disk, 2gb RAM, dvd burner, and such. Be sure to check the Dell site for more details and also to configure it to your needs.


    Your face is your password, after rebate
    If you do not hate rebates with a passion, we have a Lenovo laptop for you! Again, this is only for those who are keen on the whole rebate submission and tracking process. The offer? The Lenovo 3000 Y410 Notebook for $650 after $150 in mail-in rebates. Rebate expires 3/31/08. The notebook is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.5GHz processor, and has 2GB DDR2 memory, 160gb hard disk drive, dual layer dvd burner, a 14.1" WXGA Integrated, wireless, built-in webcam , and Vista HP (Home Premium). This includes the Veriface technology, where your face is your password. Be sure not to let the thieves steal your face :)




    If you love big screens on laptops
    If you are a fan of 17" widescreen displays on a laptop, we have one for you for $740 via Tigerdirect. Please note this is a refurbished laptop. The guilty party? The HP Pavilion dv9628nr. Apart from the big screen (for a laptop that is), you get number crunching power via the AMD64 X2 Dual-Core 1.9GHz processor. No need to bring an elephant with you, you get a 2GB DDR2 memory, a 240GB hard disk drive, and a dual layer dvd burner. Other features include wireless, built-in webcam, and Windoze Vista Premium. But that's not all, be sure to check the Tiger website for more details. NOTE: This is refurbished!!!


    What about Sony fans?
    Okay Sony fans, we have something for you as well! The Sony VGN-FZ240E/B VAIO FZ Series is offered at $1000 with free shipping and "handeling". This Vaio has a 15.4" widescreen display, 250GB Hard Drive, 2GB DDR2 SDRAM memory, built-in web camera and Vista Home Premium. This is just the tip of the ice-berg, there's a whole lot more, so be sure to head on to J&R World to check it out.


    Of Apples and Oranges
    And we close with something for our readers who are sick and tired of Windows and PCs and more Windows and more PCs mentioned in this blog. This is for you!

    Apple Online Store

    Three laptops in the Sunday paper ad by Fry's Electronics

    A trio of laptops are featured in the Sunday newspaper advertisements of Fry's Electronics.

    We start with the Sony Vaio offered at the tempting price of $600, but this is a no-rainchecks, one-per-customer type of a deal, so consider it like winning the lottery if you find it. This laptop features a 15.4" WXGA screen, Centrino Duo T5450 processor, 2gb memory, 200gb hard disk drive, dvd burner, wireless, and Home Premium. Not bad considering it has the magic "Sony Vaio" brand name! If you can find it... The model name is not mentioned in the ad, but it does have the Fry.com stock number, which is #5546020.

    Back down to reality, we find the HP Pavilion dv6755us at $700, after a fifty dollar mail in rebate. This is a one per customer laptop and offers the feature you'd expect from this price range, such as 2gb memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe and such. The other specs include a Centrino Duo T5450, 15.4" widescreen, wireless, and everyone's favorite Vista Home Premium :)

    Last but not least, we find the Fujitsu a6110-1467, offered at $850, but only for those who are brave enough to submit the two mail-in rebates of $50 and $100 each. So the out-the-door price is $1000, but once you submit, track, receive and cash the rebates, then your effective price will drop to $850.

    But enough of the rebatology, how about the specs please? The processor is also a Centrino Core 2 Duo T5450, with 3gb of ddr2 memory (yes, three gigabytes), 200gb hard disk drive with shock sensor, double layer dvd burner, 15."4 Crystal View wide display, wireless, built-in webcam, spill resistant keyboard, and Vista HP.

    PS> By Vista HP we mean Vista Home Premium, not HP as in Hewlett Packard!

    High-end Dell XPS M1730 laptops, are they for you?

    Some people like to use the lowest possible priced electronics, other people prefer to get the latest and greatest and be on the cutting edge of technology for their 15 minutes. If you belong in the first group, please feel free to skip this post :)

    Today we have two Dell specials that are good until May 1st, 2008. And with good reason, these are brand new high-end laptops, but have the price of a used Honda Civic :)

    First up, the Dell XPS M1730 laptop can be yours for only $3564 after $399 instant savings + FREE Standard Shipping!- Expires 05/01/08.

    The default configuration for this Civic laptop is as follows:

  • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T9500 (2.6GHz/800Mhz FSB/6MB cache)
  • Memory: 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz
  • Disk: RAID Protection: 250GB (2x250GB) 5400RPM
  • Optical drive: DVD Burner with dvd-rw and dvd+rw support
  • Display: 17 inch UltraSharp TrueLife Wide-screen WUXGA
  • AGEIA PhysX™ 100M Processor
  • Video: NVIDIA SLI Dual GeForce 8700MGT with 512MB GDDR3 Memory
  • WiFi: Intel® PRO/Wireless 4965a/g/n Mini Card
  • Bluetooth: Built-in Bluetooth capability (2.0 EDR)
  • battery: 85 WHr Lithium Ion Battery (9-cell)
  • Audio: High Definition Audio 2.0
  • Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
  • Software: Trend Micro Internet Security 15-months
  • No Junk: No Productivity software pre-installed, No Entertainment software pre-installed. (Sad when all these crap are actually considered a feature! Computer manfacturers how far have you fallen?)
  • Warranty: Two year In-Home Service, Parts + Labor, 24x7 Phone Support
  • And: Free Recycling Kit

    And you have a choice of four colors, aptly named Sapphire Blue, Smoke Grey, Crimson Red, or Bone White. The last color may become a mosaic of the last few items you drank or ate at the Wifi-enabled coffee shops ;-)


    Next up, we have the Dell XPS M1730 laptop for only $3999 after $599 instant savings + FREE Standard Shipping!- Exp 05/01/08. What's the difference between this one and the one mentioned above, other than the price?

    Good question, we did a quick comparison and found the following major ones:
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Extreme X9000(2.8GHz/800Mhz FSB/6M L2 Cache)
  • Memory: 2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz
  • Hard disk: 200GB SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) Free Fall Sensor
  • Video: NVIDIA SLI Dual GeForce 8800M GTX with 1GB GDDR3 Memory
  • Wifi: Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945 a/g Mini Card
  • Warranty: 3Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor, 24x7 Phone Support
  • OS: Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium

    Of course as with all things Dell, you can customize them to your liking, but within reason and within the laws of physics :)

    If you are a fan of World of Warcraft, be sure to check yesterday's post on a limited edition World of Warcraft Dell laptop. Same family name, but with a WoW flavor :)


    What are they saying about the XPS M1730 on the net?
    As you can expect a laptop of this magnitude is generating a lot of buzz, especially around the high tech and gadget blogs, along of course with the usual suspects, the computer sites and magazines.

    And speaking of the latter, Laptop Magazine has posted a review.

    CNet's Prime Minister, Michelle Thatcher, has put it through the paces and produced a technical review, including performance benchmarks and comparisons with other laptops.

    Another solid review was posted by one of our favorite laptop review sites, NotebookReview.com. Benchmarks included for those who like to look at numbers and charts adn comparisons. We know we do :) If you are not a fan of reading (!), just page down all the way and read their conclusions segment with the pros and cons.

    More reviews? Engadget, the gadget blog, has compiled a list of reviews.

    We are a poor blog, we can't afford to buy laptops just to review them, so dear laptop manufacturers please send us review units :)

  • Tuesday, March 25, 2008

    Dell XPS M1730 World of Warcaft laptop, save $1000, save the world!

    You know when the promotion is $1000 off the regular price, that you are buying an expensive item. And you are buying this expensive item for good reason: You are a big fan of World of Warcraft! Dell is offering $1000 off all XPS™ M1730 World of Warcraft Edition Laptops + Free Standard Shipping!

    So what do you get computer-wise with the WoW laptop? The starting configuration is as follows, but as with most Dell computers, you can have them your way, just like Burger King, but a bit more expensive :)

    The power comes from the Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T8300 (2.4GHz/800Mhz FSB/3MB cache) processor. Memory is a 2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz. The hard disk is a 120GB SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) with a Free Fall Sensor. The optical drive is a dvd burner as you can image. Your video games are brought to life thanks to the NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT graphics card. You grab signals through the air using the Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945 a/g Mini Card. You also get High Definition Audio 2.0, 24 months of Trend Micro Internet Security, one year In-Home Service, Parts + Labor, 24x7 Phone Support.

    Oh did we forget something? Oh yes we did! The display you silly goose! Well, it has a 17" UltraSharp TrueLife Wide-screen WUXGA, a friend of the gamers. Speaking of which, you have the Logitech® GamePanel Display and the AGEIA™ PhysX™ Physics Accelerator.

    Last but not least, the battery is a 85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion, and you get Vista Premium. And good news on what you don't get: No Pre-installed Productivity Software, no Entertainment Software Pre-installed, and no ISP crapola alerts.

    And a little something-something for the WoW fan-addicts: World of Warcraft themed Backpack, T-shirt and Mouse Pad.


    What are they saying about the WoW Laptop?
    Engadget had a sneak peek at this special edition M1730 back in December 2007. Merry XMas Engadget :)

    Gizmodo had the obligatory unboxing posted on their blog.

    And the gamers chimed in too, here is what IGN had to say.

    There's plenty more on it on the net, we leave you with the Laptop Magazine post.

    Thursday, March 20, 2008

    Move over March Madness, here comes Dell Madness: Inspiron 1525 special (one day only!)

    We have a nice one-day deal for fans of the Inspiron 1525: One Day Sale! Inspiron 1525 laptop $699 (before tax, fees, shipping & handling) after $395 instant savings.

    The 1525 has the following main specs:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 Processor
  • 3 GB of Memory
  • 160gb hard disk drive
  • 15.4" widescreen display
  • dvd burner
  • Wireless-N
  • built-in webcam.

    You can also chose your favorite color for an extra $25. The default is the jet black, which is a typical laptop color. You add personality with the various colors such as the Alpine White (stains galore?), Espresso Brown (ideal for coffee lovers), Ruby Red (if you are loud and obnoxious), Midnight Blue, Flamingo Pink, Sunshine Yellow. Apart from the vibrant colors, you can also get patterns such as the Chill Pattern, or the Street Pattern, or the Commotion Pattern (for the troublemakers), and thed spring-time favorite Blossom Pattern.

    Please keep in mind the special price is good until 5am eastern time on Friday. Then it returns to its usual price. So don't sleep on it :)


    Meet the Inspiron 1525 notebook
    If you are not familiar with this laptop, or if you are not intimately familiar with it, you can jump right it. Engadget has compiled a list of reviews. So dive in and dissect the reviews!

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2008

    Vista or XP, your choice: Loaded Dell Inspiron 530 desktop for $500

    We take a small detour from the Land of the Laptops to talk about a desktop special from Dell. This is a great one day special so we are posting it in the land of the laptops!

    So tell us more? It is the Inspiron 530 desktop $499 (before tax, fees, shipping & handling) after $310 instant savings w/ XP. You can also get this desktop in Vista flavor if you are no longer a Windowx XP die-hard fan.

    The 530 desktop is powered by the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor, has 3gb memory, and a 500 GB disk. Please keep in mind no monitor is included with this special.

    These specials expire right before midnight central time on Thursday night, so don't sleep on these if you see something you like.


    Become familiar with the Inspiron 530 desktop
    If you are not familiar with the 530, there's a nice review of it at Cool Tech Zone. More reviews by ...Trusted Reviews. With a name like that how can you not trust that review? :) And another one, by a self-appointed expert at How Stuff Works.

    New ASUS M50 and U2E laptops coming soon!

    ASUS has two new laptops coming up! Let's see what the gagdet blogs are saying about them!


    ASUS M50 multimedia laptop
    We start with the grand-daddy of high-tech sites, CNet's Crave blog confirms that the new M50 is coming up! This is a typical laptop computer with a 15.4" widescreen and all. It is not a tiny EeePC!

    Engadget picks up on this new M50 as well and has some of the basic specifications. As a multimedia laptop it offers the option of bluray and also the newer Intel Penryn processors that are all the rage :)


    ASUS U2E lightweight notebook
    This is another standard notebook, not a tiny ultramobile. Ubergizmo has the basic specs of the U2E. Part of the trade-off for being lightweight of course is the debate between SSD and traditional hard disk drive.

    And speaking of lightweight, Ubergizmo also talks about the Nova Lite 2L PC. It's all about diet, light, tiny, and expensive these days :)

    Laptop stories at the gadget blogs

    Desktop? What is that? Is that like a VAX PDP-11? :) The editors of CNet Crave pick their favorite 17" desktop replacement notebooks. Which ones are they? We won't reveal it, you have to check it out to find out! They do break them down by different categories, general purpose, gaming, graphics work, multimedia and such. And let's not forget, Acer recently announced an 18 inch display laptop. A true ...gem ;-)

    Meanwhile back at the laptop farm, CrunchGear is picking up on a story from Taiwan that Dell may be expanding into the ...smaller handheld devices (again). More on this story at Electronista.

    Engadget reports that the reported return rates of the SSD-based laptops are blasphemous rumors. Depeche Mode not included :)

    CrunchGear corrects previous stories about Toshibas profits and losses. This of course approached from the angle of the HD-DVD "success story". We also pointed out that the demise of HD-DVD may generate some interesting multimedia laptop bargains.

    Love Sony? Vaio this! (FZ240E under $1000)

    If you love the Sony Vaio FZ-series, we have one for you that is actually selling for under $1000, offered by the mail-order giant J&R World of New Yauk. The Sony VGN-FZ240E/B is offered at $979. Those in New Yauk, you can pick it up at the J&R Express at Macy's! Be sure the laptop color-matches your newly purchased outfits, accessories and bling-bling ;-)



    This Fizzy (FZ-series) has the brains of an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7250 running at 2.0GHz. It bares its soul to the world via a 15.4" WXGA display. Content is stored on a 250GB Hard Drive, and instead of an elephant, it has 2GB DDR2 SDRAM memory.

    Other features include the Sony brand name, dvd burner, memory card slots, built-in webcam, VGP-BPS8 LiIon battery with up to 5.5 hours (dreams may come true?), QWERTY keyboard, NextGen wireless and Ethernet, and Vista Home Premium. Weight is just under six pounds.

    There are 31 user reviews of this notebook at Amazon. They are organized by favorable and critical so you can get both sides of the coin. More user reviews, but not as nicely organized, at PC World.

    New Dell XPS laptop coupons are now available!

    We have received a new batch of coupons from the good people at Dell. So if your interests of coupon-shopping and Dell laptops intersect, this post is for you :) All coupons are set to expire at the end of the day on Thursday (central time).

    We start with an exclusive coupon that is good until midnight Thursday, or after the first 1,000 redemptions, whichever comes first. So don't sleep on it XPS fans! Here are the details: Save $250 on XPS™ M1330 and M1530 laptop purchases over $1249 Coupon Code: R5VJ1FGD?Q6Z0$ As you may recall, the XPS are more high end laptops,, thus the higher price, and thus the bigger coupon discount. It's the age old retail philosophy of "spend more to save more".

    And speaking of that philosophy, Save $350 on all XPS™ M1330 & M1530 laptop purchases over $1599 (before tax, fees, shipping & handling) Coupon Code: ?TQJZJ?Q79?W4L. Its Mmmmm good, M for the M1530 and M1330 that is :)

    Now if the above coupon for purchases above $1249 is used up already (you know how popular Dell is), there is plan B: Save $200 on all XPS™ M1330 & M1530 laptop purchases over $1249 (before tax, fees, shipping & handling) Coupon Code: H9QM$3H$972M93.

    As the names suggest, the M1330 uses a 13.3" widescreen display and is (obviously)more geared towards portability because of its size. The M1530 as the model name suggests uses a 15.4" widescreen display, and it is good for those who feel "trapped" or "claustophobic" when there working window is a tiny little box :)

    And now we have to apologize but we will mention a *GASP* desktop computer. If you are planning to build or buy a powerful desktop, this offer is good enough to take look into: Save $400 on all XPS™ 420 desktop purchases over $1899 (before tax, fees, shipping & handling) Coupon Code: BMQPX9673ZT31M. Again, you can see the "spend more to save more" philosophy in play. Of course keep in mind that you still have to pay for that amount, so even if you are saving more, you do end up paying more. (Yes, we do have a degree in Master of the Obvious Studies).

    And now some terms for the offer, printed in the same text size as everything else, not in fineprint, courtesy of Dell:

    Restrictions: Offer may not be combinable with mail in rebates, dollars off, percentages, or select other promotions. One coupon code may be applied per cart at checkout. Coupon code expires after first 1,000 redemptions or earlier if offer is terminated earlier. The Home & Home Office site and offers contained herein valid only for end users and not for resellers and/or online auctions. Offers subject to change, not combinable with all other offers. Taxes, shipping, handling and other fees apply. U.S. Dell Home and Home Office new purchases only. Purchase limit of 5 systems per order, but coupon discount applies to only 1 system per cart. Limit of 5 systems per customer please. Dell reserves the right to cancel orders arising from pricing or other errors.

    Monday, March 17, 2008

    New Gateway notebooks and other stories

    In today's round-up of recent notebook-themed stories from the gadget blogs, we feature two new Gateway laptops, and much more.


    Two new Gateway Laptops
    Ubergizmo tells us about the new Gateway M151X and M151XL laptops. Needless to say they have the latest "buzz" features, such as NextGen wireless, 2 to 3gb RAM, gamer-friendly video card, and Core2 Duo processors. More on these at Engadget and Electronista.


    Other stories
    Firefox is so lovely, you can even run it from a USB drive, providing you get the right kind. And speaking of Firefox, Crunch Gear informs us that the 4th beta of Firefox 3 is out. Go Firefox go!

    Do you and your laptop want to avoid customs nightmares? Check this post by CNet Crave for more on this topic.


    Market News
    Move over desktops, the notebooks continue to pick up momentum, while desktops stagnate. More on the latest IDC report at Electronista.

    Don't cry for me Toshibagina! Partially thanks to the "success" of HD-DVD, Toshiba loses one billion dollars says Ubergizmo.

    Despite the industry troubles with melting and exploding laptop batteries, the quality assurance prartices haven't changed much points out the Gadget Lab.

    CNet's Crave tracks the news of the upcoming Centrino 2 processors. The new 45nm line of Montevina mobile processors will come out in June and then September. It rhymes with ember which reminds of a certain famous poem.

    Poem you ask? What is that? :)

    St Patrick's Toshiba Special at Office Depot

    Go Green on St Patty's day with this Toshiba Satellite A205-S5803 for $430 after $135 of mail-in savings. The price you pay is $565, and after you submit and receive the mail-in rebates, it drops down to $430.

    Go Irish, Get Laptop-Lucky! So what does this laptop feature? A 15.4" Widescreen display, with Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor T2330 brains. Memory is 1 gigabyte PC2-5300, hard disk is 120gb of 5400rpm SATA. IT also has a supermulti dvd burner, wireless and ethernet LAN, ExpressCard/54 slot (also compatiable with /34). The weight is 6 pounds, so that gives you a good indicator of size and portability.



    As you can see with laptops, their price has an inverse relationship with their weight. But if you don't need featherweight laptops, you can get some really nice deals, like this one!

    Four hot laptop deals at Staples this week

    It is rare that all the deals in a weekly circular ad are hot, but this is one of those rare exceptions. So, don't walk, run to your local Staples store. Or check inventory online first, or call them up to see if they have it online or in-store.

    Okay, enough banging of the drums, where's the evidence???

    Exhibit A: The Acer Aspire AS4720-4721, aka Aspire 4720Z, is offered at the round price of $500, and that's without any rebates of any kind. So what do you get for half a thousand you ask? You get the Intel Pentium dual core T2330 processor, 1gb of memory, 160gb hard disk drive, a nice 14.1" widescreen display, supermulti dvd burner, built-in memory card reader and webcam, b/g wireless, and Vista Premium. What else do you need for a basic all-around laptop? Well, for one thing, if you prefer a bigger screen, you may want to trade it off for a 15.4" laptop instead of this 14.1". Or if you must have a fingerprint reader. But other than that, it can do a little bit of everything!

    And if a 14.1" display looks like a pinhole to you, then you will be thrilled to find out that Staples has a special one-time offer for the Compaq Presario A909us which sports a 17" widescreen display. This model is available via their kiosk and only while supplies last. The price is $600 after a $30 Easy rebate. Apart from the aforementioned 17" widescreen display, you get the Intel Pentium dual core T2330 processor, 2gb of memory, 120gb hard disk, supermulti dvd burner with lightscribe. Also, built-in memory card reader (the usual five in one), b/g wireless, built-in webcam, and Vista Premium. Fans of big screen laptops, this is for you!

    Next up at $650, and without rebates, we find the Dell Inspiron 1420, available in blue flavor in-store, and red or black via the in-store kiosk. As with other Dells, no rebates, which we are sure thrills "fans" of rebates. Before we get any further, please keep in mind this is a clearance model, so consider this more of a lottery ticket, than your typical purchase.

    And the specs you ask? Here is a brief summary: An Intel Centrino Duo T5250 processor, 2gb of memory, 160gb hard disk, supermulti dvd burner, 14.1" widescreen display, wireless, built-in webcam, and Vista Premium - among others. Note the screen size, and compare and contrast with the Acer mentioned above. Obviously the other thing to consider is your brand preference, Acer vs Dell. As we mentioned earlier, Acer is stock-piling computer brands. But Dell is Dell, while their nemesis, Gateway is now ...Acer!

    Last but not least in our round-pu is the HP Pavilion dv6745us. This sports a 15.4" widescreen display, an AMD Turion TL-60 processor (64 X2 dual core), 2gb of memory, 250gb of disk space, supermulti with lightscribe dvd burner, wireless and Bluetooth too. Also, memory card reader and Vista Premium. The price? $700 after a $50 easy rebate.

    Easy rebates are Staples's award-winning rebates that can be submitted online, so there is no need to cut upc codes and mail stuff via snail-mail. Be sure to read the instructions and follow the rules. And to keep track of your submissions. This reduces rebate frustrations, and also makes it easier for you to make your case to customer service (or your local DA's office) when they are not delivered.

    And if you are wondering what "supermulti" means, it is a dvd burner that support DVD-RW, DVD+RW and DVD-RAM. The super adjective goes for the DVD-RAM, which is Panasonic's bridge to nowhere brainchild. Fans of DVD-RAM will point out its benefits and versatility over traditional DVD-RW and DVD+RW rewriteable discs, but that's a whole different can of worms, a can we do not want to open up in this post, because it will fill it up with technobabble and drama :)

    The wait is over, the Lenovo X300 Thinkpad is here!

    Regular readers of this blog may have already read our post covering the launch of the Lenovo X300, and the inevitable comparisons by the gadget and high-tech blogs between it and the MacBook Air. We also talked about a recent X300 review.

    Now the good people of Tigerdirect have informed us that the X300 is available and shipping at their website for $2800. They have 27 product pictures, so you can get a really close look, without actually leaving your desk :)

    The configuration mentioned above by Tiger includes the Intel Core 2 Duo SL7100 1.2GHz processor, 2GB DDR2 memory, 64GB SSD storage, dvd burner (7mm thin!), and of course a nice 13.3" WXGA LED widescreen display. You also get your usual assortment of features, including Bluetooth, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, N being the Next generation of wireless, built-in fingerprint Reader and webcam. And "fans" of Vista will rejoice, this comes with Windows XP Professional!

    The 3-cell battery can last up to 4.3 hours, although as with all battery estimates, your mileage may (and probably will) vary.

    Saturday, March 15, 2008

    Lenovo Thinkpad R61i special at Tigerdirect

    If you love Lenovo laptops, or you are re-discovering your love for Big Blue, be sure to check this Thinkpad special at Tiger direct! The Lenovo ThinkPad R61i Laptop can be yours if the price is right for you. And the price is... *drum roll* $650, no rebates.




    The specs
    This notebook is powered by the Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2330 1.6GHz processor. It comes with 1gb of PC2-5300 RAM (two slots, max 4gb), and a 120gb hard disk drive. It bares its soul (oh my!) through a 15.4" widescreen display. It has a dvd burner, Type II PC slot, Windows Vista, 3 USB ports, wireless and ethernet, and the signature red Trackpoint that is a characteristic of Thinkpads. And if you are working in the dark, it has the ThinkLight keyboard light.


    The reviews
    A hybrid of a review and product description is the CNet product brief. User reviews, by users like you and me, can be found at Amazon - a total of one as of this moment. And a more traditional review, written by YS Mao at NotebookReview.com.


    Our Opinion
    You can certainly find similarly spec'ed laptops for less from other brands, but if you are a fan of the Lenovo brand, or a fan of the red Trackpoint, then this is worth a look! You are getting Big Blue legacy, and you have to submit ZERO rebates to get this price.

    New laptops: Acer Aspire 8920G and 6920 Blue Gemstone (gadget blog round-up)

    Acer has generated a lot of buzz in the notebook world in the last week. First it was all the waiting and the hype for their announcement. Then came the live coverage at NYC.

    So what was this all about? The new Gemstone Blue notebooks! Details at Electronista, where we learn that the new laptops, the 16" display Aspire 6920 and 18.4" display Aspire 8920G, are 1080p and hope to serve as a mini-HDTV replacement as well. Lots of pictures at Electronista.

    Pictures from the event and pictures of the spec-sheet at Gizmodo. More pictures and angles of view at Engadget. And they have a hands on as well. We have a hands-off :-( Acer, please send us a demo unit! :)

    More technical details, and fewer giant pictures, at CNet's Crave blog, where we learn the price range is somewhere around $900 to $1700. Crave also points out that Acer marketing is serious about things as they take giant high-profile ads in the New York Times. And we know what the New York Post was busy filling up its pages with ;-)

    SlashGear reminds us that Acer has built up quite a portfolio of computer companies, including Gateway, E-Machines, and Packard Bell too. Acer, do you want to buy this blog? Our asking price is an extra large 3-topping pizza and a 2-liter brand name soda :)

    And if you want to see more on these two new laptops directly from the source, here is Acer's Gemstone Blue page.

    Well, the more options we have in the market, the better. How will they perform in the market? Time will tell! We can't tell you more, unless Acer sends us a hands-on preview unit :)

    Friday, March 14, 2008

    Weekend only: Lenovo 0769AUU 3000 N200 at $600 by J&R World

    For the weekend warriors out there, there is a weekend special on a versatile laptop. The Lenovo 0769-AUU 3000 N200 15.4" Notebook PC is offered by the mail-order giant J&R World for $600.

    So what is this Lenovo N200? It is your typical laptop in this price range but with the Lenovo brand. The tradition of Big Blue if you like. It has a 15.4" widescreen, 1gb memory, 120gb hard disk, Intel Pentium Dual Core T2330 1.6GHz processor as its main specifications.



    On the secondary spec tier, it offers a dvd burner, fingerprint reader, built-in memory card reader, PCMCIA slot, b/g wireless and gigabit ethernet, and *gasp* Windows XP Professional. No need to remove Vista. It has no Vista!

    It weighs 5.3 pounds in case you were planning to use it as exercise equipment ;-)


    What are the reviewers saying?
    We've found a few reviews of the N200, and you can take a look at what they are saying. NotebookReview has a review of the model of the N200 lineup but it's a different configuration. Meanwhile CNet gave it a review, and its editors marked it as 7 out of 10 and called it "business friendly". PC World has a short review as well. They give it 80, out of 100 we assume.

    For more reviews, be sure t check NotebookCheck.net.

    Dell Vostro 1400 and Latitude D630, and other friends

    Dell Small Business has a few of specials for fans of their busy-ness models. First up, we have the VOSTRO™ 1400 featured at $579! Expires 3/19/2008.. This business laptop offers you the choice of Windows XP or Vista Basic, which is music to the ears of users who are not thrilled with Vista, and prefer the "stable-ness" of Windows XP. The processor is an Intel Core 2 Duo. It also has 2gb memory, and a 160gb hard disk drive.

    But that's not the only Vostro on special, they also have the Vostro 1000 starting at $450. This is the entry-level option for the price-conscious, and it is ideal for everyday tasks. Don't plan on running complicated Photoshop algorithms on this one :)

    While the 1400 mentioned above focuses on travelers, the Vostro 1500 focuses on more power! More power please! Start at $550. And if you hate the small laptop screens, you are in luck, the Vostro 1700 series has a 17" widescreen. Obviously nowhere near as good as your 50" HDTV, but it has to be portable!

    If you have Attitude and want to give it some Latitude (oh dear), consider the LATITUDE™ D630 LAPTOP featured at $849! Hurry! Limited Time Offer. Latitude models are more advanced (read: expensive). The D630 tries to balance power and mobility with its 14.1" widescreen, while the D830 gives you more power and graphics, and has a 15.4" widescreen. And there's the entry-level D530 model for those who want some ...Latitude.

    All the laptops mentioned here include free 3-5 day shipping. But this is a limited time offer!

    Thursday, March 13, 2008

    Reconditioned HP entertainment laptop from Buy.com

    If you are fan of reconditioned, aka recertified, aka refubrbished laptops, Buy.com has a deal for you! The price? Exactly one thousand dollars, and free shipping. The laptop? The HP Pavilion DV9740US!

    What do we mean by entertainment laptop? Consider the Blu-Ray player drive, consider the 17" high def display, consider the TV tuner (QAM and FM), and of course the Nvidia GeForce 8600M.

    But it's not just a glorified TV, it also has 3gb of memory, 320GB of hard disk, and it is powered by the Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 Processor.



    But wait, there's more! The optical drive is not just a Blu-Ray ROM (BluRay player), it is also a dual layer dvd burner. And for the Starbucks sippers and airport dwellers out there, it has quad-mode Wi-Fi. Also a built-in webcam, and Vista Premium.

    Again, please keep in mind is a factory recertified laptop! There are no user reviews of this posted at Buy, but we found fifteen user reviews at Amazon.

    New Toshiba laptops, reviews, and other stories

    Laptop Reviews
    Electronista has published their own review of the new MacBook. What did they think? We won't spoil it for you, you have to enjoy it for yourselves!

    And what did Crave think of the new MacBook and Pro?. If you are a die-hard Apple fan, you may want to take a seat first, and remove any sharp objects from your desk :)


    Two new Toshiba laptops
    Engadget spotlights two new Toshiba Satellite laptops, the L300 and the U300. As you can suspect from the model names, one of them is a 15.4" type of laptop, and the other one is a smaller 13.3" widescreen type of a laptop.

    As you may recall, Toshiba took a major publicity heat when their HD-DVD format failed to win the high definition format wars with BluRay. And Toshiba waved the flag and the HD-DVD vs BluRay war is over. But don't hold that against the Toshiba laptops! And as we mentioned earlier, some of the Toshi laptops with HD-DVD optical drives may be discounted at a nice bargain price. Maybe! We can't guarantee it :)


    More laptop stories at the Gadget Blogs
    No love lost between Dell and HP/Compaq, as Dell tries to punk an HP event. Well, the press events are boring anyways, they could use some spicing up :)

    CNet's Crave blog has spotted early benchmark results of the new Intel Atom processor. Not sure if it was named after "Atom Ant", but there is a comparison with the Celeron M 900mhz there.

    And if you missed some of the latest happenings at CNet, be sure to check their week in laptops.

    You decide: Is this an artists laptop, or an ugly mess? You decide! We are talking of course about the HP dv2800t, artist edition. Details at Ubergizmo.

    If you believe that you can never have too many accessories, check this one at SlashGear. It has ...bedroom benefits (no, not what you think!).

    A solar-powered laptop? Are we there yet? Are we??? Find out at the Gadget lab, a Wired blog.

    We have New Dell Inspiron laptop coupons today!

    Good news for Dell fans. We have three new Dell coupons for you, two for Inspiron laptops to get you ...inspired, and one for a bag to accessorize with practical style (as opposed to bling-bling style).

    First up, you can save 25% on Inspiron™ laptop purchases over $999 (before tax, fees, shipping & handling)+FREE Standard Shipping!-Coupon: KMQ?ZLS2RVWJ2K. Dell laptops are everywhere these days, from Staples to Best Buy to just about any other big box retailers. But some prefer to buy direct, especially because you can fully customize them and get them straight from the source. It's good to have choices!!!

    If you are planning to spend more, you can save more, which may sound ironic, but that's how it was structured. More is less yet it is more! Here are the details: Save 30% on Inspiron™ laptop purchases over $1299 (before tax, fees, shipping & handling)+FREE Standard Shipping!-Coupon:5MP61X32?QBKL2. Get ...inpsired! :-)

    Bag it! Bag your laptop, not your groceries! $20 OFF Swissgear Synergy Laptop carrying backpack. Only $49.99 after coupon!- Coupon code: MFM??31VW9HSB8. Swiss Gear will get you the swiss logo on the bag, giving you instant "cred" among the onlookers.

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008

    Acer Aspire 5715-4713 offered at $600 by Tigerdirect

    The Tigers are using laptops these days! :) Well, not quite, but Tigerdirect is offering the Acer Aspire 5715-4713 Notebook for the price of $600, and no rebates, which is music to the ears of people who dislike the whole rebating process.



    So why would you part with your nickles and dimes for this laptop? For one thing, it offers an Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2370 1.73GHz processor. It also has 2GB DDR2 memory, a 160GB hard disk, and a dual layer dvd burner. It has a 15.4" WXGA widescreen display, along with a built-in webcam and everybody's "favorite" Vista Premium. *cough* *cough*

    If you are planning to do some weight-lifting, this clocks in at 6.2 pounds. It comes with a 12 month warranty, parts and labor and the such legalese.

    We checked around the internet, but we were not able to find any reviews of the 5715-4713.

    Tuesday, March 11, 2008

    Lenovo X300, Inside the MacBook Air and more at the Gadget Blogs

    Welcome to another round-up of gadget blogs stories of notebook and laptop interest! If you are not familiar with this segment, the "Apples and Oranges" heading covers Apple-themed stories, and the "Land of the Giants..." covers the ultramobile tiny PCs, such as the Asus Eee-PC.


    Laptop Reviews!
    Wired's Gadget Lab takes the Lenovo X300 inside the lab and gives it a good workout. So what did Wired think of the buzzworthy X300? Read their review to find out! We don't want to spoil the findings, you have to find out for yourselves! And keep in mind that a review does not exist in a vacuum but it is anchored by the price, which in this case is close to $3000.


    Of Apples and Oranges
    In this Apple-themed segment, as the title suggests, we have a lemon? Well, if you pay $40,000 for a laptop you can get for 10% of that price, it's a lemon! It's a blinged out MacBook featured at CNet Crave, and at Ubergizmo.

    Don't try this at home, unless you are CNet! Cracking the Air open, the MacBook Air that is. What's inside? A clone of Steve Jobs? See what they found ;-)


    In the Land of the Giants, the Tiny PCs rule
    Engadget says that Asus and Microsoft may be working together to create a Windows 7 version for the Eee PC.

    More on the Eee-PC, a close look of the 9" version at Engagdet. Oh aren't these tiny PCs just adorable? The question is, are they computers or high-tech bijou? :-) We blog, you decide!

    Not quite a mini-laptop, but it's mini anyway, and Gadget Lab has a hands-on preview of the Everex gPC mini. Powered by the Penguin (Linux). Lots of pictures in the article.

    Monday, March 10, 2008

    Office Max laptop specials this week (March 9 to 15, 2008)

    What does the week of March 9 to 15, 2008 have in-store at Office Max in terms of notebook and laptop computers? Let's take a look!

    For all the specials be sure to check the Office Max Computer Specials page. Following are a few spotlight models.

    At $1000 even, you can find the HP Pavilion dv6772nr, with an AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-64 Processor, 2gb Memory, 250GB Hard Drive, 15.4" WXGA Brightview Display, HD-DVD ROM & SuperMulti DVD Burner Combo Drive, NVidia GeForce 8400M Graphics, 802.11 a/b/g WLAN, Windows Vista Home Premium, and 1-Year Limited Warranty. As with all things Office Max (and Best Buy), there are no rebates.

    So what's the appeal of the above? It's a multimedia-savvy laptop, and its price dropped because of the failure of the HD-DVD high def disc format to survive. We talked about this last week.

    If you like convertibles, convertible laptops that is, then you may be interested in the special online sale of the HP Pavilion tx1205us. This has a 12" widescreen display that can swivel and tilt (thus convertible). This is the definining characteristic of this laptop which also features an AMD Turion TL-56 processor, 1gb memory, 160gb hard disk, Vista premium, built-in fingerprint reader, supermultiformat dvd burner, 4lbs weight, wireless, built-in webcam, lightscribe and such. Keep in mind this is a convertible screen, but not a touchscreen!

    Sony fans, there is something for you too, the Sony VAIO CR220E, which sports a 14.1" widescreen and stands out in Cosmopolitan Pink (read: pink). The power is not pink, it is an Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 processor. Its "elephant specs" include 2gb RAM, 200GB hard disk drive, and an 8x Dual-Layer DVD Burner. It also has the Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN WLAN, Vista Home Premium, and lots more one would expect for a $1200 laptop! But if you don't like pink, they also have the "Sangria Red" (read: red), or "Indigo Blue" (aka blue), or "piano black" (aka black).

    We don't want to be accused of drinking the big brand Kool Aid, so let's feature someone else, how about Everex? The Everex Stepnote ST5340T is a 12.1" Ultra Portable Notebook, with an AMD Athlon TK-53 processor, 1gb RAM, 100gb disk, Vista Premium, Dual-Layer DVD Burner, and under 4.5 lbs.

    And for those with itchy credit cards who want to spend big bucks, well, we have something for you too! It is the *drumroll* HP Pavilion HDX9010NR, with a 20.1" Ultra Brightview Display. That's right, not a typo, a twenty inch display! The power is given by an Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 Processor, 2gb memory, 240gb hard disk drive, Hybrid TV Tuner (ATSC and NTSC), 20.1", HD-ROM, Dockable Media Center Remote, builtl-in fingerprint reader, and 64-bit Vista Ultimate.


    Quick Hitters
    Other models on special include the following HP Pavilions: dv6662se for $950, dv2615us for $800,

    Also we have the Acer Aspire AS5720-6514, a 15.4" widescreen notebook for $650.


    These and more
    To see all the specials mentioned above, and a lot more, be sure to check the Office Max Computer Specials page.

    Bamboo laptop and the Battle of the Tinys (gadget blog round-up)

    Welcome to another round-up of notebook and laptop news from the gadget blogs. And we start with a round-up in itself, CNet rewinds the week at Crave. Crave being CNet's high-tech gadget blog.

    Ubergizmo has something "green" from CeBit: The Asus Eco notebook with a bamboo shell. We assume it uses bamboo to do the processing as well ;-)


    In the land of the Giants...
    Not only are the tiny PCs getting tiny, but this one from GeCube has a detachable 7" screen. This at DVice, SciFi Channel's gadget blog. Yes, you heard right, the SciFi Channel recently launched a gadget blog, which is a good marriage, since scifi and high-tech are inter-linked: Yesterday's SciFi is tomorrow's high tech ;-)

    Amazon itself has a gadget blog as well, they call it Current. And in a recent post they summarized the competition to the EeePC.

    Meanwhile Ubergizmo reports that Acer is planning an Eee PC killer, coming later this year. More on this at Engadget.


    Laptop Reviews
    Engadget spots a review of the Fujitsu Lifebook P8010. This is a lightweight laptop as it clocks in weighs in under 3 pounds. Not that this is a boxing match :)

    Sunday, March 9, 2008

    Laptop specials at Best Buy this week (3/9 to 3/15/08)

    We jump right in with the back-cover feature, the Best Buy exclusive HP Pavilion dv6736nr. The price is $700, no rainchecks, one per household. So what's the big deal? Well, it has an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC processor, 2gb DDR2 memory, 250gb hard disk drive, dual layer dvd burner with lightscribe, 15.4" HD brightview wide display, built-in webcam, Vista Premium, and the like. No rebates, just like everything else at Best Buy!

    Continuing with the exclusive theme, the next three laptops are claimed to be Best Buy exclusive models according to the Best Buy circular ad found in the Sunday paper. We can't check every single retailer out there, so we'll take them at their ad-word :)

    The lowerst price laptop of the lot is the Compaq Presario C751NR, which sounds awfully similar to the Presario F750us. Doesn't it? But it has an Intel Pentium dual core processor instead. Other features include 1gb ddr2 memory, 120gb hard disk drive, dual layer dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen, and Vista Premium. One per household please.

    For $100 more, at $550, we find the Gateway MT6728. This BB exclusive has an Intel Pentium dual core processor, 2gb ddr2 memory, 160gb hard disk, dual layer dvd burner with labelflash, 15.4" ultrabright widescreen, and Vista Premium. This is a clearance item, one per household, no rainchecks. How about snowchecks? :)

    For an extra $100, at $650, you can get the Toshiba Satellite P205d-S7802. The highlight of this lappie is the 17" TruBrite widescreen display. But it's not just a screen, you also get an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC processor, 2gb memory, 160gb hard disk, dual layer dvd burner, ATI Radeon X1200 graphics, and Vista Premium. Toshiba fans and big screen fans where are you?

    Next up we have two Dell models, first up the Inspiron 1420 I1420B8104, for $800, and with an Intel Centrino Duo Core 2 Duo processor (oh my is that a railroad or what?). IT also has 2gb memory, 250gb disk, dual layer dvd burner, built-in webcam, and Vista Premium. And a 14.1" widescreen display. Available in eight fashionably delicious colors. Are they laptops or bijou? We blog, you decide!

    The second Dell is the XPS X1530-B-8107, with a 15.4" widescreen, Centrino Core 2 Do, 2gb memory, 160gb disk, slot-loading dual layer dvd burner, NextGen Wireless-N, nVidia GeForce 8400M graphics card, built-in fingerprint reader, built-in webcam, and Vista Premium. Oh the price you ask? $900!

    You do have the choice to upgrade to a Inspiron XPS M1530 (PRODUCT) RED with Vista Ultimate for the total price of $1150. Partial proceeds from the sale of (PRODUCT) RED Dell laptops go towards helping deal with AIDS in Africa, so you not only get a lovely red laptop, but you also contribute to a good cause, and at the same time, by using your new red laptop in public, you are promoting the cause!

    Last but certainly not least is the Sony Vaio VGN-NSZ-750N/C at $1700. Sony prices folks, what do you expect. This is powered by an Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo T8100 processor, 2gb ddr2, 250gb disk, nVidia GeForce 8400M, Next-Gen Wireless-N, Bluetooth, fingerprint reader, built-in webcam, Vista Business and 13.3" Razor-Thin XBrite widescreen. As you can see with laptops, you start at some point to pay a lot more for less :)


    Accessorize!
    If you love Targus bags, run to Best Buy! They have a sale of 30% off. Markdowns are off the regular prices, and outlet center items, along with clearance, demo, open box and such are excluded from this promotion.

    A number of stand-alone widescreen displays are on sale, starting at $210 for 19" LG L196WTQ-BF or a 22" Widescreen Westinghouse LCM-22W3 clearance display, or $330 for a 24" Westinghouse L2410NM display. The latter has a 1920x1200 resolution, and HDMI input, and 8ms response time, and 1000:1 contrast ratio. Clearance item.

    Sunday paper: Three laptops by Fry's Electronics

    The Sunday paper ad by Fry's Electronics offers a trio of notebook computers at tempting (?) prices for Fry's shoppers. Let's take a look at them, in ascending price order (how organized!).

    And what a teaser-doorbuster they had! A $400 Toshiba laptop, but with the usual qualifications (1 per customer, no rainchecks, 20 minimum per store). And no rebates whatsoever! The laptop in question? The Toshiba A205-S5805. As you can see there is a reason it is offered so low, it has a *gasp* Celeron Mobile 540 at 1.86ghz processor, not a dual-core processor. Still interested? It has a 15.4" widescreen display, 1GB memory,80GB hard disk, dvd burner, b/g wireless, and Vista Home Basic. Tempting???

    Next up, at $650 after a $50 mail-in rebate we find the HP Pavilion dv2710us, which features asn AMD Turion 64 X2 DC TL-60 processor, 2gb ddr2 memory, 160gb hard disk drive, double layer dvd burner with lightscribe, 15.4" widescreen, and such. Limit one per customer however. Reasonable price for what it is, but not something to camp outside Fry's for ;-)

    The trio is completed by the Toshiba A215-S6814 offered at just $750. This Toshi is powered by the AMD Turion TL-64 gold processor (no bling-bling however), 2Gb memory, 250GB hard disk drive, dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen, 802.11 b/g wireless, and Vista Home Premium. Also built-in webcam, and built-in LCD bezel. Limit one per customer. Toshi fans where are you? :)

    Dell Inspiron 1525 in USA Weekend on March 9, 2008

    Check your Sunday paper! The back page of USA Weekend (March 7-9, 2008 edition) has a full-page Dell ad. Among the items advertised is a Dell laptop, the Inspiron 1525.

    The ad mentions e-value code 13367-DNPSPQ4, and the laptop in question is priced at $499, and is configured as follows: Intel Celeron 540 processor, 1gb memory, 120gb hard disk drive, after the free hard disk drive upgrade, dvd-rom and cd burner, Dell 1395 wireless minicard (b/g), and 15.4" widescreen. It comes with Vista Basic and in Jet black color. You can customize it, like all things Dell, but if you prefer other colors or patterns, there is a $25 surcharge.

    Saturday, March 8, 2008

    Notebook deals at Office Depot (March 9 to 15, 2008)

    It's not Sunday yet, but Office Depot has already posted their in-store circular ad for the week of March 8-15, 2008 on their website. So let's take a sneek peak and see what's inside. Keep in mind that the new prices will activate at some point on Sunday. And don't forget to spring your clocks and watches forward tonight!

    The most talked about laptop of this week circular will undoubtedly be the Toshiba Satellite A205-S5814, an Office Depot exclusive model. It has the usual feeding frenzy qualifier, limited supplies, no rainchecks, minimum five per store. So think of it as laptop lottery, instead of laptop shopping.

    The price of $550 after $135 mail-in rebates is nice. The A205-S5814 is powered by the Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor T2330, and it has 2GB DDR2 memory, 15.4" widescreen display, 160GB hard disk drive, and dual layer dvd burner with labelflesh. Also, you get the "lovely" Windows Vista™ Home Premium, and integrated 802.11b/g wireless LAN.



    But the best price of the circular is the Compaq Presario F750us, offered at $450 after two mail-in rebates totaling $165. Be sure to follow-through with the instructions if you are planning to use the rebates. And now on to the computer! It is powered by the AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core TK-57 processor, has a 15.4" BrightView wide display, 1GB DDR2 memory, 120GB hard drive, and dual layer dvd burner. On top of that, Windows Vista™ Home Premium, and built-in 802.11b/g wireless LAN.

    Next up, we have a Toshi at $630 after mail-in rebates of $170. More specifically, it is the Toshiba Satellite A215-S6804. This is powered by the AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile TL-60 processor,15.4" TruBrite wide display, 2GB DDR2 memory, 250GB hard drive, dual layer dvd burner with labelflash, along with built-in webcam, b/g wireless and Vista Home Premium. This is an Office Depot exclusive model claims the ad. We cannot check every single store in the world to verify it :)

    And while we are on the topic of Toshibas, the PA3535U-1BRS 9-cell rechargeable Lithium Ion battery is offered at $100, and good news, no rebates to send! Please check the Toshiba website and customer support to see which models are compatible with this battery. For some more details on this battery, check the Amazon product details page. And if you prefer information straight from the horse's mouth, here is the Toshiba page of the battery. Go Toshi Go!

    Continuing with the Toshiba theme, the Satellite A205-S6808 is offered at $700 after $135 in mail-in rebates. It bares its soul via its 15.4" widescreen display. The pwoer inside is provided by the Intel Centrino Duo Core 2 Duo T5450 processor. It also has 2gb memory, 200gb hard disk drive, dvd burner but also plays HD-DVD discs, which lost the format wars. As we mentioned earlier, this may be a possibility for laptop bargains. You also get the usual assortment of features such as built-in webcam, Vista Premium and a/b/g wireless.

    Next up in terms of price, the Toshiba Satellite U305-S2804 is offered at $750. As the model name suggests, this is a more high-end and more lightweight model as it clocks in at 4.6 pounds and has a nice 13.3" TruBrite wide display. The brains belong to an Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T5450. The elephant role is played by a 2GB DDR2 memory and a 160GB hard drive. It's window to the outside world is a dual layer dvd burner, and a built-in webcam, along with a/b/g wireless. And the main reason of potential crashes will probably be the Windows Vista™ Home Premium. Just kidding Vista fans :) Actually Vista is not that bad in our opinion :)

    And now jumping to the other end of the display spectrum, a 17" widescreen laptop from Toshiba, the Toshiba Satellite P205-S8810. It has an Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 processor, 2GB DDR2 memory, 250GB hard disk drive, and an optical drive that is a dvd burner but can also play HD DVDs highdef discs. See our comment above on the high-def discs, the format wars, adn the possibility for bargains. And this is a good candidate, if you like what it has, and don't miss what it doesn't have. Unlike a dedicated HD-DVD player, the hd-dvd playback is only a small part of a laptops functionality. You can even ignore it if you like :)

    And the most expensive laptop of this week's ad goes to *drum roll* Sony! Now that's a shocker :) You pay a lot more for less in size and weight, which is how the price curve goes in laptops these days. So is it for you? Well, the choice is yours :) Here are the main specs of the Sony Vaio TZ240: 11.1" X-BRITE™ hi-color widescreen display, 2.7 pounds, under 1" thick (wow!), Intel® Core™ 2 Duo U7500 processor, 2GB DDR2 memory, 100GB hard drive, dual layer dvd burner, fingerprint reader, NextGen wireless with Bluetooth (a/b/g/n), and Vista™ Business Edition. Move over Lenovo X300 and MacBook Air? We blog, you decide!



    Two Clearance Models
    ODP has two clearance models advertised as well. As with all clearance situations, supplies may vary from store to store or region to region, so don't be too disappointed if you don't find the items in question at your favorite location or online.

    First up, at $600 after two mail-in rebates of $185, you can get the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 Notebook. Office Depot claims its an exclusive model, but we saw one similar listed at Tigerdirect. Anyways, marketing aside, this laptop has an Intel® Pentium® dual-core T2330 processor, 2gb ddr2 memory, 250gb hard disk driv, dual layer dvd burner, and 15.4" WXGA Vibrant View widescreen. It's funny how each company has a different yet similar name for their laptop displays. You can also get the a/b/g wireless LAN, built-in webcam, Vista Premium and such. But what sets thsi laptop apart is the VeriFace facial recognition software, where your face is your password! Be sure to look pretty for the computer ;-)

    The second clearance laptop is for fans of 17" widescreen laptops, it is the HP dv9720us, which goes for $700 after two mail-in rebates totalling $185. The brains come from an AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Dual-Core TL-60 processor. It also has 2GB DDR2 memory, 160GB hard drive, dual layer dvd burner with lightscribe, b/g wireless, built-in webcam, Vista Premium and such.

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