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 ;-)

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