Saturday, April 26, 2008

April Showers of Savings at Fry's Electronics

What do the laptop April showers at Fry's bring us? Well, well, well, let's take a look!

First up, it is raning Compaq Presario C769us models. Their price is $600 after a $30 mail-in rebate, and this includes an Intel Pentium dual-core T2370 processor, 2gb of ddr2 memory, 250gb of hard disk space, dvd burner with double layer, wireless of course, a lovely 15.4" widescreen display, and Vista Premium. Limit one per customer they say, so keep the wig, moustache, and fur coat handy in the car ;-)

With the demise of HD-DVD, Bluray is attempting to make quick inroads to the hearts and minds of the general public. And for just over one thousand dollars ($1050 after $50 MIR), you can get the HP Pavilion 6880se which does indeed feature BluRay-ROM, meaning it can play but cannot record BluRay discs. You also get the usual dvd burner capability, with dual layer and super too for the Panasonic DVD-RAM fans. Apart from that, the laptop is powerd by an Intel Core2 Duo Centrino blah blah T5550, 3gb memory, 250gb disk, Vista SP1, wireless a/b/g, 15.4" widescreen, built-in webcam, and much more!

If you find the Sony Vaios adorable, prepared to lose $1400, which is what you have to pay to get the Sony Vaio FZ460E/B, with a 15.4" widescreen, Centrino Core 2 Duo T8100, 2gb memory, 250gb disk, dvd burner with BluRay playback, wireless (N included), Vista Premium, and such. Time to start singing "Go BluRay?" :)

The Attack of the 17" widescreens
Next up,for fans of 17" laptops we find the HP Pavilion dv9810us, for $750 after a $50 mail-in rebate. Not bad for a 17-incher, which also has 3gb memory, 160gb hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, wireless, and of course an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC TL-60 processor. Yes, you get the "lovely" Vista Premium as well. Also one per customer. See comment about wig above if you want more ;-)

For slightly more, $900 after a $50 MIR to be precise, you can get the HP Pavilion dv9820us. This lovely has an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC TL-62 processor, 4gb ddr2 memory, 250gb disk, dvd burner with lightscribe (dual layer too), wireless (N included), Vista Premium 64-bit, and such.

If you have a soft spot for the Centrino Core 2 duo processor from Intel instead, you can find the T5550 buried deep inside the HP Pavilion dv9830us, but be prepared to pay $1250 after a $50 mail-in rebate. That's almost twice as much as the one mentioned above. This uy has 4gb of memory however, 320gb hard disk, Vista SP1 (Service Pack One (of many for sure)), Blu-Ray player, dual layer dvd burning capability, wireless (N included) and such. Note that this is 64-bit Vista! More bits to get corrupted and bluescreen? :)

Oh but we are not done with the 17" widescreens, there's two more from Toshiba, starting with the Satelite X205-S9810 for $1300, no rebates however. This is powered by the Intel Centrino Duo T5750, 3gb memory, 320gb disk, dvd burner, wireless, bluetooth, built-in webcam, Vista SP1, NVidia and lots more!

And if you really want to stretch your budget (or credit limits), the Toshiba X205-SLi5 can be yours for $1800, and for that you can get an Intel Centrino T8300 Core 2 duo blah blah, 3gb memory, 320gb disk space which is two 160gb disks actually. Also dvd burner, wireless AGN from Intel, NVidia SLI Dual GeForce 8600M GT graphics system, built-in webcam, Info LCD bezel, Vista Premium and much more, so as to justify the price :)

An Apple a day...
And of course we don't want our Macintosh fans to feel left out, so we have two MacBooks featured in this week's ad. First up, at $1100 we find the MacBook White 2.1ghz with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 1gb memory, and 120gb disk and combo drive. Can Apple spell s-t-i-n-g-y on features (or high on price?).

And for those who love their laptops almost as thin as today's supermodels, $1800 will get you the MacBook Air with an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6ghz processor, 2gb memory, 13.3" glossy widescreen, and a 4200rpm 80gb hard disk. Stingy!

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