Sunday, April 20, 2008

New exclusive Laptops Arrive at Best Buy (April 20 to 26)

Best Buy is no longer spring cleaning. Instead they have a new wave of laptops arriving at their shores stores. And they are Best Buy exclusives! Although you may be able to find similarly spec'ed models with slightly different model names elsewhere.

New Best Buy exclusive laptops!
We start as always with the lowest priced model, this newbie is no slouch, it packs a punch! And it is a very recognizable brand, it is a Toshiba! So for just $500, and as always no rebates, you can get the Toshiba A215-S5837. This is a do-it-all laptop and the price is amazing. You get a 15.4" widescreen, 2gb of memory (yes, two), 160gb hard disk drive, dvd burner (dual layer), ATI Radeon X1200 grpahics, and Vista SP1! Obviously you can't expect to get the same features or mobility as with a $1000 laptop, but for the majority of tasks this promises to be a must-have do-it-all laptop!

We checked the internets but did not find any reviews of the A215-S5837 at the moment. Not a surprise since this is a brand new model, and with so many models coming out in a short period of time, it's hard for the laptop review sites to review them all right away.

The next NEW exclusive comes from the HP-Compaq conglamorate. It is the Compaq Presario A931nr for $600. This "Q" (no, not Star Trek's Q), has an Intel Pentium dual core processor, 3gb of DDR2 memory (yes, three), 160gb hard disk, dvd burner, with lightscribe too, built-in webcam, Vista SP1, and get this, a 17" widescreen display. A 17" widescreen BRAND NEW laptop for $600? Oh my! The prices are falling!!! Stock up now :)

The next new exclusive is the HP dv6815nr at $650. This Pavilion has an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC processor, 3gb of ddr2 memory, 160gb hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, a 15.4" HD widescreen fueled by the nVidia GeFORCE Go7150M graphics module, and the lovely (?) Vista SP1.

At the same price as above, you can get the Toshiba A305-S6825, powered by the Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo, 3gb of ddr2 memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner with labelflash (not to be confused with lightscribe), built-in webcam, 15.4" widescreen and of course Vista SP1. Vista SP1 is the sign of a new laptop since the older laptops obviously do not have SP1, unless they get unboxed, upgraded and reboxed :)

Next up at $800 we have the exclusive HP dv2845se, "se" of course standing for special edition. This has a 14.1" widescreen display so it is geared towards the more mobile crowd. But don't let mobility fool you, it has 4gb of ddr2 memory (yes four gigabytes), 250gb hard disk, AMD Turion 64 X2 DC, dvd burner with lightscribe, nVidia GeForce Go7150m graphics system, built-in webcam, Vista SP1 and lots more!

Last but not least for sure, at $1050, we find the HP dv9825nr. What makes this Paviliion cross into four-figures? A 17" HD Brightview widescreen powered by the nVidia GeForce 8600M GS graphics module with Direct X 10, Centrino Core 2 Duo, 4gb of memory, 320gb hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, built-in webcam, and lots lots more!

More Laptops in the Sunday circular
But wait, there's more! The list above was the Best Buy exclusive models, but those are not the only ones offered by Best Buy. There's more! As always we present the lowest prices first :)

And that's where we find an "affordable" Sony. That's right, a Sony for $680, and it's a brand new model, the Vaio VGN-NR385E/W. As the "/w" indicates this is a white finish model, so it can keep track of what you had for breakfast, lunch and dinner ;-) It has a 15.4" widescreen, Centrino Core 2 Duo processor, 2gb memory, 200gb hard disk, dvd burner, and Vista SP1. Not bad considering the brand :)

Next up at $850 we find the Dell Inspiron I1420-1038, with a 14.1" Truelife widescreen. As the screen size indicates, this is a more mobile laptop, but it has 3gb of memory, 320gb of hard disk, dvd burner, built-in webcam, and Vista SP1. This is also a new model. New is indeed the theme of the week at Best Buy this week :)

And we finish with the Apple MacBook MB403LL-A at $1300. Finally Apple woke up and there is a DVD burner (duh!!!). This laptop is controlled by the fingerpainting program (aka Mac OS X Leopard with Life 08), a 2.4 Ghz Core 2 Duo processor, 2gb memory, 160gb hard disk, dvd burner, built-in webcam, bluetooth and wireless-N, and a lovely 13.3" widescreen.

Lots of others computer accessories and peripherals are advertised in the Sunday paper, the most exciting perhaps the in-store exclusive cherry-red or blue Western Digital My Passport Elite 2.5" portable hard disk drives. Available for $140 for 250gb and $170 for 320gb. The model names are WDML2500TN/WDMLRC2500TN and WDMLB3200TN/WBMLZ3200TN. The color code in the model name is as follows:
* RC: red-cherry
* Z: bronze
* B: blue
* no-code: titanium

These are new models and they include a handy gadgety lighted capacity meter.

For these and ltos more be sure to check the Best Buy website or your local store or Sunday paper.

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