Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Hot Circuit City notebook deals for the Memorial Day week

This week's Circuit City circular ad features a number of laptop specials, and that is on top of the two day sale that Circuit City was running as part of their Memorial Day special sales.

A total of nine laptops are featured, and as usual, we start with the lowest prices first. Please note that Circuit City, unlike Best Buy and Office Max, utilizes mail-in rebates on some of their computer specials, so in order to get the lowest prices mentioned, you have to submit and receive your mail-in rebate if applicable.


Notebooks under $600
We start with the lovely Toshiba A205-S5831, going for $450 after a $50 mail-in rebate. This Satellite has just about everything you could ask from a sub-$500 laptop. 15.4" TruBrite widescreen? YES! DVD burner? YES! Wireless? YES! Dual core processor? YES, an Intel Pentium T2370. It also features 1gb of memory, 160gb hard disk, and Vista SP1, among many other things.

The next step up for those who want a little bit more of everything, is the Gateway M1624 at $580, which features 2gb of memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner with labelflash, 15.4" widescreen, wireless, and Vista SP1. The processor is an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC TL-60.

At exactly $600, and without rebates, we find the Toshiba Satellite A205-S5859. This Satellite orbits around a Centrino processor, 2gb memory, 250gb hard disk, alphabet soup wireless including NextGen N, dvd burner with labelflash, built-in webcam, 15.4" widescreen, Vista SP1 and lots more!

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Notebooks at $700 or more
Here we find our first 14.1" widescreen model, the Toshiba M305-S4819 at $700, no rebates. The 14.1" screen means more portability, but no sacrifizes in processing power as you get the Centrino processor, 2gb memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner with labelflash, wireless, built-in webcam, Vista SP1, and lots more!

HP has a similar laptop for $730 after a $50 mail-in rebate, the Pavilion dv6833us, a Circuit City exclusive model. The processor is Centrino, along with 3gb memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, wireless (a/b/g/N), 15.4" bright view widescreen display, and Vista SP1.

From here we leap into another segment, where we find the HP dv6871us at $880 after a $50 mail-in rebate. This has a 15.4" widescreen display which is fueled by the NVidia GeForce 8400M GS graphics system which includes 256MB of dedicated video memory, a boost to anything that uses the video card :) The other specs include a Centrino processor, 3gb memory, 32g0b hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, alpahbet soup wireless (a/b/g/N), built-in webcam, Vista SP1, and lots more!

If you prefer your notebooks to twist and shout, you should play Beatles mp3s :) But you can also get a convertible notebook with a 12" touch screen, namely the HP tx2110us. The price is obviously higher than similarly speced notebooks, as you are getting the specialty convertible touchscreen. The price you ask $950 after a $50 mail-in rebate. The laptop itself is no slouch, don't let the small screen size fool you! It has an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC TL-62 processor, 3gb memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, built-in finger print reader and webcam, wireless alphabet soup (a/b/g/N), and Vista SP1. Not bad actually if you must have a convertible touchscreen!


Laptops over $1000
And now to the four-figure club, where we find the Sony Vaio VGN-CR-420EL at $1100 and of course no rebates. Rebate marr Sony Style! This laptop emphasizes mobility with its 14.1" widescreen ECO display. Other specs include a Centrino processor, 3gb memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner, alphabet soup wireless (a/b/g/N), bluetooth, built-in webcam, and Vista SP1.

Last but certainly not least, at $1250 after a $50 mail-in rebate is the HP dv9830us. Why the high price? Well, this is a multimedia desktop replacement type with a 17" widescreen display. Also a Centrino processor, 4gb memory, 320gb hard disk, dvd burner with BluRay playback, built-in TV tuner, NVidia GeForce 8600M GS graphics with 512mb dedicated video memory, alphabet soup wireless (a/b/g/N), built-in webcam, and 64-bit Vista Premium SP1. Not bad eh? You want more, you pay for more!


Laptop and computer accessories
Of course once you buy a computer, the never-ending accessorizing cycle begins! And this is a good week for accessories at Circuit City, starting with the Swiss Gear Anthem 15.4" casual messenger bag going for $40 without rebates. It certainly looks nice!

Verge has a more traditional basic clamshell case that fits laptops with up to 17" screens for $20 after a $10 mail-in rebate. Not sure if this is 17" 4:3 or widescreen. The model is Verge VBASIC17. You can also get the Verge neoprene laptop sleeves in multiple colors, for $20 each, and no rebates!

The weather is heating up, so this is a good time to get your laptop a cooling fan, such as the Belkin F5L001 for $20, no rebates!

You can never have too many mice, because you never know when you might need an extra one or two, for the road or the office. The Microsoft wireless optical mouse is on sale for $20 - assuming you can stomach the MSFT brand :) If you want a step u, the Laptop Laser Mouse 7000 goes for $30 after a $20 mail-in rebate. It has 4-way scrolling, flip 3d, and magnifier features.

Another useful laptop accessories is an extra monitor to dock when you are planning ot use it at home or the office for an extended period of time. The prices start at $200 for a 19" LG widescreen monitor, model W1952TQTF, which features 2ms response time, and 5000:1 dynamic range. No rebates! This is a new model, and so is the 22" version which goes for $270, and it is model W2252TQTF.

Portable storage is another thing you can never have too much of, and such is the 8gb PNY USB 2.0 flash drive going for $38, without rebates. This is model PFD08GHSPFS. You can also get a 4gb Kingston for $23, also no rebates.

External USB hard disks are all the rage these days, available in multiple colors and shapes and starting as low as $120 for 250gb (Western Digital WDME2500TN). There's plenty more in the circular ad and a lot more on their site and stores. The circular goes as high as one terrabyte with the Western Digital WDH1U3200N, which sells for $220, no rebates!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Best Buy Laptops for Memorial Day week

There is still time to get the $500 Dell laptop during Best Buy's 2-day Memorial day sale, but if you missed it, fear not, there's plenty more on sale at Best Buy, throughout the week, in their regular weekly Sunday paper circular ads. Let's take a look!


Laptops under $700
Another great bargain, a Best Buy exclusive model, is the Toshiba A205-S5825 going for just $430, no rebates, no gimmicks! One per household though, so keep the wig, moustache and hair dye handy :) This lovely has almost everything you need for general use, a Pentium dual core processor, 1gb ddr2 memory, 120gb hard disk, dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen, and Vista SP1. SP1, Service Pack One, means that this is a new box, or at least a newly reboxed model :)

If you want a bit more of everything, then the next logical step up, among the circular ad options that is, is the Gateway M1625 laptop, going for $580. This has an AMD Turion 64 X2 dual core processor, 2gb memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner with labelflash, 15.4" Ultrabright widescreen fueled by the ATI Radeon X1270 graphics system, built-in webcam, and Vista SP1. One per household please!

Fans of 17" widescreen laptops will be thrilled that they only have to pay $600 to get the new Best Buy exclusive Compaq Presario A931nr laptop. Yes, a new name, the A931NR! This is not a joke folks, this packs some power, with 3gb of memory, 160gb hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, Pentium dual core processor, built-in webcam, and Vista SP1. Yes, a 17" widescreen notebook for $600!. RUN!!!

And on the other side of the screen size debate, the HP dv2807nr, a new Best Buy exclusive Pavilion model, offers a 14.1" widescreen display for $650. This is fueled by the AMD Turion 64 X2 DC processor, 3gb memory, 160gb hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, nVidia GeForce Go7150M, built-in webcam, and of course Vista SP1. Minimum five per store, but no rainchecks, and only one per household.


Laptops over $700
And now to Dell. The Inspiron I1525-118B is available for $700, and this includes an Intel Core2 Duo processor, 3gb memory of the ddr2 variety, 250b hard disk, dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen, built-in webcam, and Vista SP1. No rainchecks, and a minimum of five per store. However there is no restriction per household, since this is not really a great deal, unless of course you love this model or you want an Intel Core 2 Duo processor in your next laptop.

Once upon a time Sony was the Nordstrom of electronics. Now, their prices have come back down to reality. They still obviously have a premium over the competition, but you no longer need to mortgage the house to get one! Case in point the SVaio VGN-FZ430E/B, going for $850. The processor is an Intel Core 2 Duo, with 3gb memory, 250gb hard disk, 15.4" Xbrite ECO widescreen, dvd burner, Intel PRO/Wireless-N wireless (along with the other alphabet soup), built-in webcam, Vista SP1, and lots more. You can also add a LocationFree wireless base station for an extra $150. This is model LFV30.

And we reach the four figures club now, at exactly $1000. This is where we find the HP dv6885se, yet another Best Buy exclusive special edition laptop. What's so special other than the boldovision red color of this laptop? How about a 12-cell long-life battery? That sounds promising for people who are running out of juice! The display is a 15.4" HD widescreen, fueled by the nVidia GeForce 84000MGS, powered by Direct X 10. "Direct X" is one thing, 10 is the version. It's not a redundant redundancy! Other specs include 3gb memory, 250gb hard disk, Intel Centrino Core2 Duo T8100 processor, wireless-N, Vista SP1, and lots more!

And we conclude the eight laptops in this circular with the Apple MacBook MB403LL-A, available for $1300. This computer is ideal for fingerpainting and Tetris :) Just kidding Apple fans :) It has an Intel 2.4 Ghz Core 2 duo processor, 2gb memory, 160gb hard disk, dvd burner, wireless-N, bluetooth 2.0, built-in webcam (okay, iSight), 13.3" widescreen display, and Mac OS X Leotard (ha!) with iLife 08.

For more, be sure to visit your local Best Buy or BestBuy.com.


Special bundle for Laptop buyers at Best Buy
And a special offer for those buying a laptop, you can get a Maxtor 160gb external hard drive and an HP all-in-one printer for $100. That's right, you get both of them for $100, and no rebates to send! Nice of you need them both, otherwise, you can get better deals individually - as it is most often the case with bundled products.


Laptop Accessories
Targus is having their APA63US 90-watt universal notebook adapter on sale for $90. Of course we cannot test its compatibility with different laptops, be sure to check the Targus website or do a Google search or ask in the various laptop forums!

Something that should work with every laptop is the Logiech V220 cordless optical mouse, and it is costs a Silicon Valley food-stamp ($20 dollar bill). Fear not, the receiver is a snap-on so it should'n get in your way.

You can never have enough storage, which is partially why the external USB hard drives are so popular these days. The ad features a 160gb 2.5" Maxtor mini starting at $79, and jumping to 250gb for an extra $10. Also avaialble a 320gb western digital for $140, the Itnense Blue Passport model. Yes, they are fashion-tech items nowadays :)

You can also graduate to the Terrabyte Club, for $250. That gets you the Seagate 1TB 3.5" Free Agent Pro USB2.0/eSATA/Firewire400 external hard drive. The Seagate model number is ST3100005FPA1E3-RK.

But wait, you can join the Terrabyte Club for less, for $200 to be precise, by getting the Western Digital WDH1U10000N, which is a 3.5" My Book Essential USB 2.0 external drive.

For optical storage, 50-packs of Sony DVD-R and DVD+R are on sale for $13, putting each blank disc at 26 cents, which is not a bad price for a 50-pack of a brand name brand. If you, or your dvd burner, is picky about which media it uses, be sure to check the "made in" and also ask around the forums to see which media codes you are likely to run into at Best Buy. Or ask the geek-stink-breath to open one at the store and let you test it :)

Compaq Presario F761us on sale for $500AR at Radio Shack

As part of their Memorial Day sales, Radio Shack is offering the Compaq Presario F761us on sale for $500 after a $100 mail-in prepaid card. The gift card special is good until 5/31/08, but the laptop price may change after tonight!

The F761us laptop has a 15.4" widescreen display, 1gb memory, 160gb hard disk, wireless of course (b/g), super multi format dvd burner with lightscribe capabilities, and Vista Premium. The processor is the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core TK-57. You can also chose to double your memory for an extra $50. We are not sure if the mail-in pre-paid card offered is a general gift cad or a Radio Shack gift card. Be sure to ask if that may be an issue!

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Computer Accessories
You can load up your laptop with accessories, such as the Gigaware wireless optical travel mouse going for $20, and without any rebates!

Also of laptop interest, Sprint wireless connectivity with memory card slot via USB for $50, but it also requires a new 2-year service agreement through Sprint! Be sure to thoroughly read the terms, conditions and requirements of these type of things!

You may also be interested in an 8gb Sandisk USB flash drive going for the very nice price of $40, which Radio ShaQ calls their lowest price ever.

Also a bit of an interesting bundle, you can get the 2gb Sandisk Sansa clip mp3 player for $50, available in black, red or pink, and at the same time, if you chose, you can receive free anti-virus and anti-spyware software instantly! We are not sure which software and which versions are the ones included.

Last but not least, there is a 32" AOC Envision Series HDTV on sale for $500. This is a 720p LCD HDTV with a digital tuner, HDMI and PC input. We have not heard of the AOC Envision brand before, so be sure to investigate this thoroughly! This is an introductory sale according to the Radio Shack ad, so it could be something completely new!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Memorial Weekend laptop clearance at Office Max

Office Max appears to be clearing out their inventory of laptops in this Memorial Day clearance sale! As you may already know, Office Max does not do rebates, so what the sticker says, is exactly what you pay! Their specials are usually in the form of price cuts or "free with purchase" bonus items.

The Acer Aspire AS5920-6423 goes for $650 and that is a nicely loaded laptop considering the price range. It has an Intel Core 2 Duo T5550 processor, 3gb of memory, 20gb hard disk, dvd burner, a/b/g wireless, built-in webcam and 5-in-1 memory card reader, a lovely 15.4" widescreen display, and of course Vista!

This also includes an unnamed Toshiba Satellite laptop going for $800 on clearance, and it features an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC TL-58 processor, dvd burner and a 17" widescreen. Not a whole lot of details are available. And at the same price we find an unnamed HP Pavilion notebook, which is bundled with an HP M547 digital camera and a C4280 3-in-1 printer. All that for $800 and on clearance.

And we have a nice desktop deal to talk about, from Acer, the AM 1620-S1209A, going for $500 and this includes a 20" widescreen LCD display! The desktop computer itself is powered by the Intel Pentium dual core E2140 processor, and has 2gb memory, 320gb hard disk, dvd burner, 14-in-1 memory card reader, Vista and lots more. Not a bad deal considering the specs and the included widescreen display!

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Computer Accesories
The more computers you buy, the more accessories you need, and one accessory leads to another. It's a never ending cycle! And you can feed your cycle with your choice of LCD monitors, starting at $160 for a 19" Soyo widescreen, or $200 for a 19" Samsung 953BW, or $270 for a 21.6" widescreen Samsung 2252LW.

Want more monitors? How about a 22" Sceptre widescreen LCD for $220, on clearance of course, with a 1600x1200 resolution, 2000:1 contrast ratio, and video up to 1080p! Oh my!

Why not have a meter on the outside of a USB flash drive so you know how full it is? Not particular efficient, but hey, it's a fun gadgety thing to have! You can get this feature with the 8gb Lexar Secure II Plus usb drive, for $47. You do pay a bit more for the Lexar brand and the extras.

If you want a portable hard drive to backup or load your data to/from, the Maxtor One Touch 4 Mini goes for $80 and it has 160gb of hard disk, putting it at a rather high 50 cents per gigabyte. You do get a five year warranty with this one

Four laptops in Fry's Memorial Day Weekend Sale circular

We already discussed the Friday Laptop Specials at Fry's Electronics. Now we have four more to talk about, as they are featured in the Memorial Day Weekend circular ad found in the Sunday newspaper.

We will start with the lowest price, which is bound to generate a lot of interest at exactly $500. We are talking about the Toshiba Satellite Unnamed, there is no name in the ad, and the code 5585790 does not produce a laptop at Frys.com. The unnamed Satellite features an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC processor, 2gb memory, 160gb hard disk, dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen display, wireless (b/g), and Vista SP1. Not bad for $500 if you can find it. This is a one per customer, limited quantities, no rainchecks type of a deal.

Moving up to $750 after a $50 mail-in rebate, we find the HP dv2840se. This special edition laptop is more mobile, with its 14.1" widescreen display, which means lower weight, and quite possibly better battery life because of the smaller screen and size. The processor is the AMD Turion 64 X2 DC TL-60, and it comes with 4gb memory (yes four gigabytes), 250gb hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, wireless (a/b/g/n), bluetooth, built-in webcam, and of course Vista SP1.

And now for BluRay fans adn early adopters, the HP dv9830se goes for $1200 after a $50 mail-in rebate and has a BluRay-ROM, which means you can play BluRay discs but not record on them. You still get dvd burner functionality of course with a supermultiformat drive, which means you can do dvd-rw, dvd+rw, dvd-ram, and friends. Another noteworthy feature is 64-bit Vista SP1, along with 4gb of memory, 320gb disk, and a multimedia-friendly 17" widescreen display. The processor is an Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo, and it also has the wireless alphabet soup (a/b/g/n).

Last but not least, the Apple MacBook Air bundle, with product code 5555060 which is not listed at Frys.com. The ad says that you get a 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2gb memory, 13.3" glossy widescreen display, 80gb hard disk spinning at 4200rpm, an external Superdrive, and bluetooth wireless mouse. As you may recall, the MacBook Air is the really thin thin laptop, so be sure not to let the cat dance on it :) Oh the price? It is $1800!


Computer Accessories!
If you are a fan of Samsung LCDs, their 20" widescreen monitor is on sale for $220 after a $30 mail-in rebate! And if you want to backup your data, the GQ dvd-r or dvd+r 100-packs go for $19, putting the blank discs at 19c each, without rebates and one per customer. Not a particular great price, unless of course you are happy and thrilled with the GQ discs.

How about an Emprex 4gb usb 2.0 flash drive for $5 and no rebates? Well, that is true! If you are lucky enough to find them in-store! Or you can go for the 8gb version, which sells for $35, and it's much more likely to be in-store!

And we finish with something from Iomega, their eGO white or cherry red firewire/usb 2.0 external hard drive going for $80 and one per customer. If you need this, you know who you are :)

If you want to jump on the terrabyte bangwagon, you only have ot pay $190 (!) for this ACOM Data eSATA and USB2.0 external hard drive, with silent operations, stackability (word?), and even a security lock slot. No rebates even! But one per customer, so keep the wig, hair color, and moustache handy!

And if you want one terrabyte in your computer, you can get the Seagate Serial ATA/3200 internal, in a retail box, spinning at 7200rpm, and going for just $180. This includes the 32mb buffer on the disk :) Limit two per customer, so your chances of finding it increase :) The price puts it at a reasonable 18 cents per gigabyte.

$500 Dell laptop at Best Buy's Memorial 2-day sale!

You have to today and tomorrow, if you are one of the lucky few, to grab the Dell Inspiron I1525-119B at Best Buy for exactly $500, and as always, no rebates! This lovely comes with an Intel Pentium dual core processor, 2gb memory, 120gb hard disk, dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen, Vista SP1, and the usual features one would expect from this price point! Not bad for a Dell! Run to Best Buy now :) Quantities are limited and there are no rainchecks, so keep that in mind!

And if you want some extra storage, and who doesn't these days, you can get an 8gb PNY usb 2.0 flash drive, model P-FD8GBHSP-FS, for just $40. This is also good for Sunday and Monday only. The price puts it at $5 per gigabyte, which is not a bad price!

And if you want a whole lot more space, the Maxtor STM3075040TA3E external hard drive can be yours for just $130. Also part of the 2-day sale, as is everything discussed in this post.

And before we go, fans of the 32" Sharp LC-32AV22U LCD HDTV will be thrilled to find out they can get it for $600. This is of course 720p, you are not going to get 1080p at this price any time soon! Remember, this is Sharp, not one of the "generic" brands!

Speaking of which, you can have the 8gb Insignia Pilot video mp3 player for just $100. Not bad considering the per gigabyte price! This is model NS-8V24. It's regular price is $150. Usher, pictured in the ad, is not included :)

And one last thing, storewide purchases over $499 get you no interest for 18 months. You still have to make monthly payments though, but no interest is not a bad idea, assuming you can plan ahead and make the full payment before the 18-month window expires!

Circuit City Memorial Two Days Only: HP dv6809us laptop for $550AR!

There is some excitement at Circuit City, as their Memorial Day 2-day sale (Sunday and Monday) features the HP dv6809us laptop, for $550 after a $50 mail-in rebate!

This is a nice laptop to have at that price, when factoring in the rebate price of course, as it features an Intel Pentium T2370 dual core processor, 3gb of memory, 160gb hard disk, 15.4" widescreen, dvd burner with lightscribe, wireless (b/g), and Vista SP1. This is a closeout model, so no rainchecks. It's like winning the lottery if you find it :)



We searched the internets briefly, but could not find any reviews of the HP dv6809us. For more on the Circuit City weekly specials and the two day sale, be sure to visit circuitcity.com.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Last day for Circuit City laptop deals (before Sunday morning)

There is about one day left for this week's Sunday paper circular ads from Circuit City, before they expire and get replaced by a new wave of Memorial Day flavored ads, which you can probably find online by now, or wait for the surprise in your Sunday paper on Sunday morning :)


Back Page Stars
There are two laptops featured on the back page of the circular ad, and they are targetting the mass-market segment of the market. First up, the Compaq Presario C769us, which as the name suggests is an Intel Pentium powered laptop. It uses the dual core T2370 processor, and has 2gb of memory, 250gb hard disk space, dvd burner of course with lightscribe too, wireless, 15.4" widescreen, built-in webcam, and Vista SP1. The SP1 indicates that this is a new(er) model, since SP1 is a relateively recent development in the world of boxed and prepackaged computers. The pric eis $530 after a $30 mail-in rebate. Not bad considering the versatility of this laptop.

At $630, after a $50 mail-in rebate, you can get the HP dv6810us, with an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC TL-60 processor, 3gb memory, 160gb hard disk, 15.4" widescreen display, dvd burner with lightscribe, wireless, built-in webcam, bluetooth and of course Vista SP1. This offers the trade-off of slightly more features but also costs one hundred dollars more. It's good to have choices after all :)

To check the latest weekly specials, and see what's available in your regional stores, be sure to check the convenient banner below!

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Two Laptops under $600
There are two more low cost laptop alternatives in this week's circular, first at $450 without a rebate we find the Acer Aspire EX5630-4025. Yes, just $450. So what do you get for that? An Intel Pentium dual core T2370 processor, which is not bad, 1gb of memory which is not bad, 120gb hard disk, dvd burner, wireless, 15.4" widescreen display, and Vista SP1 which indicates that this is a relative new model. And more so, it is part of Acer's new Extensa laptop line-up of affordables. This particular model is a Circuit City exclusive according to the text in the Circuit City circular ad.

At $580, and without rebates, you can take a look at the Toshiba A215-S5849, which promises more power, with an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC TL-60 processor, 2gb memory, 200gb hard disk, dvd burner with labelflash, 15.4" trubrite widescreen, bilt-in webcam, wireless, Vista SP1, and such.


Three laptops over $750
And now to the higher price tier, where we start at $780 without any rebates, and there we find the Toshiba P305-S8818, which has a 17" TruBrite widescreen, making it a good candidate for those who like big screens, are looking for a desktop replacement, or enjoy multimedia. This also features the AMD Turion 64 X2 DC TL-62 processor, 2gb memory, 250gb hard disk space, dvd burner with labelflash, built-in webcam, Vista SP1, and much more! Consdidering the 17" widescreen which is a premium, and the lack of any mail-in rebates, this might be worthy a long hard look if this is something you are interested in of course.

Next at $900, and obviously without rebates, is the Sony Vaio VGN FZ430EB, with a 15.4" XBrite ECO Widescreen, Centrino processor, 3gb memory, 250gb disk, dvd burner, built-in webcam, and NextGen wireless-N (along of course with a/b/g), and Vista SP1, and all the other Sony goodies you have come to expect from Sony.

Last but certainly not least, we have a 13.3" widescreen laptop, the Toshiba U405-S2833, going for $1050 without any rebates. Apart from the 13.3" TruBrite, you also get a Centrino processor, a 9-cell battery for extra juice, 3gb memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner with labelflash, built-in webcam and fingerprint reader, wireless N (and a/b/g), Bluetooth, and Vista SP1.

It is indeed rather ironic that you pay more for smaller and more for larger screens on laptops, with the 15.4" widescreen of course being the bang for the buck screen size.

There is also a special financing promotion running, no payments and no interests for 90 days on all desktop and laptop purchases over $249 at Circuit City. Be sure to read the terms and conditions and check the details before jumping in. A general precaution of course, we are not hinting that there's anything wrong with this particular promotion!


Laptop and notebook accessories!
Lots of accessories to cover, starting with the SwissGear Sierra 17" laptop bag going for $40. Also, the Kensington SlimBlade presenter mouse can be yorus for $20, with its laser precision and battery indicator and all. Or if you prefer, the Logitech LX7 cordless optical mouse is $20 and offers side to side scrolling.

If you like frebies, Circuit is offering free with purchase for all laptops except HP/Compaq, but only after combined mail-in rebates of $200, an all-in-one printer (Lexmark X2580), D-Link WBR1310 router, and Computer Associates security software. Not bad of a deal if you have a need or use for these items. But note that you have to submit multiple rebates, make copies and babysit them too. If you hate rebates, you can probably save yourself the frustration and not do it. If you do jump in, you have to be committed to following the rules, making copies, tracking and chasing the rebates, and things like that.

More bonus items, when you purchase a laptop (except HP/Compaq), you can add the following bundles at a discount: A trio of a NetGear Wireless-G router, 1gb Kingston USB flash drive, and Verge laptop sleeve goes for $50 when bought with a laptop. Simiarly, for $130, you can get a Verge 17" professional laptop case, a 2gb Sandisk USB flash drive, and a NetgearRngeMax wireless-N router, and a Kensington optical mouse. Of course you do have to price check and ask yourself whether you have any need or use for all these stuff, otherwise you'd be losing moeny if you buy them, but you do not plan to use them or trade them or something like that.

If you are looking for extra displays, there is a 17" HP W17E closeout model going for $160, if you can find it, as this is a no-rainchecks item. At 19", you can get the Samsung 953BW for $200 after a $40 mail-inrebate. This features 2ms response time, 8000:1 dynamic range, 1440x900 resolution, and such. A 22" version (Samsung 2235BW) goes for $300 after a $30 mail-in rebate.

And if you want even bigger, the 24" Samsugn 245BW can be yours for $430 after a $70 mail-in rebate. This has 5ms response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, and a whooping 1920x1200 maximum resolution.

Now if you want to make some extra backups, and chances are, like most people, we are all behind on our backup schedules and practices, 50-packs of TDK blank DVD-R and DVD+R are on sale for $11. This comes out to 22c per blank dvd, which is a nice price for a 50-pack. TDK is usually reliable, but if you are picky, be sure to check the "made in", the media codes, and the various online reviews of these blank dvds.

And this concludes this express Circuit City recap :)

Laptop deals at Best Buy (expire at midnight on Saturday)

There's still time to grab some of this week's laptop specials at Best Buy, especially if they were not limited stock type of laptops! So, what did Best Buy have this week?

Front and center in their weekly circular ad was the Toshiba Satellite A305-S6825 going for $700. As with all things Best Buy, there are no rebates, so you don't have to worry about bureaucratic nightmares with rebate processing. For $700 you do get a Centrino Core 2 Duo processor, 3gb of memory, 250gb hard disk drive, dvd burner of course, built-in webcam, a lovely 15.4" widescreen display, and Vista SP1, which signals a new(er) model. Best Buy claims this to be an exclusive model.

The gamers out there will be thrilled to find the Gateway P6860-FX on sale for $1300. With this gamer's dream laptop you get the nVidia GeForce Go 8800M GTS graphics which includes its own 512mb of memory and DirectX 10. The X is for "Direct X", not the latin numeral "X". Oh the confusion :) The rest of the specs have to match the card, so you get 4gb of memory, 320gb hard disk, Centrino Core2 duo processor, dvd burner wlith labelflash, nextgen wireless-N, bluetooth, built-in webcam, and so much more! Not to mention a very stylish design, which is a given considering the target market!

Of the remaining laptops, the lowest price belongs to the Toshiba Satellite A215-S5837 at $550. This is no slouch though, you get an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC processor, 2gb memory, 160gb disk, dvd burner, ATI Radeon X1200 graphics system, 15.4" widescreen dispaly, and VistaSP1. But limit one per household. Another Best Buy exclusive model.

Compaq has a new exclusive model featured as well, the Presario F767nr, going for $580, and that includes the AMD Turion 64 X2 DC processor, 2gb memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner of course, nVidia GeForce 7000M graphics system, 15.4" widescreen, Vista SP1, and such. One per please.

Sony, yes Sony, has an affordable Vaio option for $680, which is a decent price for a Sony :) The VGN NR38 SE/W has the usual specs for this price range, an Intel Centrino Core 2 duo processor, 2gb memory, 200gb hard disk, dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen, and Vista SP1. How much would you pay for an Apple MacBook with similar specs? Twice as much? And you are lucky if you get a dvd burner!

Moving along, we find the Dell Inspiron 1420-103B going for $850. This is powered by the Centrino Core 2 Duo processor, 3gb memory, 320gb hard disk, dvd burner, built-in webcam, and Vista SP1. This appeals to the more mobile users as it has a 14.1" widescreen display.

Moving up to $900, we find the HP dv6857se, yet another BBuy exclusive, with a Centrino Core 2 Duo, 3gb memory, 320gb hard disk space, dvd burner with lightscribe, 15.4" widescreen fueled by the nVidia GeFORCE 8400M GS, built-in webcam, extended battery life, and of course Vista SP1.

The last laptop advertised in the weekly circular ad is the Sony Vaio VGN CR 410E/R, yes a red laptop, for $900. You get mobility with the 14.1" widescreen display, along wiht 3gb of memory, 200gb hard disk, dvd burner, Intel Pro Wireless-N, built-in webcam, and Vista SP1. And of course all the Sony goodies, brand included :)


Accessories for your notebooks!
Portable external hard disk drives are all the rage, available in multiple colors and shapes! You can't swing a mouse without hitting one in their ad! (No animals hurt, we are talking about a computer mouse of course. PETA please don't yell at us!). Western Digital's colorful models start at $100 (250gb) and go to $160 (320gb). More of these from SimpleTech, starting at $80 (160gb) and going up to one terrabyte ($200).

You can find 19" widescreen monitors at $200 (LG W1952TQ-TF) or below, the Hannspree (HF-199HPB) going for $180.

Other stylish accessories include colorful Microsoft optical notebook mice 3000 for $25 each, with exotic colors such as dragon fruit pink, milk chocolate brown, winter blue, pomegranate red, aloe green, and such. Please don't eat the mice though :)

If you want to off-load your data, 100-packs of Verbatim DVD-R and DVD+R blank discs are on sale for $23, which puts them at 23c per blank dvd, which is not a bad price considering Verbatim is usually a good brand. But if you are picky about your media, you should check the "made in" and of course the media codes.

Hot Memorial Day laptop deals at Fry's electronics

The Fry's Electronics Memorial Day sale weekend ad is out in the Friday newspapers, adn there are some nice laptop deals worth lining up for! Here we go...


Hot Deals for sure!
The Helen of Troy of the lot is perhaps the unnamed Toshiba Satellite, selling for $500 without any rebates. This includes an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC processor, 2gb of memory, 160gb hard disk, dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen display, b/g wireless, and Vista.

Fans of more mobile laptops may be interested in the 14.1" widescreen HP dv2840se, with an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC processor, 4gb of memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, a/b/g/n wireless and bluetooth, built-in webcam, and 64-bit Vista SP1. Limit one per customer. The price? $800 after a $50 mail-in rebate. Not bad at all!


Blu-Ray Laptops waiting for you!
If you are ready for a laptop with BluRay, BluRay-ROM that is, then you can get the HP dv6880se for $1000 after a $50 mail-in rebate. So why four figures for this laptop? Well, BluRay for one, but also a Centrino Core 2 Duo processor, 3gb memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner as well, 15.4" widescreen, wireless, and Vista SP1.

If you prefer your BluRay-ROM powered laptop to also be used for entertainment purposes, then you are probably going to be interested in one that has a 17" widescreen display, because bigger is better when watching high-def movies, especially on the small screens of computers, compared to the 40" and 50" and 60" of high-def LCD and plasma television sets. So with all that in mind, the HP dv9830us can be yours for $1200 after a $50 mail-in rebate. This also includes 4gb of ddr2 memory, 320gb hard disk, wireless, dvd burner and 64-bit Vista SP1. The processor is the Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo T5550.

Fine, but how about a laptop with a BluRay burner, aka BluRay Read/Write drive? Well, you do have to pay more, but not as much as you may perhaps think! The Fujitsu n6470-112 can be yours for just $1500 without rebates. This also includes the Centrino Core2 Duo T5550, 3gb memory, 320gb hard disk, fingerprint reader, wireless (quad mode alphabet soup), Vista, and a beautiful 17" widescreen as we said before.

If you need a power boost of the above spec, the Fujitsu n6470-111 can be yours for $1800 and this gives you the T5750 processor instead, a 500gb hard disk drive instead, and a Express Card analog/digital TV tuner with a remote, to complete your portable digital entertainment experience. Both are one per customer, so do keep the wig and moustache and fur coat handy in the car :)


The Laptop is the Artwork
If you want an artistically creative laptop that causes eyes to focus on you when you use it, then perhaps you might be interested in the HP dv2890nr artist edition. Apart from the creative style and artwork on the laptop, you get an Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo processor, 3gb memory, 250gb hard disk, 14.1" widescreen, dvd burner with lightscribe, a/b/g/n wireless, built-in webcam, and Vista SP1. The price? $850 without rebates, but only one per customer, so keep that moustache and wig handy in the car ;-)



More Memorial Day Weekend laptops
If you like really portable laptops (eg 13.3" widescreen), then consider the Toshiba U405-S2820 going for $850 and without any rebates. Apart from a lovely 13.3" widescreen, you get an Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo processor, 2gb memory, 250gb hard disk, super multi format dvd burner, wireless, and Vista.

If you prefer some more processing power, the Toshiba U405-S2830 is available for $1000 and no rebates. This includes the Centrino Core 2 Duo T8100 processor instead and has 3gb of memory instead of two.

Sony fans can get the Vaio sz750NC for $1700 but without any rebates. You get an Intel Centrino Core 2 duo T8100 processor, 2gb of memory, 250gb hard disk, a lovely 13.3" WXGA widescreen display, built-in webcam and finger-print reader, dvd burner of course, wireless alphabet soup along with Sprint EVDO-WWAN, Vista Premium, and lots more!

Apple fans can get the Macbook 2.4 Ghz, in black finish for $1500. The processor is the 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, alogn with 2gb memory, 250gb hard disk, and dvd burner. Or you can get three Wintel-based laptops for the same price. MacBooks put the "O" in overpriced, but Apple fans keep buying them :)


Accessorize!
If you want a 22" widescreen display to pair the laptop when at the home or office, the Envision G22wk can be yours for just $190 after a $60 mail-in rebate. Not bad at all!

A generic four-port USB 2.0 hub goes for just $3 and that's without any rebates. Load up! They are disposable prices :)

K-Data is having Express Card USB flash drives which range from $45 for 8gb to $140 for 32gb. There are so many options for external memory these days, it's your choice. You can also get standard usb flash drives, memory cards, use dvds and cds, online storage, external hard disks, and so much more! No need to carry an elephant in your back pocket anymore ;-)


Rebate Reminder
If you hate rebates, it's a good idea to avoid deals that require a rebate. If you are going to use a rebate, you have to do it whole-heartedly, because you have to:
1) read the instructions
2) follow the instructions
3) make copies of everything you before you submit
4) submit stuff before the due dates
5) track and babysit the rebate
6) chase the rebate processor in case there are problems
7) cash the check (easiest step)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

If you are not afraid of slow rebates, dive into these Office Depot laptops!

I have to stress it again, these deals are for the brave ones who are patient and organized enough to deal with multiple Office Depot rebates. If you are not organized or patient, spare yourself the trouble and don't do it. You do have to "earn" the really low prices after all :)


The Big Rebate Deal: $330 dual core Presario
The low price star of this week's circular ad is the Compaq Presario C700T, offered at $330 after $180 Mail-In Savings (rebates). You will pay $510 + tax in-store, and if all goes well with the mail-in rebates, in a few weeks, you should receive $180 in the mail.

So what are you getting for just $330 after rebate? A Presario powered by the Intel Pentium dual-core T2370 processor, with 1GB memory, 80gb disk (ouch!), 15.4" Brightview Widescreen display, dvd burner, 802.11b/g wireless, and such. They do offer upgrade, such as Vista SP1 for an extra $35, double the hard disk space for an extra $45, and double the DDR2 memory for an extra $65.


Gateway to savings!
Another rebate special, this time the Gateway T-6321, an Office Depot exclusive model, is going for $550 after $135 in mail-in rebates. The in-store price you pay is $685 + tax, and then you follow the rebate instructions, make copies and such, and eventually you receive $135 rebate checks. Note that the sales tax is not refundable.

So what do you get in the Gateway T6321? An Intel Pentium dual-core T2370 processor, 3GB DDR2 memory, 160GB hard drive, dvd burner with LabelFlash, 15.4" widescreen, built-in webcam, wireless (11g), and the lovely Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1.


Office Depot, Inc


More laptops, more rebate fun!
This week's circular does indeed focus on laptops as many more are listed. Here we go, starting with the lowest price first!

Toshiba fans will be thrilled that they can get the Satellite L355D-S7809 for $600 after $125 in mail-in rebates. This lovely laptop is powered by the AMD Turion 64 X2 dual-core TL-60 processor, and has a big 17" TRUBRITE™ wide display, ideal for fans of big displays and bigger laptops. Don't expect this to fit in your purse like an EeePC :) Other noteable specs include a separate numeric keypad, 2GB DDR2 memory, 200GB hard drive, dvd burner with labelflash, built-in webcam, wireless, and Vista SP1. Tempted? A nice review of this laptop can be found at Laptop Magazine, an online and offline laptop resource!

More Toshiba fun with the Satellite A205-S5855, which goes for $650 after a $75 mail-in rebate. This is an Office Depot exclusive model, and comes with Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo T5550 processor, 15.4" wide display, 3GB DDR2 memory, 160GB hard drive, dvd burner with labelflash, wifi (a/b/g), built-in webcam, and Vista SP1. An interesting comparison between this guy and the 17" Toshiba mentioned above. Your choice of course :)

Moving along we find the HP DV6830us offered at $700 after two mail-in rebates totalling $125. This Pavilion has an Intel Core 2 Duo T5550 processor, 3GB DDR2 memory, a 250GB hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe,
built-in webcam, b/g wireless along with Bluetooth, a 15.4" widescreen display, and of course Vista SP1 (Service Pack One). Bluetooth fans are you there yet? :)


Higher prices, but still under $1000
The last three laptops cost more, but they are still under four figures, after the rebates are cashed of course. We start with the HP DV2840se, a special edition model as the model name suggests. This Pavilion is of the AMD variety, with a Turion 64 X2 DC TL-60 processor, and a price of $750 after two mail-in rebates of $125 total. This is geared towards mobile users as it has a 14.1" BRIGHTVIEW widescreen display and a "Cool Design" according to HP. But that's not all here. There's plenty of power to consider here, with 4GB of memory and 64-bit Windows Vista Premium SP1. A skeptic would say "Even more bits to cause bluescreen?", but we digress. Other notable features include a 250GB hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, built-in webcam, alphabet soup wireless (a/b/g/n), and Bluetooth too! Not a bad price considering the 4gb memory and 64-bit OS, Bluetooth and NextGen wireless. For more, be sure to check CNet's Product Brief, a cross between a review and product information.

Back to the lovely Toshis again, with another ODP exclusive model, this time the Satellite P305-S8820, which goes for $780 after a mere $75 mail-in rebate. This is for fans of bigger laptops with a 17" TRUBRITE™ wide display, an Intel Core™ 2 Duo T5550 processor, 3GB of memory, 200GB of hard disk space, dvd burner with labelflash, wireless (a/b/g), built-in webcam, and of course Vista SP1, everyone's new faovrite operating system ...to diss :)

Last but certainly not least, for fans of really mobile notebooks, we find the Toshiba U405-S2824, an ODP exclusive model, with a 13.3" widescreen display and a price tag of $800 after a $75 mail-in rebate. This weighs in at 4.9lbs, qualifying for the lightweight belt title :) The processor is the Intel Core2 Duo T5550, and the elephant duties are shared by 3GB DDR2 and a 250GB hard disk. Also sports a dv burner, built-in webam, a/b/g wireless, and Vista SP1. Oh it is so adorable, isn't it? :) We checked the internets to find a review of the U405-S2824, but we were unable to do so. Probably because it is an exclusive model, so it doesn't get the global love a global model would get.

And this concludes our round-up of the Office Depot weekly circular. Stay tuned for more laptop and notebook updates from this blog!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Six sizzling laptop deals at Circuit City this week

Okay, that title was a bit melodramatic, but there are indeed some interesting deals in this week's Circuit City circular ad.


The debut of 16" widescreen laptops
Acer makes a splash with the industry-first (their claim, not mine) 16" widescreen display on a laptop. As you are probably aware, the typical laptop widescreen diosplays these days are 13.3", 14.1", 15.4" and 17". There is nothing in between the last two. But that has just changed. Good luck fitting it in your current bag? :)

But silliness aside, this maybe of interest to people who want just a little bit more screen space on their laptop, and don't mind the extra size. The model in question is the Acer Aspire AS6920-6621, going for the reasonable price of $700

This features an Intel Centrino processor, 3gb memory, 320gb hard disk, dvd burner, Wireless-N (along with a/b/g), built-in fingerprint reader and webcam, along with Vista SP1 (Service Pack One). This is not a bad deal considering the total features and the novelty of the 16" widescreen display!

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Traditional Notebook computers
And by that we mean the traditional screen sizes we all know and love (or hate). We start as always with the lowest prices first, and then move on up. Be sure to check availability online or find your local store using your handy Circuit City links in this post.

Acer gets things started at $530, with the Extensa (not Aspire) EX-5620-4020. This lovely has as 15.4" widescreen display, Intel Pentium T2370 dual core processor, 2gb memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner, wireless, built-in webcam, and Vista SP1. Not bad for a starter laptop!

At $550, the Toshiba Satellite A215-S5849 is hard to resist if you like sub-$600 laptops. What else can you ask from a notebook? AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual core processor? Yes! 200gb hard disk? Yes! 2gb of memory? Yes! 15.4" widescreen display, dvd burner with labelflash, built-in webcam, wireless (b/g), and Vista SP1? Yes! This is nice!

At $600 even after two mail-in rebates ($150+$50), we enter the Pavilion, where the HP dv6810us can be yours with its AMD Turion TL-60 DC X2 processor, 3gb memory, 160gb hard disk, dvd burner, lightscribe, bluetooth, Vista SP1, and such. And of course a 15.4" widescreen display.

We continue with a Circuit City exclusive model, the HP dv9812us, which can be yours for $780 after a $50 mail-in rebate. This is ideal for people who like 17" widescreen displays on notebooks. Why? Because it has one :) Other specs include 3gb memory, 250gb hard disk, AMD Turion TL-60 DC X2, Wireless-N (along with a/b/g alphabet soup), dvd burner with lightscribe, built-in webcam, and the dreaded loved Vista SP1.

Further up the price ladder, and after a $50 MIR, you can have the HP dv2842se, a special edition model as the model name suggests. This is optimized for portability with a 14.1" widescreen display but it is not holding back on power as you are getting 4gb of memory, 250gb of hard disk space, and an Intel Centrino processor. Also a dvd burner with lightscribe, wireless, bluetooth, built-in webcam, and more! Oh and this one has 64-bit Vista SP1. More ways to bluescreen? :) We forgot to mention that this has a 12-cell battery which allows you to keep going longer and longer, especially since it is a smaller screen.

We conclude with the 17" Toshiba P305-S58825. Ideal for fans of bigger screens for sure. It goes for $930 and it is a Circuit city exclusive model. This Satellite is propelled (ha!) by an Intel Centrino processor, 3gb of memory, 320gb hard disk, dvd burner with labelflash, built-in webcam, NextGen wireless-N, along with alphabet soup wireless (a/b/g), and Vista SP1. For the fashionably conscious, you get a trendy-looking Fusion finish. And last but not least, this has an ATI HD3400 GS video system with 256MB of dedicated memory. Multimedia here we come!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Ten laptop temptations at Best Buy this week

Mother's Day tips off with a ten-pack of tempting laptops offered at Best Buy, no rebates, and for the whole week of May 11 to 17, assuming of course they have and can keep these laptops in stock.

As always, we start with the lowest prices first, and move on up the price ladder. Enjoy!


Notebooks under $750
The most affordable of the lot at $450 is the Compaq Presario C726nr, which is powered by an Intel Pentium dual core processor. The other specs are not bad, considering the price, 1gb ddr2 memory, 160gb disk, dvd burner, Vista SP1, 15.4" widescreen, and such. One per household please, so if you want more, be sure to keep the wig, moustache and fur coat in the trunk ;-)

Jumping to $600 we find an exclusive model at Best Buy, the Gateway M1625. With a price delta of $150 from the Presario, you can expect more, such as 2gb memory, 250gb hard disk, ATI Radeon X1270 graphics, built-in webcam, and Labelflash. Of course it has the other usual specs, 15.4" widescreen, Vista SP1, AMD Turion 64 X2 DC processor, dvd burner and such. One per household!

Also at $600 we find the Dell I1526-101B, with an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC processor, 3gb of memory, 160gb disk, 15.4" widescreen dispaly, dvd burner, ATI Radeon Xpress 1270 graphics system, built-in webcam, Vista SP1, and such. What else can you demand from a $600 laptop and on top of that you get the Dell brand! Laptops have surely come a long way in the last few months in terms of price vs features!

Meanwhile at $700 we have something for fans of bigger screen laptops. The lovely Toshiba L355-S7812 is a Best Buy exclusive and has a 17.1" widescreen display. Nice if that's what you like as a desktop replacement type laptop. Don't compare this with an EeePC, it will look like a Giant next to it! Apart from the 17" widescreen, it has an Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo processor, 3gb memory, 200gb disk, dvd burner with labelflash, built-in webcam, Vista SP1, and a whole lot of Satellite more!

Last but not least in this price range is the HP Pavilion dv6835nr, with a 15.4" widescreen, Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 3gb memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, built-in webcam, Vista SP1, and the like.


Notebooks over $750
We start this price segment at $800 with the HP dv2854se, a special edition as the model name indicates, and also a Best Buy exclusive. The power comes from an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC processor, with 4gb of DDR2 memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner, built-in webcam, Vista SP1 and such. The 14.1" widescreen makes it an nice trade-off in terms of power and portability. The display itself is fed by the nVidia GeForce3 Go7150M graphics system.

Next up at $900, we find the Sony Vaio VGN-FZ-430E/B, with a Centrino Core 2 duo processor, 3gb memory, 250gb disk, 15.4" XBrite ECO widescreen display, dvd burner, Intel Pro Wireless-N, built-in webcam, Vista SP1, and the like. Ideal for Sony fans perhaps.

And now we cross over into four-figures, where we find the Dell X1530-105B at $1000 even. This has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 3gb memory, 250gb disk, 15.4" widescreen, dvd burner with a slot-loading drive, built-in fingerprint reader and webcam, nVidia 8400M G graphics system, Vista SP1, and a whole lot more.

And now something for the Apple fans, the MacBook MB402LL/A at $1100. Oh Apple why do you have to cost twice as much as a similar PC? Oh we know, because you are Apple :) This lovely uses a 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 duo processor, 1gb memory (how tragically sad), 120gb hard disk, some sort of optical drive, built-in webcam, Wireless-N and Bluetooth, 13.3" widescreen, and the world famous fingerpainting program, Mac OS X Leopard :)

We conclude at $1100, with the Toshiba A305-S6843, with an Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo T8100 processor, 15.4" widescreen, 4gb memory, Vista SP1, 400gb hard disk (yes, four hundred), dvd burner with labelflash, ATI Radeon HD 3470 graphics module, NextGen Wireless-N, ;built-in webcam, and much more. Not bad eh? But you do have to pay $1100 for it! Compare that with the fingerpainting MacBook we mentioned right before it. MacBooks are a joke!


Accessorize!
If you love the Toshiba brand, you can get their 2.5" portable USB 2.0 hard drives for $100 (250gb) or $130 (320gb). The model names in case you are wondering are HDDR250E03X and HDDR320E03X.

Meanwhile Best Buy is having an accessorize promotion on laptops, if you buy a laptop you can also get a bag and a mouse for an extra $50, or a printer or some bloatware security suite for $50 each. All you can get all three bundles for $120. Bloatware, Junkware or not? You decide!

For $20, you can get the Targus Notebook Chill Pad (PA248), which is a good idea considering that we are heading into the summer, and with global warming it's gonna get even hotter :)

Also from Targus, the CVR200BB slip case is on sale at $20. This fits screens up to 15". Please note that this is for 15", not 15.4" widescreen which is what most of the new(er) notebooks have.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Ten hot laptops at Best Buy this week

As always Best Buy's Sunday paper weekly ad is jam-packed with laptops of interest. A number of these models are Best Buy exclusives, making it harder to hardball and price-match with other retailers. Another thing that works in favor of Best Buy is that there are no rebates, as a number of consumers are allergic or cringe at the thought of dealing with bureaucratic and inefficient rebate processors.


Small is Big
We start with a little something, the tiny ASUS EeePC makes its Best Buy debut at $400. The model in question features a Celeron processor, XP Home, 512mb DDR2 memory, and 4gb of flash storage. The weight is just two pounds, and also includes wireless, and a built-in webcam even. And it has a tiny little 7" widescreen display. Just don't compare it with your 60" HDTV :)


Under $750
As always we start with the lowest prices first, and here we find the Compaq F756nr on clearance at $500. This includes an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC processor, 2gb memory, 160gb hard disk, dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen, nVidia GeForce 7000M graphics, Vista Premium, and such. For an all-around computer, you can't complain about the price!

If you want a newer computer that comes pre-bundled with Vista SP1, you can pay an extra $50 and get the Toshiba A215-S5837. This has pretty similar main specs as the Presario above, but the graphics module is from ATI, the Radeon X1200. Limit one per household. This is a new Best Buy exclusive model.

Moving along at $600 we find the HP dv6815nr, with an AMD Turion 64 X2 dual core processor, 3gb memory, 160gb disk, dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen, nVidia GeForce 7150M, and of course the new Vista SP1, which indicates this is a new model.

Next up at $700, we find the Dell Inspiron I1525-102B with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 3gb memory, 250gb disk, dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen, built-in webcam, and such. With these models, you do have the option of various fashionable colors and patterns, so your laptop gets some personality and doesn't look like just another laptop from the office.

And now something a little bit more mobile, thanks to its 14.1" widescreen display. We are talking of course about the HP dv2819nr, which goes for $730, exclusively at Best Buy. The processor is from AMD (Turion 64 X2 DC), with 3gb memory, 250gb disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, nVidia Go 7150M, built-in webcam, and Vista SP1.


Over $750
As the prices go higher, the features increase as well. At $800 we find two models, first up the new Sony Vaio VGN-CR407E/P, in lovely pink just in time for Mother's Day. It has a Pentium dual core processor, 2gb memory, 160gb disk, dvd burner, 14.1" Xbrite ECO widescreen, built-in webcam, Intel Wireless-N PRO, Vista SP1, and much more. Did we mention it is pink?

Also at $800, a laptop for those who love bigger laptops and bigger screens. This HP dv9815nr has a 17" widescreen display. Nice? This exclusive is powered by the AMD Turion 64 X2 DC processor, 3gb memory, 250gb disk, dvd burner, NVidia 7150M, built-in webcam, and Vista SP1. Limit one per household, so keep those wigs, fur coats and moustaches handy if you want more ;-)

More power and more features at $850, where we meet with the Toshiba A305-S6837, with an Intel Centrino duo processor, 4gb memory, 320gb disk, dvd burner with labelflash, next-gen wireless N from Intel, built-in webcam, 15.4" TruBrite widescreen, Vista SP1, and much more. Take that 1gb RAM laptops!

Last but certainly not least at $1100 we find the Sony VGN-CR420E/W, powered by the Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo T8100, with 3gb memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner, 14.1" Xbrite ECO widescreen, Vista SP1, and much more. Of main interest to Sony Vaio fans for sure.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The Inbox (Laptop Reliability, Multi-cores, WiFi Lingua Universalis)

Welcome to another edition of the InBox! We start with something of great interest for laptop owners. Reliability! CNet's Crave blog looks at that top, most reliable laptop brands out there. Their findings are rather surpring, not in who finishes first or last, but rather... Well, you have to read it to find out :)

PC World has an update on the AMD multi-core processors. AMD is jumping to 12-core processors and apparently leaves 8-core processors in the rear view mirror. Ah, finally consumer computers discover the world of multi-processing, Windows-style ;-)

We all wanted our MTV in the 80s, in the 00s, we all want our WiFi. CNet calls for universal Wifi, not to be confused with universal health care :)

The Apple world is celebrating a birthday today! No, not Steve Jobs or Guy Kawasaki, but the iMac. The iMac turns ten! More at Crunch Gear.

If you like refurbished monitors, be sure to check this special from Tigerdirect, the Gateway FPD2275W 22" Widescreen LCD monitor is offered for $180, and it has VGA/DVI-D inputs. Again, please note that this is monitor refurbished!

Meanwhile PC Launches, among many other sites, is covering the launch of the new artistic Dell Inspiron 1525 by Mike Ming, which you can buy from directly from Dell starting at $700.

And now something of general fun, CNet's Crave blog takes a look at the geekilicious Maker Fair. DIY Geeks galore :)

Forget gigabytes, it's all about terrabytes nowadays for your personal data, offered by J&R World for $220. Details below.

Western Digital WDH1U10000N 1TB My Book Essential External Hard Drive

Sunday, May 4, 2008

The Inbox (Battery Hope, Alien Reviews and more)

Lenovo's new ads continue to generate buzz, this time at CNet.

The aliens are coming the aliens are coming! Thankfully PC Magazine is giving us a heads-up on what type of computers they are using. They have been given by the Area 51 aliens a unit of the M15X for a video review. These laptops are made by their shell company, called AlienWare. We all know tha these are made by tall skinny aliens, cloaked in orbit around the earth, in their giant high-tech factory UFOs!

Sometimes new technology ideas can even be good and practical and helpful. Maybe? PC World thinks that this new idea may improve battery life in laptops. And that is always a good thing!

Want a cheap memory card and not afraid of mail-in rebates? If yes to both questions, yes, BOTH questions, then consider the PNY P-SDHC4G4-FS 4GB SDHC memory card for $12 after mail-in rebate. Head on to J&R World for all the details.

I'm sure you are tired by now of the BluRay vs HD-DVD "war is over" posts. Well, as you can expect, this may have been a pyrrhic victory for BluRay. Electronista reports that Blu ray is slow to pick up, despite the disappearance of its main competitor. That will teach the manfacturers not to play these silly dual competing standards games again! (Oh, no it won't, they'll do it again and again and again)

Meanwhile if you are looking for affordable printers for your small business, HP, the Small Business division, is having some specials on Laserjets and friends. Of course the Earth prefers that you do not print, but some things just have to be printed! Or do they?

And speaking of HP, could you start your own company in your garage? The next HP perhaps? News.com is having a very interesting story, profiling tech entrepreneurs.

More tech, this time solid state drives which are quite popular in the newer tinier smaller tiny PCs :) NotebookReview takes a look at the 32gb SSD from Crucial. Crucial of course the memory company. Not a crucial review, but a review of a product by the company named Crucial. But that doesn't mean it isn't a crucial review of the Crucial 32gb SSD :)

And if you like more advanced word play, stop reading this, and instead consider some good books! Don't want to wait for the library to make it available? Tired of dealing with fringe eBay sellers? Well, how about AbeBooks.com?.

The Inbox (Research and Review edition)

The Notebook Review Forum reviews the most powerful notebook computer. And which is this most powerful laptop you ask? Well, if you want to be surprised jump right now to the NotebookReview review. Jump now! Jump! The spoiler is coming, the spoiler is coming. Stop reading now :) It is the Sager NP9262. The what? Read on!

Meanwhile Laptoping.com reminds us that the Dell Vostro 1310 is now available for purchase. And speaking of which, Dell Small Business is officially introducing the new lightweight VOSTRO™ 1310 and 1510 starting as low as $599! The special pricing offer expires 5/14/08, so you do have some time to check out reviews and think about it :) The 1310 is the one with the small 13.3" widescreen.

HP puts the "Invent" logo to good use as they make a fundamental new scientific discovery. Details at 11 or at PC Launches.

This calls for an Atom Ant emergency! There appears to be an Atom processor shortage says SlashGear, and that is causing "tiny" troubles in EeePC-Land :)

And speaking of EeePC, Ubergizmo notes that it now comes in new colors. How about flavors? Did anyone think of that? :)

Never a bad idea to have backup plans, and when it comes to your data, that is an even better idea, which brings us to the Western Digital 500GB My Book Essential II USB 2.0 External Hard Drive which is currently on sale at Buy.com for $105 and free shipping!

More from ASUS, Ubergizmo takes a look at the specs of the new ASUS M50S, as the model name suggests, it's a mid-range laptop with a 15.4" widescreen display.

We end this edition of The Inbox with something fun at Crave: UFO or CD player? Oh my!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

The Inbox (Fujitsu tablets, ASUS gaming, and more)

Let the games begin! ASUS is making concrete their upcoming G70 gaming laptop says Engadget. This 17-incher looks nice, is heavier than Ally Mc Beal, and of course costs a lot. More on this at Electronista, and the aptly named PC Launches.

The good people of PC Connection and Mac Connection are offering free shipping for the month of May for all online orders over $99.

New tablets are coming! The Tablets are coming! No, we are not talking about a rehash of some 50s bad scifi movie or the aliens with a similar name at Farscape, which apparently is making a web-only comeback. But two new Fujitsu tablet PC are coming! They are the T2010 and U810. Prices of course start in four figures. More on these at Slash Gear.

It's a small world for tiny PCs, but Gizmodo makes a big deal of out tech support issues. Where is our EeePC review unit? :)

On the other end of the specturm, is a 17" laptop too small? Then how about 18.4" widescreen? That's what the new Acer Aspire 8920G has, more details at Engadget. Use an EeePC after that and it will fill like you are typing on one of those tiny Casio watch keyboards ;-)

And now a potential notebook bargain, the ThinkPad R61e 7650 Notebook is offered by Buy.com for $400. This is an older laptop but has the benefit of running Windows XP Pro out of the box. The processor is a Celeron 540 crunching at 1.86GHz. It has a 15.4" widescreen, 512mb RAM (oh how old school!), 80gb disk, cd burner with dvd-rom, ethernet, b/g wireless, and such. So if you can live without a dvd burner, without a lot of memory, without Vista, and without a dual-core processor, take a look :) Shipping is free.

The Inbox (Lenovo IdeaPad U110 unboxed and other stories)

Are you infatuated with the new Lenovo IdeaPad U110? If yes, you will be tantalized by the unboxing ceremony at Engadget. Yes, they got their hands-on one of these new lovelies! Lenovo, where is ours? :) Of course this is a different type of unboxing than Battlestar Galactica, where they "boxed Xena". We won't say too much for those who have not yet seen Season 2/3 of BSG :)

What happened this week in the world of laptops? CNet's Crave high-tech blog has posted their week in review. With so many laptops and so little time, this is a much needed feature for those who can't just follow every single gadget blog update.

If you are not afraid of voiding your warranty, and you are the brave, boldly-going type, then take a look at this EeePC 900 derivative. Oh my!

The new Comp USA is offeringa special promotion with PayPal, save 10% off an order of $200+ and get 10% cashback via PayPal, maximum of $20. As you may know, Tigerdirect has taken over CompUSA after their financial kerffufle.

Ad Wars are in full-force! Lenovo is now mocking the MacBook Air and trying to gravy-train it at the same time! Oh those advertising peoples they are so smart! You may also remember the MadTV spoof-ads of Apple and PCs and music players and such. They were actually better than the original ads :)

If you want a quality brand laptop but at a lower price, one path is to chose refurbished. If you do, then consider the Toshiba Satellite P205D-S7802, a refurbished Notebook, offered by Tigerdirect for $600. Again for the speed-readers out there, this is refurbished. The main specs? Powered by the AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile TL-58 1.9GHz processor, has 2GB DDR2 memory, 160GB hard disk, and a lovely 17" WXGA+ TruBrite widescreen display. Also wireless of the Bee Gees variety (b/g), super multi format dvd burner, and Windows Vista Home Premium (argg?).

And we conclude this edition of the Inbox with 13" laptop bags picked up by your fashion consultants at Mode. Oops, I mean, PC World :)

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