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

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 :)

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