Friday, May 23, 2008

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.

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