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 :)

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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 :)

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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 :)

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