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!

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