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!

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.


AlaskaHome1959 said...

Chances are, your local Best Buy does not have the Toshiba L355-S7812 in stock. They may try to substitute an "equivilent" computer at the $800.00 but don't let them scam you. The add says the regular price on the L355-S7812 is $799.99 but the actual regular selling price is $999.99 (and I have a PDF of their web page to prove it). This is not the first time Best Buy has pulled this trick on the Toshiba. I suspect that the Best Buy corporate people know they are having trouble getting enough stock on the Toshiba, so by claiming the regular price is only $799.99 they won't lose as much money with a $800 substitution as they would with a true equivilent model, such as the HP - Pavilion Laptop with AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology TL-60
Model: dv9815nr | SKU: 8779397 < >.

Notebook Madness said...

Thanks for the heads-up and all the details!

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