Sunday, June 1, 2008

Four HP laptops, no rebates, at Office Max!

As always, no rebates at Office Max, so what the sticker price says, is what you pay, plus of course any applicable sales tax! So let's dig into the Sunday paper, or their online circular ad and see what's up!

There is no bargain laptop this week, the lowest priced advertised notebook goes for $650, and that honor belongs to the HP Pavilion dv6810us. This is a loaded laptop however, which explains the price. Apart from the expected 15.4" widescreen display, you get an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC TL-60 processor, 3gb of memory (nice!), 160gb hard disk drive, dvd burner with lightscribe, built-in memory card reader, wireless (b/g) but also Bluetooth, and of coruse Vista SP1.

Yes, all four laptops this week at Hewlett Packards, and we continue at $730 with the dv2810us, which is a more mobile notebook with a 14.1" widescreen display. The 14.1" laptops cost more, but that doesn't mean they don't have solid feautures. This puppy has an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC TL-60 processor, 3gb memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, built-in memory card reader, wireless and bluetooth, built-in webcam, and Vista SP1. The ad mentions that it weighs a pound (1 lb) less than the mythical typical 15.4" widescreen laptop. One pound they say.

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At $750, we find the dv 6830us, with a 15.4" widescreen. This notebook is spoiled by the Intel Core 2 Duo T5550 processor, 3gb of memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, wireless and bluetooth, built-in webcam and memory card reader, and of course Vista Premium. Some stores may require a special order, in other cases, they may have it available in-store and ready to go, just waiting for you like an 80s cheesy song ;-)

Last but certainly not least, we find the Pavilion dv9812us, with a 17" widescreen for fans of bigger screens and multimedia and desktop replacement functionality in their laptops. Apart from that, you get a 10-key numeric pad, so it feels liek a "real keyboard", more or less. Also an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC TL-60 processor, 3gb ddr2 memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, alphabet soup wireless (a,b,g,N), built-in webcam and memory card reader, and of course Vista Premium. Not bad for the price!


Now let's accessorize!
SwissGear ish aving a major sale, 50% off even, of the SwissGear Patriot and Potomac wheeled laptop case, the Saturn Messenger bag, and such.

If you are looking for an extra monitor to dcck your laptop, the 22" HP widescreen display with 1680x1050 resolution goes for $300 and as always no rebates! Slightly smaller at $270 is the Samsung 2253LW with 2ms response time, 8000:! dynamic contrast ratio, and 1000:1 contrast ratio, along with HDCP crapola.

If you want smaller monitors, a 20" Sceptre goes for $180 while a 22" version goes for $230. But if you want a really big widescreen LCD display, the Soyo DYLM26E6 goes for $400. Not bad considering that LCD HDTVs go for $500 in this price range. This has a 1200:1 contrast ratio. Check the manufacturer or Office Max website for more details on this and the other models.

Store your stuff, make backups, etc, etc. The external portable hard disk are all the rage nowadays with increased versatility and functionality, and available in multiple colors and shapes. Prices start at $80 for a 160gb drive (2gb per dollar), and go all the way to $200 for a 1 terrabyte (1 TB) Western Digital My Book (5gb per dollar). There's also a 500gb SimleTech for just $110, along with many more.

For extra storage, 100-packs of TDK DVD-R and DVD+R blank dvds are on sale for $25, bringing the price to 25c per blank dvd. And where do you store them? How about Office Max branded slim-line jewel cases, on sale for $33 for two 100-packs. So you pay $33 for 200 slim-line jewel cases, which comes out to 16.5 cents per empty slim-line jewel case. Not a bad price, but not the best either.

With so many HP models in this week's ad, you might also be interested in the HP Quick Dock on sale at the moment for $100. No model name is mentioned. You can also get an HP 90W AC adapter for $50, also on sale.

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