Sunday, June 29, 2008

Hot clearance laptop deals at Best Buy starting with $400 Toshiba notebook!

Run to Best Buy laptop fans! There are some nice deals at each price point, starting at $400. Of course do note that the better the deal, the lower are the chances of it being available and in-stock. But don't let that dissuade you! You can always check online or call ahead. And remember, there are no rebates at Best Buy, so what you see is what you pay!

The $400 Toshiba A205-S5825 notebook deal!
Yum! Toshiba is a solid brand, so it is exciting that you can get the Toshiba A205-S5825 for just $400! On clearance of course and limit one per household and no rainchecks. But this is no laptop patsy! It has an Intel Pentium dual core processor, 1gb ddr2 memory, 15.4" TruBrite widesceen, 120gb hard disk, dvd burner of dual layer fame, and Vista Premium. What else can you ask at $400 other than it will be in-stock? :-)

We didn't find a review of this very model but there is a review of the Satellite A205 family at, one of the best sites out there reviewing laptops! And be sure to check their forums for more discussions on this and other laptops out there. But don't blame me if you spend the next 10 hours reading through all the reviews and posts there :)

The $500 Compaq Presario F767nr
If you can't find the Toshi in-store, fear not, there is a $500 Presario available as well. As the model name suggests, it uses an AMD processor. The F-series is the AMD line and the C-series is the Intel line. So for $500 you get an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC processor, 2gb of ddr2 memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner, 15.4" HD Brightview display, and Vista Premium. As you can tell from the OS version, neither one is a brand new computer, which perhaps explains the price and clearance status. But with new models coming every few months, it's really not a big deal, unless you must have yesterday's announcement tomorrow :) Limit one per household.

Not a full-fledged review, but we did find a product brief at CNet, if you can find it among the sea of distractions :)

Two $600 laptops from Dell and Toshiba
Found on the back page of the Sunday paper circular, the Toshiba A305D-S6848 is a solid laptop for a variety of tasks, with its 3gb DDR2 memory and 200gb hard disk drive. It also has a 15.4" widescreen and a dvd burner, along with an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC processor and Vista Premium. Not a bad deal for sure!

The other $600 laptop is the Dell Inspiron I1526-101B, with similar specs, and on clearance, and one per household and no rainchecks. The specs are aMD Turion 64 x2 DC processor, 3gb ddr2 memory, 160gb hard disk, 15.4" widescreen TrueLife, built-in webcam, dvd burner and Vista Premium.

Laptops at $700 or more
If you want a more mobile laptop, you can take a look at the HP Pavilion dv2815nr going for $700, which is not a bad price for a loaded 14.1" widescreen laptop. This lovely is powered by the AMD Turion 64 X2 DC processor, 3gb of ddr2 memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, nVidia GeForce Go7150M graphics system, built-in webcam, Vista Premium and a lot more!

If you prefer a more edgy laptop design, for $750, you can get the HP dv2845se, another Best Buy exclusive, with similar specs but 4gb of DDR2 memory. Also a 14.1" widescreen display. Take a look!

And if you want a laptop replacement or multimedia powerhouse laptop, at $900, you can get the HP dv6875se, with an Intel Centrino 2 processor, 3gb memory, 320gb disk, dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen fueled by the nVidia GeFORCE 8400M GS graphics system, 12-cell battery for extended life, built-in webcam, and Vista Premium.

As you can see most of the laptops featured in this ad are using Vista Premium, which seems to suggest that Best Buy is clearing house to make room for newer models. The neverending cycle of new models at work. But some of the above are great deals in terms of price, so don't miss out!

If you love Macs, the MacBook MB402LL-A is going for $1100 and this includes a 13.3" widescreen, 1gb memory, 120gb disk, not sure if it has dvd burner, 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, and whatever other features Macs have ;-)

Last but not least, the sleek looking, if not loud and obnoxious, Gateway P6860FX going for $1100. This Gateway monster is targeting gamers, with its 17" ultrabright widescreen display fueled by the Nvidia 8800M GTS graphics with DirectX 10. Oh what a bad idea to have version "10" of something named "X". It has built-in wireless-N, 4gb ddr2 memory, 320gb disk, Vista SP1, and an Intel Centrino Core2 Duo processor. Wanna learn more about this laptop? Check the page for it!

Laptop and Desktop accessories
You can never have too many accessories, which explains why it's such a huge industry out there! We start with the sleek Targus TCG200 messenger bag for just $30, and the Logitech gaming mouse with adjustable weights for $50. Then we graduate to the Western Digital WDH1U7500N external hard disk drive for just $140. Not bad!

For bigger laptops, the 17" Targus CPT401DUS notebook case might be of interest. This is a deluxe blacktop at $50 even. And the Logitech V450 laser cordless mouse for notebooks goes for $30. It has soft grips and tilt wheel for side to side scrolling. Add that to your laptop bag!

Memory is another thing you can never have too many with today's technology. Tht's why PNY is offering their 2gb PC5300 DDR2 laptop memory kit for $60.

And if the 3.5" external hard disks seem too clunky to carry around with you, the industry agrees with you, that's why the 2.5" external drives are so popular, and you now have more options under $100, such as the 160gb Western Digital WDMEY1600TN for just $80, available in trendy black or sun-yellow.

LCD widescreen displays are another item of interest, and they go as low as $140 for a Hanspree model at 1440x900, model HF-199HPB. Yes, just $140 for a 19" widescreen. Why am I writing this? I should stop and run to get it ;-) The 22" Hanspree HF-229HPB goes for just $200. Oh my!

If you feel more comfortable with the big name brands, Samsung has a 19" widescreen LCD for $200 (932BW+) and a 22" version (2232BW+) for $300.

More on the 19" widescreens, Gateway has the FPD1976W model on clearance for just $160, no rainchecks. The resolution is 1440x900, with 5ms response time, and 1000:1 CR, and VGA and DVI-D with HDCP crapola inputs. This is a clearance item!

And Velocity Micro (who?) has the model W220 LCD on sale for $240, with a 1680x1050 resolution, dual DVI and HDMI inputys, 1440:1 CR, 2ms ultrafast response time, and things like that as Arnold would say.

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