Sunday, June 22, 2008

Laptops at Best Buy (June 22 to 28, 2008)

A new week, and new laptop ads in the Best Buy Sunday paper! As always we start with the lowest prices and move on up up and away! Remember, Best Buy hates rebates, what you see is what you pay!


Laptops under $600
We start with a nice deal at $400, the Compaq Presario C762nr, which as the name suggests, uses an Intel pentium dual core processor. This is a great laptop for general purpose use considering the price. It has 1gb memory, 160gb hard disk, dvd burner (dual layer), 15.4" widescreen display, and Vista SP1. Limit one per household. If you are lucky enough to find one in stock, congratulations! But don't let that stop you from trying or asking or checking!

Next step up at $550, we find a clearance laptop, the Gateway M1625 which features 2gb of memory and 250gb hard disk drive. Other features include an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC processor, 15.4" ultrabright widescreen display fueled by the ATI Radeon X1270 graphics system, dvd burner with labelflash, built-in webcam, and Vista SP1. Do note that there are no rainchecks on this notebook!

Zoom zoom up and lo-and-behold, we find a Sony at $600. Oh my! What happened? Well, good news happened if you are a fan of the Sony brand :) This is not a clearance laptop by the way! This is Sparta! Oops, this is the Sony Vaio VGN-NR385E white. Limit one per household. It is powered by an Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo processor, 2gb of ddr2 memory, 200gb hard disk, dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen, Vista SP1 and lots more!

Also at $600, we find another clearance and Best Buy exclusive notebook, the Gateway T1628, which is ideal for mobile users as it has a 14.1" widescreen display. Yum! But performance wise this is no slouch, it has 3gb memory (DDR2), 250gb hard disk, AMD Turion dual core processor (64 X2), dvd burner with labelflash, built-in webca and Vista SP1. Did we mention it has an ATI Radeon X1270 grpahics system? YUM! More details on this laptop directly from the source, Gateway.com, which has 12 user reviews posted there.


Laptops over $600
Next up we find two clearance laptops, starting with the HP Pavilion dv6815nr for $630. This is a Best Buy exclusive model and has a 15.4" widescreen fueled by the nVidia GeFORCE Go 7150M graphics system, along with an AMD Turion processor, 3gb memory, 160gb hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, Vista SP1 and such. 50% more than the $400 Compaq C762nr mentioned above, but as you can see you get more of everything, including 2gb extra memory (important), and the better nVidia card.

Fans of 17" desktop-replacement and multimedia-friendly laptops rejoice. On clearance but at only $650 you can get the Toshiba Satellite L355-S7812. Remember this is a Toshiba, not a no-name-brand laptop! This includes an Intel Centrino Core2 Duo processor, 3gb memory, 200gb disk, dvd burner with labelflash, built-in webcam, and Vista SP1. Also a Best Buy exclusive model, with no rainchecks and one per household, so keep the wig, moustache and fur coat handy in the trunk of the car ;-)

Moving on up to $750 we find the HP dv6835nr, another BB exclusive, with an Intel Core 2 processor, 3gb memory, 250gb disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, built-in webcam, 15.4" HD Brightview widescreen, and Vista SP1. Intel-based laptops do have a price premium in general after all.

Last but not least, the MacBook MB403LL-A going for $1300. This has a cutesy 13.3" widescreen display, Mac OS X Leopard, 2gb memory (upgradable to 4gb), 160gb disk, dvd burner, built-in iSight webcam, wireless-N, bluetooth 2.0, and such. The processor is an Intel Core2 Duo running at 2.4 GHz.

And one last thing, this is Best Buy Reward Zone member appreciation week, so you earn double points on nearly all purchases. For more details visit the appropriat pages at BestBuy.com.


Accessories
Start with the Targus BUS0131 laptop case which also includes a mouse. The price is $50 and works with laptops up to 15".

If you plan on using the laptop at home or the office for extended time, then consider an external LCD. Best Buy has a couple of 19" models at $200 (LCD W1952TQ-TF and Westinghouse L1916HW). They also have a Dell E198WFP going for $180 with 1440x900 resolution, 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, DVI-D wiht HDCP and VGA inputs (argggg @ silly HDCP), and such. No rainchecks however!

If you prefer 22" widescreen LCDs, there is the Westinghouse L2210NW for $250 and the LG W2252TQ-TF for $280.

Cutesy colorful Microsoft mice running software that might steal your soul are offered at $25. This is the Microsoft Optical Notebook Mouse 3000 going for $30, base model BX3-000xx. The actual number depends on the color, such as milk chocolate brown (don't drink it), dragon fruit pink (don't eat it), aloe green (don't put it on your skin), winter blue (it's not chewing gum), and pomegranate red.


Portable Storage
External hard disks are all the rage, but if you want an internal disk that is environmentally friendly, the Green Power drives by Western Digital are on sale, starting with the 1 terrabyte WD10000CSRTL for $170 (yes, for one terrabyte) and the 500gb Western Digital WD5000CSRTL for $90. Both are 3.5" SATA internal hard drives and they are environmentally friendly according to WD.

Now let's move on to the external drives, where we find the "Essential" series by WD going for $180 for 1 terrabyte WDH1U100000N (3.5" USB 2.0) and the 500gb WDH1U50000N for $95.

If you want more features and versaitlity, you can graduate to the "Home editions" which work with USB2.0, Firewire 400 and eSATA too. Yum for the geeks! The 1TB edition, the WDH1CS100000N goes for $220, while the 500gb edition WDH1CS5000N goes for $120.

Less fancy but more portable are the smaller and colorful 2.5" USB 2.0 drives from SimpleTech. For $130 you can get the 320gb FS-U25/320H and for $80 you can get the 160gb FS-U2S/160BB. These two are listed in black cherry and blueberry flavors, but I'm sure you can find more flavors in-store or online. Just don't eat them :)

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