Thursday, July 31, 2008

Special 15% off refurbished XPS and Inspiron PCs at Dell (limited time coupon offer!)

Update! This special has expired!

As promised, here is the Dell Outlet refurbished deal.

ONE DAY ONLY! 15% off already low prices on any refurbished Inspiron™ or XPS™ PC at Dell Outlet!

To get the special 15% off discount, you need to enter the Coupon Code: XBL23$01RWJX46. This cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers. Only good for online orders. Subject to change without notice! Limit 2 refurbished systems per redemption.

The promo is good for the first 500 redemptions, and will expire 24 hours after posting. So don't sleep on it!

Dell Outlet 15% off coupon coming at 10pm pacific tonight (refurbished)!

Dell Outlet shoppers, pay attention! At 10pm pacific time (1am eastern), we will post a special Dell outlet coupon code that can get you an additional 15% off any refurbished Inspiron or XPS Dell PC. The offer cannot be combined with any other offers. The coupon will be good for one day only, and valid for the first 500 redemptions. Don't sleep on it! Be sure to bookmark this blog and check again!

The coupon code will be posted at that time (10pm pacific, midnight central, 1am eastern).

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Lots of laptops at Circuit City this week (7/20 to 7/26)

We have plenty of laptops in this week's Circuit City circular ad! Starting as low as $450 and moving on up to four figures in price. So let's take a look, starting with the lowest prices first.

The Compaq Presario C770us can be yours for just $450 after a $30 mail-in rebate. This is a nice price considering you are getting a dual-core Pentium T2390 processor, 2gb memory, 160gb hard disk, dvd burner, webcam, wireless, and Vista Premium! Limit one per customer and no rainchecks!

If you want a laptop with the new AMD Turion X2 RM-70 dual core processor, and don't want to pay much, you are in luck! The Compaq Presario CQ50110us is on special at Circuit City for just $550 after a $30 mail-in rebate. Limit one per person as this is a special introductor promotion! Apart from the new AMD processor, it has 3gb of memory, 200gb hard disk, dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen, and the usual assortment of features you would expect, including Vista Premium of course.

We have another sub-$600 laptop, the HP Pavilion dv6910us going for $600 after a $50 mail-in rebate. This is also one per customer. It features a 15.4" widescreen, AMD Turion X2 TL-60 dual core processor, 3gb memory, 200gb hard disk, dvd burner, wireless, webcam, bluetooth, and of course Vista!

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And speaking of HP, their EV089AA 12-cell battery is on sale for $100. This provides double the battery life of the standard 6-cell HP batteries. In theory at least. For a list of compatible laptop models, both HP and Compaq, please visit the the HP website.

More from HP, the dv6928us is yours for $630 after two mail-in rebates of $50 and $100 respectively (total $150). This has a 15.4" widescreen display, 3gb memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner of course, webcam, and Vista Premium. This is a Circuit exclusive model by the way. This is a Centrino laptop, which means a trio of Intel chipsets!

And if you want an affordable desktop replacement, the Toshiba P305-DS-8828 is all yours at $700, without any rebates whatsoever! This lovely has the new AMD Turion ZM-70 dual core processor, 3gb memory, 200gb disk, wireless, dvd burner with labelflash, webcam of course, and Vista Premium. Limit one per household. Nice deal if you love the 17-inch widedscreen laptops and you want a brand new model, hot off the assembly line.

Gateway has a presence in the ad too, with a brand new exclusive model, the Gateway M6866, with a Centrino processor, 15.4" widescreen, 4gb memory, 320gb hard disk, wireless, webcam, bluetooth, labelflash, dvd burner of course, and 64-bit Vista Premium. More ways to bluescreen or improved performance? Those are 64-bits for you to decide :)


The 14" widescreen laptops
These laptops are popular with people who want to trade-off portability with price, but without losing any actual power! There we find the Sony Vaio VGN-CR515E/B going for $850 after a $50 mail-in rebate. Oh my! A Sony with a rebate? What is going on here? :) As you can expect, you are paying a Sony-brand premium, but you are also getting a Centrino processor, 3gb memory, 250gb disk, wireless, webcam, fingerprint reader, Vista of course, and the aforementioned 14.1" Xbrite ECO widescreen display.

But for less, you can get the Toshiba Satellite M305-DS-4829. This goes for $730 and no rebates. This is a brand new model, and a CircuitCity exclusive to boot. It features the new AMD Turion RM-70 dual core processor, 4gb memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner of course, webcam, wireless, and Vista Premium. More so, this is prominently featured on the front page of the weekly circular ad. Infact it takes up about half of the page!


More expensive laptops
If you like your laptops to have convertible touchscreens, pay attention! The HP tx2510us is all yours for $950 after a $50 MIR. This includes a 12.1" convertible touch-screen Brightview display with a 180-degree swivel. Convertible means it can twist and shout, or swivel and rotate and things like that. This is a new laptop by the way, as evidenced by the brand new AMD Turion ZM-80 Ultra dual core processor. The new cpus are supported by 3gb of memory and a 250gb hard disk. Also dvd burner, wireless (including N), bluetooth, dvd burner, webcam, fingerprinter reader, and a lot more. Along of course with Vista HP (Home Premium).

At $830, but without any rebates, we find the Toshiba A305-S6857, which has a Centrino processor set, 4gb memory, 320gb disk, dvd burner with labelflash, wireless, webcam, fingerprint reader, and 64-bit Vista.

At $900 after a $50 mail-in rebate, we find the HP dv51000us, with an Intel Pentium dual core P7350 processor, 4gb of memory, 250gb hard disk, 15.4" widescreen display of the BrightView variety, webcam, dvd burner with lightscribe, and 64-bit Vista Premium, among many other things.

I want my laptop-TV! I want, I want, my laptop-TV! No Dire Straits to sing, but for $1080 after a $50 mail-in rebate, you can get the 17" widescreen HP Pavilion dv9930us. This puppy has a built-in HP ExpressCard TV tuner, and the NVidia GeFORCE 8600m GS with 512MB dedicated memory. Other specs include a Centrino processor set, 4gb memory, wireless, 320gb hard disk, webcam, and 64-bit Vista Premium.


FREE Stuff (after rebate) with purchase of any laptop!
Circuit City has a few specials to encourage people to buy laptops from them. You can get any combination of the following items, free after mail-in rebates.

  1. All-in-one printer, the Lexmark X2690
  2. Securit software, from Symantec
  3. D-link WBR1310 wireless-G router



Laptop Accessories
For just $15, you can get the Verge neoprene sleeves, available in solid colors or print designs. Are we buying bed sheets? :) For $25, you can get the loud-red Swiss Gear Anthem sleeve, good for laptops up to 15.4" widescreen. And if you want a backpack, the Swiss Gear Maxxum, good for up to 15.4", is all yours for $50. No rebates!

Verizon teases people with a free USB727 modem. But to get that, you have to sign up for a 2-year Broadband Access plan. The free is after two $50 mail-in rebates. You do have to jump through hoops, but it is free after the rebates. Assuming of course you need and want their Broadband service which of course costs a lot more during the course of two years.

The widescreen LCDs advertised range from $170 (AOC 917SW 19" widescreen) to $380 for the Acer P241WBD, which is a 24" wide LCD, and has both hdmi and dvi-d inputs, and a blazing 2ms response time, along with 1920x1200 resolution.

If you don't object to two $10 mail-in rebates, you can get the Logitech V220 mouse for just $10. But that's after the rebates are submitted, processed and cashed! Similarly after two $15 MIRs, you can get the Logitech QuickCam StX for $20AR.

And a Kensington ComboSaver lock is all yours for $10 after a $10 MIR. Nice price! Meanwhile, an APC built-in UPS 6 outlet protector is all yours for $30!

Moving along, the portable external hard disks are getting more and more affordable and fashionable at the same time as well. They start at $80 for the Western Digital 160gb MyPassport and go up to $250 for the terabyte Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus, which is a 3.5" USB and Firewire 400. Which is why it costs more than the "simpler" terabyte disks.

A trio of affordable laptop deals at Staples this week

Staples has a nice trio of affordable laptops for those who are interested in not paying an arm and a leg, especially considering the current economy.

And the most affordable of all is the Compaq Presior C770us, going for $450 after a $30 Easy Rebate. For that price, you are getting an Intel Pentium T2390 dual core processor, 2gb of memory, 160gb hard disk, 15.4" widescreen, dvd burner, memory card reader, wireless, and Vista SP1. Not bad for $450! I mean, what else can you ask for? Really?

If instead you prefer the Dell Studio 1535, the price is $700, but there are no rebates. You get your choice of color, and a T5750 dual core Intel processor, 3gb memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner, wireless, webcam, and Vista SP1. The display is a 15.4" widescreen. For a lot more Dell deals, be sure to check Dell Home.

Last but not least, for fans of 17" widescreen laptops and affordable prices, we find the HP Pavilion dv9910us for $700 after two $50 Easy Rebates ($50 + $50 = $100). Apart from the nice 17" display and the full-size keyboard (nice!), you get the AMD Turion dual core TL-60 processor, 3gb of memory, 250gb hard disk, webcam, wireless, bluetooth, and the lovely Vista SP1.


Accessories
With multimedia getting bigger, longer, faster and more affordable, the need for extra storage is also increasing. Thus the $80 Western Digital MyPassport 160gb external hard disk drives.

If you don't want a cutesy portable external hard disk drive, but instead don't mind a bigger one, you can get the bang for the buck here, with a 500gb Maxtor OneTouch 4 for just $100. Not bad, 20 cents per gigabyte! And a terabyte you just pay twice as much, so the choice is yours!

Meanwhile a three-pack of PNY USB sticks goes for $35, making it essentially $35 for 6 gigabytes, but you get it in three sticks instead of one, which may be a good idea if you prefer to do multiple backups while you are on the road, or on assignment.

From the world of affordable $10 accessories, Targus is offering their notebook mouse or a 4-port USB hub or an external keypad. Each one is just $10! Get one, or get them all!

A monitor, an external monitor that is, is nice when you are planning to use a laptop at home or the office. And a 22" Staples ISP2107W widescreen LCD is going for just $250, no rebates. This is going to be hot, so don't be late! It has 1680x1050 resolution, 5ms response time, built-in USB ports (nice touch), and analog and DVI inputs.

Be sure to check out the other stuff in the Staples circular, as they have office supplies for as little as 5 pennies, as part of their back to school promotion.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Laptops at Fry's per their newspaper advertisement

Are the best prices always at Fry's guaranteed? Well, we don't know, but let's see what they have in their newspaper circular ad, from the world of notebooks and laptops!

Front and center we find the Compaq Presario CQ50-110us, which goes for $580 after a $30 mail-in rebate. With a name like that, it better be good! Limit one per customer by the way! Well, it uses the brand new AMD Turion X2 RM-70 dual core processor, and has 3gb of memory, 200gb of hard disk, dvd burner of course, 15.4" widesceen display, wireless, and the usual assortment of features, along with the lovely Vista SP1.

If you want more of everything, and don't mind paying more, $950 to be precise, after a $50 mail-in rebate, then the HP Pavilion dv5-1002us is all yours! It features the new AMD Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80 dual core processor, with 4gb of memory, 320gb hard disk, dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen (WXGA+), wireless alphabet soup (ABGN), webcam of course, and 64-bit Vista Home Premium SP1.

If you like the specs above, but prefer a 12" convertible touchscreen laptop instead, and don't mind paying $1000 after a $50 mail-in rebate, then the HP tx2510us is all yours! Limit one per customer. The exact specs include an AMD Turion X2 ZM-80 Ultra dual core processor, 3gb memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner, wireless and bluetooth, ATI Radeon HD3200 RS780M with 64MB DDR2, and 64-bit Vista SP1. This laptop should scream for everyday applications! Vroooom!

And speaking of four figures, $1050 will get you the Sony Vaio CR520E, available in tons of fashionably trendy colors. Apart from the Sony brand and recognition, you get the Intel Centrino T8100 processor, 3gb memory, 320gb hard disk, dvd burner, a lovely 14.1" widescreen display (WXGA), wireless, webcam and the like. And in case you are wondering, the fashionably trendy colors are dove, crocodile pink, chocolate brown, cosmopolitan silvery pink, silver and ivory blend, sangria red, indigo blue, and champagne. Oh dear, are we picking couture at the mall or a laptop here? :)

We don't want Apple fans to feel left out, there is a MacBook Pro advertised, for $2500! Yes, I know I can get four Windows-based laptops that can outperform it, but it won't be a Mac :) This has a 15.4" widescreen, a 2.5GHz Intel dual core processor, 2gb memory, 250gb disk, slot loading dvd burner, webcam, NVidia GeForce 8600M GT with 512mb of DDR2 SDRAM, and things like that. Do note that the display is offering a 1440x900 resolution, not 1280x800. You also get the Epson CX9400F all-in-one printer/fax/copier/scanner/coffee-maker. Hello Craigslist!


Affordable 13.3" Toshiba laptops!
If you always had a soft spot for 13.3" laptops and felt jealous of your MacBook friends running around with their 13.3" toy-books, feel jealous no more!

For just $700, and without rebates, you can get the Toshiba Satellite (model unspecified) which features the aforementioned 13.3" wide WXGA display, AMD Turion X2 RM-70 dual core processor, 2gb memory, 160gb hard disk, dvd burner, wireless of course and Vista Premium. Yum!!!

For an extra $100, you can instead get the Toshi with the ZM-80 Ultra processor and 3gb memory instead of 2. Oh and the hard disk jumps from 160gb to 250gb. Not a bad trade-off for an extra $100 if you plan on using the computer in more instense applications or plan to multi-task and don't want to be slowed down by context switching and things like that.


Monitors and more Monitors
A 20" Envision widescreen LCD monitor is all yours for $170 after a $30 mail-in rebate. This features 1680x1050 resolution, 3000:1 constrast ratio, both VGA and DVI-D inputs, and 5ms response time.

If you want to jump to a 22" Envision instead, you pay $190 but after a $70 mail-in rebate. The resolution is the same as above, but with 700:1 contrast ratio and 300 cd/m2.

Moving to bigger sizes, a 25.5" Samsung can be yours for $540 after $50 MIR. This has D-sub, DVI and HDMI inputs, 1920x1200 resolution, 5ms response time, 400cd/m2, 3000:1 contrast ratio and things like that.

A similar size but going for $430 and without rebates is offered by Viewsonic, which has 3ms response time instead and 1000:1 (4000:1) contrast ratios.

If that's not big enough, how about a 28" Viewsonic, but with the same resolution of 1920x1200, 5ms response time, and 800:1 contrast ratio.


Accessories and more accessories
With the back to school sale months ahead of the actual start of school, more and more accessories and gadgets are on sale.

For starters, you can get four-packs of Kingston USB drives, starting at $25 for 1gb (4x 1gb), $35 for 2gb (4x 2gb), and $65 for 4gb (4x 4gb). That's a lot of sticks :) If you want to jump ahead, K-Data has their 16gb usb flash drive for $50, and their 32gb for $100. The prices are such that there is actually no "penalty" for getting the "smaller" 16gb version.

If you don't mind sending mail-in rebates for small amounts, you can end up with a 4-port USB 2.0 hub for $5, or a USB webcam for $5. Prices after $10 and $5 mail-in rebates respectively. Don't forget to calculate the cost of a stamp and photocopies if you are going to do the rebates :)

More cheapies, for $10 after $10 MIR you can get an APC-branded poer ready notebook sleeve or a 3-fan USB chiller but without any rebates. This is a hot deal for just $10, as you can use these on laptops or on your overheated cable boxes and DVRs.

If you love accessories by the pound, there is a notebook accessory kit going for $20, without rebates! This includes a 4-port USB 2 hub, 1gb usb drive, 36" retractable ethernet cable, and more from Lenmar.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, there are thousands of items at Fry's.

Refurbished Gateway T1625 for $500 at Tigerdirect

The Tigers are at it again, if you like refurbished Gateway laptops at exactly $500, and without rebates, then you may want to take a look at the Gateway T-1625 Refurbished Notebook which is powered by the AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core TL-60 2.0GHz processor,and has 2GB memory, 250GB hard disk space, dvd burner of course, wireless and webcam,a nd Vista Premium of the Home. And the kicker? It has a 14.1" WXGA which makes it a good candidate for people who want to balance performance with mobility and decent price. Because you know the 13.3" and small full-function notebooks are prices as if they were Divas :)

And how about a desktop sidekick for your new laptop? This is a brand new in box model, not refurbished. It is the Lenovo IdeaCentre K210. The price is $330 after a $50 mail-in rebate. There is a limit of five rebates per person, so you can built your own home computer lab for under $2000 with these :) It is powered by the Intel Celeron Dual Core E1200 1.6GHz processor, and has 2GB of memory, 320GB SATA II hard disk drive, dvd burner of course, the expected Intel GMA3100 chipset, along with Veriface with the included webcam, along with memory card reader, and the newer Vista Home Premium SP1. New ways to blue-screen? :)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Kensington 64068F MicroSaver Notebook Lock and Security Cable for $20 at Amazon (limited time offer!)

Hurry up! Amazon is offering the Kensington 64068F MicroSaver Notebook Lock and Security Cable for just $20 as part of their Gold Box Lightning round specials. To see this special price visit the Gold Box page via the product page linked above, or go directly to your Amazon gold box.

This offer is for a limited time, it will expire by 10pm pacific time (1am eastern), so don't sleep on it! The regular Amazon price is $33, which I am assuming that's where it will go once the special is over.

To get free shipping, be sure to add a 2gb memory card or USB stick for about $8 or so, so you get over the $25 hump and that will get you free shipping. Remember, this has to be sold and shipped by Amazon.com, not by a 3rd party! For example, this 2gb Sandisk SD card for $10.17 or a 1gb Kingston SD card for $5.69.

If you prefer a USB flash drive, the 1gb Kingston USB 2.0 hi-speed Data Traveler 100 is just $8.39, and available in blue, and perhaps in other colors as well.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Refurbished Gateway T1625 for $500 at Tigerdirect

The Tigers are at it again! For $500, you can get a 14.1" refurbished Gateway T1625 notebook!. This is a "modern-era" laptop, not a single-core remnant by the way. It has an AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core TL-60 2.0GHz processor, 2GB DDR2 memory, 250GB disk, dvd burner, 14.1" WXGA as mentioned above, wireless and webcam, and of course Vista Home Premium. No rebates!



And while we are on the topic of Gateway, Tigerdirect has a couple of refurbished Gateway desktops. Here we go, we start at $350, no rebates, with the refurbished Gateway GM5626 which has an Intel Pentium Dual Core E2180 2.0GHz processor, 3GB DDR2 memory, 500GB SATA II hard disk, super multi format dvd burner, memory card reader, NVIDIA 8500GT video card, TV Tuner (nice!), and the loved/dreaded Vista Home Premium.

The second desktop costs $400, no rebates, and also refurbished. It is the Gateway GT5656, powered by the AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.0GHz processor, with a nice 3GB DDR2-667 memory, a spacious 500GB SATA II hard disk, dvd burner of course, memory-card reader, and the lovely (?) Vista Home Premium.

To recap, all three are refurbished Gateway computers offered by Tigerdirect. Be sure to check Tiger's policy on refurbished sales and also the warranty. As with all good deals, they will only last while supplies last so don't sleep on them if they are something you find interesting!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Office Depot specials from July 13 to 19

Office Depot goes on the attack, not just with the penny office suplies doorbusters, but also with a $450 laptop from Acer! It is the Extensa EX4420-5239 and this is a 14.1" widescreen laptop, not the heavier 15.4" model, which makes this price nice! It also has 2gb of ddr2 memory, 120gb hard disk, dvd burner, AMD TK-57 dual core processor, wireless, webcam and things like that. Check availability and more details using the Office Depot search box below!

















Supplies,
Furniture, Technology & More!







Next we have the HP DV6910US going for $530 after two mail-in rebates totaling $170. That's a lot, so be sure to go in this deal whole-heartedly, otherwise you will be having rebate frustrations and nightmares. It has the AMD TL-60 dual core processor, with 3gb of memory, 200gb disk, dvd burner of course, 15,4" widescreen, webcam, wireless, and Bluetooth too!

Those two were the front page laptops, now let's move on to the laptops deep inside the circular ad, starting at $580 without any rebates (surprise-surprise) for the Gateway M6827, which includes an Intel T5750 Core2 Duo Centrino processor (oh what a name), 3gb of memory, 160gb disk, dvd burner of course, 15.4" widescreen, webcam and wireless and things like that. What makes this laptop a bit more trendy than your typical laptop is that it has a pacific blue color scheme. Just don't dive into the ocean or the pool with it. It won't be good for the laptop!

And another Gateway, this time the M-6848 for $650 after a $50 mail-in rebate, which has the same processor as above, but 4gb of memory, and a 250gb hard disk drive. The main specs are pretty similar as above. Not a bad price considering the amount of RAM you are getting, and after of course factoring in the rebate amount.


A trio of Toshibas making a splash!
Next we have an exclusive Toshiba Satellite M305D-S4831 model, going for $700 after a $50 MIR. This is a nice laptop for the mobility inclined crowd as it has a 14.1" widescreen display, yet it's power packed with the AMD RM-70 Turion X2 DC processor, 4gb of memory, 200gb hard disk, dvd burner of course, wireless, webcam, and face recognition, which Lenovo is guilty of forcing upon us through the power of competition. And this puppy has the "better" (???) 64-bit Vista Premium. Better in theory, but for Windows, more bits means more ways to leak memory and blue screen :)

And another Toshi using the new AMD RM-70 dual core processor, this time it is the Satellite P305D-S8834, which uses a 17" widescreen display, making it a good candidate for a laptop replacement as well as a portable multimedia center. The other specs include 4gb of memory, 250gb disk, dvd burner, webcam, face recognition, wireless and 64-bit Vista, not the plebian 32-bit edition :)

And we conclude the Toshi Trio with the A305-S6857, which uses a "traditional" Intel T5750 dual core pentium processor, 4gb memory, 320gb disk, dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen, abgn wireless, and 64-bit Vista. Yes, face recognition crapola too. The price is $800 after a $50 mail-in rebate.


Touch the HP TX2510US touchscreen
HP has a new touchscreen model, the TX2510US going for $900 after a $50 MIR. This is powered by the AMD Turion X2 ZM-80 processor, has 3gb memory, 250gb disk, and of course a 12" brightview touchscreen, which in typical touch-screen fashion, rotates and flips and does circus acts. Other features include fingerprint reader, bluetooth, wireless (ABGN), webcam, and things like that.


Storage on sale!
More and more portable hard disks on sale! Did we miss buying portable storage stocks? :) We start at $80 and without rebates for the Maxtor One Touch 4 mini going which has 160gb of storage, making it 50c per gigabyte, which is a rather high price for hard disks these days, which is the norm with smaller capacities.

If you prefer the smaller passport types, the 250gb models from Western Digital go for $100, while the 320gb models go for $130. Internal hard disks cost even less, as you can get a terrabyte model for $190, or a 500gb for just $100. The last two from Maxtor.

A 4gb Kingston Data Traveller USB stick is on closeout for $23, while the 8gb version, not on closeout, goes for $45. If you prefer a three-packs of USB sticks, you can get the Sandisk Cruzers (three 2gb units) for $40.

Meanwhile a 1gb Kingston DDR2 PC5300 memory stick for desktops or notebooks goes for $28 and there are no rebates to chase!


Monitors!
Whether it's a laptop or a desktop, bigger is cheaper these days, and a 19" Envision H190L2 with 5ms response time and 1000:1 contrast ratio only costs $170. And to think that a few years ago geeks were throwing parties to celebrate the 15" LCDs going under $1000. Inflation? Where? where? :)

If on the other hand you prefer better size and resolution, the Viewsonic VX2235wm is very tempting at $230 after a $50 mail-in rebate. This is 1680x1050 resolution, 700:1 contrast ratio, and 5ms response time. And the Viewsonic brand. Something worth looking into if you are interested in this size of LCD.


Two cheap desktops (after obligatory rebates)
If you are looking for general purpose desktops for things like emailing and browsing and things like that. First up the Acer Extensa AM1641-U1521A desktop tower with 2gb memory, 320gb disk, Intel E2180 dual core pentium processor, dvd burner, and things like that. You can compare the processor's performance with other's using the benchmarks list at CPUbenchmarks.net. The price is $300 after a $70 mail-in rebate. Not bad at all. Similar infact to the Lenovo K2.1 we are reviewing, but with twice the RAM!

The other desktop on special is the HP Pavilion A6528P, going for $440 after two combined rebates of $120. This has the Intel E2200 dual core processor, 3gb of memory, 500gb hard disk, dvd burner and things like that.

Needless to say, monitor is not included with either one of these desktops. Let's not get too greedy now :)

Three laptops in this week's Office Max circular ad (7/13 to 7/19)

The three laptop amigos are what Office Max is offering to shoppers in this week's Sunday paper circular ad, which of course you can also find online and in the store, usually somewhere near the entrance or near the customer service or checkout areas.

The first of the three laptops is the Compaq Presario c776nr going for $500 even. What is good is that there are no rebates at O-Max. The ticket price is the ticket price, plus of course any applicable sales taxes which cannot be avoided :) This is a loaded laptop though, with an Intel Pentium dual core T2390 processor, 3gb of DDR2 memory, 160gb disk, dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen display, wireless, memory card reader, webcam, and Vista Premium. What else can you ask for $500 and no rebates? HOT DEAL!!!

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Next we find the red-faced Gateway M6847 for $630. This is a more stylish laptop than the Compaq C776nr mentioned above, partially thanks to its red-themed cover and such. The processor is better too, it's the Intel Pentium dual core T5750 with 3gb memory, 320gb hard disk, dvd burner with labelflash, 15.4" widescreen, wireless, memory card reader, and of course Vista Premium.

Last but not least at $750 is the HP Pavilion dv6926nr (or is it dv6930us?), with a 15.4" widescreen display, T5750 dual core pentium processor, 3gb memory, 250gb hard disk, alphabet soup wireless (ABGN), memory card reader, webcan and things like that. And of course Vista Home Premium.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

lenovo IdeaCenter K2.1 K Series review

We found the Lenovo K2.1, a general purpose desktop, on a good deal after rebate at New Egg. It arrived a couple of days ago (early July 2008), and we decided to publish an on-going review of our experience with it. So this is the start of our on-going review of the Lenovo K2.1 IdeaCenter!


The out of the box Windows Experience Score
We start with the Windows Experience Scores. These are of the computer as it came out of the box. We haven't made any modifications or additions to the existing hardware. It's nice to see that the disk has the highest score.




First impressions out of the box


Do note that, as the specs state, it only has one VGA output, so if you were looking for a computer with a DVI-D output, this is not it!

It does come with Vista Basic, but "Aero" is turned on. If you want to speed up performance, especially if you are not using "beautiful" graphic applications, just turn it off.

Software that comes with it includes:
  • Cyberlink PowerToGo 5 for burning CDs and DVDs
  • Lenovo Media Studio, which is a rebranded version of a Cyberlink program
  • Trend Micro PC Cillin Internet Security 2007 Anti-Virus with a 90-day free trial
  • Internet Exploder 7. I recommend getting Firefox!
  • Lenovo Veriface
  • and a few more


I haven't played with the Lenovo One Key restore but what is handy is that there is a big button on the keyboard, right above the numeric keypad that can bring up your favorite browser. So instead of "Control-N", you press the big button. The "One Key Restore" functionality comes from a red thin circular button that engulfs the big browser button. You cannot hit the "one key" button accidentally, your finger has to approach from a specific angle.

As the specs mention this laptop does not include a camera (webcam) but it still comes with the Lenovo face recognition software, which may be a pain if you frequently change your hairstyle, shave/grow beard, wear makeup, different sets of glasses, etc, etc.

The included keyboard is USB, while the included mouse is PS/2. It has two slots so if you have any older or favorite keyboards and mice you want to use, here is your chance :)


First impressions on performance


Quiet. In a room with other devices, but no radio or TV sound or people speaking, you can't really hear it. Of course this depends on your setup and how sensitive your hearing is. I am not going to use a decibell meter, partially because I don't have one :)

Performance is nice for browsing and general-purpose activities, the closest I can compare it to is a laptop with similar specs, and the K2.1 does better. You can find out how well its processor does in standard tests by looking it up at CPUbenchmark.net, which is a great reference site by the way.

I did measure one dvd burning session, it took three minutes end-to-end to go from the mp3 version of NIN's "The Slip" to a finished burned audio CD (yes audio that you can play in standard cd players). This is the version that NIN was giving away to fans on their website. This was done with the included Power2Go 5 program from Cyberlink.

Trying to bring Windows up to date with the latest updates is a never-ending cycle as it picks up new updates that it needs after new update. Oh Microsoft...

The network connection was smooth. Just plugged it in and found everything on its own. It also has a model installed, but I haven't tested that yet.

Nothing annoying (ISPs) or anything like that popped up and bothered me with giving them a look. This is good. The only thing that pops up as a reminder is the anti-virus program (Trend Micro PC Cillin) which reminds you to activate your free 90-day trial, which is a good thing since the included Microsoft software has a firewall, but not an anti-virus program.


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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Refurbished deals by Buy.com

If you are a fan of refurbished laptops, we have some deals for your courtesy of Buy.com. Well, not courtesy, since you still have to pay for them :)

We start with the recertified Dell Latitude Notebook D600, going for $400 with free shipping. This is an older laptop, but if you like the Latitude line, or the specs are good enough for your needs, then take a look at it. It has a 14.1" 4:3 display and it is powered by the Intel Pentium M processor which is not dual core. It has a 40GB hard disk, cd-rw with dvd-rom, ethernet (10/100) and dial-up model (56 kbps), 32MB VRAM, and wireless (11b). But the OS is fresh for Vista haters: It's Windows XP Pro so you don't have to go through the ordeal of ejecting Vista. Again, please note that this is a recertified computer!



We continue with another refurbished model, this time it is the Gateway M-6755 Notebook, which unlike the Latitude above, is a modern-era laptop, with a 15.4” Ultrabright Widescreen XGA. The brains are the Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5450 processor and it also has 3GB of memory, 250GB hard disk, dvd burner with labelflash, webcam, and Vista Home Premium. The price is $550 with free shipping. Again, note that this a factory refurbished model!



One more to go, we have a reconditioned Sony for $500 and free shipping. Yes, a Sony! It is the Vaio VGNNR220E/S, which has a 15.4" XBRITE-ECO LCD display and it is powered by the Intel Dual Core Processor T2330. Memory is 1GB via two 512MB sticks. The hard disk is 160GB, and it has a CD/DVD Burner, mobile Intel GL960, wireless of course and Vista Premium. Did we mention this is a Sony and this is refurbished?

All three of the deals mentioned are offered by Buy.com, they are reconditioned and come with free shipping. If you are not familiar, be sure to read the warranty and return policy at Buy.com before buying so you can avoid any potential surprises in case you run into problems with the laptop further down the road.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Exclusive stackable Dell coupons: free 2-business day shipping on XPS, Studio and Inspiron!

We have two limited time exclusive Dell coupon offers for you! These are limited time offers so don't sleep on them! They expire very soon, so don't delay! They are good until 9:55pm pacific time on Friday July 11. Did I mention they are stackable with all other Dell offers?

These Dell coupons give you free 2-business day shipping, and they are stackable with other Dell offers, which can make it an even nice deal!

The first deal is free 2 Business Day Shipping on all new XPS and Studio purchases with coupon code LQD91TVCB7P9F2. Studio is the new line of Dell products, you may have seen them advertised online and offline the last few days, not just at Dell.com, but also by the big chain stores that carry Dell products.

The second coupon is free 2 Business Day Shipping on all new Inspiron laptop or desktop purchases over $699 with coupon code VKSZTT4H557HSB. Yeeha! Inspirons are of course the versatile and affordable Dell laptops, and you can have them your way, you can get the lowest price possible, or you can load them up with more features! Coffee machine still not available in the configuration menu :)



And don't forget, if you have American Express rewards points, you can convert them to Dell gift certificates, and come back here to spend them :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Four hot refurbished laptops at Tigerdirect from Gateway and Acer

If you are a fan of refurbished laptops and like the bang for the buck opportunity they present, you are in good luck. We have four limited time opportunity refurshied laptops from Tigerdirect, while supplies last! These are without rebates, so what you see is what you pay!

We start with the best price, at $400, you can get the Gateway ML6720 refurbished notebook which is powered by the Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2310 1.46GHz processor, and has 1GB memory, 120GB disk, dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen, 802.11a/b/g Wireless, and Windows Vista Home Premium.


Next we move on to the Gateway T-1625 which only costs $500. This is refurbished with an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC TL-60 2.0GHz processor, 2GB DDR2 memory, 250GB disk, dvd burner, 14.1" widescreen, wireless, and webcam, along with Vista Premium! Consider the 14.1" widescreen adn the $500 price!

Fans of 17" widescreen laptops will be thrilled that for just $580 they can get the Acer Aspire 7720-6155 refurbished model which is powered by the Intel Core 2 Duo T5250 1.5GHz processor, and it has 2GB memory, along with 160GB hard disk drive, and dvd burner. As we said, the display is a 17" WXGA+ widescreen, and it also has built-in webcam and wireless. The OS is everyone's "favorite" Vista Home Premium.

Last but not least, we have the very sleek looking Gateway M-6750 refurbished notebook going for $600. This is powered by the Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 1.66GHz processor, has a nice 3GB memory, with a spacious 250GB hard disk. Oh dear, are we talking about houses or laptops here? In the home theater room you will find a dvd burner and a nice 15.4" WXGA wide display. More wireless flexibility with the 802.11n Wireless (N for Next generation), along with a built-in webcam, and Vista Premium blue screen edition :)


And before we go, if you are looking for a laptop bag, this is too hot at $20, it is a blue/black Targus Black Top Messenger Case. It fits laptops up to 15.4" widescreen and weights 2.75 pounds. It does have padded compartments by the way. For close-up pictures and more detailes, be sure to check at Tiger.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Laptop specials at Office Depot this week (July 6 to 12, 2008)

While their friends at Office Max are taking the week off, and their friends at Staples are giving office supplies away for a penny, Office Depot has a nice set of laptops on sale!

We start with the Toshiba Satellite A205-S5880 Notebook for $550 after $125 Mail-In Savings. This lovely Toshi has an Intel Pentium dual-core T2390 processor, a 15.4" TruBrite™ Widescreen, 3GB DDR2 memory, 200GB hard disk, dvd burner, integrated webcam & microphone, wireless (b/g), and such. Not bad considering you are getting three gigabytes of RAM!

Next up we have a Sony for $700 after a $50 mail-in rebate. It is the Sony Vaio VGN-NR498E/P notebook and as the model name suggests, it is a lovely pink. It features the Centrino technology with an Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 Processor, 15.4" Xbrite-Eco Widescreen, 3GB DDR2 memory, 250GB hard drive, dvd burner, wireless alphabet soup (ABGN), and things like that. If you are not familiar with the different processor speeds and performance, be sure to cross-reference this great site, cpubenchmark.net.

















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Moving along we find the HP Pavilion DV6936US on sale for $850 after a $50 MIR. What does it have that demands such a price? It has a 15.4" Brightview Widescreen fueled by the nVidia Ge-Force graphics card with 256MB of video memory. The processor is the Intel Core 2 Duo T5750, with 4GB DDR2 memory, 250gb disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, built-in webcam, and wireless alphabet soup (ABGN), along with the "lovely" Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition with SP1. Note this is the 64-bit edition, not the 32-bit edition you get in most sub-$1000 laptops.

Back to the Toshis, we have the Satellite L305-S5877 going for $600 after $50 in mail-in savings. This has a 15.4" TRUBRITE display,, Intel Core2 Duo T5750 processor, 3gb memory, 200gb disk, dvd burner with labelflash, built-in webcam and wireless, and things like that. Not bad considering this is a Toshiba, not a generic brand!

And now to a laptop with an unusual screensize, the Acer Aspire AS6920-6508 going for $700 after $50 MIR. The unusual screen? It's a 16" CRYSTALBRITE, widescreen and LCD of course, with a maximum of 1920x1080 high definition resolution. The processor is the Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5750, with 4GB DDR2, 250GB disk, dvd burner, fingerprint reader, webcam, wireless of course, and 64-bit Vista SP1. Viva la Vista!

Next up at $750 after $100 in mail-in rebates, we find the HP DV9920US, powered by the AMD Turion X2 DC TL-60 processor. This has lots of memory, 4gb DDR2 RAM, and it can share up to 1GB of that with the nVidia Ge-Force Go 7150M graphics card. Other specs include a 250GB hard disk, dvd burner, wireless, webcam, bluetooth, and 64-bit Vista SP1. Not a bad price considering all the specs!

We continue with the Toshiba Satellite A305-S6857 notebook for $800 after $50 in mail-in rebates. Office Depot (ODP) calls them "mail-in savings", perhaps to take the stigma out of the rebate name, but it's just the same thing. Silly ODP! This Toshi has a 15.4" TRUBRITE wide display, facial recognition software so be sure to look pretty for the computer, an Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 processor, 4GB DDR2 memory, 320GB hard drive, dvd burner, webcam, built-in FM Tuner (talk about going a full 360 degrees), wireless alphabet soup (ABGN), and Vista 64-bit SP1 crapola.

Last but not least is the Toshiba Satellite A305-S6862 notebook going for $900 and surprise-surprise, NO REBATES! Yes, no rebates :) It has a 15.4" widescreen, 500GB hard drive so it's multimedia friendly, and has a dvd burner of course. The processor is the Intel Core 2 Duo T5750, and it has 4GB DDR2 memory, webcam, built-in FM Tuner, face recognition software so keep the make-up in the computer bag ;-) Also has ABGN wireless, and things like that.


A duo of 14.1" HP widescreen laptops
There is a price premium on these smaller and more mobile laptops with usually improved battery life. We start with the HP dv2911us which goes for $650, but this tempting price is onyl after $150 with two mail-in rebates. You pay $800 in-store. It is about 1lb lighter than the 15.4" widescreen equivalent according to the specs, and it is fueled by the Intel Core 2 Duo T5550 processor, 3GB DDR2 memory, 250GB disk, dvd burner with LightScribe, webcam, wireless, and, yes, and Bluetooth. If you are patient and rebate-experienced this is a sweet price. For more search for it using the red ODP search box above.

The second one is the HP Pavilion DV294S0SE, a special edition notebook as the model name suggests. It goes for $750 after $100 using two mail-in rebates. You pay $850 in store. Plus of course all applicable sales taxes which none of the rebate programs refund. Think of it as your donation to help support your local state :) This computer has an AMD Turion X2 TL-62 DC processor, with a whooping 4GB DDR2 memory, a nice 320GB hard disk, dvd burner built-in webcam, wireless and bluetooth, along with 64-bit Vista BlueScreen SP1. Oh by the way, this look cool too and it has a Verve special edition chassis. It's not just a computer, it's a fashion statement and fashion accessory. Why pay $900 for a watch when you can instead get a fully functional computer? A $5 watch serves the same function as a $900 watch :)


Dirt Cheap Compaq Presario Desktop Tower computer
If you want to pay the absolute minimum and don't mind rebates, here is a low price: The Compaq Presario Tower SR5501P Desktop Computer with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 DC 4200+ processor for just $250 after two mail-in rebates totalling $100. You pay $350 at checkout and then submit/receive the rebate checks totalling $100. Do follow all the rebate instructions, and make copies of everything you submit, envelope included :) Other features include 1GB DDR2 memory, 160GB hard drive, dvd burner with LightScribe. Just don't expect it to behave like a $1000 gamer PC :)


Laptop and computer accessories
Not an LCD made for computers, but the Viewsonic 26" N2635w HDTV LCD is on sale for $450 after a $50 mail-in rebate. This is not a bad price at all considering the specs! Obviously you can't expect full 1080p at this size and price, but 1080i/720p is good enough for most people and programs in this day and age :) The resolution is 1366 x 768 WXGA.

And now a couple of computer monitor LCDs, a 19" Envision G918w1 for $150 after a $50 rebate which is a nice price for a model with 5ms response time and 800:1 contrast ratio. For a bigger size, the Samsung 2032NW is yours for $230 after a $30 MIR. This has 1680 x 1080 max resolution, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time, and the brand name of Samsung of course :)

If you are a thrifty bargain hunter with the patientce of a rebate professional, you can get a 1gb Memorex MMP8565 mp3 player for $10 after a $35 mail-in rebate. The rebate costs 3.5X the effective product price :) Just don't expect it to behave like a $300 iPod or MicroZune. Quantities are limited and no rainchecks, but it doesn't hurt to try. A few months ago I was able to get a similar deal on a cheap mp3 player on Thursday, just because I asked and the customer service representative checked, and sure enough, they found the last one :)

Lots of computer accessories are on sale, just check for your favorites using the red search box above :)

Compaq Presario F761us for $400 AR at Staples!

Bargain hunting laptop fans you should line-up at Staples on Sunday morning! The Compaq Presario F761us is on sale for $400 after a $30 Easy Rebate. That's right, four hundred dollars after rebate, not a typo! Why is this a big deal? Because this laptop packs a punch for the price, and lets you do just about anything in terms of every-day life and tasks. Here is the summary of the Presario F761 specs:

  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual core mobile TK-57 processor
  • 1gb memory
  • 160gb hard disk
  • 15.4" widescreen display
  • supermulti format dvd burner with lightscribe
  • wireless LAN (b/g)
  • five in one memory card reader

How does the AMD TK-57 processor stack up with other processors? Check the benchmark ranking at CPUBechmark.net to see how it compares!

As you can expect, this is a "while supplies last" and supplies will not last long!!!


Dell Studio 1535 and 1735 make their Staples debut
If you are not a bargain hunter, but rather would have the latest and greatest, Staples offers both choices it seems. The Dell 1535 and 1735 Studio notebooks make their debut at $700 and $850 respectively. And no rebates, which is a boon for those who hate rebates with a passion.

The Dell Studio 1535 features an Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 processor, 3gb memory, 250gb hard disk, super multi format dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen display, wireless and web-cam, and Vista SP1. It is available in multiple colors, including red, purple, orange, black, blue, and pink!

The Dell Studio 1735 features a 17" widescreen display, which is part of the reason why you see the price bump. Ideal for people who like bigger laptops and enjoy multimedia on bigger screens. On top of that, it has 4gb of memory instead of three, and a fingerprint reader too.

Oh these ones look adorable! And if you needed any extra incentive, Staples is offering no interest, no payments for six months if you pay with your Staples credit card and the amount is $200 or more. Do read the terms and conditions as always.


Other high tech items of interest
If you need blank DVDs, either DVD-R or DVD+R, and you like Sony, whether it's Made in Taiwan or Made in Malaysia blank DVDs, they are on sale at Staples for $23 for the 100-pack, which puts them at 23c per blank dvd. Almost cheaper than a piece of toilet paper ;-) The 50-packs are a bit more expensive as they come out to 26 cents per blank, or $13 per spindle.

If you love bags, then you'll love Staples this week, as they have all sorts of bags, laptop bags, messenger bags, backpacks, and such on sale. Brands include Timberland, Jansport and Dickies. Prices vary from $4 to $70.

Storage on the go is a laptop's best friend, and new discounts have arrived for the Sandisk Cruzer usb flash sticks. The 4gb one is down to $20, putting it squarely at $5 per gigabyte. The 2gb one is $12, which is a great brick and mortar price for a Sandisk model. And the 8gb Sandisk model is down to $35! Viva discounts!

A couple of Dell LCD displays are on sale and on display, first up a 19" widescreen LCD for $220 which has a 1440x900 resolution, adjustable base, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and built-in USB ports. If you prefer a bigger one, the 24" Dell goes for $390.

Friday, July 4, 2008

NewEgg: lenovo IdeaCenter K Series K2.2 (57076162) for $350 after $100 mail-in rebate (brand new, not refurbished!)

If the Lenovo K2.1 we just mentioned doesn't have enough memory and you prefer Vista Premium instead of Vista Basic, then all you need to do is pay an extra $80 and you still get a sweet deal from NewEgg.com: Meet the lenovo IdeaCenter K Series K2.2 (57076162). It can be yours for $350 after a $100 mail-in rebate. The rebate is good until the end of July. The rebate is available at the NewEgg site so you can take a look at it.

The K22 is powered by the Pentium dual-core E2180(2.0 GHz) processor, which did well in the CPUBenchmark.net benchmarks. Its other features are similar ot the Lenovo K2.1 as far as we can tell with three notable exceptions:

  1. K2.2 memory is 2GB DDR2 vs 1gb for the K2.1
  2. K2.2 comes with Vista Home Premium while the K2.1 comes with Vista Home Basic
  3. The K2.2 costs $70 more than the K2.1, but the $100 mail-in rebate is good for both


These are not refurbished, they are new retail boxes!!! From what I recall, the PDF file of the rebate says that you can submit up to five per business/person, so if this is something you like, load up! :)

NewEgg.com charges about $30+ for three business day shipping and collects sales tax in California, New Jersey, New York, and Tennessee, so be sure to note that in your bargain hunting calculations and spreadsheets.

lenovo  IdeaCenter K Series  K2.2 (57076162)  Pentium dual-core  E2180(2.00GHz)  2GB DDR2  Intel GMA 3100 - Retail

lenovo IdeaCenter K Series K2.1 (57076245) for $280 after rebate at NewEgg.com

We have a great deal for you if you don't hate rebates! This is nice even though it's a desktop! You can get the lenovo IdeaCenter K Series K2.1 (57076245) for just $280 after a $100 mail-in rebate. The rebate offer is good until July 31st, 2008. This is not a bad deal because this laptop is a using an Intel Pentium dual-core E2180(2.0GHz, CPU FSB 800MHz) processor, which according to CPUBenchmark.net is not a bad processor at all in terms of performance. This also has 1gb DDR2 memory, 320gb hard disk, dvd burner, Intel GMA 3100, Vista Basic and the usual assortment of a standard desktop like mouse, keyboard, memory card reader, ethernet (not wireless), lots of ports (but only VGA video) and one year warranty!

lenovo  IdeaCenter K Series  K2.1 (57076245)  Pentium dual-core  E2180(2.00GHz)  1GB DDR2  Intel GMA 3100 - Retail


There are four user reviews discussing this desktop at New Egg. So as you can see, this is not a bad deal at all if you are looking for a general usage desktop!!!

But wait, there's more! If you prefer 2gb of memory instead of 1gb, and Vista Premium instead of Vista Basic, NewEgg is offering the Lenovo K2.2 for an extra $70. Also a nice deal.

Do note that neither one is refurbished. These are new retail boxed desktops. Weight according to the specs is about 20 pounds, although I don't know if that is the box, or the naked desktop.

We couldn't resist the temptation and bought this one! We started posting an on-going review of the Lenovo K2.1 IdeaCenter desktop.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Laptop specials at Circuit City!

This week's Circuit City circular has a number of laptops offered on sale, but lacks the blockbuster specials that Best Buy has this week. The specials are good for the 4th of July week, and expire at the close of business of Saturday July 5, 2008.

Nevertheless, there are some nice deals, starting with the Acer Aspire Extensa EX5620-4020 going for $550, and without any rebates. This is a Circuit City exclusive model but also a closeout with no rainchecks, so it may be your lucky day if you can find it in-stock. The specs are what you would expect at this price range, a 15.4" widescreen display, Intel Pentium dual core T2370 processor, 2gb memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner, wireless and web-cam, and Vista SP1. Quite fascinating that even Vista SP1 laptops are on clearance, even though Vista SP1 hasn't been around for that long. What are the manufacturers doing? Coming up with new model names every other month? Oy!

A back-cover special is the HP dv6810us, going for $630 after a $50 mail-in rebate. This Pavilion has an AMD Turion 64 X2 DC TL-60 processor, 3gb of memory, 160gb hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, built-in wireless and Bluetooth, and Vista SP1.

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Next we have two Toshiba laptops going for $730 without any rebates, and they target two different groups of laptops users. One goes after the more mobile crowd, the 14.1" widescreen Satellite M305-S4819, The other is the 17" Trubrite Satellite P305-S5818. Both are closeouts without rainchecks. But there are some differences in their specs. The 17" P305 has an AMD Turion TL-62 processor, 2gb memory, 250gb disk, dvd burner with labelflash, wireless, webcam and Vista SP1. The 14.1" M305 on the other hand has an Intel Centrino processor, 2gb memory, 250gb disk, dvd burner with labelflash, wireless including N, and Vista SP1.

Next at $830 without rebates we find another Toshiba, this time the Satellite A305-S6829, also a closeout without rainchecks. It has a 15.4" Trubrite widescreen, Centrino processor, 3gb memory, 250gb disk, dvd burner, webcam and wireless, along with Vista SP1. A little bit pricey don't you think for a closeout?

Moving along at $850 after a $50 MIR is the HP dv6871us with a 15.4" widescreen, Centrino processor, 3gb memory, 250gb disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, wireless (N included) and webcam, and Vista SP1 too. Do note that this is fueled by the nVidia GeForce 8400M GS graphics module with 256MB of dedicated memory, so it won't be stealing as much from your general purpose RAM ;-) This is not a closeout.

And we conclude the specials with the Sony VGN-FZ-430EB at $900 as a closeout. Never a rebate with Sony as it dilutes its brand - at least that's what Sony thinks. We love rebates! Give us rebates please! This laptop has a 15.4" Xbrite-eCO widescreen, 3gb memory, Centrino processor, 250gb diskk, dvd burner, wireless (a/b/g/N), webcam, and Vista SP1. Suited for Sony fans, too expensive for everyone else?


Laptop and Computer Special Offers
Oh and there is another special for laptop buyers, you can get a bundle worth $190 for FREE after a total of $190 in mail-in rebates! Nice deal if you are the rebate kind because there is some work involved in doing rebates the right way and avoiding (or at least minimizing) any of the pitfalls that can get you to a rebate never-ending-story. The $190 bundle includes the Lexark X2690 printer, security software from Microsoft (isn't that funny), and the D-link WBR1310 Wireless G-router. As with all rebates, the sales tax is not refunded. Again, don't jump on this, unless you are a "rebate expert" or you plan to follow through with all the steps and requirements!

More specials, for 90 days you make no payments and no interest for all laptop and desktop computers priced at $249 or more. Please show me a laptop at $249 :)

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Laptop and Notebook Accessories
You have to accessorize! It's a must! And you can do that in money-saving fashion. Circuit City has a special "laptop essentials combo" for $50. This bundle includes a Verge 15.4" neoprene sleeve, a Kensington ComboSaver portable laptop lock, and a Centon 2gb flash drive with a preloaded Webmaster's dictionary. Not a bad price if you need all three items, but you can obviously find similar things cheaper on their own if you look round.

Oh my, a $10 wireless optical mouse? Yes, but after a $10 MIR. The mouse is question is the Kensington Ci56m, ideal for laptop usage. Couldn't they give it an easier name? :)

The temperate is going up so this is a good time to give your laptop its personal fan! The Belkin F5L001 is a laptop cooling pad and is on sale for $20.

Bags from Swiss Gear? If yes, the red Anthem 15.4" laptop sleeve has a slim lightweight design and costs $25. If you want more more more, the Pegasus 17" laptop backpack is waiting for you. This one is not red, but a more traditional black backpack look.


Widescreen LCD screens!
The widescreen LCD prices continue to fall, so that's a good thing if you are planning to get one, especially if you don't need the latest models with big dianogal size. A 17" Envision can be yours for $160, no rebates. This has 5ms response time and 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. IF instead you want a Samsung, they have the 2053BW 20" model on sale for $250 after a $30 MIR. This has a super-fast 2ms response time, 8000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and a maximum resolution of 1680x1050. Go Wide!

Then at 22" you can get the LG W2252TOTF for $270. Also 2ms response time which makes it a good choice for video and games. IT has a 5000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Or you can get the 19" LG W1952TQTF for $200.


More storage please!
The external hard disk are getting cheaper and cheaper! You do have to pay a mobility premium if you go for the 2.5" sleek portable ones to carry around wherever you go, but if you want bang for the buck, the bigger 3.5" models are where it's at. After all, you can get one terrabyte for under $200. Models from Western Digital, Maxtor and Simpletech are advertised, starting at $91, with storage starting at 160gb for the 2.5" units, and 350gb for the bigger ones. There's even an Ethernet hard drive, the Western Digital WDG1NC10000M, with one terrabyte, going for $250.

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