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.

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