Monday, November 3, 2008

Great laptop prices at Best Buy this week

There are some nice laptop deals at Best Buy this week. And even more so, there are no rebates to mail. What you pay is really what you pay :-)

14.1" widescreen Gateway T633OU for $500
This is an awesome deal, if you can find it in-stock, the Gateway T6330U for $500. This is a nicely featured laptop with a mobile-friendly 14.1" widescreen display. Battery life is 2 hours and 45 minutes. This is a Best Buy exclusive model, with a Pentium dual core processor, a very generous 3gb of memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner, wireless, and all the usual stuff. This is awesome!

Other good deals under $1000
Toshiba fans will be thrilled to find the Satellite A305-S6872 for $600. Apart from a very generous 4 hours battery life, you get 3gb of memory, Centrino, and all the other usual features. This is an exclusive, and only one per household. Essentially this is your typical 15.4" laptop with some nice specs.

Alternatively, bundle fans may be interested in the Acer AS5735-4624 for $550. The bundle includes a Netgear g-router and GeekSquad service. The specs are not bad, dual core Pentium, two gigs of memory, 160gb disk, and 15.6" CrystalBrite wide. Yes, Acer is muddying the waters with alternate screen sizes :)

And now back to the 14.1" laptops, the very stylish ASUS X83VB-X1 which we mentioned last week, an be yours for $700. This uses an LED display, not an LCD display, goes for about 200 minutes battery-wise, with 4gb memory, and beefed up internals, including a 9300M GS card with dedicated memory. And bonus style points for the orange-tangerine-pumpkin color theme :)

HP has a competitor to that though, but it costs $100 more. This is the Pavilion dv4-1145go, with the usual features at this price point, including the max-out four gigs of memory. It's good to have choices :-)

How about over $1000?
There are two noteworthy notebooks nudging over $1000 :) The Sony Vaio VGN-FW-270-J (who came up with these ugly model names?) feautres the usual specs, including 4gb of memory, Blu-Ray playback, an a 16.4" Cinematic 16:9 widescreen display, which is the new rage among laptops. New rage as in new excuse to hike up prices :-)

But Best Buy does not want to disappoint the gamers! A fiery red Toshiba X305-Q705 promoting Farcry 2 is spotlighted at $1400. As you can expect for a gamer laptop, you get a 17" screen, 8-cell battery, 7200rpm disk, 9700 GTS card (with 512mb), and tings like that.

In conclusion
If you are looking not to spend a lot of money, and don't object to making some compromises, there are some great deals to be found. Once upon a time the 15.4" laptops where the good deals, but now the more mobile 14.1" models are starting to flirt with the $500 price point. Either way, five hundred dollars can get you a lot of laptop these days! Forget watches and jewelry for the holiday shopping season! Technology is king this holiday shopping season. Just about the only thing with prices going down consistently :)

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