Sunday, May 24, 2009

Hot laptop deals at Best Buy right now

Best Buy is having a number of laptops starting as low as $380. The specials are good for the whole week, until May 30, 2009.


Move over Netbooks, Here come the Single Cores at $350
These include, a couple of single-core Celeron models for $350, namely the Toshiba L305-S5919 and the Compaq Presario CQ60-211DX. Even though both include 2gb of memory, we strongly recommend not getting a single-core processor these days unless you absolutely don't need to do anything remotely processor-intensive on these laptops. They do run Vista Basic which should help as it is not as bloated as Vista Premium or higher, but still, Vista is Vista.

As you can see, the netbooks are getting a run for their money, since you can get full-sized laptops for the same price, or even less when you compare to some of the more "designer" netbooks. After all, the netbooks have 1gb or less memory and a single-core processor too.

So keep that in mind, if obviously the laptop size is not an issue, which is (in theory at least) one of the strong points of netbooks.


Dual-core laptops at $400
As you can see, an extra $50 can get you your choice of two dual-core processors, from the same two manufacturers. The two being the Satellite L305-S5944 and the Presario CQ60-215DX. And better yet, one uses the Intel processor (Toshi) and one uses the AMD (Compaq). So there you go, you even have real choice between the two :)

In theory, the AMD-based laptops eat up more memory and heat up faster, but with so many processors, chipsets and laptop designs, this really is more of a general statement, if not stereotype, if nothing else. So be sure to look into the particular models you are interested in, to make sure you get the right facts about them.

Friday, May 22, 2009

AMD Phenom 9500 Processor HD9500WCGDBOX for $90

If you are the computer-builder type, Tigerdirect is having on sale the AMD Phenom 9500 Processor, model HD9500WCGDBOX, for $90 plus applicable shipping, which you can actually reduce by taking advantage of their $2 shipping promotion.

Here are the summary specifications:
* 2.20GHz speed QUAD-CORE
* 4 x 512KB Cache
* 1800MHz (3600 MT/s) FSB
* Socket AM2+, Processor with Fan

AMD quad-core processor

Refurbished Gateway P-7805u FX for $750

If you are looking for potentially good deals, Tigerdirect is a good place to check, nd that's where we find the refurbished Gateway P-7805u FX for $750 plus shipping, which is $2 thanks to an on-going ground shipping promotion the Tigers got going over there. So before we take a look at the specs, let me remind you this is a refurbished laptop!


Gateway P7805u FX specifications
* Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26GH processor
* nice 4GB DDR3 memory!
* 320gb hard disk (7200rpm)
* 17" WXGA+ display (1440 x 900 widescreen)
* 64-bit Vista Premium
* NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS with 1GB of GDDR3 discrete
* dvd burner
* ExpressCard Slot 54
* memory card reader
* wifi
* 9-cell lithium-ion battery
* webcam
* weighs NINE pounds
* refurbished


refurbished Gateway P7805u at Tigerdirect

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Two nice LCD monitors at Staples (weekly special)

In addition to the Presario desktop bundle we just mentioned, there are two nice affordable LCD monitor deals at Staples on sale this week. By this week of course we mean the March 8 to 14 promotional week, as seen in the circular ad found in your Sunday paper or the Staples website.

The first one is the AOC 2217V going for a mere $150 and without any rebates. This has a 16:10 aspect ratio, 5ms response time, 1680x1050 resolution, anti-glare treatment, and 3000:1 contrast ratio. This is a "while supplies last" promotion. What do you think? Not bad considering the size and price!

But if you want a smaller display and a more "recognizable" name, then you may be interested in the Acer P191WD going for just $110. This is, as the model name hints, a 19" widescreen LCD, with a 1440x900 resolution, 5ms response time, DVI and analog inputs, 2000:1 contrast ratio, and a blac bezel. Not bad either, considering the price, the Acer brand and the DVI!

Of course you can't expect either one of the above to behave like a designer Apple Cinema display, which after all costs an order of magnitude more!

Nice Compaq SR5710 desktop bundle at Staples

I don't know if it is good enough for you to stand in-line Sunday morning, but Staples has a nice desktop bundle going for $360 in their March 8 circular ad. It is the Compaq Presario SR5710 tower with a 19" LCD monitor going for that price and yes, without rebates.

The processor of this computer is the AMD Athlon X2 dual-core 4450e+, and it comes with a nice 3gb of memory, 250gb hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe (and super-multi support), and of course the dreaded Vista Premium operating system.

So if you need a bundle and want to get it all from one brick and mortar store and be done with it, or if you have a Staples coupon or gift card, hey, why not?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Desktop bundle specials at Best Buy this week

Yes, this is a laptop blog, but we all need desktops too! If it wasn't for desktops, who would hold our desks in place and keep them from floating in outer space? :)

We start with a computer+monitor+printer bundle that's not bad at all! We are talking about the eMachines ET1161-07 bundled with the 18.5" E181H monitor and the Canon IP2600 printer, all together for one low price of $480 and of course WITHOUT rebates. None of the Best Buy specials require rebates!

So you are getting a desktop with an AMD dual-core 4050e processor, 3gb memory, 320gb disk, dvd burner, and NVidia GeForce 6150SE graphics. Not bad considering the price and the 18.5" widescreen LCD monitor, eh?

Next up, for $550, you can get a better bundle from Acer. Better and $70 more expensive, making it a good candidate for a trade-off comparison. The display here is a 20" Acer X203H, and the printer is the Canon MP240. The desktop itself, is the Acer AX1700-U3700A and it comes with a Pentium dual-core E2200 processor, 4gb memory, 640gb disk, NVidia G100 graphics with 512mb dedicated memory, dvd burner and all the usual amenities you would expect from a desktop. All things considered, this may be a BETTER DEAL than the eMachines, unless of course price is a factor in the decision.

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And now we move to another set of trade-offs, jumping from a dual-core to a quad-core processor. That's where we find the HP A6700y bundle, for $650. The display here is smaller (20" widescreen LCD), but the processor is an AMD Phenom X4 quad-core 9150e, with 4gb memory, half a terabyte of storage, nVidia 6150 SE, and wireless-G even. A color printer is also included in this bundle. But if you prefer a 22" display instead, you can "upgrade" to that for an extra $70, bringing the price of the new bundle to $720.

And now yet another twist, back to a dual-core processor, but from Intel (Core2 Duo E7400), with SIX gigabytes of memory and 750gb hard disk. So you get a better but dual-core processor, with 50% more memory and hard disk. Trade-offs, trade-offs. The bundled display is a 19" LCD and the printer is an Epson NX105. The computer itself, is the Dell Inspiron I530-120B.

From here we return to quad-cores with the Gateway LX6810-01 bundle for $900. A 22" LCD widescreen is included, with EIGHT (8gb) of memory, and a 640gb hard disk. But you get a nice video card too, an NVidia Gt120 with 1gb of dedicated memory. Yum! One gigabyte of dedicate memory! Bring on the games of 2009 :) You can also watch-and-record TV out of the box, and of course you get all sorts of other things. And we almost forgot to mention, the quad-core here is the Intel Core2 Duo Q8200.

Staying with quad-cores, but switching to the AMD X4 9750 is the HP M9500Y bundled with a 22" HP W2207H LCD widescreen. This bundle approaches four-figures ($980), and includes a healty eight gigabytes of memory, 750gb hard disk, dvd burner, and NVidia 9500GS with 512MB of dedicated memory. And of course the usual stuff, from dvd burner to coffee brewer ;-)

Last, but certainly not least, is the Dell Studio XPS SXPS-122B, managing to blend in almost all the Dell buzzwords. Only thing missing a (PRODUCT red) designation ;-) This goes for $1100 and has 4gb of DDR3 memory, 640gb disk, ATI Radeon 4850 graphics with 512mb decicated memory, and things like that. Also cutting edge, the 20" widescreen display is the Dell S2009W, which has a 16:9 aspect ratio, ideal for those who like to watch widescreen video on their computers. And before we forget, this uses the Intel Core i7-920 processor, which, despite the different numbers in its name, is a four-core processor :) Oh, and the printer bundled is the Epson NX105.

Again, please keep in mind that all the prices above are without rebates, and none of them offer any rebates. So if you hate rebates, Best Buy hates them too :)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Desktop specials at Office Depot

It's not too late to get some of the Office Depot desktop specials that are set to expire on Sunday morning. So, let's get started!

We start with the lowest price, the Compaq Presario SR5710F for $300 after a $70 mail-in rebate, which means you pay $370 in-store. This has an AMD dual-core 4450e+ processor, 3gb memory, 250gb disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, and things like that. Monitor not included by the way!

Next up, for $430 after a $50 MIR you can get the Acer AX1700-U3700A which uses 64-bit Windows in order to make the best of its 4gb memory. The hard drive is at 640gb, with dvd burner of course, and an Intel Pentium E2220 dual-core processor. Monitor is not included, but for an extra $100 you can add the Acer X183Hb monitor for $100 - no rebates. You can buy this monitor independently, you don't have to buy it with an Acer computer.

But if you prefer a power-bundle, for $550 after two mail-in rebates of $220 total, you can get the HP A6742PB bundled with the 19" HP widescreen LCD monitor. The computer comes with the Pentium E5300 dual-core processor, and 64-bit Vista allows you to max out the 6gb of memory (yep, six gigabytes). The disk is half a terabyte, and of course dvd burning is included. This is a quantities limited promotion. The desktop by the way is the typical tower-type.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Two trios of desktops at Best Buy

Sure laptops are everywhere, but how about some love for the desktops? They have been everyone's favorite punching bag, but you really can't replace a good desktop if you need desktop functionality :)

And this week's Best Buy circular features a trio of desktops, each one coming bundled with an LCD monitor.

We start with the Acer AX1700-U1710A at $430, a rather reasonable price considering the 20" widescreen LCD monitor that is included. The computer itself has the dual-core Celeron E1400 processor, 3gb memory, 320gb hard disk, NVidia GeForce G100 graphics, dvd burner of course, wireless-N, and everyone's other favorite punching bag, Vista Premium.

Next up, at $500, we find the HP S3700Y desktop bundled with the HP W1907 monitor. The monitor is "only" a 19-incher by the way. The processor is a Athlon X2 dual-core 5000, with 3gb memory, 32g0b disk, dvd burner and NVidia 6150 SE. And of course all the other expected features, including Vista Premium.

Last but not least is the HP S3720Y bundled with the 22-inch HP W2207H monitor for $630. The processor here is the Pentium E5200 dual-core, with 4gb memory, half a terabyte hard disk, dvd burner and NVidia 7100 graphics module.

So the decision is yours, desktop or laptop? :-)

But we are not done yet, now we move to the second trio which includes the more expensive models.

We start with the Gateway LX6810-01, bundled with the 19" HD1900 LCD monitor and the Canon MP240 printer for $850. No rebates as usual, as we all know by now that Best Buy hates rebates with a passion. The monitor may be small but you get 8gb of memory, 640gb hard disk, and the Intel Core2 Quad Q8200 processor. Take that slow programs and memory hogs!!! But that's not all, the graphics card has some gifts too, it has its own 1gb of dedicated memory. The card being the NVidia GeForce GT120. Yum?

If you prefer a bundle, but a bigger display and a lower price, HP has an alternative for you! For $800, you get these pieces:
+ HP A6755Y computer
+ HP W2207H display (22 inches)
+ all-in-one F4280 printer

The computer, the HP A6755Y comes with the AMD X4 quad-core 9500 processor, 6gb of memory (versus eight above), 640gb hard disk, and a more modest graphics card, the ATI Radeon HD 3200 with 256mb of dedicated memory. Not bad!

And we close with something more expensive, four figures actually. At $1200 you get the HP M9515Y desktop, with the 22-inch HP W2207H display and the F4820 all-in-one printer. Apart from a quad-core AMD X4 9850 processor, you get 8gb of memory, 750gb hard disk, the NVidia 9600GS memory card with 768mb dedicated memory, dvd burner but also the ability to play BluRay discs. That's not all, it has plenty of other features, including TV recording, wireless-N, lightscribe and a whole lot more!

And this concludes our desktop round-up at Best Buy for this week!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Western Digital MyPassport 400gb for $100

MacMall.com is having a special as their deal of the day, they are offering the 400gb Western Digital My Passport Studio external hard disk drive for $100. This has both FireWire 800/400 and also USB 2.0 which offers more versatility in terms of its usage.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

2gb Kingston desktop memory for $20 after rebate

Kingston is offering their 2GB Single Module PC2-5300 667MHZ 240-Pin DDR2 Desktop Memory for $20 after a $7 mail-in rebate through Buy.com. And on top of that, free shipping is included even! More memory please!

Be sure to check and double-check with your computer specs if you are not sure what type of memory it accepts. There is a soup of different memories out there, so be sure to do your homework if you are not a memory expert.

Refurbished Compaq Presario SR5507F for $320

Buy.com is offering the refurbished Compaq Presario SR5507F desktop computer for $350 with free shipping. Please keep in mind this is a refurbished desktop computer! The main specs are as follows:
+ Athlon X2 (B) 4050e 2.1 GHz processor
+ 3GB memory
+ 250GB disk
+ dvd burner (including -RAM and lightscribe)
+ GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 video card
+ Vista Premium
+ Keyboard and Mouse
+ No monitor
+ factory refurbished
+ you can buy up to five of these per person

Friday, February 6, 2009

1TB Seagate FreeAgent for $100

J&R World is offering the one terabyte Seagate FreeAgent external hard drive for $100 plus shipping and handling. The discount is good until the 14th of February.

Other specs include 7200rpm, speeds of 480Mb/sec, tiny footprint, USB 2.0 interface, and things like that. This is good for Windows computers.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Laptop specials at Fry's

Let's take a quick look at the latest Fry's ad to see if they have any laptops of interest out there!

We start with a Microsoft-funded promotion, you can get their Rainier 15.4" laptop backpack if you purchase it together with a laptop for just $20. If you buy it on its own, without a laptop to hold in its blue-screen arms, then the price you pay is $48. No rebates are required either way.

The biggest price deal is the Toshiba L305D-S5940 going for a mere $400. This is a limited time offer, probably in-store only. You can't complain about a Toshi for $400! This lovely has an Athlon 64 X2 DC QL-60 processor, 2gb memory (okay, complain here), 160gb disk, dvd burner, 15.4" display. As you can see from the specs it's a slightly older model, but if you love Toshis, then grab it if you can! And don't forget to get the MSFT-subsidized laptop backpack for an extra $20.

Next we move to a more advanced Toshiba, the L305-S5939 which goes for $550 (not a bad price either) and may have limited availability and such. It has a Centrino Core-2-Duo T6400 processor set, 4gb memory, 320gb disk, 64-bit Vista, 15.4" WXGA, and all the usual stuff you would expect to find with such a notebook.

And that's about it as far as Wintels. On the Apple front, you get a ...granny ;-) Okay, seriously now, the advertised MacBook is the 15.4" MacBookPro for $1950 (hello Apple fans, you are getting ripped by Apple!), which has a 2.4 GHz Core2 Duo processor, 15.4" display (LED backlit, 1440x900), unibody construction, 2gb DDR3 memory, 250gb SATA HDD, slot-loading Superdrive, webcam (or should I call it iWebcam?), and things like that. Also of note, an NVidia 9600M GT video card with 256gb DDR3 memory of its very own. You also get the Mac OS X 10.5 Kitten operating system. Or is it Cheetah? Or Leopard? :-)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Free wireless router with any Toshiba laptop purchase

If you enjoy buying directly from the manufacturer, we have a nice deal for you! You can get a FREE Wireless router with any Toshiba laptop! This promotion ends on February 28, so if you are not ready to purchase yet, be sure to bookmark this blog post and revisit it when you are ready to make the big purchase. This is offered by Toshiba USA direct, so you would be getting this straight from the horse's warehouse!

Acomdata 1000USE-72 for $120

Storage! Storage! Storage! More! More! More! The waves of data are pounding at the shores of Storage! Okay, enough silliness for one day. The purpose of this post is to let you know of a nice deal on the Acomdata 1000USE-72 1TB external hard disk offered by J&R World for $120 and with free shipping and handling. This is both a USB and eSATA PureDrive.

Once upon a time one terabyte was a lot of storage, but with the advent of video and high-megapixel digital cameras, this is no longer the case. You can easily fill up the terabyte in no time. Even documents are bloated these days, at least if you are using one of the bloatware office suites (wink, wink).

Friday, January 30, 2009

Samsung NC10 shipped for $430

If you have fallen for the Samsung netbooks, you can have one to call your own for $430 with free shipping from Buy.com. Here is the Samsung NC10 (aka NP-NC10-KA03US)! The main specs are as follows:

+ Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor
+ 1GB memory
+ 160GB hard disk
+ 10.2" Widescreen WSVGA (1024x600)
+ wireless, bluetooth, webcam, card reader, etc
+ 6-cell battery (up to 8 hours)
+ weight of 2.8 pounds
+ Windows XP Home
+ Royal Black body color
+ full model name: NP-NC10-KA03US

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Refurbished HP Pavilion dv9920us for $600

In addition to the dv9925nr offered by Tigerdirect, Buy.com is offering the HP Pavilion dv9920us Notebook for $600 and with free shipping.

The main specs of this lovely are as follows:
+ AMD Turion X2 TL-60 2GHz Dual-Core
+ 17.0" WXGA High-Definition Widescreen (1440 x 900)
+ 4gb memory
+ 250gb hard disk (5400rpm)
+ NVIDIA GeForce 7150M
+ dvd burner with lightScribe
+ weight of about 7.7 pounds
+ 8-cell LiIon battery
+ Factory Refurbished

hp dv9920us front view

Refurbished HP dv9925nr for $650

Tigerdirect is offering the refurbished HP Pavilion dv9925nr Notebook for $650 plus shipping.

The main specs of this refurbished entertainment laptop are:
+ AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core TL-60 2.0GHz processor
+ 17" WXGA+ (1440 x 900 resolution)
+ 4GB DDR2 memory
+ 250GB hard disk
+ dvd burner
+ webcam, wireless (including N)
+ Vista Premium

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Wenger Synergy Laptop Backpack by SwissGear for $60

$53 with free shipping is what it takes for Buy.com to part with the Wenger Synergy Laptop Backpack by SwissGear. This is a gray color backpack, with manufacturer part number GA-7305-14F00. It is designed for 15.4" widescreen laptops, and has extra durable material at the bottom for that wear and tear, along with shock absorbing shoulder straps for those who plan to carry it around all the time.

But that's just the beginning, it has a whole lot more features, which you can find out by checking out the Buy.com product specifications page linked in the opening paragraph. And yes, it has that red Swiss Army logo on the front, so you can get some "bonus points" for Swiss-style fashion :-)

Kingston 8GB DataTraveler for $17

If you want to get a portable USB flash drive, then you may be interested in the Kingston 8GB DataTraveler 100 USB2.0 Flash Drive, model DT100/8GB, offered by Buy.com for $16.62 and with free budget shipping. There is a limit of two per customer however at this price which is nicely discounted at about $2 per gigabyte.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Refurbished Gateway M-1625 for $500

If you like cool-looking laptops, and are not afraid of Refurbished, and only want to spend around $500, then you might be interested in the Refurbished Gateway M-1625 offered by CompUSA.com for $500 plus shipping and handling. The main specs of this cool-blue lappie are:

+ Processor: AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile TL-60 2.0GHz
+ 2GB DDR2 memory
+ 250GB hard disk
+ dvd burner
+ 15.4" WXGA display
+ wireless, hdmi, webcam
+ Vista Home Premium
+ REFURBISHED!!!

Western Digital and LaCie specials at Buy.com

Apart from a lot of computer bags and cases, Buy.com has a number of other computer-gear on sale. All these deals are good until Saturday or earlier if supplies are exhausted.

We start with a 1TB Western Digital external disk offered for $130 and with free shipping. This is part of their "My Book Essential" line and it is model number WDH1U10000N.

On the other hand, if you want a rugged external hard disk, then you may be interested in the LaCie Rugged 500GB (USB 2.0, FireWire 400/800) for $140 and with free shipping and handling. If you are in a hurry, you can get it with 2nd day shipping for a mere $5.50 extra.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

VMware Fusion 1.1 with free 2.0 upgrade ($30 after rebate)

If you are the rebate type, and use Macs, then this is for you! MacMall.com is offering VMware Fusion 1.1 for Mac with a free upgrade to version 2.0 for only $30 after a $30 mail-in rebate. The rebate offer is good until March 31st, and must be submitted by April 15, 2009.

ASUS EeePC 1000HA shipped for $379

Reputable New York City retailer and mail-order giant J&R World is offering the adorable pearl-white ASUS Eee PC 1000HA for $379 and with free shipping and handling. Here are more details on this model:

+ actual model name: EPC1000HA-WHI001X
+ Processor: Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz
+ Memory: 1GB RAM
+ Hard Disk Drive: 160GB
+ Intel UMA Graphics
+ wireless - 802.11G
+ webcam
+ memory card reader
+ 6-Cell Battery
+ 3.2 pounds
+ Windows XP Home