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 :)

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