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Dell Inspiron XPS 2

dell inspiron xps 2

Dell's second new laptop announcement is targeted straight at gamers who use laptops, not the largest market segment but a fast growing one as gaming capabilites of laptops exceed last years fastest desktop PCs.

The Dell Inspiron XPS 2 (second generation of the XPS) is big and heavy (8.6 pounds) but not as big or ugly as the previous XPS.

The XPS 2 is also a big leap forward over the XPS in terms of technology, sporting the Sonoma chipset (instead of a desktop P4 chip), DDR2 RAM, 256MB GeForce Go 6800 PCI-Express graphics, 17" 1920 x 1200 widescreen LCD, and a load of LEDs that you can change the color of (and presumably make the laptop run faster??).

The XPS2 laptop is available now from Dell starting at a substantially wallet breaking $2,749.

Current Dell Deals

Dell Inspiron 9300

Dell

Dell has just announced a pair of nice new laptops: The XPS2 and the inspiron 9300.

The Dell Inspiron 9300 is Dell's first Media Center Edition laptop (if you upgrade the OS when ordering) and can be supplied with an optional external TV tuner, but mostly this is just a very high spec, lots of bang for the buck, desktop-replacement laptop.

The Dell Inspiron 9300 replaces the Inspiron 9200 (yes, logic is one of our strong points) which has itself only been out short while. It features lots of new technology including the Sonoma chipset (the replacement for Centrino), 533Mhz DDR2 RAM, (optional) 256MB GeForceFX 6800 Go PCI-Express video, and a whopping 17 inch LCD that comes in two resolutions, 1152x864 or 1600x1200.

Equally whopping is the weight: 7.85lb so you wont be carrying around everywhere, but if you are an occasioanl traveler looking for a laptop this would be a great choice.

The Dell Inspiron 9300 starts at $1,599 and should be available on the Dell Site in mid-march.

Current Dell Deals

Samsung Q30 Ultra-Portable Reviewed

Samsung Q30 Ultra-Portable Reviewed

TrustedReviews has reviewed the very nice Q30 ultra-portable laptop from Samsung, and one good part of the review is that they compare it to the Sony Vaio X505.

At the end of the day the Q30 isn't as small or light as the X505 but it is still very small and light, and the Q30 wins over the X505 as it can do a lot more: built-in Wi-Fi, D-SUB, Ethernet, and memory card reader.

The Q30 performed well and would be a good choice for someone who travels a lot and needs to travel light, just don't expect it to be able to play games (except for solitaire or minesweeper which is all I ever see people playing on planes).

Full Review at TrustedReviews

$500 Mac Rumors

ThinkSecret says that Apple's bombshell announcement at this years MacWorld Expo show is going to be a tiny iMac that doesn't come with a monitor, is under 2" tall, and costs less than $500.

Specs of the new Mac (codenamed Q88) are said to be a 1.25GHz processor, DVI/VGA video output, CD/DVD combo drive, 40GB+ hard drive, 256MB RAM, USB 2.0, and 10/100 ethernet.

I wouldn't suggest anyone get this as their main computer but if you want an inexpensive second PC and want to see how a Mac works this could be a good buy.

We may get one of these just to use to use in reviews of products that support both mac and PC and to see how our web sites look on a mac.

ThinkSecret Exclusive

Posted January 3, 2005 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

They Call It a Laptop.....

Dell Inspiron XPS

.... but I'm not sure if I would want it on my lap.

PC Magazine has reviewed the latest incarnation of the Dell Inspiron XPS "desktop replacement" laptop.

This 9.8lb (probably excluding battery) 14.1" x 10.8" x 2" thick $4400 monster boasts a 3.4GHz Intel Pentuim 4 Extreme Edition processor, Mobility Radeon 9800 Pro graphics, and 256MB DDR2 memory.

Frankly I don't get it, a ten pound laptop is too big to carry around, gets too hot to keep on your lap for long (and could benefit from the chillpak we mentioned recently), and despite it being plugged as an extreme gaming system it only managed a 3DMark05 score of 2300, a full 1500 points less (and $3500 more) than we got with a $649 Dell Desktop PC upgraded with a $200 graphics card.

If you absolutely have to have a large laptop for gaming this is a good choice, otherwise give it a miss.

Full review at PC magazine

Posted December 25, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Sexy Media Center PC

Oncinema Teatro D1 Media Center PC

Now this is one sexy piece of Italian design, the OnCinema Teatro D1 Media Center PC.

The OnCinema Teatro D1 is made of aluminum, comes in silver and black, prominently features a 1280x720 pixel touchscreen LCD, and costs a jaw-dropping 5000 euros ($6000).

There is no mention when you buy of what processor or memory you get with at (irrelevent details?), but you do get a dual layer DVD recorder, 500GB hard drive space, 802.11g wireless, USB 2.0, firewire, Dolby DTS 7.1, dual TV tuners, and a host of outputs including S-Video, component, DVI and lots more.

Foxy!, do you think it's too late to call santa and change my wish list?

OnCinema home page (Italian) (via Gizmodo)

Posted December 24, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Build your own Media Center PC

Build your own Media Center PC

Until recently you could only buy Windows XP Media Center Edition as part of a new PC purchase, but now you can buy it with as little as one piece of hardware and then build your own Media Center PC.

Extremetech did this and while they had a few difficulties getting all the software and drivers to play nice together they ended up with a very nice HDTV Media Center PC for just over $2300 to go with the HDTVs from their HDTV buying guide we mentioned earlier this month.

Our opinion is that while it would be nice to build your own Media Center PC to your exact specifications, for that much money you could buy a Media Center PC from a major manufacturer and have the reassurance of tech support when things go wrong, so give this a miss unless you are very confident in your PC building abilities.

Extremetech Media Center PC Building Guide (via digitalmediathoughts)

Walmart $500 laptop

Walmart 500 dollar laptop

Walmart have put out a press release about a new bargain laptop they are selling for under 500 bucks. The catch is that it runs linspire which is a Linux based operating system.

We suggest you go for the version that has Windows XP home and costs $50 more.

Other specs of the XP version are just ok: 1.1GHz mobile Athlon 4 processor, 40gb hard drive, 128mb RAM, 14.1" screen, 802.11b wireless and DVD drive.

This is a PC that will just about start up Windows XP and let you do email and surf the web, you wont be able to play games or do much else with a slow processor and minimal memory (XP really needs at least 256mb).

Press Release

Balance Windows XP Laptop on Walmart.com for $548

Posted December 21, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Dell Dimension 8400 Review

Dell Dimension 8400

This review should have been called "how to get a high-performance desktop PC with 17 inch LCD monitor for under $650".

Yes, you read that right. If you had the chance to buy a PC with 3.2GHz Pentium 4 processor, PCI Express Graphics, Serial ATA Hard Drive, 533MHz DDR3 Memory, Gigabit Ethernet, and lots more, for about half the price of buying each component and putting it together yourself, would you do it?

We did, in fact we jumped on the deal, and now we are going to tell you if the Dell Dimension 8400 lives up to the promise of being a high performance PC with all the latest technology.

Continue reading "Dell Dimension 8400 Review"

Posted December 15, 2004 in Computer Systems , Reviews | TrackBack (0) | Comments (1)

Next Generation PC Power for Less $$$

Dell Dimension 8400 - Next Generation PC Power for Less

Most of our site visitors are like us; we want to have the latest greatest PC technology without either:

1) Buying a $3000 system and breaking the bank, or
2) Buying seperate components and building our own system, or
3) Overclocking less powerful components

We like to buy a PC for well under $1000 and then spend a couple of hundred bucks every few months to increase its power.

We are going to show you how to do this so you can have the latest greatest PC technology.

Continue reading "Next Generation PC Power for Less $$$"

Posted December 4, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Gateway M210 Widescreen Laptop

Gateway M210 Widescreen Laptop

Gateway have started selling their new M210 widescreen laptop.

The basic configuration of the M210 is 1.2" thick, weighs 5.3lb, costs $899.99, and features a 1.5GHz Celeron M processor, XP home, 256MB RAM, 40GB hard drive, CDRW/DVD combo drive, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, integrated graphics, and a 14.1" widescreen WXGA (1366x768) LCD screen.

Seems like a good choice for a sub-$1000 laptop that is good for work and good for watching DVDs on long plane flights, but it's no good for playing games.

M210 Product Page

Posted November 25, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (2)

FCC Power Grab

Susan Crawford found some very interesting wording in a legal brief filed by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) as part of a lawsuit brought by a number of advocacy groups over the Broadcast Flag (a mandate that by mid-2005 all devices capable of receiving a digital signal have to obey a flag settable by the networks to prevent copying).

Now this is bad in itself as it limits our rights to record a program for viewing at a later date but it gets worse: in the brief the FCC claims that they have regulatory power over "all instrumentalities, facilities, and apparatus associated with the overall circuit of messages sent and received via all interstate radio and wire communication."

So, if a Gadget (PC, Tivo, home distributed wiring control panel, wireless router, networked hard drive) is capable of receiving and/or transmitting on any digital file the FCC thinks they can regulate it and force manufacturers to support the broadcast flag.

Now the FCC is on a morality crusade at the moment, starting with Janet Jackson at the Superbowl and leading to 20 ABC affiliates refusing to air "Saving Private Ryan" on Veterans day because they were afraid of FCC fines over the violence and the F word, I don't want an organization like that trying to regulate my pc, my home network, and my internet use.

(Does the White House know? at Susan Crawford blog)

Elonex Media Center PC

Elonex Lumina Media Center PC

TrustedReviews has taken a look at the Elonex Lumina Media Center PC which, although named like a car, is a Microsoft XP Media Center 2005 PC inside a 32 inch LCD TV.

The stats of the pre-production Elonex Lumina are 3.0GHz Pentium 4 processor, 512MB RAM, 200GB hard drive, 128mb Radeon 9600 graphics, Win-TV PVR-500 dual tuner TV card, 10/100 ethernet, 802.11a/b/g wireless, DVD writer, memory card slot, and a 1344 x 768 pixel widescreen display.

Pretty impressive stats!

I would buy something like this for the family room of out new house except for one reason: a 32 inch screen is still too small for a medium or large family room; it works for an apartment but when you are 15 feet or more away from the screen you need something at least 45 inches across. Now, if Sharp were to put a similar setup inside their 45" Aquos screen for about $1,500 above the price of the screen on its own I would be very interested.

The Elonex Lumina will be available in the UK and will cost around $4,000.

(trustedreviews via digitalmediathoughts)

Posted November 15, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Dell Accessories Deals

Dell 20 inch LCD monitor

Dell Home has a bunch of coupons today:

Dell Axim X30 high Pocket PC: $379 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code)
Dell Axim V50v VGA Pocket PC: $464 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code)
Canon Powershot S500 5 megapixel digital camera: $324 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code)
Canon Powershot S410 4 megapixel digital camera: $279 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code)
Dell 2001fp 1600x1200 pixel 20 inch LCD monitor: $604 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code)
Dell 2005fp 1680x1050 pixel widescreen 20 inch LCD monitor: $644 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code)

$35 off $350 accessories purchase with code BPDHZ0CHM?ZBLZ (expires 11/11/04)

25% off $999 Inspiron laptops with code 2WL7WMLD3Q4G23 (expires 11/15/04)
25% off $1299 Dimension desktops with code M60LDQM2TH?N37 (expires 11/18/04)
30% off $1799 Dimension desktops with code 3TB6R405280WT1 (expires 11/18/04)

(above codes replace the 15% to 25% discounts shown for desktops and laptops)

Niveus Denali and Rainier Media Center PCs

Denali HDTV Media Center PC

I got a look (and a listen) at both of the new high end media center PCs from NiveusMedia at the Digital Life show.

The Denali features P4 3.2Ghz HT, 1GB 400Mhz DDR SDRAM, 320GB HDD, DVD Recorder, Dual TV Tuner, Single HDTV, Nvidia GF6600 PCI-X, 24-bit/192Khz High Definition 8-Channel Audio & Windows XP MCE 2005 for $3999.

The Rainier features P4 2.8Ghz HT, 512MB 400Mhz DDR SDRAM, 160GB HDD, DVD Recorder, Dual TV Tuner, ATI 9600XT, 6 Channel Audio, Gigabit LAN & Windows XP MCE 2005 for $2999.

I have to say these things aren't just quiet most of the time, they are silent!

4 photos of them, and their rear ends, below.

Continue reading "Niveus Denali and Rainier Media Center PCs"

Posted October 19, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Evesham ebox Media Center PC

Evesham ebox Media Center 2005 PC

It has been a week of new media center pc releases and now The Register and TrustedReviews have taken a look at the Evesham ebox Media Center PC.

The Evesham ebox Media Center PC, definately has the look of a media center pc and would look good in a living room. It specs seem good too: 2.8GHz Pentium 4, 512mb RAM, 160GB hard drive, DVD-RW writer, but no wireless or PCI-express/AGP graphics card.

The Evesham ebox Media Center PC is available in the UK for for 765 pounds plus VAT (about $1400).

(more from the Register)

Gateway 820GM BTX Media Center PC

Gateway 820GM BTX Media Center PC

Gateway have announced their new Media Center PC: the Gateway 820GM Media Center PC.

The Gateway 820GM Media Center PC is interesting because it is one of the few PCs to use the BTX architecture for improving airflow through the computer.

Features of the Gateway 820GM BTX Media Center PC include 1GB RAM, Radeon X300SE PCI-Express graphics, Pentium 4 Processor, 250gb hard drive, and 8x DVD burner.

The Gateway 820GM BTX Media Center PC should be available this weekend, pricing is not yet known.

PDF 820GM Setup Guide/Info

(via engadget)

Posted October 12, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

3 New HP Media Center 2005 Thingies

HP Digital Entertainment Center z500 series, the HP Media Center m1100, and the HP Media Center Extender x5400

Gizmodo is keeping on top of all the Windows XP Media Center 2005 releases today.

First up are 3 new offerings from HP: The HP Digital Entertainment Center z500 series, the HP Media Center m1100, and the HP Media Center Extender x5400.

The HP Digital Entertainment Center z500 series is a living room system with dual tuners, 802.11b/g, 200gb hard drive, and a 160gb external drive for $1999.

The HP Media Center m1100 is designed more for managing photo ans auio collections, also feaures 802.11b/g wireless, and will cost $999.

The HP Media Center Extender x5400 delivers live/recorded TV shows, music and photos stored on any Media Center PC or the HP Digital Entertainment Center to any TV in the house using home networks and will cost $299.

Press Release

(via gizmodo)

Pepper Pad 2

pepper pad 2 linux computer

While at TechXNY last week I got my hands on an interesting little device: The Pepper Pad 2 linux based tablet PC.

The idea behind the Pepper Pad is that is a simple to use portable wireless edevice for web browsing, emailing, and anything else it's "Pocket PC on Steroids" specifications can handle.

The Pepper Pad 2 features a 624MHz xscale processor (same as on the best Pocket PCs, 256MB RAM, 32MB video RAM, 20GB 1.8" hard drive, and a 8.4" SVGA (800 x 600 pixel) LCD screen.

Other features of the Pepper Pad 2 are 802.11b/g wireless, bluetooth, USB (only USB 1.1 though), and a SD/MMC card slot. The Pepper Pad 2 also has a QWERTY keyboard (split into 2 parts on either side of the screen), a S-Pad, scroll wheel and a stylus for input.

The Pepper Pad 2 felt nice in my hand but wouldn't be so nice to my wallet at $800. It seems a good gadget although I have to wonder if there is a big enough market for it to be a success.

Pre-order the Pepper Pad 2

Larger picture of the Pepper Pad 2

Posted October 9, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Toshiba Qosmio 17" Widescreen Laptops

Toshiba Qosmio 17

Toshiba has added 2 17" widescreen laptops to their Qosmio range.

The new Toshiba Qosmio G10 laptops feature a dual-layer-compatible DVD Super-Multi drive, up to 160GB of storage (2 80gb 2.5" hard drives in one laptop), a 1440x900 17" Clear Super View LCD display, 1.6GHz Pentium-M processor, 512MB RAM (can be upgraded to 2GB), GeForce FX Go5700 video and realtime hardware-encoding TV tuner.

Battery life is low (2.4hrs) and the Toshiba Qosmio G10 isn't exactly what I would call small: 16.1" x 11.3" x 1.7", and almost 9lb.

The Toshiba Qosmio G10 laptops start at 300,000 Yen (about $2700).

(via techjapan)

Banned for testing Apple iMac G5

apple imac g5 details

Not the best bit of publicity for Apple:

Robert Morgan runs a site called barefeats where he regularly tests Apple hardware. Instead of getting the hardware from Apple (who mostly give it out to larger sites and magazines to review) he has, for years, been going to various Apple stores and testing hardware there.

After his latest review of the Apple iMac G5 showed it wasn't as fast as Apple claimed Apple HQ told his local store not to let hime test Apple hardware any more.

Apple are trying to play nice now by promising to send him a G5 to test at home.

(Wired via engadget)

Sager Laptop Review

sager 3790 laptop review

Engadget has a review of the very nice Sager 3790 laptop.

The Sager 3790 has either a 1.5GHz to 2GHz Centrino processor, 256mb to 2gb RAM, 40gb to 80gb hard drive, 15.4" 1920 x 1200 pixel screen, 128mb Radeon 9700 graphics, 4 in 1 card reader, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, and lots more.

The price is very good in comparison to other high end laptops: A configuration with 1.7GHz processor, 512mb ram, and 60gb hard drive is just $1795.

order the 3790 from Sager
read the review at engadget

Posted September 30, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Walmart's $600 Laptop

walmart 600 dollar laptop

We haven't talked about this before but Walmart has got into the laptop business.

If you are looking for a basic laptop for back to school or around the house then this is worth considering as it is just $598 (with no rebate forms or other tricks).

The specs are really good for the price: Athlon XP-M 1600+ processor, 14.1" LCD screen, 40gb hard drive, 128MB RAM, DVD drive, 802.11b Wi-Fi wireless, and Windows XP. Only bad part of the spec is the 128mb memory but it has an upgrade slot to add more DDR SO-DIMM memory (up to another 512mb).

Walmart ECS 14" Laptop with W-Fi: $598

Posted September 1, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

New Apple iMac G5 Details

apple imac g5 details

Apple has officially launched the new iMac G5.

The design of the iMac G5 has all the computer components inside the monitor, kind of like a big thick tablet pc on a stand, or as a Apple puts it: "The entire computer, including a G5-based logic board, slot-loading optical drive, hard disk, speakers, and even the power supply — dwells inside the enchanting display".

There are 3 models of iMac G5 available:

1.6GHz iMac G5 with 17" widescreen lcd monitor, 256mb DDR400 SDRAM, 80GB hard drive, 64mb GeForce FX 5200 graphics, and combo cd-writer/dvd drive, for $1299.

1.8GHz iMac G5 with 17" widescreen lcd monitor, 256mb DDR400 SDRAM, 80GB hard drive, 64mb GeForce FX 5200 graphics, and combo cd and dvd writer drive, for $1499.

1.8GHz iMac G5 with 20" widescreen lcd monitor, 256mb DDR400 SDRAM, 160GB hard drive, 64mb GeForce FX 5200 graphics, and combo cd and dvd writer drive, for $1899.

The 17" iMac G5 is 16.9" x 16.8" x 2" (6.8" with stand), and weighs 18.5lb, and the 20" iMac G5 is 18.6" x 19.4" x 2.2" (7.4" with stand) and weighs 25.2lb.

They look nice but I guess I expected a little more for the price: no built-in wireless, DVD-writer is only 4x speed, underpowered video card, 20" display only goes up to 1680x1050 resolution.


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Gateway BTX Computer

Gateway has announced the release of the first major desktop PC to use the new BTX architecture: The Gateway 700GR.

BTX is a new specification for motherboards and computer design based upon reliable quiet cooling: major components are aligned in a central wind tunnel between two large fans, one at the front and one at the back.

The gateway 700GR features a 3.4Ghz Pentium 4 550 processor, 1GB RAM, Radeon X300 128MB PCI-Express Video Card, 250GB hard drive, DVD Dual Layer Writer, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 8-in-1 Media Card Reader, 7 USB 2.0 ports and 2 Firewire ports.

The Gateway 700GR will be available in stores this weekend for around $1200.

Press release

Posted August 27, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

New iMacs on the way

new apple imacs

Apple has posted on their web site that they screwed up have run out of current iMac models before the long rumored replacement models were ready.... new ones are due in September:

"Apple has stopped taking orders for the current iMac as we begin the transition from the current iMac line to an all-new iMac line which will be announced and available in September. We planned to have our next generation iMac ready by the time the inventory of current iMacs runs out in the next few weeks, but our planning was obviously less than perfect. We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers."

In related news, reliable online discount tech store Computers4Sure (owned by Office Depot) is now an official Apple retailer so hopefully we will see some good deals combined with their long-time free shipping on $50 promo when their Apple store goes live July 7th.

Posted July 1, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Kitchen PC's

Techreport.com has an article about building your own PC for the kitchen, I think in a couple of years I will build something similar but will probably fix the SFF case out of sight under a counter and have a LCD attached to the wall.

Posted April 10, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

A Few Gateway Deals

Go to any Gateway store before they close tomorrow for great bargains, reportedly everything is reduced 15%+ to clear stock. (go to the Gateway home page and click on "Find A Store".

Other Gateway Deals:

$25 off any $500+ Gateway purchase with code SAVE25GTW (Exp 4/14)
Free Shipping on all Pentium Desktop PCs and Pentium & Centrino Notebooks with code NOSHIP (Exp 4/14)
Free 128MB Memory Card with Gateway Digital Cameras & Accessory Kits (exp 4/14)
Gateway 310T Pentium 4 Desktop PC w/ 17" monitor for $499 after rebate
$400 off Gateway 46" Plasma TV, now $3160 shipped (Exp 4/28)


Posted April 8, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Gateway Laptop Deal

cheap bargain gateway m305x laptop notebook

Gateway have an extra $150 off their M305X Laptop with coupon code SAVE150NB (expires 4/7) for a final price of $849.

Its a fairly basic Laptop: 2.5Ghz celeron, 512mb ram, 30gb hard drive, CD-RW/DVD combo drive, 15" XGA screen. (no 802.11 wireless).

Continue reading "Gateway Laptop Deal"

Posted April 5, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (1)

Gateway Closing Stores

gateway closing pc computer stores

Gateway have announced they are closing all their 188 remaining retail stores on April 9th.

This is all tied into their acquisition of eMachines and the replacing of gateway founder Ted Wyatt at Gateway CEO with eMachines CEO Wayne Inouye.

Expect to see a change of strategy for Gateway over the next few months with less home gadgets and monitors and more cheap PCs.

Posted April 2, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Good Dell PC < $400

dell cheap discounted pc

Here is the latest Dell "Outrageous Deal":

Dell Small Business has a great deal at the moment: Dimension 4600 for $399 (after $150 rebate), not recommended for the latest 3D games but great for web browsing, document writing, blog creating etc. Click on the link, then on outrageous deal on the bottom right of the page. 2.8Ghz Pentium 4, 512mb memory, 80gb hard drive. These deals typically last about a week.

Continue reading "Good Dell PC < $400"

Posted March 30, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Widescreen Laptop < $1000

emachines m5312 widescreen laptop

I would love a nice widescreen laptop for watching movies on flights but until now its been difficult to justify the high prices.

Tigerdirect has refurbished eMachine M5312 laptops with an AMD Mobile XP2400+ processor, 512MB memory, 60GB hard drive, DVD-CDRW Combo drive, 15.4" WXGA screen, 802.11g wireless and XP Home for an amazingly low $999.99.

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Posted March 25, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

$299.99 Basic Gateway PC

Gateway PC

Gateway Sb-310-a PC only $299.99 shipped after $50 rebate: 2.4ghz celeron, 128mb, 40gb, windows XP.
Could be good for a 2nd PC or as a gift for a less tech savvy relative.


Continue reading "$299.99 Basic Gateway PC"

Posted March 19, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

TigerDirect Sale

tigerdirect sale

TigerDirect has a 48-hr sale ending today, some good deals are:

emachines 2.5ghz 256MB 40GB PC for $329.99
HP 2.66mhz 512mb 40gb 15.4" screen Laptop for $1199.99
DVD-RW burner for $49.99
Samsung 17" LCD monitor for $389.99

Click here for all the sale bargains (ends 3/19)

Basic Dell PC $349

Dell Small Business has a great deal at the moment: Dimension 2400 for $349 (after $200 rebate), not recommended for the latest 3D games but great for web browsing, document writing, blog creating etc. Click on the link, then on outrageous deal on the bottom right of the page. 2.66Ghz Pentium 4, 256mb memory, 80gb hard drive. Expires 3/17.

Continue reading "Basic Dell PC $349"

Posted March 17, 2004 in Computer Systems | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)
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