Thursday, August 23, 2007

HP dock, and three notebook deals (Toshiba, Acer and Compaq)

I forgot to mention this before, but this computer is not directly compatible with HP computer docks, at least not fully functional since it does not have a place to ...dock. There are obviously USB options, but it's just another one of those trade-offs when you buy a sub-$500 notebook computer like the Compaq Presario F572us.

Speaking of sub-$500 notebook computers, there's a couple of them on sale right now. Both are while supplies last type of deals, so your mileage may vary:

  • Office Depot Computer Design Center: Compaq Presario V6000z notebook computer start costs $300 after mail=in rebates of $15. Specs: Processor is not named, 512mb RAM (DDR2), 80GB hard disk, burns CDs and plays DVD (no dvd burner), Windows Home Vista Basic, and wireless 802.11b/g. Available upgrades: AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core TK-53 for $75, 1gb RAM for $75, 1-year Accidental Damage Protection & Express Repair also $75. Shipping and handling is extra but not specified.
  • CompUSA: Acer AS3690 2970 with Intel Celeron M520, burns cds and plays DVDs (no dvd burner), 512mb RAM, 80gb har disk, Windows Vista Home basic for $350 without any rebates. Please note that quantities are limited.
  • Office Depot: Toshiba Satellite A135-S4666 notebook, Intel® Pentium® dual-core processor T2080, $450 after $150 Mail-In Savings, with 15.4" TRUBRITE™ WIDESCREEN, 1gb DDR2 memory, 80GB hard drive, reads and writes DVDs & CDs via the Double Layer drive, Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Basic Edition, and Integrated 802.11b/g wireless LAN. An Office Depot exclusive model (according to ODP)
  • Some bargain "accessories" for laptops at Comp USA: A 22" widescreen LCD monitor, model G22LWK, brand name not mentioned, that costs $200 after $70 in two mail in rebates. Also a Targus Rechargeable Bluetooth laser mouse for $10 (after a $40 mail-in rebate). At Office Depot: Logitech V150 Laser mouse $10, Microsoft digital media pro keyboard $20, Targus notebook chill mat $20, Targus 4-port ultra mini USB hub for $10, and Ativa 1gb U3 Smart USB USB 2.0 flash drive $10.


    Anonymous said...

    I just bought at the Office Depot a Compaq F572US for $629 and I got two rebates totaling $180. As the ST in NJ is 7%, the final math shows that the true cost will be $494, which I think it is a pretty good price.

    Tony Partida,
    Cherry Hill, NJ

    Anonymous said...

    I bought one too: a pressario F572US at Staples at end August($470 w/$20 rebate). Now I love the notebook and Vista Home Premium but I had a battery go bad already and I notice the power connector is little flacky.

    High Tech User Reviews said...

    Thanks @Anonymous #1 for your comment and congratulations on your purchase! It is indeed nice that we can get value-packed laptops for around $500 with a feature-set that was closer to a mid-range laptop just a few months ago!

    Thanks @Anonymous #2 for the comment! Ouch on the battery :-( Their sticker says "built to last". Let's hope that battery was a lemon.

    I didn't notice any issues with the power connector, but I did get two blue-screens that said something about Power. I don't know if they are related or connected. I didn't recall the full error message since the blue screens took me by surprise, but it said something about POWER.