Best Buy, today, has this 3GB eMachines, with a single AMD core, with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit pre-loaded for $259.99! That is not a bad price for a genuine Windows 7 machine … even if it is eMachines.
Yes, I know that eMachines are said to be unreliable. From what I see a lot of that has to do with the ‘cheap’ power supplies they are supposed to use.
But these machines come with a 1 year parts and labor, limited, warranty — through Best Buy.
A couple of years ago, I spent 6 months, working weekends at Best Buy selling Epson printers — just 4 hours a day. But during that stint, which was a BLAST, I got to see, first hand, how Best Buy operates. Best Buy is truly customer-oriented. They will bend over backwards (putting Barak’s deep bow to the Japanese emperor to shame) to satisfy customers. I was amazed at their genuine commitment to their customers. I have been an even BIGGER fan of Best Buy since then. They have always done the right thing by me.
So, this is what I suggest IF you really want to get this low cost Windows 7 machine — which will be ideal for Web browsing, e-mail, Word, Excel etc. BUY TWO. Keep one as a spare. Back up your files onto a USB key or DVD on a regular basis. If the machine you are using fails … take it back to Best Buy. Then fire up the other machine, install your Apps. and copy over your files. Then use that machine. Within 2 weeks you should get the other one back. Now make that your back up.
For under $600 you have a decent Windows 7 machine with what I call redundancy. Given my mainframe background, I am big into redundancy. I even have two generators. IF both work I can light up 98% of my house. But if only one works I still can light up 50% of the house. Redundancy.
I have also been keeping an eye on refurbished XP and Windows 7 machines at TigerDirect. There is one heck of a deal on a XP box. $198 for 1GB, 3.2GHz XP rig with 80GB. I am probably going to buy that … but after Christmas.
I am sure we will have a GLUT of returns after this Christmas. There will be a quite a few Windows 7 boxes that get returned. After the 12 days of Christmas, i.e., as of January 7, I suspect TigerDirect will have some tempting Windows 7 refurbished machines in the $400 price range. PLAN for that.