My assertion that there will be some attractive ‘open box’ deals on Windows 7 PCs after Christmas is indeed coming to pass. That was a fairly easy and obvious call. I think I heard the other day, on CNBC, that 17% of Christmas gifts are returned.
Got an email from tigerdirect.com with this deal. This is similar to the Asus box from BestBuy, for $650, that I had talked about on December 28. The tigerdirect.com comes with Vista. So you will need to spend $109.99 to upgrade it to 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium 6 or $149.99 for Windows 7 Professional. With Home Premium that would come to $630 for a what will be a rather powerful, nifty looking box with a relatively decent nVidia GeForce GT2200 graphics card.
If you are looking for an ‘All-in-One’ with Windows 7 Professional … check this out at tigerdirect.com for $680. ‘All-in-One’ are cool. Definitely eliminate clutter and cables and gives you, in effect, a genuine hybrid between a laptop and a desktop.
They also have other relative interesting options such as this SYX Venture H420i ITX Desktop PC 19″ LCD Bundle for $550 or this Systemax Venture VX for $340. I am sure that they will both perform fine for non-gaming use, though I think that both of them, at 2GB, is a tad light on memory. But you could get another gig or two for under a $100. Also check out the refurbished machines.
Newegg.com, from what I can see, do not have any refurbished desktops running Windows 7. But they do have some fairly decent refurbished HPs, with 8GB and AMD quad-cores, for around $430. So you could upgrade to Windows 7 and still be under $550.
I also happened to see some interesting deals at overstock.com. So if you are in the market for a Windows 7 machine, it is indeed a buyers-market. Enjoy. Indulge.