Posts Tagged ‘Best Buy’

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.

Talking of refurbished Vista boxes, that would make fine Windows 7 rigs, check out this Asus, with 6GB, from Best Buy for $330. They also have a refurbished HP, with 8GB and a 20″ LCD, for $400.

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.


Anura Guruge


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Following my post on the power-packed, 8GB ASUS, with Windows 7 Home Premium, being offered by Best Buy for a compelling $650, I was alerted this afternoon to two other very tempting Windows 7 deals from Best Buy.

  1. The same ASUS, but now packaged with a 20″ LCD monitor and an EPSON NX110 3-in-1 multifunction printer for $760. I have always liked Epson printers. I bought my first in 2003 having carefully studied specs of Epson vs. HP. Never regretted it. Then in 2007 I got a Christmas gig as a Epson weekend warrior. I had to bone up on Epson technology and pass a number of online tests. So I was forced to learn a lot about Epsons, quickly. I was never disappointed. Selling Epson printers, at Best Buy, during the the 2007 Christmas period was, indubitably, one of the best jobs I have ever had … and I have had some plumb jobs with unlimited expense accounts, offices the size of conference rooms, company cars and first class air travel. The printers sold themselves.  I would outsell HP, Canon and Dell day-in, day-out. I really don’t think that a single Kodak got sold while I prowled the printer aisle. I would provide free counseling for those that came in to buy a Kodak, beguiled by the misguiding TV ads. they had seen. So anyway, the Epson MAKES the bundle. So for an additional $110 you are getting a 20″ LCD and an Epson 3-in-1 printer. Have a look. What do you have to lose?

  2. There is also a Gateway bundle with the same Epson 3-in-1 and a 20″ for $630. It is a dual core with 6GB. The 6 gig will compensate a bit for the lack of quad core. I have studied quad core usage on my i7. Unless you genuinely have long-duration background tasks, you are unlikely to truly make use of all four cores — concurrently. Yes, there is load balancing between the cores to keep them from getting too hot, but that is just gravy. The 6 gig will eliminate a lot of paging, especially with the browsers.

So check these out. Go play with them.


Anura Guruge

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I was in town and payed a quick visit to Best Buy to see what Windows 7 related bargains they had after Christmas. The relatively small store that I went to, in Concord, NH, didn’t have any ‘open box’ returns with Windows 7. I was surprised. Maybe that is a testament to to Windows 7. People are loath to return Windows 7 boxes? We will have to watch that. Still early days.

I saw this Asus, Model CG5270-BP004, on a shelf. I had seen pictures of it before on the Web. It certainly commands your attention. I remembered that the spec were good and that my only reservation had to do with its video capabilities.

Checked the specs. Decent enough. Intel Core 2 Quad at 2.5GHz, 8GB DDR2 RAM, 1TB (7200 rpm) SATA, 10 USB etc.

As is my wont at Best Buy I spun the box around to have a look at the back. Saw an unused VGA. The display monitor was connected to a DVI. But there was another cable next to the DVI. I thought it was a USB. It was an HDMI! Why Best Buy has both DVI and HDMI to the same monitor is a mystery. I couldn’t check the actual configuration.

The machine had Best Buy’s ‘access control’ ARCHIE program installed. (ARCHIE stops customers from being able to mess up the computers on display. I basically limits the functionality available and prevents Internet access. When I have time, I can sometimes get by ARCHIE. Today, I didn’t have the time.)

I tried to find more detailed specs on it on the ASUS Web site. Around 6pm today all of their sites were down. I’ve had problems with their sites before. Just Googled this machine and found this CNET review. Decent. Actually pretty darned good.

I think, despite the 3 video connections, this thing probably can only support one monitor — unless you add a video card. The 400W power-supply should let you squeak by as long as you don’t go crazy.

But CNET confirms my initial reaction and they have the numbers. Not a bad price for what you get. So you might want to have a look at this.

Hope this helps. Cheers.

Anura Guruge

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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.

Happy holidays.


Anura Guruge

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