August 29, 2010
If you are planning to buy a notebook, we advise you to make a trip to Staples in addition to Best buy or Walmart or other online shopping places including amazon, newegg and tigerdirect. You may be surprised by some of the rebates offered at Staples.
Here is a roundup of the Notebooks available at Staples as observed on August 29, 2010 on one of its store in Attleboro, MA.
1. HP G42-230US
Available at $499.98, this notebook features AMD’s Turion II P520 processor. Some noteworthy features are, the 4GB RAM, 14 inch screen, inbuilt camera and the HDMI port. If you are looking for a small and light notebook with decent performance, then HP G42-230US is the one to go with. The same notebook is available at Walmart and Amazon at above $600 at the time of writing.
2. HP Pavilion DV6-3010US
Available at $499.98, the HP Pavilion DV6-3010US also features the Turion II P520 processor and has 4GB of RAM. However it has a bigger 15.6″ LCD screen as compared to 14″ LCD screen in the G42-230US. Going by the specifications, this notebook gives the best value for the money. However, the customer reviews at amazon has not been positive and mechanical issues has been pointed out. Amazon is selling it at $563 at the time of writing. So, if you decide to buy DV6-3010US, Staples still saves you money. It does come with HDMI port – another plus point for this notebook.
The the Compaq CQ62-225 is available at staples at the same price of $499.98. It features Athlon II P320 processor and has 3GB of memory instead of 4GB available in DV6-3010US or the HP G42-230US. If you do plan to buy – there are better places to buy than the Staples. Amazon, for example, has it at $429 at the time of writing.
The morale of the story is do a little bit of search for prices before taking a decision to buy.
If you want somewhat higher end processor, you may like to consider Dell Inspiron 14R. Available at $749.98 Dell Inspiron features the intel core i3-350 processor, a 2.26GHz Dual core intel processor with improved performance than the similarly clocked core 2 intel processors. Notice that other places, including amazon has better pricing ($619.99 ) for Inspiron 15R at the time of writing. The $499 HP G42-230US is almost as good, for about $120 less compared to the amazon pricing of Dell Inspiron 14R.
5. Acer AS5334
The Acer AS5334 is the lowest priced notebook available for $399.98. However, its Intel Celeron 900 processor ( It runs at 2.20GHz) is a big turn off. While its 3GB RAM is decent, you may like to invest $100 more and buy either the HP G42-230US or the HP Pavilion DV6-3010US. You may however like to note that this notebook is available at $450 at amazon. So, in case you do decide to go with Acer AS5334, you may like to consider Staples.
Another Dell notebook available at staples is the Dell Inspiron 501R that features Athlon II P320 processor and has 4GB of RAM. Available at $529 this notebook has 15.6″ LCD. The Athlon II P320 is a 2.1G hz low power ( consumes just 25Watts) processor and has decent performance.
8. Dell Inspiron 17R
The Dell Inspiron 17R features intel core i5-450 processor and has 4GB of RAM. Available at $799.98 this is one of the highest performing notebook. Its 17 inch notebook is great for multimedia, gaming and the developers who need to keep multiple screen open simultaneously.