the 350 HP or the 380 TOSHIBA???
Posted Nov 27, 2008 - 8:00 pm
Posted Nov 27, 2008 - 9:09 pm
Posted Nov 27, 2008 - 9:22 pm
There is no HP at BB for $350. The cheapest is $500. If she is using the computer for "normal" purposes (and from what you write, I think she is) the toshiba will be a good choice. We have had 2 that have been just dandy.
no, there is now an hp on for 350, i guess added today. comes with printer and stuff. No specs as of yet but some buttheads already selling what they dont have on ebay as "black friday hp from best buy" lol, go check the front page of the black friday add on best buy.com
Posted Nov 28, 2008 - 11:48 pm
Posted Nov 29, 2008 - 6:46 am
Posted Nov 29, 2008 - 8:23 am
I'm not a fan of HP. I had a dv9000 battleship of a notebook whose wifi died after 10 months and then went casters-up 3 months later. (their own support forums show that the defective wifi issue is epidemic across the HP line)
In contrast, the Compaq that my stepson has been using for 3 years (was a pre-Black Friday special 3 years ago) has been running flawlessly. So I'm hoping that this low-end HP (which will replace that Compaq) will be just as reliable. Maybe it is like some car companies.... there are some companies that make great inexpensive economy cars, but their high-end models are error-prone.
I DO love Canon printers though. And while the combo scanner/printer/copier uses 1 black tank and 1 color tank (my Pixma ip3000 has separate color tanks) I know that it will be a dependable device.
Given an option, the Toshiba $479 was the best deal, the $379 next best, but I don't think that the $350 HP/Canon is a bad deal. Time will tell though.
Posted Nov 29, 2008 - 12:04 pm
Posted Nov 29, 2008 - 12:39 pm
True (and the $379 notebook is perfectly fine as it is), but it isn't about what it costs Best Buy to do it, but how much it would cost an individual to upgrade the $379 notebook to the $479 specs. To bump up the RAM and harddrive space alone would cost more than $100. That A/V software is worthless so I don't count that. But the mouse and case ARE worth something, so one could turn around and sell it, or give it as a gift, or use it.
$479 wasn't really a much better PC than the $379. The extra gig of ram cost best buy maybe $5 or $10 more as did the bigger hard drive. Rest of the price was basically labor and a crappy anti-virus software. You could buy that case + mouse for $27.99 seperately if you really needed that. The average person will not be able to tell the difference between the 1 GB of RAM and the extra HD space so I'd say the $379 is a much better deal for the average joe.
I DO agree that it is a subjective choice and depending upon the purpose, one is better suited than the other.... price vs. capacity.
Posted Nov 29, 2008 - 1:17 pm
Posted Nov 30, 2008 - 7:37 pm
I completely agree. But in the context of "which was the better deal" I still feel that what you got for the extra $100 was worth it.
SRACER--99% of the people who would buy that laptop wouldn't need the HD upgrade or the increased ram. They had a better mouse & case for $27.99 seperatedly (407.99). Most people would be better off with the $379.99 (99%+)
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