So you’ve got the money (via hard work, or, you lucky fool, through someone’s Christmas generosity). How do you spend nearly $2,600 wisely? The funds are virtually unlimited, but you still want to get the most out of your budget, right?
Computer enthusiast website Tom’s Hardware (TH) recently answered that question, through their latest System Builder Marathon (SBM). A regular feature on the site, the SBM features three gaming PCs built on three different budgets. For the months of December, they were $700 (”Gaming”), $1300 (”Enthusiast”), and $2500 (”Performance”).
As a life-long Windows user, with a smattering of System 9 and OS X experience, the following table is so true:
For those who can’t get the symbolism presented (or for those who see the world with their five other senses, and thus need text for their parser to interpret) here’s a boring text-only version:
As seen by…
Boring plain vanilla workstation
Blue Screen of Death
Awesome multi-display workstation
Awesome multi-display workstation
A toy for kids, with limited capability
A laptop that’s literally the center of the universe
Microsoft screwing Windows users over
Steve Jobs holding up a wad of cash
What do you think? Is this …read more
Aside from the HP Mini deal available from netbook (which runs until December 22), the PC maker has its own deals available from hp.com, covering both desktops and laptops. All the offers listed below also include free shipping, a minus $29 over the final price, and last until December 26, 2009, the day after Christmas:
HP Desktop Deals
Save up to $545 instantly on the HP Pavilion Elite e9250t Series Customizable Desktop PC! Savings include:
$250 instant rebate
Free 6GB memory upgrade (-$80)
Free 640GB hard drive upgrade (-$50)
35% off a 21.5-inch diagonal widescreen monitor (-$90)
Save up to $515 instantly on the HP Pavilion Elite …read more
Out of the 6000 plus fans of the Tom’s Hardware Facebook page, 94% are probably males (this according to the page’s admin, who I know personally). That’s no surprise, but I’d still like to see more women getting into computer hardware. This isn’t another drool-induced rant pleading for hotties to turn into geeks and spice up our socially-challenged online lives, mind you.
Nothing makes a community livelier than diversity, and geek circles desperately need a woman’s touch. So how do we get more women drooling over specs and components? Here’s my five-step plan.
No worries, in case you haven’t taken advantage of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday promos recently featured on The Gadget Blog. Those retailers still want to move stock, especially as Christmas nears, so check out what Dell and HP have made available.
The promos intensify as the holidays near. For this weekend, you can check out the following discounts available from Dell, Alienware, and HP:
Free 2 business day shipping on all Alienware laptop and desktop purchases with coupon code D9MF6D4X1C9BVH
12/18/09 11:59 PM CST
or after 200 redemptions
Save $149 on this Alienware Aurora desktop. Only $1499 after discount
12/12/09 5:55 AM CT
Save over 45% on this Studio 15 laptop. Only $549 after instant discount! Hurry only 1000 units available at this price.
After 1000 redemptions
This Inspiron 15 laptop only $399 after $100 instant discount and coupon code 40M?6?W03KFH93. Plus get free next …read more
According to The PC Guild, it’s possible to make $80,000 a year (or a bit over $6,600 a month) fixing PCs in your area—even if you charge for only 4 hours a day:
I bill for about 4 hours a day on average, and I charge $70 an hour. I mainly fix computer problems related to corrupt hard drives, RAM installation, CD/DVD ROM repair, internet connectivity issues, printer problems, audio problems, and the like.
I charge $20 just to take a look at your computer. If you decided that you want me to fix it, (after I tell you how long it …read more
The online retailer is at again, with a bunch of discounts lined-up for the holidays. All the following promos are for US buyers only, and run until this December 14, CDT (unless otherwise specified):
Select laptops starting at $449. Save up to 40% on Dell’s most popular laptops.
New Lower Price on Dell Netbooks! Now starting at only $279 + free standard shipping.
Save $404 on the Studio XPS 16 laptop! Only $1099 after discount
Inspiron 537s desktop starting at $499 after savings and includes a 20″ monitor.
Complete desktop package featuring the Studio XPS 8000 desktop and 20″ …read more
Looks like Apple Computers is giving smokers another reason to kick the killer habit. According to The Consumerist, two customers found their AppleCare warranties voided, due to contamination from cigarette smoke! The fact that smoking is bad is common sense, but electronics failing because of secondhand smoke? Preposterous!
Well, maybe not. Apple may have good reason refusing warranty repairs to the computers of smokers, as proven by one of the customers who have his warranty money rendered useless: “[Steve] Jobs’ office did not help Derek, but he resolved some of the problems himself by disassembling his Macbook and cleaning it out …read more
Dell’s marketing is busy cranking out deals for the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday, perhaps inspired by the maker’s strong laptop reliability showing. So expect a constant stream of discounts and promos, starting today until November 30, 2009. American shoppers, take note of the following below, and their corresponding end dates! Discounts available during this period of the year are notoriously short-lived.
Electronics Sales Event – Save up to $690 on select TVs and Electronics
11/26/09 11:59 PM CST
Sony BRAVIA 55″ KDL55V5100 120Hz 1080p LCD HDTV $1769.10 after $529.90 instant off
Nokia N86 Unlocked Smartphone $369.99 after $130 off
Ultimate Value of the …read more