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Daily Computer News and Rumors

January 2005

About News and Rumors. InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors is a daily column. It features news coverage of new PC and Mac computer hardware and software, Internet news, and other technical news items.
Every Sunday, News and Rumors features "Sunday Shopping Watch", which is a comparison and analysis of Sunday computer store advertisements.
The Daily Computer News and Rumors is an archived column, so feel free to review previous week's or month's computer news. Previous Daily Computer News articles can also be searched, by using our site search feature found in the top and bottom menu bar.

InfoHQ Daily Computer News and Rumors Article Index
Date
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Feb 7 Intel Has Double Vision: First Multi-Core Silicon Production Begins
Jan 10 AMD Kicks Off New Year With Mobile AMD Turion 64
Jan 6 Ten Resolutions From Intel For A Mobile 2005
Oct 13 Intel Third-Quarter Revenue $8.5 Billion
Oct 7 Latest News From Intel
June 27 Sunday Shopping Watch
May 16 Sunday Shopping Watch
May 09 Sunday Shopping Watch

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Feb 7 - Intel Has Double Vision: First Multi-Core Silicon Production Begins. Intel Corporation today announced it has completed initial production runs of dual-core processors and provided further details about its multi-core plans to its customers, signaling the beginning of an era when PCs will have two or more “brains” inside.

Intel plans to deliver two separate dual-core products and dual-core-enabled chipsets for its Pentium® processor-class families in the second quarter, including the Pentium® processor Extreme Edition. The Intel® Pentium® Processor Extreme Edition will include Hyper-Threading Technology, providing the ability to process four software “threads” simultaneously.

“In addition to our products, we are investing heavily to further prepare the industry for the shift to multi-core computing platforms,” said Robert Crooke, vice president, Desktop Platforms Group and general manager, Desktop Marketing and Strategic Planning, Intel. “We accelerated this effort with the introduction of Hyper-Threading Technology three years ago and we’re extending it by building multi-core processors. Platforms based on Intel multi-core technology will provide the performance and responsiveness consumers and businesses need to get the most enjoyment and productivity from their applications.”

These first dual-core desktop platforms reflect Intel’s continued investment in silicon and platform innovation, manufacturing technology, capacity and industry enabling efforts that span the desktop, server, workstation and mobile market segments.

“As the leader in the extreme gaming, consumer and workstation markets, Dell plans to offer Intel’s powerful dual-core processor technology on high-end systems,” said John Medica, senior vice president, Dell Product Group. “No other companies make innovative technology more affordable to large groups of customers than Dell and Intel.”

Dual- and multi-core products are designed by including two or more full CPU cores within a single processor enabling the simultaneous managing of activities. When combined with HT Technology, which allows a processor to present itself as two logical processors, the Pentium Processor Extreme Edition product can process four software threads simultaneously by more efficiently using resources that otherwise may sit idle.

Platforms based around Intel’s dual-core Pentium Processor Extreme Edition are an ideal solution for PC computing and entertainment enthusiasts who crave computing power for audio, video, digital design and gaming tasks. The Pentium Processor Extreme Edition will be combined with a new chipset named the Intel® 955X Express chipset, formerly codenamed “Glenwood,” that includes features such as Intel® High Definition Audio, PCI-Express and faster dual-channel DDR-2 memory. Intel will also couple its mainstream “Smithfield” processor with two new chipsets named the Intel® 945G Express chipset and Intel® 945P Express chipset, both previously code-named “Lakeport” in the second quarter of the year.

Intel has more than 10 multi-core related projects underway and plans to increase its software and solutions enabling product lines, tools, investment and programs to further spur software design and validation.

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.

Jan 10 - AMD Kicks Off New Year With Mobile AMD Turion 64. AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it will usher in a new era in mobile computing. AMD Turion™ 64 mobile technology was unveiled by six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong at an AMD event at the International CES 2005 show in Las Vegas.

Based on award-winning AMD64 technology, AMD Turion 64 mobile technology is uniquely optimized to bring AMD64 performance to a new level of mobility. AMD tailored the upcoming processor family to suit highly mobile business professionals and consumers who demand reliable, high-performance notebook PCs with long battery life, outstanding wireless compatibility, rich graphics and enhanced security -- both today and tomorrow.

“AMD Turion 64 mobile technology represents freedom and mobile performance personified. We expect this new product family will set a precedent for mobile PCs in the same way that AMD Opteron™ did for servers,” said Marty Seyer, corporate vice president and general manager, Microprocessor Business Unit, Computation Products Group, AMD. “Again, AMD will be the first to market with leading technologies, bringing you a complete family of high-performance, 32-/64-bit processors made for mobility.”

“What's custom about today's PC technologies is not the technologies themselves, but how they are arranged to meet the needs of specific usage models,” said Shane Rau, senior analyst with IDC. “Technology brands, such as the new AMD Turion 64 brand for its mobile PC processors, reflect how PC technology providers are adapting standardized technologies, such as the x86 instruction set, to meet the needs of consumer and commercial mobile PC users.”

“In cycling, just like any other elite competition, there is a thin line between success and failure,” said Lance Armstrong, champion cyclist. “As our team’s technology partner, AMD helps us achieve uncompromising performance, extraordinary mobility and exceptional reliability.”

By working with best-in-class industry partners, AMD enables its customers to develop differentiated solutions based on open standards, to uniquely satisfy the variety of ways in which notebooks are used. More details about AMD Turion 64 mobile technology will be forthcoming when PC systems become available. Business professionals and consumers can expect to see notebook PCs based on AMD Turion 64 processors from leading OEMs worldwide in the first half of 2005.

Mobile AMD Athlon™ 64 processors will continue to be offered for notebook buyers who want exceptional performance for the most demanding applications, readiness for tomorrow’s 64-bit applications, and Enhanced Virus Protection in conjunction with Windows® XP Service Pack 2.

About AMD

AMD (NYSE:AMD) designs and produces innovative microprocessors, Flash memory devices and low-power processor solutions for the computer, communications and consumer electronics industries. AMD is dedicated to delivering standards-based, customer-focused solutions for technology users, ranging from enterprises and governments to individual consumers. For more information visit www.amd.com.

Jan 6 - Ten Resolutions From Intel For A Mobile 2005. More like 10 reasons to use Intel Mobile technology. But you have to give them an "A" for effort.

According to the Chinese calendar, 2005 is the year of the Rooster. However, a technology calendar might suggest that it is the year of mobility. In that spirit, Intel proposes 10 mobile resolutions:

1. Be a wireless winner: In honor of Mobility month, beginning Jan. 6,use Yahoo! Maps* to find an Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology-verified hotspot and you could win a Sony* notebook based on the next-generation Intel Centrino mobile technology platform, codenamed Sonoma. Other prizes include movie downloads from Movielink and music downloads from Musicmatch. Every entrant will receive a free month of games from Yahoo! Games on Demand*. To enter, go to www.mobilitymonth.com or maps.yahoo.com and look for the Mobility Month link.

2. Mobilize your home entertainment: In January, Intel will launch the Sonoma platform, enabling mobile entertainment PCs that support accelerated graphics for superb DVD playback and gaming, theater-quality sound for MP3s and TV tuner ExpressCards* that will be available soon. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 6-9, see the latest all-in-one laptops based on the new Intel Centrino mobile technology, combining the features of personal data assistants, DVD and MP3 players, and mobile gaming devices.

3. Take your laptop on vacation: Record your favorite TV shows with an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor-based Entertainment PC and take them with you on your notebook. Your notebook also enables you to stay in touch, store and send digital photos, replace weighty travel guides and maintain photographic travelogues on your family Website. A great wireless destination is the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Jan. 20-30, where you can watch streaming video of the nominees from WiMAX-enabled cafes and lodges.

4. Escape the house often for some relaxing entertainment: Be seen at a Wi-Fi-enabled park, cafe or beach unwinding with a broad-brimmed hat, dark sunglasses and an Intel Centrino mobile technology-based notebook to stay current on Hollywood gossip, fashion and, in particular, the Golden Globes*. Get the latest news leading up to the Jan. 16 ceremony as it unfolds with "ET Inside the Golden Globe Awards" on Yahoo!, exclusively sponsored by Intel Centrino mobile technology, at et.tv.yahoo.com/micro/globes2005/.

5. Battle bulk: Dieting may be the most common New Year's resolution, but the truly trendy also will resolve to shed notebook bulk with a slimmer model. Intel Centrino mobile technology enables thin, light notebooks with great battery life and integrated wireless LAN capability.

6. Stay in visual touch: Cameras for videoconferencing are now available for notebooks, enabling videoconferencing with friends and family from more than 56,000 Intel Centrino mobile technology-verified wireless hotspots worldwide.

7. Work smarter, not longer: Whether you are flying cross-country or waiting at soccer practice, laptop mobility enables you to fit work into slices of time that otherwise would go unused, freeing time later for other important activities.

8. Get smarter, have fun: Notebooks are becoming mobile backpacks at all educational levels. Students access information online from wireless hotspots on and off campus, including cafes, libraries and dorms. New laptops based on the Intel Centrino mobile technology to be introduced this month will double as all-in-one entertainment devices, making more space for other dorm room necessities, such as the minifridge and lava lamp.

9. Make a wireless café your extended office: Advanced wireless communication combined with an increasing number of hotspots are heating up the coffee culture around the world with people genuinely relaxing on a café couch with everything they need to do their jobs on their laptops.

10. Reuse or recycle that old equipment: If you've upgraded to an all-in-one laptop that delivers improved graphics and audio features, consider giving your old DVD player or stereo to a charitable organization. Donate old computers to educational organizations or dispose of them through an environmental e-waste organization. Good sources are www.eiae.org and www.intel.com/education/recycling_computers/strut.htm.

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.

Oct 7 - Latest News From Intel.

Intel Collaborates With Nokia, Symbian To Help Deliver Series 60 Platform-Based 3G Smartphones Using Intel Technology

Intel Cooperates With Japanese PC, CE And Content Industries To Promote Use Of Premium Content In The Digital Home

'Prepare to be Entertained' with Intel at Digital Life 2004

June 27 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

Best Sunday Deals - See our Best Sunday Ad Deals Table below for specific system prices.

Weekly Comparison. There are some good deals on desktops and laptops this week, but I suspect next week's 4th of July sales may be better.

This Sunday's Special Discounts and Financing. In addition to sales on specific items, the following store-wide sales are advertised this week. (Note that these ads are for the Dayton, Ohio area. Prices or offerings may be different where you live.)

Best Buy is offering 18 month no-interest financing on all advertised desktop packages and laptops, and $150 mail-in rebates on advertised laptops and desktop packages.
Circuit City is offering 18 months no interest financing, and up to $150 mail-in rebates on advertised desktop packages and notebooks.
Office Depot has 6 months no payment, no interest, financing for computer purchases of $299 and higher.
CompUSA has rebates on advertised laptops and desktops.
Staples has no store-wide promotions this Sunday.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer stores.

InfoHQ Related Shopping Pages

Shopping Alerts - Our latest shopping advisories on buying digital cameras and camcorders, desktop computers, laptops, and other computer items.

Windows XP Upgrade Guide - All about upgrading to Windows XP.

What You Need to Know About Dial-up Internet Service Rebates - The pros and cons of 'free' Internet service deals. Also see our latest InfoHQ Tech Watch Newsletter; Free PC and Free Internet Deals.     

Definitions. A complete desktop system/package/complete package is defined as a computer with monitor and printer or scanner.
A build-to-order system is customized at the retailer and then ordered from a computer manufacturer. In addition to the computer's stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges (if you order direct from the vendor without going through the chain store, you may not have to pay sales tax and you could get a better warranty).

Caution about advertised prices. When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example, many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor, and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.

* Prices discussed in this article. We report prices after rebates and discounts are subtracted.
Items highlighted in Black are good deals.
Items highlighted in Red means prices have gone up and the system is not a good buy this week.
Items in normal text means prices are about the same as the previous weeks.

Best Sunday Ad Deals
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Store
Best Celeron Deal
eMachines D325 (2.53 GHz) complete system with 17" monitor
$359
-
CompUSA, Best Buy($379)
1. Best Pentium 4 System
Sony Pentium 4 2.8E GHz complete system with HT Technology, 15 inch flat panel, and DVD-RW
$1179
-
Best Buy
2. Best Pentium 4 System
HP Pentium 4 3.0 GHz system with HT Technology, 15 inch flat panel, and DVD-RW
$1339
-
Best Buy
1. Best AMD Athlon XP System
HP Athlon XP 3000+ complete system with 17 inch monitor and DVD-RW drive
$649
-
Circuit City
2. Best AMD Athlon XP System
eMachines Athlon XP 3000+ complete system with 15 inch flat panel and DVD-RW drive
$799
-
CompUSA
1. Best Low-cost Laptop
HP AMD Athlon XP 2800+ GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
$899
-
Best Buy, CompUSA, Circuit City
2. Best Low-cost Laptop
HP 2.8 GHz Celeron widescreen with DVD/CD-RW
$999
CompUSA
3. Best Low-cost Laptop
Compaq 2.8 GHz Celeron widescreen with DVD/CD-RW
$999
Office Depot
1. Best High-end Notebook
eMachines Athlon 64 3000+, widescreen, with DVD/CD-RW
$1199
-
Best Buy
2. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq widescreen Centrino 1.4 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1299
-
Office Depot
3. Best High-end Notebook
HP 17" widescreen Pentium 4 3.0 GHz with DVD-RW
$1799
CompUSA
Peripherals and Software
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 80 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$49
(after rebates)
-
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 250 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$159
(after rebates)
-
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Sony 52X CD-RW
$49
(after rebates)
-
Office Depot
Best Sunday Deal
Memorex 8X DVD-RW
$99
(after rebates)
-
Office Depot

 

InfoHQ Quick Jumps to Upgrades from DealTime - Click to check on latest prices
Video Cards ATI Radeon
  GeForce4 FX
Hard Drives Maxtor
  Western Digital
  Seagate
CD-RW Drives 40x/48x Write Speed
DVD-RW Drives DVD+RW/CD-RW
CPUs All AMD Athlon XP CPUs
  All Intel Pentium 4 CPUs
Antivirus Software All Manufacturers
Firewall Software All Manufacturers
All Other Products DealTime

 

Additional Information. For additional technical information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor and manufacturer links, please see our Computer Buying Advice page.

About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping Watch appears every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas) in our News and Rumors column. It is a review of local (Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee your local chain store has the same items, this article can help you make informed buying decisions.

May 16 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

Best Sunday Deals - See our Best Sunday Ad Deals Table below for specific system prices.

Weekly Comparison. Stores once again pick up their advertising now that Mother's Day is over.

This Sunday's Special Discounts and Financing. In addition to sales on specific items, the following store-wide sales are advertised this week. (Note that these ads are for the Dayton, Ohio area. Prices or offerings may be different where you live.)

Best Buy is offering 12 month no-interest financing on all advertised desktop packages and laptops, $150 mail-in rebate on advertised laptops, and $100 mail-in rebate on desktop packages.
Circuit City is offering 12 months no interest financing, and up to $150 mail-in rebates on advertised desktop packages and notebooks.
Office Depot has 6 months no payment, no interest, financing for computer purchases of $299 and higher.
CompUSA has rebates on advertised laptops and desktops.
Staples has no store-wide promotions this Sunday.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer stores.

InfoHQ Related Shopping Pages

Shopping Alerts - Our latest shopping advisories on buying digital cameras and camcorders, desktop computers, laptops, and other computer items.

Windows XP Upgrade Guide - All about upgrading to Windows XP.

What You Need to Know About Dial-up Internet Service Rebates - The pros and cons of 'free' Internet service deals. Also see our latest InfoHQ Tech Watch Newsletter; Free PC and Free Internet Deals.     

Definitions. A complete desktop system/package/complete package is defined as a computer with monitor and printer or scanner.
A build-to-order system is customized at the retailer and then ordered from a computer manufacturer. In addition to the computer's stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges (if you order direct from the vendor without going through the chain store, you may not have to pay sales tax and you could get a better warranty).

Caution about advertised prices. When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example, many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor, and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.

* Prices discussed in this article. We report prices after rebates and discounts are subtracted.
Items highlighted in Black are good deals.
Items highlighted in Red means prices have gone up and the system is not a good buy this week.
Items in normal text means prices are about the same as the previous weeks.

Best Sunday Ad Deals
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Store
1. Best Celeron Deal
eMachines 2.7 GHz complete system with 17" monitor
$389
-
Office Depot, Best Buy, Circuit City
2. Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 2.7 GHz complete system with 17" monitor
$419
-
CompUSA
3. Best Celeron Deal
eMachines 2.8 GHz complete system with 17" monitor
$469
-
Best Buy
Best Pentium 4 System
Gateway Pentium 4 3.06 GHz system with HT Technology, 15 inch flat panel, and DVD-RW
$849
-
Office Depot
1. Best AMD Athlon XP System
HP Athlon XP 3000+ complete system with 17 inch monitor and DVD-RW drive
$679
-
Circuit City
2. Best AMD Athlon XP System
HP Athlon XP 3200+ complete system with 15 inch flat panel and DVD-RW drive
$959
-
Best Buy
Best AMD Athlon 64 System
HP Athlon 3200+ complete system with 15 inch flat panel and DVD-RW drive
$1199
-
Circuit City
Best Low-cost Laptop
Toshiba 2.8 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
$849
+$50
Circuit City, CompUSA
1. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium 4 2.8 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1199
-
Best Buy
2. Best High-end Notebook
Sony Pentium 4 2.8 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1249
-
Circuit City
3. Best High-end Notebook
eMachines Athlon 64 3200+, widescreen, with DVD/CD-RW
$1249
-
Best Buy
4. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq widescreen Centrino 1.4 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1399
-$50
Circuit City
5. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba widescreen Centrino 1.5 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1449
-$50
Circuit City, CompUSA
Peripherals and Software
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 80 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$49
(after rebates)
-
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 160 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$109
(after rebates)
-
Circuit City
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 250 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$159
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Visiontek Xtasy 9600 256 MB
$99
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Visiontek Xtasy 9600XT 256 MB
$189
(after rebates)
-
Circuit City
Best Sunday Deal
PNY GeForce FX5700 LE 256 MB
$149
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Sony 8X DVD-RW
$129
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA

 

InfoHQ Quick Jumps to Upgrades from DealTime - Click to check on latest prices
Video Cards ATI Radeon
  GeForce4 FX
Hard Drives Maxtor
  Western Digital
  Seagate
CD-RW Drives 40x/48x Write Speed
DVD-RW Drives DVD+RW/CD-RW
CPUs All AMD Athlon XP CPUs
  All Intel Pentium 4 CPUs
Antivirus Software All Manufacturers
Firewall Software All Manufacturers
All Other Products DealTime

 

Additional Information. For additional technical information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor and manufacturer links, please see our Computer Buying Advice page.

About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping Watch appears every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas) in our News and Rumors column. It is a review of local (Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee your local chain store has the same items, this article can help you make informed buying decisions.

May 09 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

Best Sunday Deals - See our Best Sunday Ad Deals Table below for specific system prices.

Weekly Comparison. Happy Mother's Day! Traditionally not a great day for computer sales, but some stores still have some good deals today.

This Sunday's Special Discounts and Financing. In addition to sales on specific items, the following store-wide sales are advertised this week. (Note that these ads are for the Dayton, Ohio area. Prices or offerings may be different where you live.)

Best Buy is offering 18 month no-interest financing on all advertised desktop packages and laptops, $150 mail-in rebate on advertised laptops, and $100 mail-in rebate on desktop packages.
Circuit City is offering 12 months no interest financing, and up to $150 mail-in rebates on advertised desktop packages and notebooks.
Office Depot has no ad today.
CompUSA has no store ad but does have an online sale.
Staples has no store-wide promotions this Sunday.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer stores.

InfoHQ Related Shopping Pages

Shopping Alerts - Our latest shopping advisories on buying digital cameras and camcorders, desktop computers, laptops, and other computer items.

Windows XP Upgrade Guide - All about upgrading to Windows XP.

What You Need to Know About Dial-up Internet Service Rebates - The pros and cons of 'free' Internet service deals. Also see our latest InfoHQ Tech Watch Newsletter; Free PC and Free Internet Deals.     

Definitions. A complete desktop system/package/complete package is defined as a computer with monitor and printer or scanner.
A build-to-order system is customized at the retailer and then ordered from a computer manufacturer. In addition to the computer's stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges (if you order direct from the vendor without going through the chain store, you may not have to pay sales tax and you could get a better warranty).

Caution about advertised prices. When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example, many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor, and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.

* Prices discussed in this article. We report prices after rebates and discounts are subtracted.
Items highlighted in Black are good deals.
Items highlighted in Red means prices have gone up and the system is not a good buy this week.
Items in normal text means prices are about the same as the previous weeks.

Best Sunday Ad Deals
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Store
1. Best Celeron Deal
eMachines 2.8 GHz complete system with 17" monitor
$469
-
Circuit City
2. Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 2.8 GHz complete system with 17" monitor
$499 (Build-to-order)
-
Best Buy
1. Best Pentium 4 System
Sony Pentium 4 3.0E GHz complete system with HT Technology, 17 inch flat panel, and DVD-RW
$1329
-
Circuit City, Best Buy($1399)
1. Best AMD Athlon XP System
HP Athlon XP 2800+ complete system with 17 inch monitor and DVD/CD-RW drive
$629
-
Best Buy
2. Best AMD Athlon XP System
HP Athlon XP 3200+ complete system with 17 inch monitor and DVD/CD-RW drive
$729
-
Circuit City
3. Best AMD Athlon XP System
eMachines Athlon XP 3000+ complete system with 15 inch flat panel and DVD/CD-RW drive
$799
-
Best Buy
Best AMD Athlon 64 System
HP Athlon 3200+ complete system with 15 inch flat panel and DVD-RW drive
$1199
-
Circuit City
1. Best Low-cost Laptop
Toshiba 2.8 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
$799
-
Circuit City
2. Best Low-cost Laptop
HP 2.8 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
$849
-
Circuit City
3. Best Low-cost Laptop
Compaq Athlon XP-M 2600 + with DVD/CD-RW
$749 (Build-to-order)
-
Best Buy
4. Best Low-cost Laptop
eMachines Athlon XP-M 2800 +, widescreen, with DVD/CD-RW
$1049
-
Best Buy
1. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium 4 2.8 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1199
-
Circuit City
2. Best High-end Notebook
eMachines Athlon 64 3200+, widescreen, with DVD/CD-RW
$1399
-
Best Buy
2. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba widescreen Centrino 1.5 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1499
-
Best Buy
4. Best High-end Notebook
HP 17 inch widescreen Pentium 4 3.0 GHz with HT Technology and DVD/CD-RW
$1549
-
Best Buy, Circuit City
Peripherals and Software
Best Sunday Deal
PNY GeForce FX5900 SE 128 MB
$199
(after rebates)
-
Circuit City
Best Sunday Deal
TDK 8X DVD-RW
$129
(after rebates)
-
Circuit City

 

InfoHQ Quick Jumps to Upgrades from DealTime - Click to check on latest prices
Video Cards ATI Radeon
  GeForce4 FX
Hard Drives Maxtor
  Western Digital
  Seagate
CD-RW Drives 40x/48x Write Speed
DVD-RW Drives DVD+RW/CD-RW
CPUs All AMD Athlon XP CPUs
  All Intel Pentium 4 CPUs
Antivirus Software All Manufacturers
Firewall Software All Manufacturers
All Other Products DealTime

 

Additional Information. For additional technical information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor and manufacturer links, please see our Computer Buying Advice page.

About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping Watch appears every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas) in our News and Rumors column. It is a review of local (Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee your local chain store has the same items, this article can help you make informed buying decisions.

 

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