Archive for 2008

Fallout 3 laptop benchmark compilation

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

As Fallout 3 is one of the most popular PC games right now, I decided to compile the available benchmarks for low-end and mainstream laptop graphics cards. I could not find any formal benchmarks, so most of the information comes from comments in forums. In case you want to share your experience with Fallout 3, post a comment here or send a message to info@optimitza.cat.

Fallout 3 benchmarks

HP coupon code (11/26/2008)

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

HP has a NEW Coupon that launches today, Save $250 on the purchase of a dv4z or dv4t , quantities are limited, so hurry!

(Expires after 1,100 uses or 12/1 whichever comes first)

$250 off the purchase of a dv4z or dv4t at the HP Home & Home Office Store! Excludes Special Edition’s. Use code: NB9983. Offer limited to the first 1,100 coupons redeemed. 1 redemption per person or address. Not valid with other promotions. Restrictions apply. Not combinable with instant rebates. For complete conditions, see “Coupon Information” in the “Customer Service” section at www.hpshopping.com.

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Other offers:
(Expires 11/29)

Save up to $659 instantly on the HP Pavilion HDX 16t Customizable Notebook PC!
HURRY!! Offer Ends 11/29 and includes: $200 instant rebate, FREE upgrade from 2GB to 3GB of memory ($50 value), FREE Blu-Ray drive upgrade ($250 value), FREE hard drive upgrade to 320GB ($50 value), Get Microsoft Vista Ultimate for $99 ($60 savings), and get FREE Shipping ($49 value). PLUS, add an HP Deskjet printer for free (after $70 paperless rebate).

(Expires 11/29)

Save up to $509 instantly on the HP Pavilion dv5t Customizable Notebook PC!
HURRY!! Offer Ends 11/29 and includes: $150 instant rebate, FREE upgrade from 1GB to 4GB of memory ($200 value), FREE hard drive upgrade to 250GB ($50 value), Get Microsoft Vista Ultimate for $99 ($60 savings), and get FREE Shipping ($49 value). PLUS, add an HP Deskjet printer for free (after $70 paperless rebate).

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Laptop reviews: Asus Eee PC 900HA, Asus F8VA, HP Touchsmart tx2 i altres

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Here you have the laptop reviews of the week:

Other interesting reviews:

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Small and fast laptops, ultraportables and netbooks

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

This week I added two new sections to the laptop selections:

These two sections add to the netbook comparison to cover a wide array of small and light laptops. If you need a light laptop, I think you are going to find them helpful.

HP Touchsmart tx2: 12.1-inch tablet PC with multi-touch screen

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

HP just released its Touchsmart tx2 tablet PC: it is essentially a Pavilion tx2500z with multi-touch screen an a new Imprint Finish.

HP Touchsmart tx2

It uses AMD processors, up to 8 GB RAM and 500 GB HD, and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200 graphics. Available from 1149 $ at the HP Home & Home Office Store

Source and additional info: Notebook Review.

First look (with video, you can see the use of the multi-touch screen): Laptop Magazine.

HP coupon codes (11/17/2008)

Monday, November 17th, 2008

HP’s 5 Days of Deals:

Today’s Deal (Hurry, valid 11/17 only!)

Stackable $150 off the purchase of a customized HP Pavilion tx2500z Notebook PC. Use code NB8457. Save $320 in instant savings on the purchase of an HP Pavilion tx2500z Notebook PC at the HP Home & Home Office Store. Use $150 coupon code NB8457 + $170 instant rebate. Offer limited to the first 500 coupons redeemed. 1 redemption per person or address. Not valid with other promotions. Restrictions apply. Combinable with instant rebates. For complete conditions, see “Coupon Information” in the “Customer Service” section at www.hpshopping.com.

New HP Coupons:

(Expires after 1,350 uses or 11/23, whichever comes first)

$400 off web-only coupon for the purchase of a customized HP Pavilion Desktop PC configured at $999 or greater at the HP Home & Home Office Store.  Coupon code: DT4628.Offer excludes HP Touchsmart PCs. Offer limited to the first 1,350 coupons redeemed. 1 redemption per person or address. Not valid with other promotions. Restrictions apply. Not combinable with instant rebates. For complete conditions, see “Coupon Information” in the “Customer Service” section at www.hpshopping.com.

(Expires after 1,000 uses or 11/23, whichever comes first)

$250 off web-only coupon for the purchase of a customized HP Pavilion Notebook PC configured at $799 or greater at the HP Home & Home Office Store. Coupon code: NB5111.Offer excludes HP Special Edition Notebooks and HP Mini 1000 Notebook.  Offer limited to the first 1,000 coupons redeemed. 1 redemption per person or address. Not valid with other promotions. Restrictions apply. Not combinable with instant rebates. For complete conditions, see “Coupon Information” in the “Customer Service” section at www.hpshopping.com.

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Laptop reviews: Acer Aspire 8930G, Dell Latitude E6400, Dell Precision M2400, Toshiba Qosmio X300 and others

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Here you have the laptop reviews of the week:

Other interesting reviews:

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AMD announces platforms and processors for ultraportables

Friday, November 14th, 2008

AMD announced yesterday two new platforms for ultraportables, codenamed “Congo” and “Yukon“, including the “Conesus” (dual-core) and “Huron” (single-core) processors. According to AMD, they are not direct competitors to Intel’s Atom: their thermal design power (TDP) is not as low, and they provide an uncompromised computing experience. In addition, they are not specifically designed for netbooks, but they are small enough to be mounted in 10-inch or even smaller ultraportables. So they look as something in between of an Atom and an ultralow voltage Core 2 Duo. Availability is expected in 1st half 2009.

A new platform for mainstream laptops was announced, too: codenamed “Tigris“, with “Caspianprocessors. Availability is expected in 2nd half 2009. The name Phenom II was confirmed for the new 45 nm desktop processors.

Sources: Extremetech and Ars Technica.

HP coupon codes (11/10/2008: expired)

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

HP has 2 NEW Coupons that launch today, Save 30% on a customized HP Pavilion Notebook PC configured at $999 or greater & Save $200 on a customized HP Pavilion Desktop PC configured at $999 or greater! Quantities are limited, so hurry!

30% off web-only coupon for the purchase of a customized HP Pavilion Notebook PC configured at $999 or greater at the HP Home & Home Office Store. Coupon code: NB3434. Offer excludes HP Special Edition Notebooks and HP Mini 1000 Notebook.  Offer limited to the first 1,350 coupons redeemed.  1 redemption per person or address.  Not valid with other promotions. Restrictions apply. Not combinable with instant rebates. For complete conditions, see “Coupon Information” in the “Customer Service” section at www.hpshopping.com.

$200 off web-only coupon for the purchase of a customized HP Pavilion Desktop PC configured at $999 or greater at the HP Home & Home Office Store.  Coupon code: DT2314. Offer excludes HP Touchsmart PC.  Offer limited to the first 540 coupons redeemed.  1 redemption per person or address.  Not valid with other promotions. Restrictions apply.  Not combinable with instant rebates. For complete conditions, see “Coupon Information” in the “Customer Service” section at www.hpshopping.com.

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Laptop reviews: Alienware M17, Asus N10, Dell Inspiron Mini 12 and others

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Here you have the laptop reviews of the week:

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