Archive for June, 2010

HP coupon code for laptops (from June 28th 2010)

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Expired!

Additional $300 off web coupon for the purchase of a customized HP Pavilion Notebook PC configured at $1399 or greater at the HP Home & Home Office Store using coupon code NBE725947. Offer excludes Compaq, HP Mini, HP ENVY 14, HP ENVY 17, HP ENVY 15 and HP 15 ENVY Beats Edition. Offer limited to the first 1,350 coupons redeemed. 1 redemption per person or address. Not valid with other promotions, HP Academy, or HP Friends & Family. Restrictions apply. Combinable with instant rebates. Products and support acquired by Customer under these Terms are solely for Customer’s personal use and not for immediate resale or sub-licensing. For complete conditions, see “Coupon Information” in the “Customer Service” section at www.hpshopping.com.

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Laptop Reviews: Asus Eee PC 1201PN, HP Pavilion, HP Touchsmart tm2t, Acer Aspire 8943G, MSI GT660…

Monday, June 28th, 2010

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Laptop reviews: HP Pavilion dm4t and dv5t, Apple Macbook, Lenovo Ideapad V460, Samsung N150…

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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HP coupon codes for laptops (from June 15th 2010)

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

New Coupons:

Expired! Additional $200 off web coupon for the purchase of a customized HP Pavilion Notebook PC configured at $1,299 or greater at the HP Home & Home Office Store using coupon code NBA5193862. Offer excludes Compaq and HP Mini. Offer limited to the first 1,350 coupons redeemed. 1 redemption per person or address. Not valid with other promotions, HP Academy, or HP Friends & Family. Restrictions apply. Combinable with instant rebates. Products and support acquired by Customer under these Terms are solely for Customer’s personal use and not for immediate resale or sub-licensing. For complete conditions, see “Coupon Information” in the “Customer Service” section at www.hpshopping.com.

Expired! Additional $100 off web coupon for the purchase of a customized HP Pavilion Notebook PC configured at $899 or greater at the HP Home & Home Office Store using coupon code NBH592328. Offer excludes Compaq, HP Mini, and HP Pavilion tm2t, dv4t, dv6t Select Edition and dm4t Notebook PCs. Offer limited to the first 900 coupons redeemed. 1 redemption per person or address. Not valid with other promotions, HP Academy, or HP Friends & Family. Restrictions apply. Combinable with instant rebates. Products and support acquired by Customer under these Terms are solely for Customer’s personal use and not for immediate resale or sub-licensing. For complete conditions, see “Coupon Information” in the “Customer Service” section at www.hpshopping.com.

Updated coupon:

$25 off your online order of $125 or greater at the HP Home & Home Office Store. Use coupon code: SVMB39487. Offer excludes ink, toner, All mini laptops, All Compaq, All G-series laptops, p6300z, p6500z, p6510t, p6550z, p6310t, s5305z, s5310t, s5500z, s5510t, s5550z, Officejet J3680, LaserJet P1102w, Personal Media drives, Pocket Media drives, SimpleSave drives, brands: Beats, Logitech, Linksys, Flip, Microsoft, Adobe, and Norton. Maximum 1 redemption per person or address. Not valid with other promotions, Friends & Family, or HP Academy. Combinable with instant rebates. Restrictions apply. Products and support acquired by Customer under these Terms are solely for Customer’s personal use and not for immediate resale or sub-licensing. For complete conditions, see “Coupon Information” in the “Customer Service” section at www.hpshopping.com. Coupon valid through 7/31/10.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M benchmarks (mobile Fermi): 10% faster than ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

As usual, the guys at Notebookcheck.net are among the first ones providing benchmarks of the lastest mobile graphics cards. They have published a review of the GTX 480M in the Clevo D901F that you can read in depth, but from their results, I have to say I’m not very impressed.

  • In Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Metro 2033 (DX11) the GTX 480M is 7-10% faster than the best score of the 5870
  • In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 both cards get nearly identical scores, and in Crysis the GTX 480M is a 6% slower than the 5870
  • DIRT 2 (DX11) is the only game where the GTX 480M really owns the 5870: it is a 38% faster.

So, is the GeForce GTX 480M faster than the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870? Yes, it is. And probably the GTX 480M is going to perform better with newer drivers and newer games. But at the moment the price premium of the GTX 480M (490 USD over the GTX 285M, that is 75 USD over the 5870 configuring a gaming laptop at Xotic PC) is hard to justify.

Update: the guys at Hot  Hardware have benchmarked different games and get different results, more like a 30% in favor of the GTX 480M.

Update 2: more benchmarks at Notebookjournal.de

Update 3: even more benchmarks at Tom’s Hardware and AnandTech.

Laptop reviews: Dell Vostro 3300, HP Pavilion dm4t, Asus N61JV, Acer Aspire 8942G…

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Laptop reviews of the week:

  • Acer Aspire 1825PT (12″ Tablet PC, Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300, Intel GMA 4500MHD): UMPC Portal
  • Acer Aspire 8942G (18″, Intel Core i7 720QM, ATI MR HD 5850 DDR3): T3.com (80%)
  • Acer Ferrari One (12″, AMD Athlon X2 L310, ATI MR HD 3200): AnandTech
  • Alienware M11x (12″, Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300, Nvidia GF GT 335M + Intel GMA HD): Reg Hardware (70%)
  • Alienware M17x (17″, Intel Core i7 620M, ATI MR HD 4870 CrossFireX): CNET UK (90%)
  • Apple Macbook 2010 (13″, Intel Core 2 Duo P8600, Nvidia GF 320M): CNET (80%), PC Magazine (70%)
  • Apple Macbook Pro 2010 (13″, Intel Core 2 Duo P8600, Nvidia GF 320M): AnandTech
  • Asus G73JH (17″, Intel Core i7 720QM, ATI MR HD 5870): Trusted Reviews (80%)
  • Asus N61JV (16″, Intel Core i5 430M, Nvidia GF GT 325M + Intel GMA HD): Notebookcheck (82%)
  • Dell Inspiron 13z (13″, Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300, Intel GMA 4500MHD): Trusted Reviews (70%)
  • Dell Studio 17 (17″ multitouch, Intel Core i7 720QM, ATI MR HD 4650): PC Magazine (90%)
  • Dell Studio XPS 16 (16″, Intel Core i7 720QM, ATI MR HD 4670): Notebook Review
  • Dell Vostro 3300 (13″, Intel Core i3 330M, Intel GMA HD): CNET (70%), PC Magazine (GF 310M: 70%), Laptop Magazine(i5 430M, Intel HD: 80%)
  • Fujitsu Lifebook S760 (13″, Intel Core i5 520M, Nvidia GF 310M): Laptop Magazine (60%)
  • HP Compaq Presario CQ62Z (15″, AMD Athlon II P320, ATI MR HD 4250): Computer Shopper (80%)
  • HP Envy 13 (13″, Intel Core 2 Duo SL9600, ATI MR HD 4330 + Intel GMA 4500MHD): MuyComputer (70%)
  • HP Pavilion dm3 (13″, Intel Celeron Dual Core SU2300, Intel GMA 4500MHD): CNET UK (70%)
  • HP Pavilion dm4t (14″, Intel Core i5 430M, ATI MR HD 5450): PC Magazine (70%), CNET (i5 520M, Intel HD: 70%)
  • Lenovo Ideapad U450p (14″, Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300, ATI MR HD 4330): Notebook Review
  • Lenovo Thinkpad Edge 14 (14″, Intel Core i3 330M, Intel GMA HD): Notebooks.com
  • Lenovo Thinkpad L512 (15″, Intel Core i3 350M, Intel GMA HD): Notebook Review (60%)
  • MSI GX640 (15″, Intel Core i5 430M, ATI MR HD 5850): AnandTech
  • MSI Wind U230 (12″, AMD Athlon X2 L335, ATI MR HD 3200): PC Perspective
  • Samsung N130 (10″, Intel Atom N270, Intel GMA 3150): Trusted Reviews (80%)
  • Samsung N480 (14″, Intel Core i3 330M, Intel GMA HD): Notebooks.com
  • Samsung R730 (17″, Intel Pentium Dual Core T4300, Intel GMA 4500MHD): CNET UK (67%)
  • Sony Vaio B (15″, Intel Core i5 520M, Intel GMA HD): Notebookcheck (83%)
  • Sony Vaio M (10″, Intel Atom N450, Intel GMA 3150): Pocket-lint (80%)
  • Toshiba Satellite E205 (14″, Intel Core i5 430M, Intel GMA HD): Notebooks.com
  • Toshiba Tecra A11 (15″, Intel Core i7 620M, Nvidia NVS 2100M): Hot Hardware (Recommended)

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Laptop reviews: Acer Aspire 7745G, Clevo W860CU, Dell Vostro 3700, HP Pavilion dm4…

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

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AMD 2010 platform for notebooks: it’s OK, but too expensive for the performance

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

PC Magazine publishes one of the first reviews of a laptop with AMD’s latest mobile platform, the HP Pavilion dv6-3013cl sporting an AMD Phenom II N930 quad-core processor and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 integrated graphics. CPU-based benchmark scores are OK, close to the ones of an Intel Core i5 processor, but sometimes closer to those of a Core i3 and usually far from the slowest quad-core processor from Intel, the Core i7 720QM. Battery life is OK, too (3:42 h). So nothing is wrong about this laptop (as long as you do not plan to play any games on it).

In fact, the main problem is price: if you go to shopping.hp.com to customise a HP Pavilion dv6t with a Core i5 430M, that is a bit faster than the quad-core Phenom II N930, you finish with a price 45 USD cheaper than a similarly configured HP Pavilion dv6z with a triple-core Phenom II N830.

It seems high-end AMD processors for laptops are too expensive for the performance they offer. Fix the prices and they are a perfectly good option.

HP coupon code for laptops (from June 2nd 2010)

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

New Coupons:

  • Save $200 in instant savings using $100 coupon code NBA9265824 + $100 Instant Savings for the purchase of customized everyday computing HP Pavilion Laptop PC configured at $799 or greater at the HP Home & Home Office Store. Qualifying products: HP G42, G62 & G72. Offer limited to the first 900 coupons redeemed. 1 redemption per person or address. Not valid with other promotions, HP Academy, or HP Friends & Family. Restrictions apply. Combinable with instant rebates. Products and support acquired by Customer under these Terms are solely for Customer’s personal use and not for immediate resale or sub-licensing. For complete conditions, see “Coupon Information” in the “Customer Service” section at www.hpshopping.com.
  • Save $350 in instant savings using $200 coupon code NBA738749 + $150 Instant Savings for the purchase of select customized HP Pavilion Laptop PC configured at $1,099 or greater at the HP Home & Home Office Store. Qualifying products: HP Pavilion dm4t & tm2t. Offer limited to the first 2250 coupons redeemed. 1 redemption per person or address. Not valid with other promotions, HP Academy, or HP Friends & Family. Restrictions apply. Combinable with instant rebates. Products and support acquired by Customer under these Terms are solely for Customer’s personal use and not for immediate resale or sub-licensing. For complete conditions, see “Coupon Information” in the “Customer Service” section at www.hpshopping.com.

Expired:

  • Save $400 in instant savings using $250 coupon code NBLB44897 + $150 Instant Savings for the purchase of customized everyday computing HP TouchSmart tm2t Laptop PC configured at $1,099 or greater at the HP Home & Home Office Store. Offer limited to the first 1,800 coupons redeemed. 1 redemption per person or address. Not valid with other promotions, HP Academy, or HP Friends & Family. Restrictions apply. Combinable with instant rebates. Products and support acquired by Customer under these Terms are solely for Customer’s personal use and not for immediate resale or sub-licensing. For complete conditions, see “Coupon Information” in the “Customer Service” section at www.hpshopping.com.

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