Dell’s Inspiron 15 series has a base model starting at $500 including Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and a 15.6-inch display. The Inspiron 15 rocks a 2.0 GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor, 3GB DDR2 memory, 320GB hard drive, 802.11g Wi-Fi, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD and a 15-month subscription to McAfee Security Center. On the downside, the base model does not come with an integrated Webcam, but you can add a 1.3 megapixel camera for an extra $25.
The 15.6-inch display looks like the popular laptop size for retail deals. Amazon is offering Acer’s AS5517 for $450 with Windows 7 Home Premium (bit version not specified) and 15.6-Inch HD Widescreen Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit Display. Acer is packing an AMD Athlon Dual Core TK-42 Processor, 3GB DDR2 memory, 250GB hard drive, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and an ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics card.
But the best deal might be CompUSA’s MSI 15.6-inch notebook for $400. This notebook has a 1.86GHz processor, 3GB DDR2 memory, 250GB hard drive, 802.11n WI-Fi, NVIDIA GeForce 8200M graphics card and HDMI output. The MSI’s 15.6-inch display features 1366 x 768 resolution so it’s ready for 720p hi-def video.
Windows 7 Desktops
If you’re already happy with your monitor, Tiger Direct has an eMachine for $400 with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, a 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron Processor, 3GB DDR2 memory, NVIDIA GeForce 7050 integrated graphics and a 320GB hard drive.
The eMachine’s processor leaves something to be desired, so you might prefer Dell’s $500 package deal that includes an Inspiron 537s and an 18.5-inch HD monitor with 16:9 aspect ratio. The Inspiron 537s comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Intel Pentium dual-core E5300 processor, 3GB DDR2 memory, 320GB hard drive and an Intel GMA x4500 graphics card.
If you’re looking for a good deal on an all-in-one, Amazon is selling the Asus Eee Top for $600 with a 20-inch LCD 16:9 aspect ratio display. The Eee Top comes with Windows Home Premium 32-bit, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB DDR2 memory and a wireless keyboard and mouse.
One of Windows 7’s newest features is its multitouch capabilities; if that interests you, then you might want to check out Amazon’s current offer on an HP TouchSmart. For $1,150, you can get the TouchSmart 600 with a 23-inch 1080p display, 2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB DDR3 memory, 750GB hard drive, NVIDIA GeForce G200 graphics card and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. The price tag is a little higher than my other featured desktops, but if you’re looking for a desktop with touch capabilities, then HP’s TouchSmart Amazon’s might be the computer for you.
So there you have it: six great deals (plus one) on systems that combine respectable specs at a great price. Did you find any better deals out there? Let us know in the comments section.
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