what's her major?
Are you sure about the 15"? I strongly suggest going 14", preferrably 13.3".
We all know prices skyrocket the smaller/lighter they get for the same features, so theyre a rare find at a low price.
no girl wants to carry around a bulky laptop with an alien logo
If u can push your budget just a tiny bit,
you can get her the 14" Asus UL80jt for $599 no tax, shipping $10.
Grand total out the door, $610
OS: windows 7 home premium 64-bit
screen: 14" 1366x768 led-backlit
cpu: Intel Core i3-330UM 1.2GHz
ram: 4gb ddr3
gpu: Nvidia Optimus switchable graphics -- Intel HD4500 / discrete Nvidia 310 512mb
hdd: 500gb 5400rpm sata HDD
6+ hours of battery real-use
~ 1-inch thick
brushed aluminum lid
HDMI/vga out, bluetooth, wifi N, chiclet keyboard, multi-touch pad, webcam, mic, the works.
2 year warranty, with the 1st year covering accidental damage.
(No other company includes this type of assurance)
The same notebook at
goes for $900+
My current main notebook is an Asus UL30vt-x1 (13.3" core2duo) and i love it. handles WoW, Starcraft2, Left4Dead, Adobe Photoshop, SolidWorks, 1080p hulu/youtube no problem --- battery gets 7+hours real use, 3.5lbs, and looks classy.
The 2 laptops you mentioned from BestBuy @ $449/$479 +tax
ends up being $500-$530.
At $610 out the door, that Asus is a better designed, and better specced notebook with a great warranty.
Other than having the item right away, the only reason to buy at BestBuy/OfficeDepot/Staples/Sears/Walmart nowadays is to take advantage of a clearance deal or their promotional 0% interest/financing offers.
Being from california and sales tax coming close to 9%... I prefer to buy from Amazon or anywhere out of state.
I've purchased 3 notebooks in the last few years from JR.com, and their service/shipping is consistently top notch. Something Fry's Electronics needs to learn from...
Keep us posted!Edited by cozmo5050 - 2/24/11 at 12:09am