Got a Festive Deals flyer last night from Staples containing some interesting offers.
Main one is an Acer 1350 laptop with a 2200+ Athlon XP-M, 256MB DDR-RAM, 30GB HDD and DVD/CD-RW combo drive at £799 with a free Acer S60 PDA thrown in.
Another Acer on offer is the T120 PC with 17in monitor, AMD 2400+ CPU, similar RAM and combo offer as the 1350 and a 40GB HDD at £399.99.
HP products include the 2MP 635 digital camera with 3x zoom and 4x digital zoom lenses combined with the 7260 HP printer for £179.98 and the (claimed) 3.1MP 435 digital camera with (presumably) 5x digital zoom at £99.99. Sounds like an ideal beginner’s model.
Printers include the Lexmark X1150 All-in-One at £69 and the Epson C44UX colour printer down from (claimed) previous prices of £60 and £50 to £39.99.
A Creative badged cordless keyboard with 16 Hot Keys and mouse is £19.99, but the Memorex 50 pack of 52x CD-Rs with slimline cases at £25 is poor value – Morrisons is still selling the superb Imation 48x CD-Rs with cases at three packs for £10, a total of 30 CD-Rs and cases.
Other useful buys are a three-pack of Sony 180 min VHS tapes at £2.99 and the HP Photo Greeting Card pack at £7.49 on a BOGOF basis.
That I spotted (from a review in the OTHER mag) is that the PC comes with onboard graphics, but doesn't say how many Mb. If it were possible to swop the monitor for a graphics card then the offer would be even better, IMO as my monitor is fine at the mo'.
It does make a nice change for an entry level PC to be a realistic price. Instead of a 'budget' one at ONLY £700. I know the spec of PCs are increasing all the time but if a 1Ghz processor/40gb HDD and 128Mb of ram was good enough a year ago then it must be good enough still as the software hasn't altered to that great extent.