Offer on Lenovo Thinkpad (bought IBM) Pentium M under $1,000
Lenovo, which bought the IBM PC division and had been making the Thinkpads anyway for several years, has a great offer for back to school on a full Pentium M Dothan (not Sonoma) Pentium M Centrino Notebook 725 1.6ghz for under $1,000
The ad appeared in a San Francisco newspaper today Tuesday 8/23/05 and the offer is good through 9/5/05 in the US only.
See www.thinkpad.com/promo/L220 or call 1-866-426-2008.
The Thinkpad R50e with the full Pentium M 725 processor (processors ending with 5 are the slightly older Dothan line not Sonoma but still have 2gb L2 system cache) comes with:
built in 54G wi-fi (Intel 2200BG)
15" square XGA LCD
Windows XP home
40gb hard drive
CD-RW/DVD ROM combo drive (not a DVD burner)
Thinkpad hard drive shock absorber
Thinkpad ultraconnect antenna for best wi-fi
256mb RAM + 512mb RAM free = 768MB RAM
This is a solid deal for those of you who cannot spend over $1,000 -- the price is $849.00 on the promotion
This does not have a DVD burner but many notebook users are fine with the CD burner/DVD ROM drive (this is what was standard only 1 year ago).
With the Free RAM promotion you have a very nice 768MB RAM.
The hard drive is small but that can easily be upgraded later if desired and it has the shock absorber technology for travel (and Thinkpads have very durable if plain black cases).
There also is a Celeron M model with a 1.4ghz processor with a 14.1" square LCD on sale for $599. You can also get the same RAM upgrade to 256+512 = 768mb RAM.
I would recommend sticking with the full Pentium M cpu though unless $250 more is really a sticking point (and that includes a larger LCD as well as the full Pentium M processor)
Also, there is free online shipping (link through website above not the phone number) as well.
Again, for those of you in Canada this is a US only offer unfortunately but look out for Lenovo offers in Canada.
This is the first notebook I would consider under the $1,000 price point as it is a solid notebook with a full Pentium M and the only thing you really lack is a DVD burner (and it has a smaller hard drive that can be upgraded).
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