Best Buy is doing its part to make MacBooks more affordable--and also offering decent deals on Windows laptops.
11.6-inch MacBook Air: In the shadow of Black Friday $898 sale price. (And note that MacMall has been selling a 2010 11.6-inch MacBook Air for $799.), Best Buy is striving to stand out with better deals. And it's succeeding in some cases. For instance, the retailer is selling the 11.6-inch MacBook Air with an Intel Core i5 chip, 2GB Memory, and 64GB solid-state drive (model: MC968LL/A) for $849--that's about $50 less than Apple's
13.3-inch MacBook Pro: Best Buy is also beating Apple on the price of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.4 GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory, and 500GB hard disk drive. At Apple it's going for $1,098 today only. As of Friday afternoon, Best Buy lists it for $1,049.99 (model: MD313LL/A).
Gateway Core i3 laptop: There's plenty of aggressive pricing for Windows laptops too as part of Best Buy's "Thanksgiving Weekend Sale." A Gateway 15.6-inch laptop with an Intel Core i3 processor is going for $329.99. That includes a Core i3-370M chip, 4GB of memory, optical drive, 15.6-inch LED-LCD, and 320GB hard disk drive (model: NV55C56U).
Gateway Netbook: A 10-inch Gateway Netbook (model: LT2811U) is now down to $149.99 That includes 1GB of memory, a 250GB hard disk drive, and N455 Atom processor. And expect to see more deals on Netbooks in the future. This category of small, Atom-powered laptops is struggling mightily against tablets like the iPad and Kindle Fire as retailers set aside less space for Netbooks in order to open up display area for tablets.
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