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Save 30% on all TV remotes and home theater in a box

Now you can save 30% on all TV remotes and home theater in a box with coupon code 0907K09NFD9Z0N from now until March 12, 2009. This offer is brought to you by Dell.


harmony88You can save on remotes such as the Logitech Harmony 880 (shown). The Harmony 880 features plug-and-play USB connectivity for easy programability and setup, 53 top-mounted hard buttons and 8 on-screen activity buttons, and an interactive display which keeps you  informed of what is going on. You can use the 8 On-screen activity buttons with Smart State Technology to watch movies, listen to music, or enjoy your favorite TV shows. You can also integrate up to 15 devices including HDTVs, DVR Systems, DVD, CD players, VCRs, PVRs, cable or satellite boxes, speaker systems and more. It also includes a sleek docking station that keeps the remote fully charged.

Home Theater in a Box

Assembling the parts for a home theater system can be a daunting task., but Dell simplifies the process with their Home Theater Selector tool. It takes you step by step through the process. It starts by asking what room will your theater system be in, what are the lighting conditions, and where will the screen be. The it shows you some component recommendations based upon your answers.

Save 20% on TVs 40″ or larger

sharp-aquosFrom now until March 18, 2009, or while supplies last, you can save 20% on TVs 40″ or larger with coupon code PV2GJ7$K5TV40Z. Excludes all Vizio TVs. This offer is brought to you by Dell. Dell carries televisions from Sony, Sharp, and Phillips. Be sure to click the link above to take adavantage of the coupon code at checkout.

Other Offers

Sony Bravia 52 inch HDTV $1,999 (Save$600)

Sony Bravia 52" KDL52V4100 HDTV

Sony Bravia 52" KDL52V4100 HDTV

Here’s another one day offer from Dell. The offer becomes available on March 4, 2009 at 6 AM CST and lasts until 5 am CST on March 5, 2009.  Regularly this TV sells for $1,999, but for one day only you can save $600 and get it for $1,399 with free shipping. Here’s the scoop:

One day only! Save $600 on the Sony Bravia 52″ KDL52V4100 HDTV. $1999 before discount + free ground shipping.

The Sony Bravia offers full high-definition with 1,080 lines of vertical resolution (1080p) with the BRAVIA Engine Full Digital Video Processor which provides crisp, clear and sharp images. Its Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE) uses real-time image processing to dynamically adjust backlight levels for improved contrast. The HDMI connection on this LCD TV uses one cable and one plug to simplify connections.

Use as PC Monitor

This set is also suitable as a display for a personal computer. A 52 inch screen may sound crazy to some, but businesses and classrooms will find them suitable for presentations and classroom instruction. I have a few friends in NYC who use their TV as a computer monitor so they can play watch YouTube and live streaming Netflix videos in their living room or den. They can also compute from the comfort of the couch. Digital couch potatoes anyone? You can even watch TV while using your computer with the “PC Picture In Picture (PIP)” feature.

Media Extenders

Rear Connections

Rear Connections

Sony’s Digital Media Extender (DMex) offers a digital connection path for optional modules like the Internet VideoLink, as well as other modules you can add in the future.

Digital media extenders allow you to connect to a home network to retrieve digital media files (such as music, pictures, or video) from a personal computer or other media server and play them back on a home theater system or TV. A DMR includes a user interface that allows users to navigate through their digital media library, search for, and play back media files. Different DMRs are designed to handle different tasks. Some DMRs only handle music; some handle music and pictures; some handle music, pictures, and video; while others go further to allow internet browsing or controlling Live TV from a PC with a TV tuner.

bravia2Some other capabilities which are accomplished by DMRs include:

  • Watch, pause, & record live television
  • Play and store music CDs and view album art
  • Play, catalog, and store DVD videos
  • Listen & Pause Digital Radio
  • View, store, and edit digital pictures
  • Create automated picture slideshows

One day only! Save $600 on the Sony Bravia 52″ KDL52V4100 HDTV. $1999 before discount + free ground shipping.


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Dell’s Four Hour Sale Today Only (Get ’em in Pink)

Yesterday I received an odd email from Dell. Not odd in the sense that I doubted its authenticity, but odd in the sense of what the message was promoting:

A Four Hour Sale on laptops for today, Wednesday, Feb. 24.

The sale starts at 2 PM CST and ends at 6 PM CST on the aforementioned date. They are promoting 3 laptops in particular:

inspiron1420The Dell Inspiron 1420 laptop: For this laptop they said “Hurry 4 hours only! Save $245 on this Inspiron 1420 laptop. Now just $499 after instant discount. Offer ends 2/24/09 6:00 PM CT.” Give it a click if you’re interested in taking a look-see. It’s available in 5 different colors: Pink ($5 is sent to Susan G Komen for the Cure), Brown, Red, Blue, and Green. It has an Intel Pentium Dual Core  processor (Technically speaking it has 1.86GHz clock speed, operates on a 533Mhz Front System Bus, and has a 1MB cache on the chip). It has a 14.1 inch screen, a hefty 3 GB of RAM (Memory) and a good sized 160 GB hard drive for holding all your files. It runs on Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition which isn’t all as bad as people make it out to be. For productivity it comes with Microsoft Works. If you need to burn discs it has a CD / DVD writer (DVD+/-RW Drive). For your Internet it has the standard Wired and Wireless 802.11g Mini Card found in many laptops today. A friend of mine has one of these computers and he keeps it in the kitchen for the whole family to use.

xps-m1330The Dell XPS M1330 laptop is built for gaming. Throw away the home dektop because this is all the computer many people will ever need.  It comes in Pink ($5 to Susan G Komen for the Cure), Tuxedo Black and Midnight Blue. It runs on Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit edition (that means extra processing power over the traditional 32 bit systems) with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor (It’s the T6600 with a 2.2GHz clock speed, a 800Mhz Front System Bus (FSB), and a 2MB cache on the chip to speed up procesing jobs). It comes with a 2.0 Megapixel Webcam built-in, with 4GB DDR2 SD RAM (Memory), a huge 320GB SATA Hard Drive, a CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW Drive) and wired and wireless internet capability. As I said, this is a gaming computer and it comes with a NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS video adapter with 128 MB of video RAM. It’s also good for video wherever you go, and it has a long lasting 56Whr Lithium Ion Battery, High Definition Audio, and Bluetooth connectivity.  Hot stuff. And lest I forget: Hurry 4 hours only! Save $250 on this XPS M1330 laptop. Now just $799 after instant discount. Offer ends 2/24/09 6:00 PM CT.

inspiron1525The Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop. Ah, the trusty Inspiron 1525.  It’s coming to the end of its online model life, and will soon be replaced by the Inspiron 15 Feb 26 as a matter of fact), and its going out in style with a Limited Time Offer of a Free Memory and Hard Drive Upgrade! Colorwise, it comes in Jet Black, Promise Pink (No extra cost and Dell will donate $5.00 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure), Midnight Blue, Espresso Brown, Chill Pattern, and the sexy Street Pattern (shown). But it’s what’s on the inside that counts: Intel Core 2 Duo processor (The T6400 with a 2.0GHz clock speed, 800Mhz FSB (Front System Bus), and 2MB cache on the chip), Windows Vista Home Basic Edition SP1, Microsoft Works, a Glossy, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280×800), 3GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 RAM (Memory), a 320GB SATA Hard Drive, a CD / DVD Writer (DVD+/-RW Drive), Wireless Internet through a 802.11g Mini-Card, Bluetooth connectivity, High Definition Audio, Dell Remote Access for  free basic service, and 2 GB Dell Online Backup for 1 year ot keep your important files safe and sound. Find out more with the link that follows: Hurry 4 hours only! Save $315 on this Inspiron 1525 laptop. Now just $549 after instant discount. Offer ends 2/24/09 6:00 PM CT.

Thanks for your attention! See you soon!

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Microsoft Scores

Nick Wingfield of the Wall Street Journal reported some significant news regarding Microsoft this past Friday, and agreed with what they had to say.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at CES 2009

First, let me tell you this were mostly business deals that will greatly benefit Microsoft. Two of them involved raising the profile of Microsoft’s Windows Live Search service, and the last bit of news concerned the next version of Windows, Windows 7, the successor to Windows Vista, due out later this year.

These news bits were all connected to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s keynote address at this past week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. This was Ballmer’s first time delivering Microsoft’s keynote address at CES. Previously it has been done by Bill Gates, but Bill Gates stepped away last year from day-to-day matters to become more involved in his philanthropic projects.

verizonVerizon and Windows Live Search

Steve Ballmer announced that Microsoft had a 5 year deal with Verizon Wireless to make Windows Live Search available on Verizon’s mobile phone network.  Microsoft and Google have supposedly been in a bidding war to provide their search services on the network. The deal is estimated to cost a minimum of $650 million with Microsoft paying on a per phone/handset basis.

windows-liveThis bodes well for Microsoft, as they have been trying earnestly to get an advantage on Google. For example, Microsoft’s efforts to acquire Yahoo!have been reported for a long time in the news. Microsoft is the third most popular search service after Google and Yahoo!, but the Verizon deal will get them more visibility.

The Verizon deal will take off in the early half of this year.

dellDell and Windows Live Search

Microsoft also secured a Dell, I mean deal, to have Windows Live Search and the Windows Live toolbar setup as the default search service and tool on Dell’s line of consumer and small business computer systems for the next three years. Microsoft already has similar deals with Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Lenovo.

The Microsoft/Dell deal displaces an existing deal between Dell and Google. Windows Live Search will start appearing on new Dell systems starting in February.

Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft Sr. VP

Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft Sr. VP

Microsoft Senior Vice President Yusuf Mehdi admits that Microsoft needs more deals of this sort to truly compete with Google, but that “These two partnerships are very significant for us, because it…gives an opportunity to put our search offering out before a broader audience now in a pretty mainstream way, and I think you should think about it as the first step of us slowly bringing up the dial on how we start to promote our product.” 

Windows 7

windows-7Steve Ballmer’s other big announcement was that a “test version” of Windows 7 — the successor to Windows Vista which is expected to be released late this year — is now available. The test version, also known as a “beta” version in the computer industry lingo, is available for consumers to tryout on their systems.

Let me warn you that test or beta copies are far from being final, and that bugs do exist in these programs, and that harm could be done to your system and files. Do not use it on your primary computer. The purpose of beta versions if to help Microsoft determine what bugs exist and how to fix them.  It is strongly recommended that should you decide to “try it out” that you back up your entire system first, and, I repeat, don’t use it on your primary computer system.

Microsoft has setup a page discussing things you should know about the beta version, and they have another page for information on the upcoming Windows 7 and its features.

The beta version expires on August 1, 2009. You will need to install a prior version Windows on your system before that date.

Tune in tomorrow morning when I discuss the new features of Windows 7, as well as my theories on how it will be received.

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Weekend Quickies from Dell

Here are a few fleeting offers from Dell. They expire 6:00 AM Monday, Jan. 5.

Just a Quickie… Inspiron Mini Free Shipping Coupon Offer!

mini9Dell just sent me this coupon code, P8KJNT4LV44T9S, which can be used to get free shipping on select Dell Inspiron mini ultra-portable netbook PCs. If you check in here regularly, you’ve already seen my multiple posts on the Dell mini 9 and other netbooks in general. Us the link below to access Dell’s home page for the mini 9 and the mini 12, and then use the coupon code at checkout to get the savings.

Free 3-5 day shipping on select Minis! Coupon Code: 1303GMTDC1CS3Q

laptop-inspiron-12-heroThe mini 9s start at $349, and the mini 12s start at $499.

What’s the difference?

The mini 9 is small with a screen size just under 9 inches, while the mini 12 is slightly larger with a 12 inch screen. The 12 also weighs about half a pound more. Most of the minis run on Linux or Windows XP, which is great if you’re Vista-phobic.

Here’s a little something extra for you too: 15% off select E&A with Coupon Code: P8KJNT4LV44T9S

Okay, that’s enough for one day. (I think). Check back tomorrow for one (or more) rare weekend posts.  At least one.  Have a great night and a great weekend!

Got Blu-ray? Save $100 on Philips BDP7200 until tomorrow

Philips BDP7200 Blu-ray Disc Player

Philips BDP7200 Blu-ray Disc Player

Blu-ray, also known as Blu-ray Disc (BD), is a high-definition digital video disc (DVD). Blu-ray offers more than five times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs. This extra capacity combined with the use of advanced video and audio codecs offers consumers an unprecedented HD experience.

Not too long ago we saw the beginning and the end of the high definition video disc war. HD-DVD and Blu-ray. Blu-ray was the winner when it was backed by major video distributors, motion picture companies, and manufacturers.  Blu-ray has seen growing support from home consumers for the past year.  One of the reasons many have held out on buying into the new format is the high cost of the Blu-ray players.  Standard DVD players are selling for less than $100, while Blu-ray players are selling for upwards from $260, but here’s a special short term offer from Dell:

Hurry ends tomorrow & ships in time for Christmas: Save $100 off Philips BluRay 2700! Coupon Code: N20JW2GFZMKT0H

Currently, Dell sells the Philips BDP 7200 for $239. (Best Buy is selling this machine for $349.) Use the follwoing coupon code at checkout, N20JW2GFZMKT0H, and you can save an additional $40 on the price. This offer expires tomorrow on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 6 AM Central time.

Technically speaking the Philips BDP720 Blu-ray Disc Player connects to your television via HDMI output, component video output, 5.1 channel audio line-out, composite video output, audio line-out, SPDIF output, SPDIF output (TOSLINK). It plays CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD, CD, DVD+R DL, BD-R, BD-RE, BD-ROM, DVD-R DL. Media Format NTSC. Built-in Dolby Digital Audio Decoders, Output Resolutions are 1080i, 720p, 1080p, 480i, and 480p. It also plays JPEG photo formats, and comes with a remote control. It comes with a 1 year Service & Support warranty, and a limited 1 year warranty for parts and labor.

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Ultra-portable Presentations: The Dell M109S Projector

Dell and Optoma have each released an ultra-portable projector recently. Dell has the Dell M109S On-the-Go Projector and Optoma has the Pico PK-101. Today I’ll discuss the Dell M109S On-the-Go Projector.

Dell M109S

Dell M109S

The Dell M109S is an amazingly small projector. As you can see it truly fits in the palm of one’s hand with every dimension between 1-1/2 inch and 4-1/4 inches, and it’s weight is less than one pound (0.80 pounds to be exact).

This just-about-pocket-sized projector could be used to deliver business or ther presentations in small gorup or conference settings. College students could find it useful for course presentations. It could also be useful for travel for connections to portable DVD players, console game stations, or laptops for projecting videos, movies, or games. Update (12/16/08): If you purchase a $50 Apple Composite AV Cable – Apple Store (U.S.) you can attach it to your iPod and project video or slideshows onto a wall.

The M109S uses Texas Instruments DLP (Digital Light Projection) technology. DLP uses millions of tiny mirrors and reflectors that work in concert to create stunning colors and highly-accurate images. This same technology is being used in digital movie theatres and in home entertainment and theater systems.

Connecting the Dell M109S On-the-Go Projector is a breeze since its included multi-input cable lets you connect to notebooks, desktops, DVD players, gaming consoles and other video devices. So there’s no need to search for or carry a multitude of adapters.

For you techies who need to know the specs, here they are:

  • Ultra Portable – At 3.64″ x 4.12″ x 1.46″ and a mere 0.80 pounds, you’ll hardly notice it’s in your laptop case.
  • 858 x 600 SVGA Native Resolution – Displays up to 480,000 pixels with a 4:3 aspect ratio.
  • Contrast ratio: 800:1 typical (Full On/Full Off) – Projects clear images and easy-to-read text.
  • Long Projection Life – The M109S utilizes mercury-free LED light source of usage life up to 10,000 hours, helping to save money and reduce maintenance to a minimum as no replace of LED module light source is required.
  • Password Protection – Keep critical presentations safe and secure.
  • Green Machine – With the efficient, mercury-free LED technology, you can help protect the planet and your bottom line.

If you combine this with one of the ultra mobile, ultra portable netbooks like the Dell Inspiron mini 9 or the Asus Eee PC and you’ll have one of the most compact travelling presentations ever. You’ll dazzle your clients more than ever with your great presentation and your amazing projection system.

Dell mini 9 Netbook (Hot! Hot! Hot!)

Did I say “Hot! Hot! Hot!” already?  Lemme look …. hmmm (looks up a little bit) …. yes … yes, I did. Okay.

The Dell mini 9 Netbook is one of the hot items for holiday shopping this year.  It’s not Cabbage Patch doll or a Wii.  (Who remembers the Cabbage Patch doll craze?)

Save $250 on the Inspiron 1525 laptop! Only $599 after Instant Savings!

The Dell mini 9 is a small — every dimension is under 10 inches — and incredible light at about 2 pounds. Yet very powerful computer.  My favorite part is the Flash, or solid state, drive. That’s where everything is stored.  The Flash drive has no moving parts so its fast and durable, and durable is what you need with a machine so small you can take it just about anywhere. That’s great if you getting one or more for your kids.

It’s also great for business people who need to travel light and fast. My friend, Evantz Saint-Gerard of Nationwide Equities Corp., tells me his business partner, Dean Graber, is crazy about his mini 9, and now Evantz can’t wait to get one, too. Tami Racaniello of It’s Time To Get Fit, is also considering getting one, too. I’ve been recommending this computer left and right.

I’m mentioning it again because if you act fast you can get one today from Dell for $299.  That’s after a special today only savings of $50.

The base unit — which is completely customizable when you order — is Alpine White, and runs on Linux (Ubuntu v8.04.1), 1Yr Ltd Warranty and Mail-In Service, 512MB RAM (Memory), 4GB Solid State Drive, an Intel® Atom Processor® N270 (1.6GHz/533Mhz FSB/512K cache), a glossy 8.9 inch LED display (1024X600), and a Wireless 802.11g Mini Card.

Save $250 on the Inspiron 1525 laptop! Only $599 after Instant Savings!

Want more deals? Okay, I know, who doesn’t.

Another “Today Only” special offer from Dell is a 1 terabyte, that’s 1,000 gigabytes, of external storage for only $189 after $80 in savings.  That is a really great deal, and I’m offering it to you through this link: Get the 1TB MyBook World Edition 2 Drive for only $189.99 after $80 Instant Savings!

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