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My TigerDirect Recommendations

ebillmeHere are a few items worth looking at over at TigerDirect.com this weekend. Plus you can save $30 on any order over $100 (before tax and shipping) when you purchase using eBillMe for the first time. Just select eBillMe at checkout, TigerDirect emails you a bill, and then you can pay cash at any MoneyGram location near you, or from your online banking account.

Refurbished Clearance Event: TigerDirect is clearing out the refurbished items inventory. These are generally items that were returned because the original buyer changed their mind, or realized they ordered the wrong item, returned gifts, or items that were missing parts (which have since been repackaged in full). Here are a few standout items:

Asus Essentio

Asus Essentio

Asus Intel Pentium Desktop PC ($300): This looks like a hot item (aka very desirable). Asus is one of the leading motherboard manufacturers in the world. This unit comes with an Intel Pentium E2200 2.,2GHz dual core processor, and 4 GB DDR2 RAM (Memory. 4 GB is the most you can add to any 32 bit computer these days). It also has a DVD burner, an HDMI video connector for plugging into a large screen HDTV or monitor, a VGA for use with your current monitor, a 640 GB hard drive (storage), wired and wireless internet capability (very nice), and a media card reader that handles MMC, SecureDigital (SD), and MemoryStick (MS). That will allow you to transfer your photos from your digital camera easily. TigerDirect says they are running out of these, so you better act fast.

Satellite L355-S7905

Satellite L355-S7905

Toshiba 17″ Notebook ($400): I love Toshiba laptops and notebooks. In my opinion they’re a leader in the market. This notebook computer has an Intel Celeron processor,  3 GB or RAM (Memory), a 160 GB hard drive (storage), a DVD Burner, a 17 inch screen with a fantastic 1440 by 900 resolution, a media card reader for MemoryStick (PRO), SecureDigital (SD), and MMC. It runs on on Windows Vista Basic. (You can always upgrade to Windows 7 on October 22.)

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HP PhotoSmart C4580

HP PhotoSmart C4580 All-in-One Color Printer ($70): This color printer also scans and copies. You can insert your media card from your camera to print your digital photos directly. The card reader supports MemoryStick (MS), MemoryStick Duo, SecureDigital (SD), xD, and MMC. Another great feature is its Wireless (WiFi) capabiliuty which allows you to print directly from your wireless computer or laptop to the printer. The paper tray holds 100 sheets, and it prints at a top speed of 23 pages per minute. Color 4×6 photos print in about 25 seconds.

Acer Aspire One

Acer Aspire One

Pink Acer Aspire One AOA150-1483 Netbook ($240): Need a netbook? Want to run it on a 3G network? Then I highly recommend this Acer Aspire netbook. Whenever someone comes to me looking for a laptop or notebook, Acer is always in my top five list. This netbook is no exception. It comes with an Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor, 1 GB or RAM (memory), a 160 GB hard drive (storage). One of the best features of this netbook is it has 3G connectivity capability for use on the same wireless networks used by today’s smartphones. (You’ll probably have to get an account with a cellular provider to access it though. 3G isn’t free yet.) Other features include a media card reader (Memory Stick, xD, SD, and MS PRO), a microphone input and a headphone port, plus wired or wireless Internet capability. Admittedly, it’s pink, but it’s loaded. You could always opt to add on a $15 or $20 netbook skin wrap to hide it’s color.

There are still many more items to choose from at TigerDirect’s refurbished items clearance sale.

By the way, it was my birthday this week, so you could always send me something as a gift.  (Wink). Yes, I know, I’m shameless. … Ship it to Skylarking  @ 2094 Newbridge Road, Bellmore, NY 11710. … Shameless.

$40 off, Canon PowerShot SD880 IS (10 MP)

Canon PowerShot SD880 IS

Canon PowerShot SD880 IS

If you’re looking for a digital camera for yourself or as a gift, you might want to check out the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS.  This is a slick, trendy, and compact 10.0 megapixel camera with 4x Optical Zoom. I always recommend an optical zoom over a digital zoom. The optical zoom is handled by the lens, while a digital zoom is calculated by the camera’s processor. There’s also an optical image stabilizer to reduce blurring in low light and on moving objects. The 28mm wide-angle lens can zoom to the equivalent of a 112mm lens on a standard camera.

The back of the SD880 has a large high-quality 3-inch color LCD with an anti-glare and anti-scratch coating. The camera back is essentially all screen.  The camera image review controls take up a minimum of space, and there’s very little in the way of wasted metal and plastic surface.

Face Detection and Self-Timer

If you use a camera’s timer to get yourself in the picture then you’ll love the Face Detection technology of the SD880 and its DIGIC 4 Image Processor. The Face Detection programming, in conjunction with the self timer, detects when another face has entered the scene before taking the picture. This will help alleviate “rushing” to get into the shot before the timer goes off.

The SD880 also has a Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with select PIXMA Photo Printers and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers. (See Tuesday’s Digital Photo Printer post).

The camera comes with:

  • Lithium-ion Battery Pack (NB-5L)
  • A Battery Charger CB-2LX
  • A 32 MB SD Memory Card
  • A Wrist Strap
  • A Digital Camera Solution CD
  • A USB Interface Cable
  • and an AV Cable for connecting to a television or other audio-video device

Recommendation:
I’d recommend buying a 2 GB (gigabyte) SD Memory card along with this camera.  The included 32 MB card will only hold about 6 images (at the highest setting). A 2 GB card will hold about 450 images.  2 GB SD cards can be purchased these days for around $10 or $20.

Special Offer from Dell and Skylarking:
The Canon PowerShot SD880 IS’s has a MSRP of $299, but Dell is currently selling the camera for $259. Skylarking readers can save an additional $40 from now until Dec.4 by applying the coupon code 6CJFK841QJCZVR at checkout (see picture at right, click to enlarge). That brings the price down to $219. This offer is good until 12/4 or for the first 500 readers. Just click the following link to access the Dell page for the SD880.

Save $40 off Canon SD880 digital camera! Coupon Code: 6CJFK841QJCZVR

If you want a good price on a SD memory card from HP, checkout the 2GB card selling at TigerDirect for $9.99. Click this link to transfer to TigerDirect.com: HP 2GB Secure Digital CardOr get a HP 4 GB SD High Capacity card for double the storage. That’s about 900 photos on one memory chip. Tigerdirect sells thus card for $25. Today they’re offering a $5 instant rebate. HP 4GB Secure Digital High Capacity Card (SDHC)



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HP Digital Photo Printers (Updated Dec. 2010)

Despite the economic downturn the holiday shopping season is approaching, and while some of us are wondering how its going to be this year, many of us acknowledge that we’re still going to need gifts for our families and closest friends.  I was able to find them online for about $80 each.

Photosmart A516

Photosmart A516

Last year I gave several my sister and my parents Hewlett Packard digital photo printers as gifts, specifically the HP Photosmart A516 (at right). The Photosmart printers are very small, compact, and lightweight. It measures roughtly 10 inches wide, 5 inches tall, and less than 6 inches deep.  That’s about the size of a small loaf of bread. It weighs less than 6 pounds. (A slightly heavy loaf of bread).

The Photosmart printers print on 4×6 inch and 5×7 inch photo paper, and can hold about 20 sheets at a time. Me, my family and friends agree that the picture and color quality is fantastic.

The other great thing about the Photosmart printers is that you don’t have to connect them to a computer to print your photos. They will accept most of the popular media memory cards (Memory Stick, Memory STick Duo, SD, xD, and MMC). Some printer models have an optional Bluetooth adapter so you can print wirelessly from your Bluetooth enabled cellphone.  If your camera uses PictBridge technology you can plug your camera directly into the printer via a USB cable. Some models even allow printing from your iPod.

If I were to buy HP Photosmart printers this year, budget-minded as I am, these are the models and offers I would give serious consideration to:

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HP Photosmart A536

(New, TigerDirect.com, $70)The Photosmart A530 series prints on sheets up to 5×7 inches in size, and accepts MemoryStick, MS Duo, SD, xD, and MMC media cards. So it will work with most Sony and Olympus cameras quite well. It doesn’t accept CompactFlash cards.  The unit is light and small enough that you can consider it portable. I often take it with me when I go to parties at the homes of friends and relations. It accepts an HP 110 Tri Color printer cartridge. The print cartirdge sells for about $22. HP also packages the cartridge with 140 sheets of 4×6 paper for $42. Supported operating systems: Windows 2000; Windows XP Home; Windows XP Professional; Windows XP Professional x64; Certified for Windows Vista(TM), Windows 7; Mac OS X v 10.3.9 or higher.

HP Photosmart A616 Photo Printer (Remanufactured)

HP Photosmart A616 Photo Printer
$195 from Buy.com

Buy.com has the A616 selling for $195 with a one year warranty. In prints in as little as 39 seconds, accepts paper up to 5 x 7 inches. For media cards it accepts CompactFlash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard and xD-Picture Card. It also supports Mini SD with an adapter. It has a 20-sheet input tray and wireless capability with an optional HP bt450 Bluetooth Wireless Printer adapter. Weight: 3.46 lbs. Supported operating systems: Windows 2000; Windows XP Home; Windows XP Professional; Windows XP Professional x64; Certified for Windows Vista(TM), Windows 7; Mac OS X v 10.3.9 or higher. Compatible cartridges: HP 110 Tri-color Ink Cartridge.

Dell’s Mini-Desktop: The Studio Hybrid

Dell's Studio Hybrid mini-desktop

Dell's Studio Hybrid mini-desktop

Reports are flying about a new mini-desktop to be launched by Dell as early as August 2008, or later this year. The PC in question: The Studio Hybrid (shown at right). (Update: The Hybrid was released on July 29, 2008)

PC World, among others, reports that the PC is 80% smaller than a mini-tower — comparable to the Mac mini or HP’s Slimline s3500 mini-desktops. Furthermore, the Studio Hybrid uses 70% less power. Engadget displays some fuzzy photos of a candy apple red Studio Hybrid, as opposed to the darker colored model shown here.


Mac mini ($449)

Various articles have mentioned a hidden page on the Dell web site with pictures of the Studio Hybrid, but no one provides a link to said page. I conducted a search for the mini at Dell’s site, and while it surfaced in the results, a single click brought me to “The page you have requested may no longer exist on Dell.com“. (Update: The Hybrid is now listed on Dell’s home page and other pages, too.)

More on the Minis

Well… size-wise they measure around 12 inches square or smaller, and 4 inches thick or thinner. The Mac mini, which has been available for 3 years as of this week is about 6.5 inches square and 2 inches thick/tall. Hewlett-Packard’s Slimline series is about 12 by 12 by 4 inches in size. It, too, has been available for three years now.


HP Slimline ($599)

The mini desktops are practical for shoppers who want a small unobtrusive computer without the mobility and expense of a laptop. Other minis, like the Studio Hybrid, are powered by Intel Core 2 Duo or similar processors, have 2 to 4 GB of RAM (memory), spacious hard drives with 120 to 500 GB of file storage, and DVD or Blu-ray. The Mac mini has the least of these features (1 GB RAM and a 120 GB or less hard drive.) The Studio Hybrid isn’t the first small computer offered by Dell, as they also have the popular and well-received iMac competitor, the all-in-one Dell XPS One which starts at $1,299.

Update: The Studio Hybrid is available in six colors and bamboo with exchangeable sleeves.

Update: See a promotional email I received from Dell regarding the Studio Hybrid line


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