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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.

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.

Dymo Label Printers

Continuing my series on label printing which started yesterday.

If you print a lot of labels, but have trouble keeping track of your label sheets, then you should consider getting a label printer from Dymo. These are specially designed printers just for printing labels. It’s very compact, too, just 5 inches by 7 inches in size. Checkout the picture at right for the Dymo Labelwriter 400. You can get the Dymo LabelWriter 400 Label Printer (69100) from Amazon right now for under $90 with free shipping and one roll of address labels included. An additional roll of 350 labels costs $20.

I’ve had one of these labels printers for about a year now, and it’s a real time saver. The only trick is for me to remember its’ not the only printer attached to my computer. I dealt with this subject in an earlier post about printing to secondary printers.

Whenever I want to print a label in Microsoft Word, I click File, then Print, and then I select the Dymo Labelwriter 400 from the dropdown menu before clicking OK. Or, if you prefer to use the keyboard to print, just start the process with CTRL+P.

This method works great with the contact management tip I provided in yesterday’s post.


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