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MSI A5000-025US 15.6" Laptop: Intel Celeron T3000 1.8GHz, 3GB DDR2, 250GB HDD, Nvidia 8200M-G, HDMI, Windows 7 Home Premium $320 @ Officedepot B&M

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Officedepot [officedepot.com] has the MSI A5000-025US 15.6" Laptop for $320 In-Store Only.

This Ebay page [ebay.com] has the best information I can find.[/B]


Specifications
# Intel® Celeron T3000 processor 1.8GHz
# 15.6" WXGA widescreen LCD (1366 x 768 resolution)
# 3 GB DDR2 memory (2 Dimm)
# 250GB hard drive capacity
# Supermulti DVD-RW optical drive
# 802.11b/g/n WLAN
# 1.3 megapixel webcam
# Nvidia GeForce 8200M-G video graphics
# HD audio with 2 speakers
# HDMI port
# 3 USB 2.0 ports
# 4-in-1 card reader
# PCI Express slot
# VGA port
# 103-key keyboard
# 65-watt AC adapter
# 6 cell battery
# Windows 7 Home Premium

* Dimensions: 13.66" x 9.68" x 1.4"
* Unit Weight: 5.24 lbs.

Product Warranty:

* 3 year limited warranty.

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Quote from detox76 View Post :
Guys how this is compare to yesterdays

Lenovo G550 (2958-ACU) Laptop for $400 with free shipping.

Specs:
Intel Pentium Dual Core T4300 (2.10GHz)
15.6" LED Backlight Display (1366x768)
3GB DDR3 Memory
250GB Hard Drive
DVD±R/RW
Integrated Graphics
802.11b/g Wireless LAN
Built-in Webcam
6-cell lithium ion Battery
Windows 7 Home Premium
Weight 5.95 lbs

I got this on backorder, which one is better?

Thanks for any input
personally I'd go with Lenovo...they make great quality notebooks and the T4200 is better than the T3000 and the Lenovo has new DDR3 memory....this deal after tax is going to be almost $350...
$350 vs. $400 isn't a biggie for me
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Quote from chemdude View Post :
does OD take competitor coupons??
yes, however, excludes technology
Not true. As stated in OD's Low Price Guarantee policy, they accept competitors' coupons (in-store only) subject to the terms and conditions listed on the coupon. If the coupon does not exclude tech items then OD should accept it.

Quote from p0opstlnksal0t View Post :
does you laptop have any kind of "turbo" feature or software that boosts its speed?
If you drop the laptop flat from a ten-story building, it will go fast. If you turn it on its edge before dropping it, then it will go faster. So that's kind of a turbo mode.
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Quote from sd.Marvelous View Post :
personally I'd go with Lenovo...they make great quality notebooks and the T4200 is better than the T3000 and the Lenovo has new DDR3 memory....this deal after tax is going to be almost $350...
$350 vs. $400 isn't a biggie for me


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Quote from sd.Marvelous View Post :
personally I'd go with Lenovo...they make great quality notebooks and the T4200 is better than the T3000 and the Lenovo has new DDR3 memory....this deal after tax is going to be almost $350...
$350 vs. $400 isn't a biggie for me
Lenovo has tax too.
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Quote from detox76 View Post :
Guys how this is compare to yesterdays

Lenovo G550 (2958-ACU) Laptop for $400 with free shipping.

Specs:
Intel Pentium Dual Core T4300 (2.10GHz)
15.6" LED Backlight Display (1366x768)
3GB DDR3 Memory
250GB Hard Drive
DVD±R/RW
Integrated Graphics
802.11b/g Wireless LAN
Built-in Webcam
6-cell lithium ion Battery
Windows 7 Home Premium
Weight 5.95 lbs

I got this on backorder, which one is better?

Thanks for any input
well the t4300 rates about 200 points higher in passmark so its has a nice bump in processor speed over the celly... I dont think you would notice this difference in the real world... that being said, after tax on both this deal looks to save you about 80-100 bucks... I personally think the quality of lenovo is better than msi... but thats not to say the msi is bad quality. what integrated graphics does the lenovo sport? intel x4500?
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Quote from peppermint View Post :
Lenovo has tax too.
I believe he/she was talking the one on NEWEGG...it's no tax to any other states besides NJ and CA
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With BING CB, this would come to around $300 including tax (mine is 5%). So, the difference between the Newegg's Lenevo and this one would be $100
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Quote from p0opstlnksal0t View Post :
well the t4300 rates about 200 points higher in passmark so its has a nice bump in processor speed over the celly... I dont think you would notice this difference in the real world... that being said, after tax on both this deal looks to save you about 80-100 bucks... I personally think the quality of lenovo is better than msi... but thats not to say the msi is bad quality. what integrated graphics does the lenovo sport? intel x4500?
Unless you live in CA or NJ...there is no tax on the Lenovo on Newegg...and if you want to be technical the MSI should be a B&M deal that means you can't use BingCB...Newegg 2% makes the Lenovo $392 vs MSI $348...I would rather spend the difference on the Lenovo for obvious reasons but that is just me....and yes the Lenovo has the X4500 which in the benchmarks is actually nearly the same as the integrated 8200M (but I'd still prefer Nvidia over Intel anything related to a GPU) - but neither will be able to satisfy serious gamers so there is nothing much to worry about there.

Quote from vsp View Post :
With BING, this would come to around $300 including tax (mine is 5%). So, the difference between the Newegg's Lenevo and this one would be $100
this MIGHT only be a B&M deal...don't think anyone can be too sure until Sunday.
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Quote from sd.Marvelous View Post :
Unless you live in CA or NJ...there is no tax on the Lenovo on Newegg...and if you want to be technical the MSI should be a B&M deal that means you can't use BingCB...Newegg 2% makes the Lenovo $392 vs MSI $348...I would rather spend the difference on the Lenovo for obvious reasons but that is just me....and yes the Lenovo has the X4500 which in the benchmarks is actually nearly the same as the integrated 8200M (but I'd still prefer Nvidia over Intel anything related to a GPU) - but neither will be able to satisfy serious gamers so there is nothing much to worry about there.


this MIGHT only be a B&M deal...don't think anyone can be too sure until Sunday.
you are right. this msi looks to be aobut 350 after tax B&M only... the lenovo looks like it could be had for under 400.... so a difference of about 42 bucks... If the msi or Nvidia system tools on this MSI lappy allow any overclocking features (which alot of them do) I think a small OC would potentially put this celly chipped MSI on par with a t6600 equipped laptop

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I'm sure your response as the self-appointed moderator will have the poster begging a thousand pardons. But your post is not threadcrapping???? Duh! And that username, poopstinksalot ???? - how fitting. Your posts stink a lot too!

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Do you have proof in this thread to support your allegations? Perhaps you can read but somehow refused to understand what you are reading.
We are all here to share information and express our opinions. That is what this forum is all about. If you can't do just that then refrain from bashing and flaming members. In fact, you are the one who is trying to crapped and clutter up this forum. Grow up dude!


none that I know of.

sorry guys, sometimes i get a little carried away...
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Quote from sd.Marvelous View Post :
I believe he/she was talking the one on NEWEGG...it's no tax to any other states besides NJ and CA


Yep, $400 total, no tax , no shipping.
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Quote from Defying_Odds View Post :
is this as good as a black friday deal?

also, how will this computer be for playing poker online/with other programs?
any 1?
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I decided to go to OD and check out the notebook. They had 3 in stock for $479.99 regular price and none on display. They will definitely go on sale tomorrow at $319.99 with instant rebate. I took a look at the MSI A6000 they had on display and I am actually impressed with the build quality and the CPU fan duct was on the side and the T6600 was running nice and cool and I couldn't hear the fan with my ear right up next to it. The 16" LED backlit screen look nice and crisp with good color reproduction and not too much blue tint like other LED backlit screens. The device manager was locked out but the specs on OD's program showed Atheros AR9285 half height wireless N card which is only one stream and can only connect at 150mbps rather then 300-450mbps like Intel 5300-5350 wireless N full height cards. If the A5000 doesn't have a full height mini pcie slot that can support Intel 5300-5350 it is for sure a no go for me. I also noticed that there was a "warranty void" sticker on the bottom plate. I think this is a very bad move from MSI. They are basically telling you that you can never upgrade your RAM with more capacity such as dual channel 2X2GB DDR2 800, or upgrade hard drive to 7200RPM or SSD or even just a bigger hard drive without voiding your supposed 3 year warranty first. I have worked on tons of different notebooks and none of them have the voided warranty sticker on the RAM and HDD compartments. Of course you can probably break out the heat gun and gently peel the sticker over. ;-) Would any of you brave MSI A6000 owners be willing to take the bottom plate off and see if you have a full size mini pcie slot or only half size slot? Also please install NVIDIA System Tools 6.05 from http://www.nvidia.com/object/nvid..._6.05.html and see if you can adjust CPU FSB and GPU speed from the PERFORMANCE tab in the NVIDIA control panel. I am pretty sure you should be able to adjust both and overclock in software mode safely. If you are able to overclock properly and the notebook has a full size mini pcie slot that can fit both half height and full height mini pcie card I might just have to get one of these tomorrow. Please respond ASAP. Thanks! bulb
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Quote from p0opstlnksal0t View Post :
you are right. this msi looks to be aobut 350 after tax B&M only... the lenovo looks like it could be had for under 400.... so a difference of about 42 bucks... If the msi or Nvidia system tools on this MSI lappy allow any overclocking features (which alot of them do) I think a small OC would potentially put this celly chipped MSI on par with a t6600 equipped laptop
Yea...if you can sell the celly chip and upgrade it with a better chip like one of T6000's...it should be ALOT better...laptop manufacturers should use the integrated nvidia GPU on any notebook that is equipped with one of the T6000's C2D processors or better...and leave everything T4000's and under with the Intel X4500...that would make a lot more sense..even if benchmarks say both GPUs are a wash I'd stil prefer to have a Nvidia gpu over an intel one any day of the week.


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any 1?
Look for SIMILAR deals on Black Friday I would assume the cheapest budget notebook with a dual core intel processor of this class and similar will be around $325-350 during Black Friday. And yes, it is more than enough to handle online poker and basic consumer apps..nod
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Quote from sd.Marvelous View Post :
I believe he/she was talking the one on NEWEGG...it's no tax to any other states besides NJ and CA
Thanks for pointing that out. I am thinking OD is not going to make it available online given that they have only 3 per store. Atleast BB had enough qtys on hand for their prmo, OD is just playing tricks
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I decided to go to OD and check out the notebook. They had 3 in stock for $479.99 regular price and none on display. They will definitely go on sale tomorrow at $319.99 with instant rebate. I took a look at the MSI A6000 they had on display and I am actually impressed with the build quality and the CPU fan duct was on the side and the T6600 was running nice and cool and I couldn't hear the fan with my ear right up next to it. The 16" LED backlit screen look nice and crisp with good color reproduction and not too much blue tint like other LED backlit screens. The device manager was locked out but the specs on OD's program showed Atheros AR9285 half height wireless N card which is only one stream and can only connect at 150mbps rather then 300-450mbps like Intel 5300-5350 wireless N full height cards. If the A5000 doesn't have a full height mini pcie slot that can support Intel 5300-5350 it is for sure a no go for me. I also noticed that there was a "warranty void" sticker on the bottom plate. I think this is a very bad move from MSI. They are basically telling you that you can never upgrade your RAM with more capacity such as dual channel 2X2GB DDR2 800, or upgrade hard drive to 7200RPM or SSD or even just a bigger hard drive without voiding your supposed 3 year warranty first. I have worked on tons of different notebooks and none of them have the voided warranty sticker on the RAM and HDD compartments. Of course you can probably break out the heat gun and gently peel the sticker over. ;-) Would any of you brave MSI A6000 owners be willing to take the bottom plate off and see if you have a full size mini pcie slot or only half size slot? Also please install NVIDIA System Tools 6.05 from http://www.nvidia.com/object/nvid..._6.05.html and see if you can adjust CPU FSB and GPU speed from the PERFORMANCE tab in the NVIDIA control panel. I am pretty sure you should be able to adjust both and overclock in software mode safely. If you are able to overclock properly and the notebook has a full size mini pcie slot that can fit both half height and full height mini pcie card I might just have to get one of these tomorrow. Please respond ASAP. Thanks! bulb
good info and thanks for the linkage. i may just pick one up and d/l this program to see it OC abilities... if i cant OC this rig, i might return it and wait for a better deal... the thought of swapping in a t6600 also runs through my mind, but at the expense of opening her up and voiding warranty, i might pass...
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