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Anyone buying this laptop, consider also getting MS Office which has a $20 or $40 discount (depending on type) when bundled with a laptop. I was surprised that the discount was prorated between the laptop and Office when I got them, which didn't make a difference to the end price, but got me thinking: there is an extra discount opportunity for someone who wanted this laptop but didn't need MS Office.
1. Buy MS Office with the laptop, make sure the cashier scans the promo bundle discount barcode in their binder (should be automatic for online purchase)
2. Later on, before the 14 day return policy expires, return the unopened MS Office.
3. You will end up getting an extra ~$32 discount on the laptop!
Here are the details from my receipt:
-32.84 coupon no. 12651
$149.99 MS Office Home & Student UPC 885370047714
-7.16 coupon no. 12651
-30.00 coupon (20% off software)
Note that the total of the two line items for coupon no.12651 is the $40 bundle discount. But only $7.16 of that discount is attached to the MS Office, so when MS Office is returned you will get $149.99 - 7.16 = 142.83 back. The $32.84 discount will "stick" to the laptop even when the MS Office is returned!
To maximize this opportunity, buy the cheapest MS Office that qualifies for the $40 bundle discount.
Though when I purchased $40 coupon was divided proportionally, when I returned just software today; I got only $109.99 + Tax back; so entire $40 coupon was taken away. I argued, but they said – its system, and there is nothing can be done
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Beware of HP's potential problems. Many owners will be happy, while others are unlucky.
This is just a standard deal--at $400 "integrated" Radeon graphics (better than Intel --but by now, everyone knows AMD puts better integrated graphics than Intel on very basic laptops). However Intel has faster CPU chips. This should become standard knowledge for those in market for a new laptop.
The silver stylish finish of the laptop and chicklet keyboard are its biggest selling points.
You will have to look harder for better graphics at this price point. But in an emergency need of a reasonable laptop, this is ok....not the fastest cpu but still performs well compared to 5 year old "standard basic" laptops.
Also the cpu can be safely overclocked from 1.4ghz to 2.0ghz with K10stat program if you need it to go faster.
Last edited by atoneapone; 03-03-2012 at 06:09 AM..
Bank of America Add it up cashback is 4% if this qualifies.
The following segment from Bofa's website.
As of 10/25/2011, purchases of promotional products are not eligible to earn cash back. As of 3/29/2011 purchase of eGift Cards are not eligible to earn cash back. Build to order desktops and laptops, printing services, premiums, copy services, business cards, special order stationary, custom printing, other business services are not eligible to earn cash back.
It is not a build to order laptop. Is this considered as a promotional product ?
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