Don't believe the hype: the recession isn't over yet. That means there are still a lot of great deals out there on gadgets and gear including netbooks, HP laptops, the Nikon Coolpix, Magellan GPS devices, and Canon camera products. Read on ...
ZipZoomFly has the MSI Wind U90 for $195. Unlike other MSI netbooks, the U90 has gotten weak reviews; the operating system isn't great and the battery lasts for less than two hours, according to Laptop Magazine. But Engadget called its price tag "delicious"—and that was when it cost $350. Shipping is free.
The Eee PC 900 is $199.99 at ZipZoomFly, an $80 discount. Eee PCs are extremely popular, although this particular model is relatively weak; it has only 512 MB of RAM and an 8GB solid state drive. But you can't beat the price. Amazon is selling a similarly decked-out Eee PC, albeit with a more powerful processor, for $100 more. If $200 is still too pricey for you, check out this refurbished Eee PC 900 for $169.99. [NOTE: This deal is no longer active—the price has gone up to $279.]
Dell is offering its Mini 9 for $55 or $99 with purchase of select Latitude E6400 and E6500 netbooks. It's a little confusing, but one of the E6400 models includes a Mini 9 for an extra $55, and the total price is $1055. Another, more high-end E6400 model, comes to $1189, but XP is included for free. You have to add the Mini when you're configuring the system. For the E6500 with a cheap Mini 9, click here.
CAMERAS AND OTHER GEAR
Best Buy has the Nikon Coolpix camera, with 10 megapixels and a 5x optical zoom, for just $100—by contrast, it costs $174.99 at Amazon. Canon, meanwhile, is offering rebates of up to $500 on various lenses and accessories; check out the details here.
Best Buy doesn't usually have the best deals online, so I wonder what's going on with them today. Are they trying to make their second-quarter numbers? The Magellan Maestro 3200 GPS system is on sale for $84.99. And that's for a new device, not a refurbished one, and in-store pickup is free. Amazon has a few merchants selling it for $84.99, $89.99, or $94.50—but, inexplicably, it also sells it for as much as $267.99.
Brad's Deals pointed out a few good laptop deals today. HP has the 14-inch dv4z notebook for $599.99 after a $150 instant discount. Brad also has some good HP coupon codes. Instead of the instant discount, you can add $250 in upgrades to your dv4z, then you can use the coupon code NB3857, which gets you 30 percent off a $999 purchase. He suggests adding the 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor ($50), 4GB of memory ($50), and the 512MB video card ($150). Shipping is free, but the coupon code expires after 2500 uses, so jump on this deal soon. Brad has similar ideas about the 13-inch dv3z, so check that out as well.