Best Buy is doing its part to make MacBooks more affordable--and also offering decent deals on Windows laptops.
11.6-inch MacBook Air: In the shadow of Apple's Black Friday deals, Best Buy is striving to stand out with better deals. And it's succeeding in some cases. For instance, the retailer is selling the 11.6-inch MacBook Air with an Intel Core i5 chip, 2GB Memory, and 64GB solid-state drive (model: MC968LL/A) for $849--that's about $50 less than Apple's Black Friday $898 sale price. (And note that MacMall has been selling a 2010 11.6-inch MacBook Air for $799.)
13.3-inch MacBook Pro: Best Buy is also beating Apple on the price of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.4 GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory, and 500GB hard disk drive. At Apple it's going for $1,098 today only. As of Friday afternoon, Best Buy lists it for $1,049.99 (model: MD313LL/A).
Gateway Core i3 laptop: There's plenty of aggressive pricing for Windows laptops too as part of Best Buy's "Thanksgiving Weekend Sale." A Gateway 15.6-inch laptop with an Intel Core i3 processor is going for $329.99. That includes a Core i3-370M chip, 4GB of memory, optical drive, 15.6-inch LED-LCD, and 320GB hard disk drive (model: NV55C56U).
Gateway Netbook: A 10-inch Gateway Netbook (model: LT2811U) is now down to $149.99 That includes 1GB of memory, a 250GB hard disk drive, and N455 Atom processor. And expect to see more deals on Netbooks in the future. This category of small, Atom-powered laptops is struggling mightily against tablets like the iPad and Kindle Fire as retailers set aside less space for Netbooks in order to open up display area for tablets.
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