I too am searching for a new laptop (it seems like a number of dopers are right now), but have a few questions from a different angle.
I know that prices of computer hardware drop over time, but I think I’ve spotted a good deal that may not be around much longer. Circuit City is selling the Toshiba 5105S607 for $2500 minus a $100 rebate ending tomorrow (Saturday). It’s everything i’ve been looking for in a computer, so it’s more of a question of when than if.
Basically, i’ve read about the rising cost of LCD and memory components and how some manufacturers (Sony and Apple so far) are raising prices and dropping rebates to turn a profit. I also like the rebate that CC is running (yes i know they usually have one, but having talked to a few employees (i worked there myself not too long ago), it seems they may be stopping for a while). So which would be better:
- Buy now before Toshiba jumps the price to cover increased costs or
- Wait a few months and hope the usual decline is greater than the current increase
BTW, the specs for the computer are:
1.7 Ghtz Pentium 4
512 DDR RAM
15" UXGA monitor
and more, but i’m lazy. If anybody knows of a better deal on a similar product, please spill the beans.