Here are Toshiba’s 2009 Cyber Monday specials on laptop computers including a door buster special:
Toshiba Cyber Monday 1-Hour Doorbuster – a Satellite® L500 for just $299 + FREE Microsoft Office Home & Student! 9 am to 10 am Pacific 11.30.09 only or while supplies last. Make sure you’ve completed checkout by 10 am to receive this deal!
All expire by 12/01/2009.
The distinction between Black Friday and Cyber Monday for online retailers is blurring as evidenced by my annual email from Toshiba Direct which lists laptop bargains for both days, although they are strictly an online retailer while Black Friday was traditionally for those hardy folks who want to wait out in the cold on the day after Thanksgiving for the doors to open at a brick & mortar store.
In any case, as I have mentioned previously, I am a satisfied owner of a Toshiba laptop, so if you are looking for one you won’t go wrong if you take advantage of one of the Toshiba deals:
Black Friday (11/28/08)
Cyber Monday (12/01/08)
In particular, the 30% off a Satellite laptop on November 28 looks very good, but as always you might care to check your favorite online store in case they are doing even better on price.
Yes, you can still buy a new PC with Windows XP installed on it. Windows XP ceased to be available at retail on June 30, 2008 but there are a number of exceptions. The relevant exception for a consumer or a small business owner is that "OEMs can downgrade Vista Business or Vista Ultimate licenses to Windows XP Professional or Tablet PC versions for customers indefinitely," where OEMs are the large PC manufacturers.
However, there’s a difference between "can" and "will" or "will with no hassle" so Christopher Null at PC World tried to purchase a PC with XP from Dell, HP, Gateway, Toshiba, Acer, Fujitsu, Lenovo, and Asus and reports on the very mixed results. Hit the article for the full details on each, but the best bets for an machine with XP preinstalled are:
Consumer PC: Toshiba, Fujitsu, Lenovo
Business PC: HP, Fujitsu, Lenovo
If you are willing to pay extra or install XP from a CD, the choices are even more numerous. Also Asus has its line of Eee ultra low-cost PCs (ULPC) which come with XP under a different exemption in the rules.