A good friend of mine has been looking for a 17-inch notebook to manage his home business and called me tonight from our local Best Buy to ask me if he should buy a Gateway MX8711 for $699.99.
He ran through the specs and I was impressed by all the features Gateway crammed into this budget-minded notebook. As of right now, itÃƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã¢â€ž¢s the cheapest 17-inch widescreenÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ Vista Home Premium notebook weÃƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã¢â€ž¢ve seen.
The MX8711 is a retail version of the Gateway NX860S, with a 1.6GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 1GB of memory and 100GB hard drive. It weighs in at 7.4 pounds and includes a dual-layer DVD burner, FireWire port, 4 USB ports, S-video port andÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ 4-in-1 media card reader.
The MX8711 is an excellent value for a basic home entertainment or home office notebook, but for $700 you donÃƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã¢â€ž¢t get a dedicated graphics card.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚
Best Buy is selling this Gateway 17-incher for $150 below MSRP, or about $300 below what you can configure an NX860S for on GatewayÃƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã¢â€ž¢s online store. I told my friend to jump on this deal and he brought one home.
Best BuyÃƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã¢â€ž¢s online store is sold out, so head down to your local Best Buy if you want to take advantage of this deal.