. Best Buy’s kicked off its Blue Label Laptops program to offer premium consumer notebooks in-store and online. To qualify for the Blue Label Laptops program, models must be thin and light, be optimized for long battery life and have a 13.3-inch to 14.1-inch display. The first two Blue Label Laptops are the Toshiba Satellite E105 and the HP dv3510nr.
Consumers are becoming increasingly price-conscious when shopping for notebooks, with the average selling price of retail notebooks dipping below $700 for the first time. The Blue Label Laptops cost significantly more than this average, but do offer some interesting features.
The HP Pavilion dv3510nr and the Toshiba Satellite E105 (and presumably any other notebook added to the program) come with a two-year warranty, which is double the standard HP and Toshiba factory warranties on consumer notebooks.
To qualify for the Blue Label program, notebooks must also have a minimum battery run time of four hours. One feature that I really like on the Blue Label laptops is the backlit keyboards. Backlit keyboards are a lot more useful than they may sound. They’re usually found on premium business notebooks where productivity is key.
These are definitely well equipped notebooks, but not the best option for bargain hunters. The HP Blue Label dv3510r includes a premium bronze imprint design. While a standard black 13-inch dv3500 series notebook isn’t available quite yet, premium designs typically add $150 to the cost of HP Pavilion notebooks. The dv3510r is the Best Buy SKU of HP’s dv3500t.