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ETA for SandyBridge laptops in stores?

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March 15, 2011 3:35:40 PM

When are the new Sandy Bridge powered laptops going to be available at brick and mortar locations?

I just got my laptop approved for exchange at Geek Squad, so i'll be getting ~$1000 gift card for BBY and I want to wait for the new CPU's. Does anyone know when they might be coming out (again)?
March 15, 2011 5:31:42 PM

Thanks, buwish. hoping someone may have heard/read something more definitive, but it's probably all speculation at this point anyway.
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March 15, 2011 6:45:58 PM

A couple Asus & Toshiba Sandy Bridge notebooks back on sale @ NewEgg.
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March 15, 2011 7:22:32 PM

Whoops, didn't notice those when I was on NE earlier. I guess there are a few out there again. Bestbuy though tends to be a bit behind when it comes to getting the latest laptops and such though, so it may be another month or they could be out within a week or so. I guess your best bet would be to get in touch with BB and see if anyone there has any answers.
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March 15, 2011 11:23:03 PM

WR2 said:
A couple Asus & Toshiba Sandy Bridge notebooks back on sale @ NewEgg.


Just out of curiosity, what is it about those that tell you they're SandyBridge? just the processor name?
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March 15, 2011 11:48:12 PM

Sandybridge is the cpu (microarchitecture codename), so yes. You can tell sandybridge i3/i5/i7 from older i3/i5/i7 is SB will have 4 numbers ie, i5 2540.
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March 16, 2011 3:30:03 AM

k1114 said:
Sandybridge is the cpu (microarchitecture codename), so yes. You can tell sandybridge i3/i5/i7 from older i3/i5/i7 is SB will have 4 numbers ie, i5 2540.


I knew there was some stupid thing like that i didn't know!
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March 16, 2011 5:35:08 PM

Personally never going to shop @ walmart, and for this transaction I am limited to Best Buy, but it's good to know that some retailers have SB laptops in stock.
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March 16, 2011 7:12:47 PM

Just talked to a friend who does stocking for BB, and the ONLINE store is set to have them back in about a week, with real availabity in numbers within two. and you can use the card on line..
as far as in store, depends on location and how many non-SB they have in stock and in the distribution center- they have been told to run out all the others first so they dont have to discount them
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March 19, 2011 12:13:09 AM

Awesome info, thanks!

a little off topic, but what other benefits are there to having SandyBridge if you're going to have a dedicated graphics card anyway?
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March 19, 2011 4:15:37 AM

spidy said:
Awesome info, thanks!

a little off topic, but what other benefits are there to having SandyBridge if you're going to have a dedicated graphics card anyway?


Sandy Bridge is the codename for Intel's latest microprocessor. Officially they call it "2nd generation Core". Any time the system is mentioned as 2nd generation Core i3/i5/i7 that's Sandy Bridge based system.

Sandy Bridge brings both increased performance and better battery life for laptops. You might also find platform specific features like 2nd generation WiDi(Wireless Display) useful.
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March 22, 2011 3:42:42 PM

I just checked my local Best Buy and the do have new Asus G73's with SB cores in stock.
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March 23, 2011 3:38:25 PM

just for a reference to battery like i have a samsung rf511-s02. with a 7200rpm drive gt 540m gpu and 2630qm cpu and get 4 hours surfing the web and 5 if i want to stretch it.
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