Best Buy releases 2 new Blue Label laptops

Best Buy releases 2 new Blue Label laptops
Best Buy releases 2 new Blue Label laptops
3rd edition of Best Buy’s “Blue Label” custom laptops features Core i5 processor and is now available for pre-order

The 3rd iteration of Best Buy’s Blue Label series of laptops has now been released and features 2 new custom laptops. The new additions to Best Buy's custom line are the Sony VAIO VPCSC1AFM and the Toshiba E305 and are now up for pre-order.

Best Buy’s Blue Label line of laptops was introduced 3 years ago and consists of notebooks customized for the electronics reseller. The notebooks are developed based on customer feedback and feature certain specs that are similar between all devices. All 3rd generation Blue Line laptops come with Intel PC Theft Defense, Wi-Di, Seagate’s solid-state hybrid hard drives, Blu-Ray, and 90 days of Geek Squad support along with 1 year of Kaspersky’s antivirus.

As for the newest Blue Label machines themselves, the Sony and Toshiba laptops are more or less the same devices minus a few differences. In addition to the aforementioned features, the Toshiba E305 will come with a 14” screen and Integrated Graphics while the VAIO VPCSC1AFM features a 13.3” screen and an AMD Radeon HD 6470M GPU. Both laptops will come with a 2.3GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 500GB hybrid HDD. The only other apparent differences between the two notebooks seems to be that the E305 weighs 4.95lbs (2.24kg) and has a battery life of 7 hours and 10 minutes, while the VAIO weighs 3.89lbs (1.76kg) and should last around 20 minutes longer.

Although the technical specifications of the Blue Label laptops might not be top of the line, the added support and features certainly make them an appealing option. For those interested, the Sony VAIO Blue Label notebook can now be pre-ordered for $950 while the Toshiba E305 comes in at $900.

 According to Best Buy’s online website, both laptops should ship sometime during the first week of May.

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Author: Omar Qudsi, 2011-04-19 (Update: 2012-05-26)