Best Buy Palm PDA Holiday Sale
Despite the lack of any commitment or rumors of new handhelds from Palm, major retailers are continuing to crank out major discounts on Palm PDAs. This time around, both the Palm Tungsten E2 and TX are substantially discounted for Best Buy's weekly flyer. The prices on both units are identical to this week's Staples offer and similar to what was offered by the Palm Store's "Black Friday" sale last month but without the free bundled accessories. The BestBuy sale prices are also good at BestBuy.com with free shipping included until the end of the month.
The Palm TX is currently on sale for an ultra-low $199.00 after a $115 instant rebate off of Best Buy's strangely higher-than-MSRP TX price of $314.99. The Palm TX, alongside the Z22, is the most recent of Palm's remaining PDA lineup, having been introduced in October 2005 and featuring both Bluetooth and wi-fi alongside OS 5.4.9, 128MB of RAM and a 320x480 LCD.
The older but still popular Tungsten E2 is on sale for $149.00, $60 off of its standard price of $209.99. The Tungsten E2 runs Garnet OS 5.4.7 mated to a 320x320 LCD, Bluetooth wireless, and an SD slot and stereo headphone jack.
The TX deal is definitely the better of the two Best Buy offers due to offering a larger screen, wi-fi wireless capabilities, extra RAM, and a slightly newer OS and software bundle for just $50 more.
With Palm's handhelds unfortunately starting to disappear from most brick and mortar retail chains, Best Buy's sale joins this week's Staples deal as one of the last chances to get a new, factory-fresh Palm handheld from a reputable merchant for a considerably reduced price. I personally visited the local Best Buy last night and was stunned to find them completely sold out of Palm TX’s, with just a few E2’s remaining. Plenty of Z22’s remained, however, as it is not part of this week’s discounting.
Best Buy’s sale pricing is valid both in retail stores and online through this Saturday, December 15th. Best Buy does offer a fairly reasonable return policy along with the usual extended warranty offersing. In addition, the Best Buy Reward Zone gift certificate program rewards purchasers of all in-store items, unlike the limited Staples and Office Depot programs.