March 30 Update: The discount has been extended until April 2 at 6AM ET.
Originally posted March 29: It wasn't too long ago that finding a decent laptop for under $500 was pretty rare. These days, you can get a lot for your money at that price point -- like a $479 Dell Vostro 3555 15.6" laptop with an AMD Quad Core A8-3500M processor and Radeon 6620 graphics for instance. Let's take a closer look:
- AMD Quad-Core A8-3520M Processor (1.6GHz to 2.5Ghz, with Radeon HD 6620G Graphics)
- Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit
- 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHZ, 2 DIMM
- 500GB SATA Hard Drive
- Fingerprint Reader with DigitalPersona software
- 15.6 inch High Definition LED Display (1366 x 768) with anti-glare
- Integrated 2.0 MP FHD Webcam and Digital Array Mic with Dell? Webcam Central
- Dell Wireless 1701 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 3.0 HS
- 8X DVD+/-RW with double-layer DVD+/-R write capability
- 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
- Backlit Keyboard with Gesture Touchpa (manually selected
- 1 Year Basic Limited Warranty and 1 Year NBD Onsite Service
That's a very good setup for the money. The AMD A8-3520M processor, while not a powerhouse by today's standards, will be more than sufficient for everyday tasks and things like HD movie playback. The Radeon 6620G graphics can even pull off gaming pretty well for the money -- demonstrably better than the Intel HD Graphics 3000 you see on many Intel laptops (see Notebookcheck.net). At the same time, you get some neat perks like a fingerprint reader, free backlit keyboard (make sure you select it), and more. The offer ends at 6AM ET on Friday, so act fast!
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