Get a 15.6-inch Asus laptop for $249.99 shipped
It even has a few frills, like a graphics-friendly AMD processor and an LED-backlit screen. Plus, it's new, not refurbished.
You'll forgive a little nepotism, right? I think so, once you get a load of this deal.
While supplies last, CNET Marketplace has the Asus X54L-BBK2 15.6-inch laptop for $249.99 shipped (plus sales tax where applicable) when you use coupon code CNETSALE. Amazingly, it's new, not refurbished.
Note: The code is not working at the moment. I'm looking into it. Stay tuned.
Update No. 2: Code is fixed! Deal should be back up momentarily.
It's also more than up to the task of handling everyday computing. The X54L-BBK2 features an AMD A4-3305M processor, which is roughly comparable to Intel's Core i3 but with much better integrated graphics. That works for me, as most entry-level laptops have weak graphics subsystems. Here you've got some horsepower.
The rest of the specs read about like you'd expect: 4GB of RAM, a 15.6-inch LED-backlit screen, a 320GB hard drive, and your basic multiformat optical drive. There's also a Webcam, of course, plus Windows 7 Home Premium.
So, yeah, a pretty basic entry-level laptop, but with better-than-average graphics and an LED-backlit screen. And because it's new, you get a full one-year warranty.
Pretty basic, but pretty good: some 61 Best Buy customers rated the X54L-BBK2 4.3 stars out of 5 on average. And from what I hear around the water cooler, Asus has a reputation for making some of the best PC hardware out there.
I've seen systems like this at $300, but $250? Almost never. Especially not new. Although this CNET exclusive is scheduled to run through October 15, I suspect it will sell out long before then. If you're in the market for a bargain-basement laptop, this is without question one of the best deals I've seen.
Bonus deal: Blu-ray players are so cheap nowadays. (All together, now: "How cheap are they?!!") Blu-ray players are so cheap, Wal-Mart has the refurbished Toshiba BDX2250KU with Wi-Fi for $49.88 with free in-store pickup (plus sales tax, natch). It not only spins those shiny Blu-ray platters, but also streams media from the likes of Netflix, Pandora, and YouTube. The warranty: a fairly standard 90 days.
Deals found on The Cheapskate are subject to availability, expiration, and other terms determined by sellers.
Curious about what exactly The Cheapskate does and how it works?.