Get a 15-inch Acer laptop for $299.99

If you can live with a single-core processor and two paltry USB ports, you're not likely to find a better deal on a new, fully loaded laptop.

A nicely equipped Acer notebook--not Netbook--for only $299.99? That's hard to pass up.
A nicely equipped Acer notebook--not Netbook--for only $299.99? That's hard to pass up. Best Buy

Calling all students, victims of the financiapocalpyse, and other cash-strapped customers: If you're in the market for a new PC but don't have the budget for anything fancy, here's a deal you won't want to miss.

Best Buy has the Acer Aspire AS5532-5535 laptop for just $299.99. Shipping adds another $17 or so, and you'll probably be on the hook for sales tax as well. Even so, this is one mighty solid PC for the price.

The Aspire is a single-core (AMD Athlon TF-20) system, so it's no speed demon--but it should have no trouble keeping up with everyday computing tasks: e-mail, word processing, Hulu, etc.

The rest of the specs are solid enough, starting with 3GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. Acer also supplies a DVD burner, an ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics subsystem (way better than the integrated Intel chipset you typically find on low-end laptops), and a six-cell battery.

The screen spans 15.6 inches and offers 1,366 by 768-pixel resolution, aka 720p. That makes this a mighty fine system for watching movies on the go.

I do have a couple complaints. First, despite the fairly low-power processor and reasonably large battery, Acer promises only about 2.5 hours of runtime between charges. That's a little weak. Second, the Aspire has just two USB ports. There ought to be a law mandating at least three.

Still...$299.99. That's pretty stellar, especially considering this is a new, fully warrantied system, not a refurb. Might be just perfect for a college-bound freshman. And check the 700-plus (!) user reviews on the product page: they're overwhelmingly positive.

Bonus deal: Hey, Mac users! You can get AnyBizSoft PDF to Word (Mac) for free by "liking" on Facebook. It normally runs $39.95. Thanks to reader Ricky for submitting this deal!

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