CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Facebook employees stage virtual walkout PS5 event delayed Apple stores close amid widespread protests Rick and Morty season finale Father's Day gift guide Space Force review

Get an even more loaded laptop for $399.99

With more RAM and storage than last week's HP deal, plus 64-bit Windows 7, the Acer Aspire AS5742z is a mighty hard laptop to pass up. Sellout risk: huge.

The Acer Aspire AS5742z sports a dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, a big hard drive, and Windows 7 64-bit. Perfect for home and business users alike.
The Acer Aspire AS5742z sports a dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, a big hard drive, and Windows 7 64-bit. Perfect for home and business users alike. Buy.com

Just last week I crowed about a $399.99 HP laptop--a one-day-only deal that I know many of you snapped up. If you happened to miss it, here's good news: today's $399.99 laptop is even better.

Buy.com has the Acer Aspire AS5742z-4685 15.6-inch laptop for $399.99 shipped. It's new, not refurbished, and you don't need a coupon code or anything.

Update: Rats. As I predicted, the Aspire is sold out. But Buy.com's product page says "check back soon," and you should--they may release more inventory later. It's been known to happen.

Update #2: An eagle-eyed reader sent in this equally smokin' laptop deal from Office Depot: the Toshiba Satellite C655D-S5048 for $379.99 shipped (plus sales tax in most states). The specs are nearly identical, though it has 3GB of RAM instead of 4GB. Great find!

The Aspire comes with a 2GHz Intel P6100 processor (dual-core), 4GB of RAM (twice the amount that came with the HP), and a 320GB hard drive (the HP's was 250GB). The 15.6-inch LCD offers a typical-for-its-size 1,366x768-pixel native resolution.

The other specs are also fairly typical, including a Webcam, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a super-multi DVD burner, and Windows 7 Home Premium--64 bit this time, not 32. (I really don't mean to dump on that earlier HP deal, but this Acer addresses the two problems I had with it: not quite enough RAM, and 32-bit Windows.)

The Aspire offers more than enough horsepower and storage for probably 90 percent of users. And at $400 out the door, it's an impossibly good deal. Consequently, the sellout risk is high, so grab this before it's gone!

Bonus deal: Today only, Amazon has "Arrested Development - The Complete Series" on DVD for $27.99 shipped. Killer gift item, and worth owning if you're a fan of the dearly departed series.

Bonus deal No. 2: Longtime iOS favorite Ocarina (which turns your iPhone into an ancient flute) is available free of charge today.

Bonus deal No. 3: Proof positive that new models are imminent, Apple just cut the prices on refurbished Wi-Fi iPads. You can now get the 16GB model for $429 shipped. Lowest price ever! (For a little background, here's an earlier post I wrote about refurbished iPads.)