Deal roundup: i3-powered laptop, free software, cheap MP3 player
Why settle for one deal when you can get four? See if you can guess which one is my favorite.
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I couldn't decide on a single deal today, so I thought I'd shake things up and bring you four of them.
1. Most bargain-priced laptops I see these days have fairly outdated processors, which are sufficient for everyday computing, but are pretty wussy overall. CompUSA has a new Acer Aspire AS5740-5255 15.6-inch laptop for $549.99. It's powered by Intel's thoroughly modern Core i3-330M processor and has 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, a spiffy blue shell, and Windows 7. That's a lot of laptop power for the price.