Get a refurbished 17-inch HP laptop for $350

This system can easily take the place of an aging desktop. But act fast: I suspect it'll sell out in no time!

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The HP G72-B63NR is available refurbished for just $350.
The HP G72-B63NR is available refurbished for just $350. HP

Sometimes I wonder just how much cheaper laptops can get. I mean, I can recall a time when if you wanted a desktop replacement, a system with a big screen and keyboard, you could plan on spending at least $1,000.

Today, Radio Shack is offering a refurbished HP G72-B63NR 17.3-inch laptop for $349.97, plus sales tax in most states and $6 for shipping.

That is just plain unreal, people. (It's also just plain online: this deal isn't available in stores--though you can save the six bucks on shipping by opting for free ship-to-store.)

The G72 isn't the spec champion of the world, but it's loaded well enough to satisfy most home users. It comes with a dual-core 2GHz Intel Pentium P6100 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and a 17.3-inch screen.

That screen tops out at 1,600 x 900, which is a bit shy of full 1080p, and it's powered by integrated Intel graphics--not fabulous for higher-end video. On the plus side, the system does include an HDMI port in case you want to connect to an even bigger screen.

All the other specs are about what you'd expect, including a DVD burner, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Windows 7 Home Premium x64. Because this is a refurb, however, the warranty expires after 90 days.

And the deal itself will no doubt expire long before that--possibly even today. So if you're looking for a big, big laptop for a low, low price (one of the lowest I've seen, in fact), act fast.