Looking for a deal on a cheap laptop that isn't an Intel Celeron or low end AMD

BurntToast

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Looking for a deal around $300 for a laptop that isn't just a large screen netbook. $300 is the budget, but I'm not finding anything at that price.

The Frys laptop is the most attractive, being a 3rd gen intel, optical drive and being a lenovo. But tax sucks.

If anyone knows of any otehr deals LMK!

$349
http://www.target.com/p/gateway-15-...00gb-hard-drive-4gb-memory-black/-/A-14293000

$349 http://www.frys.com/product/7344764

$349 + 6% FW Cash Back
No Optical Drive
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5328839&CatId=4935

$349
http://www.amazon.com/HP-Pavilion-g6-2218nr-15-6-Inch-Laptop/dp/B009X8EB8W/
 

distortion69

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Also looking in same price range.

Only thing I've found decent were Dell's on delloutlet.com that were refurb and scratch and dent, marked down with the 15% coupon to ~$315.
 

arigo

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The server crashed? Because I was there trying to get one, and I kept reloading the page, and it was working, but the wrong laptop was showing up.

I figured they must have sold like one and wasted everyone elses time.

I too am looking for a decent deal on a similar laptop, but I haven't found anything I'm willing to bite on yet. That one from tigerdirect is tempting, but it's not quite cheap enough to resemble a great deal.
 

|Tch0rT|

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Yeah not sure I'm interested in a scratch and dent :/

FWIW I recently bought a Scratch and Dent Laptop from the Dell Outlet Store. It looked just fine. I didn't see any scratches, dents, or any sign of previous use.
 

Kueller

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For $300 it's tough to find anything nice. There's just some base costs that go into any laptop: Chassis, power supply, display, keyboard, trackpad ect. Then you start looking at the other hardware costs: CPU, mobo, ram, hdd and corners start getting cut to get the machine to market for <$300.

At $400 you have some limited better-than-netbook options.
$500 gets you a decent selection of Ivy bridge i5 machines.
By $600 you can find quad core Ivy i7's.
Everything past $600 you're paying for upgraded chassis/display/GPU/brand name.
 

arigo

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Well, that is why we haven't bought anything yet. There hasn't been anything nice for what we'll pay, except for one deal, that never seemed to materialize from dell. I realize it might be hard to do, but I've seen I3 laptops for about the same price as the black friday deals before black friday. It wouldn't be a steal for me to get one, or wait until I need one.

We were just hoping for something that actually was a great deal.
 

BurntToast

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How long did that i5 deal last? It's dead now.

Also that $25 deal seems dead too.

The deals EST? Funny if so, because the 11/26/12 prices on their cyber monday deals are still good.
 

Kueller

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ggplay

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Well, i ordered a laptop from dell outlet and i have received the dreaded 1 week delay.
I did a quick search and it turned out that dell "delays" are not at all uncommon. In fact, some people have received over 8 1-week delays.
I guess i'll report in if I receive the laptop.
 
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