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Looking for a Core-i3 Laptop for under $400

cloudRunner 241 51 December 6, 2011 at 10:37 AM
I'm looking for a laptop for my cousin, he's going to start college soon and said these were the requirements:

Intel Core i3 CPU
~15" screen
preferably 4 GB RAM
preferably 500GB but can get by with less
Windows 7

There was an amazon lightnight deal last week for an Acer that had all of these things for 399 but I missed it Frown Please be on the lookout for a laptop with these specs & price, thanks!

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http://www.tigerdirect.com/applic...age-_-Spot 01c-_-CatId_17_G180-140402

This has a $30 off coupon (QWQ49870) that brings it to $399 (until December 8). Slightly faster processor than the Lenovo, and 500GB instead of 320GB of HDD.
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Quote from gp32 View Post :
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applic...age-_-Spot 01c-_-CatId_17_G180-140402

This has a $30 off coupon (QWQ49870) that brings it to $399 (until December 8). Slightly faster processor than the Lenovo, and 500GB instead of 320GB of HDD.
Inferior build quality, and despite the faster clock speed, the Sandy Bridge processor of the Lenovo is probably better.
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I'm looking for a laptop for my cousin, he's going to start college soon and said these were the requirements:

Intel Core i3 CPU
~15" screen
preferably 4 GB RAM
preferably 500GB but can get by with less
Windows 7

There was an amazon lightnight deal last week for an Acer that had all of these things for 399 but I missed it Frown Please be on the lookout for a laptop with these specs & price, thanks!
429.99 Lenovo 15 inch i3 4GB 750GB [officedepot.com]

399.99 Dell 15 inch i3 4GB 640GB [costco.com]
319.99 Lenovo Pentium 15.6" Display 4GB [bestbuy.com] i3 w/o Intel HT

[bestbuy.com]
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If you know someone in the military, the Dell AAFES store has one for $349.99.

Core i3, 3G Ram, 320GB.
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Quote from cavepilot View Post :
If you know someone in the military, the Dell AAFES store has one for $349.99.

Core i3, 3G Ram, 320GB.
Meh, the one from Best Buy is only $30 more (and better equipped)...probably not worth the hassle unless he has immediate family willing to shop at AAFES for him.
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Meh, the one from Best Buy is only $30 more (and better equipped)...probably not worth the hassle unless he has immediate family willing to shop at AAFES for him.
Actually, I figured out its cheaper to customize one. Just picked up the following for my nephew for $254.99, no tax & free shipping.

Inspiron 15R
Processor: 2nd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2330M processor 2.20 GHz
Memory: 4GB Shared Single Channel DDR3 Memory
Monitor: 15.6; High Definition (720p) LED Display with TrueLifeTM
Video Card: Intel HD Graphics/HD Graphics 3000 with up to 1.6GB Dynamic Video Memory
Hard Drive: 500GB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive
System Color: Switch by Design Studio - Diamond Black
Operating System: Genuine Windows(R) 7 Home Premium, 64-Bit, English
Network Card: Integrated 10/100 Network Card
Adobe Reader: Adobe Acrobat X Reader
CD ROM/DVD ROM: 8X Tray Load CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
Sound: HD Audio 2.0 Support SRSTM Premium Sound
Wireless: Intel(R) Centrino(R) Wireless-N 1030, 1x2 bgn + Bluetooth
Webcam: Integrated 1.0 mega pixel widescreen HD Webcam
Security Software: McAfee SecurityCenter, 30-Day Trial
Battery: 48 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Service: 1 Year Mail-in Repair in 10-14 days after Remote Diag
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Quote from cavepilot View Post :
Actually, I figured out its cheaper to customize one. Just picked up the following for my nephew for $254.99, no tax & free shipping.

Inspiron 15R
Processor: 2nd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2330M processor 2.20 GHz
Memory: 4GB Shared Single Channel DDR3 Memory
Monitor: 15.6; High Definition (720p) LED Display with TrueLifeTM
Video Card: Intel HD Graphics/HD Graphics 3000 with up to 1.6GB Dynamic Video Memory
Hard Drive: 500GB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive
System Color: Switch by Design Studio - Diamond Black
Operating System: Genuine Windows(R) 7 Home Premium, 64-Bit, English
Network Card: Integrated 10/100 Network Card
Adobe Reader: Adobe Acrobat X Reader
CD ROM/DVD ROM: 8X Tray Load CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
Sound: HD Audio 2.0 Support SRSTM Premium Sound
Wireless: Intel(R) Centrino(R) Wireless-N 1030, 1x2 bgn + Bluetooth
Webcam: Integrated 1.0 mega pixel widescreen HD Webcam
Security Software: McAfee SecurityCenter, 30-Day Trial
Battery: 48 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Service: 1 Year Mail-in Repair in 10-14 days after Remote Diagnosis
How did you manage to get that machine for $25
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How did you manage to get that machine for $254.99?
Through the Dell AAFES website (military only). Just selected customize and then check all the options that have "subtract" next to them.

Strangely selecting the i3-2330M subtracts $122 from the default selection of the i3-2310M. Aren't these basically the same processor?
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bumping this thread. has anyone seen anything recently? Don't have AAFES unfortunately Smilie
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bumping this thread. has anyone seen anything recently? Don't have AAFES unfortunately Smilie

This is faster than an i3 for general use.
429.99 HP A8 15.6" 4GB 500GB [bestbuy.com]
399.99 HP AMD A6 15.6" 4GB 500GB [bestbuy.com]

379.99 Asus i3 14" Display 4GB [bestbuy.com]

339.99 Toshiba i3 4GB 320GB [ebay.com]

Intel(R) : PC Laptops - BestBuy [bestbuy.com
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Go to costco


i3-2330m 500gb 4gb ram, 15.6inch etc
399.99 with a 2 year warranty. acer, i own 3 of them. well i bought 3 ofthem, gave 1 too dad, 1 to friend for xmas and one specifically for school for me so i wouldnt have to lug my i7 powerhouse around.


good deal really, warranty alone. i cant find it online, you have to go into store and find it yourself, they have them in most costcos

costco has them stock im sure of it, they dont update the website with laptop/prices etc, just call them and ask if they have an acer for 399 personally owning one, they rock for what they are.
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