The deal the OP posted has 8GB of ram and has a midnight black aluminum finish.
The deal on ebay only has 6GB and has the natural aluminum finish.
The one on ebay is better because it has the a10-4600m compared to the 1sad which has the a8-4500m. At newegg has a cheaper asus k55n laptop with the a8-4500m cpu for $300 and I was able to get it for $30 less with v.me discount. Too bad it was sold out now.
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2) Can the DVD be replaced with an SSD? Or worse case would I replace the HD with an SSD and live with the HD being USB3? That is, is USB3 close to reg HD through-put?
3) Does this model have an heat issues? My current (admittedly lower-line) HP chokes on heat about once a week. Drives me nuts. It also does help that the vents on the bottom get covered when it's used as a laptop.
Here[ebay.com] is a slightly better deal and you don't have to wait 10-14 business days for the order to ship.
With 2GB less Ram also
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Good price if you're willing to risk no customer service of any kind and are willing to wait a month or longer for delivery. In the past I've had two orders from 1saleaday show that they shipped, but all they do is issue tracking numbers a week or two before actually shipping.
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