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$350 Asus Laptop

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amazon link - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011KFQASE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=tbpre-20

 

tech bargains link - http://www.techbargains.com/deal/84821/asus-f555la

 

I hope that link works.

 

 

Technical Details

Screen Size 15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution 1920*1080 pixels
Processor 2.1 GHz Core i3-5010U
RAM 4 GB DDR3
Hard Drive 500 GB
Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD
Wireless Type 802.11 A/C
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2

Brand Name Asus
Series F555LA
Item model number F555LA-AB31
Operating System Windows 10
Item Weight 5.1 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H 10.10 x 15 x 1 inches
Color Black
Processor Brand Intel
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 5400 RPM
Optical Drive Type DL DVD±RW/CD-RW
Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

 

Screen is on the average/large end and it's not exactly light nor compact but it's cheap and it has a 1080p screen. CPU is the latest architecture too; Broadwell.

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Different laptop but related to the topic, add ~$100 and you get a number of upgrades (i3 -> i5, 4gb -> 8gb, 500gb hdd-> 128gb ssd) in the laptop below vs the one in the OP. I would argue it's a better value than the Asus.

$460 - ​https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CGGOZOW/

HP 15-ay013nr
Intel Core i5 6200U, 2.3GHz, 2 cores 4 threads (Skylake)
Intel graphics HD 520
8GB DDR3
128GB SSD
15.6", 1080p screen

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On 8/15/2016 at 9:45 AM, kuhla said:

Different laptop but related to the topic, add ~$100 and you get a number of upgrades (i3 -> i5, 4gb -> 8gb, 500gb hdd-> 128gb ssd) in the laptop below vs the one in the OP. I would argue it's a better value than the Asus.

$460 - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CGGOZOW/

HP 15-ay013nr
Intel Core i5 6200U, 2.3GHz, 2 cores 4 threads (Skylake)
Intel graphics HD 520
8GB DDR3
128GB SSD
15.6", 1080p screen

Same idea as this previous post: I was a little surprised to see this randomly linked and to see how much laptop you can buy for around $450.

Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R4Z2
https://www.microcenter.com/product/608460/aspire-5-a515-43-r4z2-156-laptop-computer---black

https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/NX.HF6AA.001

  • $450
  • Ryzen 5 3500U (Zen+ not Zen2, 4c8t, 2.1GHz base) CPU + Vega 8 GPU
  • 8GB DDR4 (2 x 4GB)
  • 512GB SSD (PCIe NVMe)
  • 15.6" screen @ 1080p
  • Ethernet port
  • No type-C USB

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17 hours ago, Jedi2155 said:

Is this machine aimed for a parent?

I'm not sure who it's really aimed at. Both the CPU and GPU are relatively new and a little beefier than I feel is really needed for your average casual user so I was surprised to see something like that under the $500 mark. EDIT: and I forgot to mention that 1080p screen res is unfortunately still not 100% standard in budget laptops

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