Looking for an affordable laptop with plenty of horsepower? Check out the 15.6-inchfrom Dell. Not only does it have a Skylake processor, a dedicated graphics card, and a full HD display, but using coupon code “EXTRA190” during checkout will drop your subtotal to just $549.
Inside, this configuration sports a sixth-generation dual-core 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-6500U CPU, a discrete AMD Radeon R5 M335 graphics card (4GB), 8GB of RAM, a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive, a DVD burner, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi support. As for the 15.6-inch display, it benefits from LED backlighting, a full HD resolution of 1,920 by 1,080, and an anti-glare coating.
The touchpad is large and precise — allowing for easy navigation wherever you are. And the keyboard? Not only is it spill-resistant, but it also offers a full number pad for quick data entry. Don’t forget the HDMI 1.4a port, USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet port, and SD card reader. Whether you’re plugged in at your desk or out in the field, this laptop is an outstanding workhorse.
Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) comes installed by default, but you’ll get a license forPro (64-bit) for free. Windows 7 is still receiving security patches, so you can stick with it for now if you’re still reliant on legacy software. But if you’re willing to go through the upgrade process, you’ll gain access to the likes of the Cortana personal assistant, Xbox One local game streaming, game DVR, and countless games and apps on the Windows Store.
Are you a heavy traveler? The Inspiron 15 5000 has a lot to offer for anyone who spends long stretches away from the office. While it’s a little on the heavy side, it makes up for that with power and flexibility. With the included four-cell 40WHr battery, you get up to seven hours of battery life on a single charge.
Even better, the battery is removable. If you know you’re going to be far away from power outlets, you can extend your computing experience by bringing along a spare. And since it measures less than an inch thick, it still fits comfortably in most luggage.
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