2. Best Buy - Lenovo AMD Dual Core 15.6” Laptop ($179.99)
Best Buy has found the solution to this problem -- undercut them both! Most netbooks hover around the $200 price point and feature lackluster processors like the Intel Atom, which is decent for light computing but can leave much to be desired once you begin to multitask. Make no mistake about it: the success of netbooks is one that has exists only because of their price, so $179.99 is a dynamite price for a full-fledged laptop. But this unit brings more to the table than a great price.
First, the Lenovo brand is one of the best in computing. If you’ve never heard of them, they are what became of IBM’s personal computer line, so they bring to the table that same history of quality and reliability. The screen size is ample at 15.6”, which bests the 14” offered by most discount laptops and absolutely trumps the 10” screens found in netbooks. Add in a dual-core AMD processor, Radeon HD 6310 graphics acceleration for light gaming, 2GB DDR3 ram and a 250GB hard drive, and you’ve got a deal in laptops that likely won’t be surpassed until next Black Friday, if at all. Unless you absolutely need the ultra-portability that netbooks and tablets offer, this is the deal to strive for to meet your portable computing needs.