Lenovo might not have the hip design cachet of some brands, but its laptops are usually solid critters. $599 (after a $100 cashback) for a Core i5 2.4GHz 15.6 inch Laptop is decent value if you need a new workhorse machine. [Shopping Express via Top Bargains]
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