Quick update on one of yesterday's freebies: SharewareOnSale has procured more licenses for WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, so if you weren't able to snag a copy, you should be able to now.
Intel's Haswell processor has scored some pretty glowing reviews for offering improved battery life and graphics performance, but typically you have to pay a premium to get a laptop that has one.
Not today. For a limited time, Dell is offering the Inspiron 17 laptop for $399.99 shipped (plus sales tax in some states). It features a 17.3-inch display, a 500GB hard drive, and the fourth-generation, 1.7GHz Core i3-4010U processor.
One might argue that battery life isn't a big concern in a laptop that's likely to spend most of its time on a desk. Indeed, with a weight of around 6 pounds, the Inspiron isn't exactly a travel-friendly system. Even so, given a choice between good battery life and better battery life, I'll always choose the latter. And as for the integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics, I'll definitely take a boost in that department.
In most other respects, the Inspiron is fairly typical, with 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, a DVD burner, and a full-size keyboard with dedicated numeric keypad.
It also features both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the latter a nice perk if you want to pair the system with a Bluetooth speaker and stream music from any number of free online services.
I've seen other desktop replacement-class laptops for under $400, but not with a Haswell processor. If you want state-of-the-art hardware at the heart of your next PC, this might be worth a look.
Bonus deal: If your current TV antenna isn't quite getting the job done, reception-wise, Mohu makes an inline amplifier that might help. It normally sells for at least $50, but for a limited time, DealFisher has the Mohu Jolt HDTV Antenna Amplifier for $29.99 shipped. I'd check out the user reviews at Amazon, as this is definitely a your-mileage-may-vary kind of product. But if it works for you, 30 bucks is definitely a deal.
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