The Acer Aspire E1-572-6870 sports a fourth generation Intel Core i5-4200U processor running at 2.6GH. This is a Haswell processor, and promises improved performance and battery life over the prior generation Intel Core Ivy Bridge processors. The deal can be found here.
The laptop includes, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB hard disk drive (sorry, it's not a solid-state drive, but that would seriously drive up the price), a 15.6 inch display, and Windows 8 64-Bit. Shipping is $10.78, and Tigerdirect.com charges sales tax in Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, South Dakota and Texas. This is one of the best prices we've seen so far on an Intel Core i5 Haswell laptop.
The screen's resolution is 1366 x 768 on an Active Matrix TFT Color LCD display. While it comes with 4GB of DDR3 RAM, maximum possible RAM is 8GB. It ships with two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, an RJ-45 Ethernet port, a VGA port, and an HDMI port.
The WiFi adapter built into the laptop supports 802.11b/g/n.
The $50 mail-in rebate expires on Nov. 2, 2013.
Here's how TigerDirect.com describes the laptop:
Your computing lifestyle will never be the same once you have this spectacular Aspire Notebook PC from Acer. This notebook PC is powered by a 4th generation Intel Core i5-4200U 2.6GHz processor to provide you with a fast and efficient computing performance for handling all your daily activities. Its 4GB of DDR3 memory helps enhance the system's multitasking capabilities, even during intense workloads. With its ample 500GB Hard Disk Drive, you'll be able to store a large number of your important files, documents, downloads, videos, and more. The notebook PC also features a brilliant 15.6 in. Display so you can view and manage your various applications in crystal-clear fashion. Plus, it has integrated wireless LAN making it easy to handle all you needs on the internet.
One big negative for the device is the fact that there is no integrated optical drive. While keeping both the cost and weight down, it's a major disappointment for a full-sized laptop. All that being said, external optical drives are very inexpensive nowadays; still, having to carry around extra hardware is never appealing.