Asus Q400 laptop: Core i7, 750GB HDD, 8GB RAM for $499 AR (refurbished)

Tigerdirect.com has a deal on a powerful Asus laptop, which brings its price $300 below the same model at huge Internet rival Amazon.com.

This deal is for the Asus Q400A Laptop Computer. This particular configuration features a third generation Intel Core i7-3632QM processor running at 2.2GHz, along with 8GB of DDR3 RAM. It also sports a 750GB hard drive, a DVD-RW optical drive, a 14 inch display, along with the 64-bit version of Windows 8. All of this costs a mere $499.

To be clear, TigerDirect.com's version is for a refurbished laptop, and the $799 pricing at Amazon.com is for a new laptop.

The Tigerdirect deal includes a rebate. Without the rebate, the price would be $549, still a stellar deal. There is a limit of three rebates per person, billing address, company, or household.

In addition to the above specifications, this Asus Q400A Laptop Computer has an Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU, which means it will play games decently well, but don't expect it to match up to a Geforce GPU in SLI mode.

The laptop also comes with two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 port. As you'd expect, it has built-in high-speed wi-fi support (802.11n) . It also has an Integrated 10/100/1000 Mbps Fast Ethernet LAN port with an RJ-45 connector.

The Asus Q400A Laptop Computer weighs just 4.2 lbs. and measures just 1.3" in thickness.

Tigerdirect.com is a reputable company, and although this laptop is refurbished, unless cosmetic dings are an issue for you, we would heavily bank on the offer's reliability. Here's what the company says about refurbished products from its site:

The terms refurbished and recertified are used interchangeable to describe products that manufacturers refurbished, inspected, brought back to original manufacturer’s specification then tested and repackaged for sale. Some manufacturers refurbish products themselves and others use a qualified third party refurbisher. Refurbished products represent a great value and we offer them with confidence knowing that every refurbished product was tested at least twice, once when it was first manufactured and again during the refurbishing process.

Refurbished products are warranted by either the original manufacturer or the manufacturer’s third party refurbisher. Warranty terms applicable to refurbished products may vary; see below for specific warranty information and consider purchasing an extended service plan if you desire even more coverage.

According to the site, this laptop has a limited warranty 3 months for parts and 3 months for labor.