Expires soon: Gateway NE56R50u Intel Core-i3 laptop for $309.99

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Consumers looking for a laptop with an Intel Core processor, who don't need the top-of-the-line i7, may want to look at this deal for a Gateway NE56R50u laptop, which sports a 2.3Ghz Intel Core i3-2348M CPU.

The price of the 15.6-inch laptop is already low, at $329. It's hardly a bargain-basement notebook computer, as it does have a Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. With the Coupon Code: "VME20BTS," the price is lowered to $309.99 and includes free shipping.

Notably, this deal expires on Sept.9. Customers must checkout with V.me by Visa.

The Gateway NE56R50u laptop has the following specifications:

15.6-inch diagonal screen
1366 x 768 screen resolution
Intel Intel Core i3-2348M 2.3GHz Dual-Core CPU
Intel HD Graphics 3000
DVD burner
802.11n + gigabit wired Ethernet
HDMI
Windows 8
6-cell battery
Weight: 5.5 pounds
One year warranty

Sadly, for those who would choose to skip moving to Microsoft's latest desktop platform due to its "Modern UI" and tablet focus, there seems to be no option to "downgrade" to Windows 7.

Also, the CPU is an Ivy Bridge CPU, which is last year's Core processor version. It won't sip battery power like the new Haswell processors will. Average battery life is estimated to be 4.5 hours.

In addition, the graphics card is an integrated Intel GPU, meaning it's not going to be able to run the latest and greatest games.

A quick look at Amazon.com shows a price there of $396.45, so this is a savings of over 20 percent. The customer rating on the laptop shows this is a good deal, as well: It is averaging 3.7 stars out of 5.

Still, as a laptop for school, word processing, or other more prosaic work, this might just foot the bill.

You might recognize the name Gateway. At one time, it was a major competitor for Dell. While now, even Dell seems to be languishing, Gateway fell on hard times much sooner. According to Wikipedia:

"On October 16, 2007, Acer Inc. completed its acquisition of Gateway for approximately US$710 million. Its final share price of US$1.90 was far below the US$4.00 average price in the mid-1990s and drastically below a high of US$84 in late 1999. The US$1.90 per share was just barely over half of the split-adjusted IPO price of US$3.75 in 1993."