Acer Aspire E1 Intel Core i5-4200U 15.6-inch laptop for $399.99

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Newegg has a sale, good for the rest of the day, on the Acer Aspire E1-572-6870 Intel Core i5-4200U ULV notebook computer, which cuts its price to $399.99.

The deal, found here, requires use of the coupon code "SAVE10LAPTOPF," which expires today, Oct. 15. Even without the coupon code, the laptop is nicely priced, at $429.99. Newegg charges sales tax in California, New Jersey, and Tennessee.

Specifications include a 15.6" diagonal 1,366 x 768 display, an Intel Core i5-4200U ULV processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz, 4GB of RAM; a 500GB hard disk (not solid state disk, SSD fans) drive, a DVD burner; 802.11n + Bluetooth 4.0 support; a webcam; a 4-cell battery; and a one-yr warranty. It also sports the much maligned Windows 8 platform, which is due for a free upgrade to Windows 8.1 later this week.

The processor, to be clear, is Intel's latest Core technology, Haswell. The successor to Intel's Ivy Bridge Core architecture, Haswell uses the 22 nm process. It adds not just performance to the latest generation of processors, but better battery life. Microsoft, in fact, is betting heavily on the processor's battery life improvements to help its Surface Pro 2 sales.

Windows 8 is -- for many -- a big negative on the desktop, but what can you do? As an example of the problems with Windows 8, there is currently no way to boot directly into the desktop on stock Windows 8; instead you will go to Live Tiles-centric Metro UI which closely resembles Windows Phone. In Windows 8.1, Microsoft has acknowledged that it made a mistake with both this -- 8.1 can boot directly to desktop -- and the lack of a Start button.

Notably, though, the Start button in Windows 8.1 will not display a Start menu, along with it. That functionality is still missing.

Additionally, one big negative for power users is the inability to gain full administrator access in the OS. You might think, based on your UAC settings and what is displayed in the OS, that you have full access, but unless you edit a registry key, one that disallows Metro (or Modern) UI apps, you don't really have administrative access. You can follow the tutorial here.