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Toshiba Satellite P850-12X Core i7 Laptop down to £499

As part of Currys' 100 hours sale, you can get the Toshiba Satellite P850-12X laptop for only £499, down from £550. The laptop is refurbished but comes with a full warranty from the online retailer.

What makes the laptop such a bargain is the sheer amount of raw performance it delivers at this price range. It is equipped with an Ivy Bridge-based Intel Core i7 processor, the i7-3610QM, which is clocked at 2.3GHz and has four cores and 6MB L3 cache.

There’s also 8GB of RAM, a massive 1TB hard disk drive, an Nvidia Geforce GT630M graphics card with 2GB dedicated memory, a DVD writer, VGA and HDMI ports, a card reader, four USB 3.0 ports, an island-style keyboard with a full size keypad, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a HD webcam and an Ethernet port.

Designwise, the laptop is a rather good-looking model with a thin screen bezel and a silver finish. However, its disappointments are that it runs Windows 7 Home Premium (and not Windows 8) and that its display is a 15.6in 1,366 x 768 pixel TruBrite model.

But, all in all, the P85012X is an excellent choice for gamers and those looking for the sheer power provided by the i7 processor. For more details, check out our review of the laptop.

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