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Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 Core i7 laptop available from £549.98

Online retailer Dabs is selling the Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 laptop for as little as £549.95 after a £50 cashback offer, one that ends next month. Despite its relatively affordable price tag, this notebook packs some rather impressive components.

It runs on an Intel Core i7 CPU, the i7-3520M processor, one that runs at 2.9GHz with an overclock to 3.6GHz. It comes with two cores only (rather than four) and 6MB cache as well as an Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU.

Other features include 8GB of PC3-12800 RAM (that's the maximum amount of system memory it supports), a 1TB hard drive (SATA300 and spinning at 5,400RPM), a 15.6in 1,366 x 768 pixel display, a webcam, Wi-Fi, an Ethernet port, a card reader, Windows 8, a DVD writer, a dedicated numeric keypad and a chassis made out of polycarbonate ABS.

Next week will see the arrival of a new generation of Intel processor based on the Haswell architecture. Expect the current generation of laptops (and basically anything based on Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge) to be cleared out sooner rather than later. You can check out our review of the Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 laptop here.

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