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The best laptop deal in the UK: £255.98 HP 650 notebook

The HP 650 (otherwise known as the H5V09EA) is a regular item on our Tech Deal Pro and we saw a unit recently with 4GB and 320GB being published. HP has extended the cashback offer that made it so alluring and bumped up the specification.

You can now get it from Laptopsdirect from £255.98 after a whopping (and exclusive) £114 discount as over and above the £100 cashback offer (which ends in July), Laptopsdirect also gives a £15 cashback when you subscribe to Which? magazine and pay £1 for a trial issue, something you can cancel immediately after receiving that first copy.

As for the HP 650, it comes with an Intel Core i3 2328M processor, a dual-core unit clocked at 2.2GHz with 3MB cache and based on the Sandy Bridge architecture.

There's also 6GB of RAM, a 500GB hard disk drive, Windows 8 Pro (which clearly indicates the audience the HP 650 is going after), a DVD writer, a 15.6in 1,366 x 768 pixel display, Intel HD graphics, Wi-Fi, Altec Lansing speakers but no dedicated numeric keypad.

It is hard to understand how HP makes any profit out of such a deal given that this laptop is significantly cheaper than other comparable rival units.

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