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Deal: £499 Asus V550 laptop

Meet the Asus VivoBook V550CA-CJ104H laptop, one which is currently on sale at Very for a mere £499. The newest member of that family runs on a dual-core Intel Core i3-2365 processor, one clocked at 1.4GHz with a 3MB L3 cache and a third generation Ivy Bridge model, which means that it comes with an Intel HD Graphics GPU.

There's also 6GB of RAM, a 1GB hard disk drive, a 15.6in touchscreen display with a 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution, Wi-Fi, three USB ports, HDMI, Windows 8 and a striking finish that reminds us of more expensive models. More specifically, the keyboard has island-style keys and they're of the more elaborate black style.

Asus used an elegant hairlined brushed aluminium design and included its SonicMaster audio technology as well as an Instant-On feature, which allows the laptop to reduce its start time to a minimum.

Expect to see similar laptops at an even cheaper price point by the end of the year as touchscreen displays reach mainstream status and breach the £300 barrier.

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