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Deal: £499 Asus V550 Windows 8 laptop

Online retailer Very is currently giving a £100 cashback when you spend over £500 on computing items (anything from laptops to tablets). You need to choose the "buy now, pay later" option at check out to get it activated.

By using that combination, you can buy the Asus V550 (otherwise known as the V550CA-CJ105H) for £499. This is one of the newer members of the VivoBook range and it comes with a touchscreen display.

It is powered by an Intel Core i5-3317U processor with two cores, an Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU, 3MB L3 cache and a clock speed of 1.7GHz (capable of overclocking to 2.9GHz).

Other features include Asus' SonicMaster audio technology, instant-on capabilities, 6GB of RAM, a 1TB hard disk drive, a 15.6in display with a 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution, Wi-Fi, HDMI port, four USB, an island style keyboard, a dedicated numeric keypad.

More and more vendors are adding touchscreen capabilities to their laptops in a bid to encourage users to move to Windows 8.

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