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Deal: £300 Asus X502CA Core i3 laptop

Online retailer CCL offers the Asus X502CA-XX038H laptop for just under £300 with free delivery. The device packs an Intel Core i3-2117U processor clocked at 1.8GHz with two cores and 3MB L3 cache.

The rest of the configuration reads as follows: 4GB of system memory, a 320GB hard disk drive (spinning at 5,400RPM), an Intel HD 4000 Graphics GPU, Windows 8, a 15.6in display with a 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution, Gigabit connectivity, D-Sub, HDMI, three USB ports and a card reader and a webcam.

Note that there's no optical drive, which shaves a few hundred grams from the weight of the device, down to a mere 1.86Kg. Together with a thickness of 21.7mm, this laptop is similar to an Intel Ultrabook.

The Asus X502CA-XX038H is also packed with a number of Asus-exclusive technology like SonicMaster, AudioWizard, Smart Gesture (bigger touchpad), IceCool, Super Hybrid Engine II (which cuts the resume time to two seconds).

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