As one of its daily deals, Amazon offers the 5.1-lb. Samsung Series 3 Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.5GHz 15.6" LED-Backlit Widescreen Notebook
in Blue Silver (pictured), model no. NP300E5C-A03US, for $499.99
with free shipping
. That's $100 off and the best price we've seen for an Ivy Bridge Core i5-equipped Samsung Series 3 laptop. (For further comparison, we saw a similarly-configured Samsung 16" laptop with more RAM but a Sandy Bridge processor for the same price a week ago.) Features include an Intel Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Ivy Bridge dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 widescreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, webcam, card reader, HDMI, 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Deal ends today.
Need to transport your newly-acquired laptop? Amazon also offers the SwissGear 15.4" Notebook Backpack in Gray/Black, model no. SA9769, for $44.99 with free shipping. That's $55 off and the lowest total price we could find, although we saw it for $5 less last fall. Features include padded shoulder straps, a computer sleeve, water bottle pocket, sunglasses holder, and cell phone pocket.