Hot Deal: $499 Gateway NV Series w/ Intel Core i5 and Blu-Ray – In store only

The thing I love about looking for deals is that if you are paying attention sometimes you can get an even better deal than you thought. The limited time special on the Gateway NV5927U at Best Buy is a great example.

The Gateway NV5927U has a 15.6″ screen, Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB hard drive, SD card reader, Webcam, HDMI out and a Super Multi Blu-Ray drive. These specs are pretty incredible for a $499 notebook.

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Until Saturday at closing, most Best Buy locations are selling the Gateway NV5927U for $499. This notebook is advertised with a new Intel Core i3 processor rated at 2.13Ghz but most customers are reporting that it actually is running a more powerful Intel Core i5 M430 processor at 2.27 GHz. That’s right out of the box, not hacking, nothing just extra power for free. Several users on Slickdeals report that this would normally add close to $100 to the price — a reasonable amount since the HP Pavilion with an Intel Core i5 at Best Buy had a retail price $100 higher than the NV5927U did.


With that aside, here are some more details about the Gateway NV5927U notebook available in store at most Best Buy locations right now but if you can’t find it you may have to wait until Sunday when it is rumored to officially go on sale. My local store had them out with a hand written sign detailing the sale.

We picked this up for my wife last night who has been looking to replace her old notebook for a while. She had wanted something smaller but it was hard to pass up this deal especially since one of her requirements was a built in DVD player. This notebook would make a great deal for general computing activities like web surfing, document creation, watching movies and editing photos.

It is possible that this deal will extend through next week’s ad, but if it interests you, you would be well off to pick one up sooner rather than later. Another item to note is that if you ask a Best Buy employee about the processor switch they won’t know what you are talking about, so it’s best to keep that to yourself.

As of now this is only available in store. Check the local inventory here.

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Gateway NV5927U Detailed Specifications:

Processor Intel Coreâ„¢ i3-330M Processor<(2.13GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 3MB L2 Cache) with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Memory 4096MB Dual-Channel DDR3 1066MHz sDRAM
Hard Drive 320GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive
Color Sleek Honeycomb Case Design with NightSky Black Lid
Display 15.6″ HD Widescreen Ultrabrightâ„¢ LED-backlit Display (1366 x 768 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio)
Adapter AC Adapter
Application Software Microsoft® Works & Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 (60-day complimentary trial period)
Battery 6-Cell Lithium Ion (4400 mAh)
Chassis Chassis with Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator HD with 128MB of dedicated system memory supporting Microsoft® and Mobile Intel® HM55 Express Chipset
Convenience Features Gateway MyBackup Button, Touchpad Lock and Dedicated Numeric Keypad
Digital Media Software Cyberlink® Solutionâ„¢ featuring PowerDVDâ„¢ and Power2 Goâ„¢
Dimensions (Box) 3.97″ (H) x 16.6″ (W) x 12.4″ (D) or 101mm (H) x 421mm (W) x 314mm (D)
Dimensions (System) 1.02″-1.46″ (H) x 14.66″ (W) x 10.19″ (D) or 26-37mm (H) x 372mm (W) x 259mm (D)
External Ports (4) USB 2.0, VGA Port, HDMIâ„¢ Port
Keyboard and Mouse Full-Size Keyboard with Multi-gesture Touchpad
Media Card Reader Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader (Memory Stickâ„¢, Memory Stickâ„¢ Pro, Multi Media Cardâ„¢, Secure Digitalâ„¢, xD-Picture Cardâ„¢)6
Modem 56K ITU V.92 ready Fax/Modem (RJ-11 port)
Network 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
Optical Drive 4X Blu-ray Discâ„¢/DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
Productivity Software Adobe® Reader®, Adobe® Flash® Reader, Gateway MyBackup Solution, Gateway Recovery Management
Security Software Norton Internet Securityâ„¢ 2009 (60-day trial)3
Sound High-Definition Audio Support, Built-In speakers, Microphone, headphone/Speaker/Line-Out Jack with S/PDIF support4
Warranty 1 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty11
Web Camera Built-In Webcam
Weight 5.84 lbs. (2.65 kg) system unit only / 9.7 lbs. (4.39 kg.) box
Wireless Network 802.11b/g/Draft-N Wi-Fi CERTIFIEDâ„¢7

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