Need a Cheap Alternative to the MacBook Air? HP Laptop Goes for $399

If you're a diehard Apple fan, move along, there's nothing to see here but a low-priced Windows PC that can't possibly compare with your swank new MacBook Air. For everyone else, keep reading, because with a little coupon magic, you can own a pretty decent alternative to Apple's ultra-thin and light notebook for just $399.

The PC in question is HP's Pavilion dm1z. Before we get into pricing, let's have a peek at the spec sheet:
  • AMD dual-core E350 processor (1.6GHz, 1MB cache)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6310M graphics
  • 3GB DDR3 memory
  • 320GB 7200RPM hard drive
  • Webcam with integrated microphone
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • 6-cell battery
That's a respectable feature-set packed into an 11.6-inch notebook that, at its thinnest point, measures 0.8 inches and weighs 3.5 pounds. The current asking price is $549, but HP's currently offering an automatic $100 'laptop instant rebate,' bringing the price down to $449. But if you enter in coupon code NB5751, courtesy of, you can shave another $50, bringing the total to just $399.

Granted, it's not as sexy or light as the 11.6-inch MacBook Air, nor does it sport an SSD. But it is a decently spec'd machine that runs $700 less.

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