Deal of the week: A Core i7 laptop for $999.99

— 5:16 PM on December 18, 2009

We love thin-and-light laptops here at TR. But that doesn't mean our readers shouldn't even look at desktop replacement notebooks—those can be fine systems for road warriors who need all the processing power they can get. So, for this week's deal post, we're recommending something along those lines. Newegg currently strips $200 off the price of Lenovo's Core i7-powered IdeaPad Y550, taking it down to a cool $999.99.

The IdeaPad Y550 has a 15.6" display and weighs 6.06 lbs, so you probably won't be taking it to Starbucks. However, this thing packs some pretty powerful hardware: a quad-core Core i7-720QM processor, Nvidia GeForce GT 240M discrete graphics, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB hard drive, a DVD burner, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a six-cell lithium-ion battery (which probably won't last all that long, but that's not the point here).

Intel's Core i7-720QM has a base clock speed of only 1.6GHz, but as we noted in our mobile Core i7 review, Turbo Boost lets it hit 2.8GHz with one active core and 2.4GHz with two—not slow by any means, especially since this CPU has Hyper-Threading enabled. Meanwhile, the 40-nm GeForce GT 240M comes with 48 stream processors and 1GB of GDDR3 RAM, so it should run games at lower resolutions happily enough.

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