This is an "OK" deal for people that aren't technical. But for computer geeks like myself, there are potentially better deals. I just spec'd this system out for my cousin and it comes in just under the same price as this Woot lappy. ($592 for my recommended system)
Lenovo G580 - $450
- Core i5 3210M (2.50GHz)
- 4GB DDR3 1600
- 500GB HDD
- same 15.6" screen
4GB RAM - $26
Dedicated 128GB SSD - $90
External USB3 SATA3 case - $26
So what all does this get the more techy person?
An overall better processor. The 3317U in Woot's laptop isn't quite as good as the one in my recommendation, the 3210M. Mine has slightly higher power draw, but it's faster in both CPU and GPU. It also uses PCIe rev3, versus Woot's CPU using PCIe rev2. And processing wise, it's more efficient, so you're getting more done in a shorter period of time.
In my setup, you're getting a dedicated high performance 128GB SSD and you can take the original 500GB HDD and place it in the conveniently supplied external USB3, self-powered enclosure. For some, this is a more secure practice for data protection since it's now an "online/offline" source of data backup. All your eggs ("data") aren't in one basket ("the laptop").
As for people seeing "dual core" and scoffing...Looking down because it's a "dual core" is simply an uneducated view. It's a multithreaded chip, so guess what? When you look in Task Manager or Process Explorer, you're going to see 4 CPUs represented, not 2. These processors effectively run circles around AMD's comparable A-series of multicore chips, as well as Intel's own previous line of true quad core chips. These processors are much more efficient in terms of raw processing and data prediction.
Lastly, from what I can tell, my recommendation comes with a better battery. More cell and higher "Ah" rating means longer overall battery life. And because you may not always have your external drive plugged in, you aren't constantly spinning an internal HDD like in Woot's setup.
For $7 less than Woot, my setup is faster in CPU, graphics, and primary disk performance. You get slightly less HDD space (~100GB), but you get it more portable and safely kept.
POST EDIT: Either system should be able to have Win8 removed and Win7 installed. Lenovo (unlike HP and some others) is very good about driver support with legacy and TBA operating systems.
As well, I specifically said mine is for 'tech' people because 1) it requires swapping out parts and 2) reloading your preferred choice of OS, in this case, Win7 for most people.
Win8 is intended for tablets, phones, and touchscreen devices. Consumer desktops & laptops, not so much. (different topic, different rant)