Adorama via eBay offers Asus A53E-IS51 15.6″ Notebook w/ Intel Core i5-2450M 2.5GHz 4GB RAM 500GB HDD for only $369.99 with free shipping. This is a an eBay Daily Deal. It's the lowest price for this Asus laptop, definitely a very good deal.
If you are planning to purchase an affordable decent 15.6″ i5 laptop, I believe Asus A53E-IS51 could be a perfect choice. It can handle your tasks without any problem.
- Intel Core i5-2450M processor 2.5GHz Turbo up to 3.1GHz
- 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM (8GB max.)
- 500GB 5400RPM HDD
- 15.6″ LED-backlit TFT LCD HD Display (1366×768)
- Intel HD graphics 3000
- 0.3 Mega Pixel web camera
- 802.11bgn Wireless
- 4-in-1 card reader
- Altec Lansing speakers
- 6-cell Li-ion Battery pack (5200mAh)
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (Upgradeable to Win 8 Pro at $14.99)
- HDMI port
- 14.9×10.0x1.1-1.4″ (WxDxH)
- 5.9lbs/2.67kg (with 6 cell battery)