As expected, Dell and AMD are busting out a cheap-as-free 15-incher this month -- and today looks to be the day. The new Inspiron 1501 sports a 15.4-inch WXGA display (presumably 1,280 x 800), and the base model sports a 1.6GHz AMD Sempron 3500+ processor, 512MB of RAM, a 60GB HDD, CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive, ATI Radeon Xpress1150 256MB integrated graphics, a 6-cell lithium ion battery and 802.11g Dell WiFi. Of course, it's the pricetag we're all here for, and Dell doesn't disappoint: the 1501 rocks a $549 starting pricetag. If you want a bit more power, you can spring for the $859 model which sports a Turion 64 processor, 1GB of RAM and other spec bumps, or one of the plentiful configurations in between. Yeah, we're a bit bummed that Dell couldn't quite manage to get one of these under $500, but the Inspiron 1501 still shouldn't disappoint buyers on a budget this holiday season who can't quite afford or have no need for Intel power in their laptop.

[Thanks, NateMan99]

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Dell and AMD get together for new Inspiron 1501 laptop