Quad-core laptops offer unparalleled performance at (usually) higher-than-average prices. However, this week's best laptop deals include four quad systems starting at $699. We've also found discounts on Sony's unique slider, the VAIO Duo 13, and a budget Inspiron from Dell.
Microsoft Store offers the HP ENVY Phoenix 800-060 Intel Haswell Core i7 3.4GHz Desktop PC for $999 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $101. It features an Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB 7200 rpm hard drive, DVD burner, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 645 2GB graphics card, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, media card reader, and Windows 8 64-bit.
Microsoft Store offers the 3.44-lb. HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11-e011nr AMD A4 11.6" Touchscreen Laptop, model no. E2S18UA#ABA, for $399 with free shipping. That's tied with our mention from a month ago and the lowest total price we could find by $5. (For further comparison, we briefly saw a similar build for $150 less in October.) Features include an AMD A4-1250 1GHz dual-core processor, 11.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, 3-cell battery, USB 3.0, HDMI, and Windows 8 (with a free upgrade to Windows 8.1). Note that an optical drive is not included.
Microsoft Store offers the HP ENVY 700-130 Intel Haswell Core i5 3GHz Desktop PC (no monitor), model no. H6U15AA#ABA, for $599 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $16, although most places charge $722 or more. Features include an Intel Core i5-4430 3GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 8GB RAM, 2TB 7200 rpm hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and Windows 8 64-bit.