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 continues to offer the 2.87-lb. Sony Vaio Duo 13 Intel Haswell Core i5 1.6GHz 13.3" Touchscreen Laptop in Carbon Black, model no. SVD13213CYB, for $999 with free shipping. That's tied with our mention from three weeks ago and $146 under the lowest total price we could find for a similarly configured Vaio Duo elsewhere. It includes a digitizer stylus and features an Intel Core i5-4200U Haswell 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 13.3" 1920x1080 touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, webcam, USB 3.0, HDMI, and Windows 8 with a free upgrade to 8.1. (No optical drive is included.)
Microsoft Store offers the Sony VAIO Tap 21 Intel Core i5 1.6GHz All-in-One 21.5" Touchscreen Desktop PC, model no. SVT21213CYB, for $899 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $101. It features an Intel Haswell Core i5-4200U 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 21.5" 1920x1080 touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hybrid hard drive, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, webcam, media card reader, and Windows 8 64-bit.