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Best Laptop Deals: $108 Off the New MacBook Pro Retina, $100 Off MBA

For the second consecutive week, Apple laptops are taking the top spots in our laptop deals of the week. To start, Expercom takes $108 off the just-announced 15" MacBook Pro Retina, which now packs 16GB of RAM and a faster CPU. Alternatively, students with an active .edu e-mail can take $100 off the 13" MacBook Air at Best Buy or if you don't have a .edu account, slash up to $410 off select Lenovo, HP, and Dell laptops.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in August

August is a fantastic month for shopping, but you still need to shop wisely. Back-to-school sales and state sales tax holidays mean laptop deals are hot — but watch out for Apple's notoriously bad discounts. That, plus travel, patio furniture, and more!

Best Laptop Deals: 2 MacBook Air Deals That Beat Apple's Back-to-School Sale

Apple laptops tend to dominate many college campuses. But if Apple's premium prices keep you from your dream machine, fear not, for this week's best laptop deals include two Editors' Choice 2014 MacBook Air deals that trump Apple's own back-to-school sale. We've also got deals on Lenovo's updated Flex 2 hybrid and a do-it-all desktop replacement from HP.

Weekend Jolt: Vonage Phone System for Free, Cheapest Ever Acer 16" Laptop

Whether you're shopping to enable self-improvement or procrastination, we've found a host of new sales and savings to help you save big on small treats. Dick's Sporting Goods is hosting its best ever sale, while you can bag the cheapest ever Acer 16" laptop at Fry's. These deal, and more are in today's list of five Editors' Choice deals that we found overnight and early this morning.

Gaming Laptop Buying Guide: What Specs Do You Need?

A "good gaming laptop" used to be an oxymoron, and "cheap gaming laptop" still might be one. But our gaming laptop buying guide covers the most important parts of any system, helping gamers find the high-end processing and graphics that still fit most budgets.

Here's Why Your Next Laptop Should Have a Touchscreen

There are many practical reasons for wanting a laptop with a touchscreen display, but with deals that are over 50% cheaper than last year's, touchscreen notebooks are finally enjoying their moment in the spotlight. As back-to-school sales begin, here's what you can expect to pay and where to go for the best bargains.

Why Your Next Laptop Should Have a Touchscreen

According to NPD DisplaySearch, as many as 19.8 million touch-enabled notebook PCs shipped last year, and the number is expected to increase in 2014. And being the natural penny pinchers we are, we decided to track deals on touchscreen laptops to see where prices are going and how they compare to traditional systems. Our conclusion? Your next laptop purchase needs to include a touch display.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in January

The new year is upon us, and after all that shopping you likely did during the holidays, you may be looking forward to giving your credit card a rest. But January is an excellent month to buy certain things like winter apparel or early Valentine's Day gifts.

6 Things Not to Buy Before Christmas

Not everyone has the luxury of giving gifts after the holidays are over, but if you're looking to fill your own holiday stocking, take heed of the shopping list below filled with six products you should buy after Christmas.

Best Cyber Monday Week Laptops: Refurb Ivy Bridge Machines from $400

It's true that Thanksgiving and Black Friday are typically flush with excellent laptop deals, but so far the deals are lasting through Cyber Monday Week. We've got a handful of Editors' Choice laptop deals that offer significant savings on a variety of manufacturers including the cheapest 17" Haswell Core i7 HP ENVY for under $730.

Best Black Friday Laptops: Buy a Super-Charged Laptop and Get a Free 50" TV

This Black Friday, touchscreen laptops have hit the mainstream and we've got the Editors' Choice laptop deals to prove it! But even if you're not tied to touch-capable displays, we've got all types of laptop steals, including a high-end MSI configuration that comes with a free 50" TV.

UPDATE: Why Wait? 11 Black Friday Doorbusters You Can Score Right Now

With this year's Black Friday sales, merchants are going the extra mile and quietly dropping their prices days ahead of schedule, meaning you can score some of Black Friday's best deals right now. We've rounded up all the items we could find that were already marked down to their advertised Black Friday price or lower.

UPDATE: Best Black Friday Laptop Ads: Cheapest Chromebook EVAR!

Hear that? It's the clock ticking away the minutes until the Black Friday laptop sales officially begin. Until then, we'll keep rounding up the best of the Black Friday laptop ads so far. Read on to see what the latest crop of ads has yielded.

The Best Black Friday Laptop Ads: Cheapest 12" & 14" Touchscreens Ever

This year, we've already seen laptop prices hit historic lows. Can this year's Black Friday sales do better? If the ads are any indication, the answer is a resounding yes!

Best Buy Black Friday Ad: Some Serious Steals, But Don't Bite on Apple Deals

We've already had a chance to review the ads from Target and Walmart, and now that the entire Best Buy Black Friday ad is available, our picture of Black Friday 2013 is getting clearer by the minute. From what we can tell, Best Buy will have some seriously competitive prices on Black Friday, as long as you're shopping for anything but Apple.

Windows 8 Hybrids That Give the Surface Pro 2 a Run for Its Money

Priced at $899, Microsoft's new Surface Pro 2 isn't the cheapest Windows 8 hybrids available, especially when you add the $120 Touch Cover 2. Check out these Windows 8 hybrid alternatives to see if the new Surface tablets actually offer the best specs for your budget.

Black Friday Laptops 2013: Doorbuster Deals for $170

2013 was a roller-coaster year for the laptop industry. While we saw the introduction of a new, energy-efficient processor from Intel, much of the year was overshadowed by weak laptop sales. And although many analysts are predicting the death of the laptop, we know that when it comes to productivity, the laptop is still king. And with laptop prices lower than they've ever been before, it's a buyer's market. But how far will your money and which systems will see the best laptop deals this Black Friday?

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in September

September is an odd month for shopping, since summer has officially come to a close, and we're inching ever closer to Black Friday. But September has its own deal virtues, including Labor Day sales! So, we've mined the extensive dealnews archives of sales, coupons, and individual products from the past few summers to find out what are the best and worst things to buy in September.

Opt for AMD Instead of Intel and Save Up to 38% on Your Next Laptop

While back-to-school sales and falling consumer demand have brought notebook prices to all-time lows recently, there's still another way for shoppers to get even more bang for their buck on a laptop this summer. In fact, if people opt for an AMD processor, they could slash up to 38% off their final price.

The Best Laptops for PC Gaming

Are you a devoted PC gamer that wants to break away from your desktop? Luckily, there are great gaming laptops on the market that are sure to free you from your desktop burdens.

Deal Highlight: High-End Ivy Bridge Laptops Coming in at All-Time Low Prices

We've mentioned before that laptop prices will drop now that Intel has unveiled its newest processor, but we've typically focused on budget configurations. Today's Editors' Choice deal on a beefed up HP dv6t, however, shows that even high-end laptops are seeing all-time low prices.

5 Reasons Why This Summer Is a Perfect Storm for Laptop Deals

Laptop sales are in the dumps, Windows 8 turned out to be a failure, and tablet shipments will soon outnumber that of notebooks. Despite the gloomy forecast, it's a buyer's market for laptops and this summer you can expect to see some outstanding deals.

Avoid Intel's New Haswell CPUs, Buy Ivy Bridge Laptops Now

On Monday, Intel will officially debut its fourth generation Core processors, code name Haswell. For tech aficionados, the new chips mean it's time for a new laptop. But for bargain hunters, Haswell means another round of price cuts on Intel's Ivy Bridge systems. With prices already near all-time lows, how much cheaper can laptop deals get?

Windows 8 Sales Are Terrible, But That's Great News for Laptop Deals

Windows 8 isn't doing so hot. The touch-based operating system hasn't been popular with consumers, and as a result, Microsoft is now discounting manufacturer licenses for the OS. So what do you get when you mix these discounts with low adoption rates from the public? Insanely good laptop deals, that's what!

Best Laptop Deals: All-Time Low Retina MacBook & Ivy Bridge Dell Inspiron 15

This week's top laptop deals include an all-time low on the 15" MacBook Pro Retina, a super-charged IdeaPad Y400 with a 2GB graphics card, and the cheapest Core i5-based Dell Inspiron 15 we've seen.

Sony VAIO Laptop Reviews: The Pros & Cons to 4 Different VAIO Models

The Sony VAIO turns 15 this year, and the brand is still going strong. To celebrate the model's success, we've compiled reviews on four VAIO series that are consistently available at budget-friendly prices. Which Sony VAIO laptop is right for you?

Best Laptop Deals: All-Time Low on 2 Windows 8 Laptop / Tablet Hybrids

This week's top laptop deals include an all-time low on the HP ENVY x2 laptop / tablet hybrid, new price drops on the 15" MacBook Pro Retina, and a new low on ASUS' dual-screen Windows 8 hybrid, the Taichi.

Best Laptop Deals: Cheapest Ever Lenovo G580, ASUS 11" Touch Ultraportable

This week's top laptop deals include an all-time low on the Lenovo Essential G580, the cheapest 11.6" ASUS touchscreen ultraportable we've seen, and a new low on Lenovo's NVIDIA-based IdeaPad Yoga 11.

A Techie's Top 5: ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley Lifts a Toast to Microsoft Gadgets

Despite Microsoft's image crisis, the PC maker still has some loyal followers, one of which runs a blog all about the company. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley is a Microsoft user by choice and in this week's techie top five pays hommage to the purveyor of Windows with her favorite non-Apple gadgets.

Best Laptop Deals: Cheapest MacBook Pro Retina and Touch-Enabled XPS 12

This week's top laptop deals include a new all-time low on Apple's 15" MacBook Pro Retina laptop, Dell's highly-praised XPS 12 touchscreen ultrabook, and the least-expensive Alienware M17x desktop replacement we've seen.

Expect New Presidents' Day Deals to Be Released Throughout the Weekend

With Presidents' Day deals already springing up, it's naturally time to honor our founding father with sales on mattresses, appliances, and clothing. Find out what major retailers are offering, and what's in store for the rest of the weekend.