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Best Laptop Deals: Cheapest Lenovo Y40 Ever & Most Affordable 15" Core i3-Based Laptop

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This week's best laptop deals feature two record-breaking offers — the cheapest Lenovo Y40 we've ever seen and the most affordable 15" Core i3-based notebook we've laid our eyes on. We've also found deals on the Asus Transformer Book Flip and HP ENVY TouchSmart 14-k11nr Signature Edition.

  1. Lenovo Y40Lenovo IdeaPad Y40 Intel Haswell Core i7 2GHz 14" Laptop
    Store: Lenovo
    Price: $629 via coupon code "USPY4301113" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $71
    Expires: November 23

    Is It Worth It?: Lenovo's IdeaPad Y40 is an excellent machine for gamers and media junkies alike. Both will benefit from the laptop's 14" 1080p LCD, which is driven by an AMD Radeon R9 M275 2GB graphics card. The 5-lb. machine also carries enough punch for today's most popular games and media thanks to its Core i7-4510U 2GHz Haswell dual-core processor and 8GB RAM. Finally, Lenovo throws in a 500GB hybrid hard drive that includes an 8GB SSD. In terms of pricing, this Editors' Choice deal is the cheapest Y40 we've seen making no compromises in its hardware. Just make sure to act quick, coupon code "USPY4301113" ends November 23.

  2. Lenovo G50-70Lenovo G50-70 Intel Haswell Core i5 1.7GHz 15.6" Laptop
    Store: Lenovo
    Price: $449 via coupon code "USPG5991113" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $321
    Expires: November 23

    Is It Worth It?: If you don't require a 1080p screen and dedicated video card, the Lenovo G50-70 provides ample power with a budget-minded price tag. The 5.5-lb. machine packs a Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, 8GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive with 8GB SSD. Although we saw a Core i3-based version of this machine for $419 last month, this Editors' Choice deal is the cheapest Core i5-based configuration we've ever listed.

  3. ENVY TouchSmart 14-k11nrHP ENVY TouchSmart 14-k11nr Signature Edition Intel Haswell Core i5 1.6GHz 14" 3200x1800 Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: $699 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $200

    Is It Worth It?: The HP ENVY TouchSmart 14-k11nr Signature Edition is a stunner inside and out. This svelte 14" laptop weighs 4.4 lbs. and packs premium finishes like Beats Audio and a gorgeous 14" 3200x1800 touchscreen LCD. There's even a built-in 4G radio (service via T-Mobile) for when WiFi isn't readily available. On the inside, you'll find a Core i5-4200U 1.6GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 8GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. It's $200 off list and the best price we've seen for this machine.

  4. Acer V3-472P-324JAcer Aspire Intel Haswell Core i3 1.9GHz 14" Touchscreen Laptop bundled with Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 3-User 6-Month for Windows and Mac
    Store: Best Buy
    Price: $329.99 with free shipping EXPIRED
    Lowest By: $20

    Is It Worth It?: If you want a budget laptop that isn't built around a Pentium or Celeron-based processor, this $330 machine features a Core i3-4030U 1.9GHz dual-core Haswell processor. It's the cheapest 15" Core i3-based machine we've ever seen. Other specs include a 14" 1366x768 LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive.

  5. Asus Transformer BookASUS Transformer Book Flip Signature Edition Haswell Core i5 1.7GHz 13.3" 1080p Convertible Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: $699 (click on "PC Only") with free shipping
    Lowest By: $100

    Is It Worth It?: Using the same form factor that Lenovo pioneered with its Yoga line, the 3.9-lb. Asus Transformer Book Flip features a 13.3" 1080p touchscreen LCD that rotates 360 degrees, turning this ultrabook into a working tablet. However, what sets this machine apart from Lenovo's Yoga series is its spec sheet. To lower costs, Asus fitted the Transformer Book Flip with a Haswell Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 8GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. Compared to the Yoga, Mobile Geeks says the "Flip isn't as stylish or well balanced, but it does offer the user all of the advantages of the Yoga, minus the finesse."

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With over a decade of experience covering technology, Louis Ramirez has written for CNET, Laptop, Gizmodo, and various other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @louisramirez.
Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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