From quad-core packing gaming rigs to the ultra-sleek MacBook Air, this week's roundup of the best laptop deals includes five systems with top-of-the-line specs starting at just $799.Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro 1.7GHz 13.3" Ultrabook
Price: $799 via coupon code "USPY2P37226" with free shipping
Lowest By: $130
Expires: March 6
Is It Worth It?: The Yoga 2 Pro is a "an excellent ultrabook, even without digging into its hybrid capabilities," says CNET. The 3.4-lb. Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Intel Haswell Core i5 1.7GHz 13.3" Convertible Touchscreen Ultrabook masquerades as a thin ultrabook, but its rockstar feature is a lid that folds back a full 360 degrees to form either a thick tablet, or a stand/kiosk device when folded back partially. Other features include an Intel Haswell Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 13.3" 1080p touchscreen, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series 2.4GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Dell Home
Price: $799 with free shipping
Lowest By: $400
Is It Worth It?: The newest Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series 7548 Broadwell Core i7 2.4GHz 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop has a lot to offer the mainstream buyer. For starters, it's been outfitted with Intel's latest Core i7-5500U 2.4GHz Broadwell dual-core processor. Joining the energy-saving CPU are 8GB of RAM, a 15.6" touchscreen 1080p LCD, and a 1TB hard drive. Although we saw it bundled with a free Dell tablet last week, this deal is still a serious contender for anyone in the market for a new notebook.
Apple MacBook Air 1.4GHz 13.3" Laptop
Store: Big Value Inc via eBay
Price: $829.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $89
Is It Worth It?: Although it's facing an onslaught of younger, more powerful competition, the 2014 MacBook Air is still standing strong. eBay is currently offering this machine, which PC Mag calls "one of the best ultraportables around," for $830. The 2.9-lb. Apple MacBook Air Intel Haswell Core i5 1.4GHz 13.3" LED-Backlit Laptop features an Intel Haswell Core i5 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 13.3" 1440x900 LED-backlit LCD, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and 802.11ac wireless.
Acer Aspire VN7 Nitro Black Edition 2.6GHz 15.6" Laptop
Price: $899 with free shipping
Lowest By: $100
Is It Worth It?: "The latest machine from laptop giant Acer is a high-end entertainment model with a Full HD screen and a powerful NVIDIA graphics core," says Trusted Reviews. At $899, it's among the cheapest gaming-oriented laptops on the market. The Acer Aspire VN7-591G-73Y5 Nitro Black Edition Intel Haswell Core i7 2.6GHz 15.6" 1080p Laptop features an Intel Core i7-4720HQ 2.6GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 15.6" 1080p LCD, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 4 GB graphics card.
Alienware 18 2.5GHz 18.4" Laptop
Store: Dell Home
Price: $1,749.99 via coupon code "WLZ51CWCLDRMFC" with free shipping
Lowest By: $350
Expires: March 27
Is It Worth It?: "The Alienware 18 gaming laptop is an unapologetic show of opulence and riches," says PC Mag. But this laptop isn't just bells and whistles. According to PC Mag, it also has the power to play AAA gaming titles at full 1080p HD resolution with all the eye candy and quality settings turned up. The Alienware 18 Intel Haswell Core i7 2.5GHz 18.4" 1080p Laptop features an Intel Haswell Core i7-4710MQ 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, and dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB cards (4GB total).The system "simply crushes all before it," concludes Laptop.