Down but not out, Apple's 2012 MacBook Pro makes a comeback in this week's best laptop deals, selling for an all-time price low of $900. If you require a little more punch from your laptop, we've also found deals on two powerhouse systems from Lenovo complete with 1080p screens and dedicated video cards starting at $649. Last but not least is Acer's 4-in-1 Switch, which Laptop says successfully blurs the line between laptops and tablets.
Apple MacBook Pro Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.5GHz 13.3" LED-Backlit Laptop
Store: Dig Jungle via eBay
Price: $899.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $100
Is It Worth It?: Although we've seen this MacBook Pro at this price before, it's not a common sight. In fact, it only hit this price three times last year. (Outside of refurbs, of course.) Just keep in mind that this is the mid-2012 model, which means you'll get an Ivy Bridge CPU and a non-Retina screen. The Editors' Choice machine features an Intel Core i5-3210m 2.5GHz Ivy Bridge dual-core processor, 13.3" 1280x800 LED-backlit LCD, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, SuperDrive, AirPort Extreme (802.11n wireless), Bluetooth 4.0, Facetime camera, Thunderbolt port, and Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks).
Dell Inspiron Intel Bay Trail Pentium Quad-Core 2.16GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $299 with free shipping
Lowest By: $21
Is It Worth It?: While most budget systems in this price range make do with a dual-core processor, this Inspiron kicks things up a notch and is centered around an Intel Bay Trail Pentium quad-core CPU running at 2.16GHz. That makes it the second-cheapest Inspiron we've seen with a quad-core processor. (We saw this same model for a buck less three weeks ago). The 4.7-lb. notebook also features a 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, 4GB RAM, and 500GB hard drive.
Lenovo Z50 Intel Haswell Core i7 2GHz 15.6" 1080p Laptop
$649 via coupon code "USPZ507817" with free shippingEXPIRED
Lowest By: $451
Expires: November 21
Is It Worth It?: The Z50 is Lenovo's attempt to offer a better multimedia experience in a mainstream, budget-minded laptop. Currently $451 off, the 5.3-lb. Z50 features an Intel Core i7-4510U 2GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. Topping off the better-than-average spec sheet is a 1080p LCD powered by an NVIDIA GeForce 820M 2GB graphics card, both of which should make any multimedia experience on this laptop top-notch.
Acer Aspire Switch 10 Signature Edition Intel Atom 1.33GHz 10.1" Touchscreen Convertible Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $229 with free shipping
Lowest By: $56
Is It Worth It?: "The Acer Aspire Switch 10 offers impressive versatility and portability with a lovely display, at a wallet-friendly price point," says Laptop. In addition to its tablet and laptop modes, the Switch 10 offers a presentation mode, and when turned upside down, functions in a makeshift tent mode. That's a total of 4 modes from one tiny 2.4-lb. laptop. In terms of features, it packs an Intel Atom Z3735F 1.33GHz quad-core processor, 10.1" 1280x800 touchscreen IPS LCD, 2GB RAM, and a 32GB eMMC.
Lenovo U530 Touch Intel Haswell Core i7 2GHz 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop
$899 via coupon code "USPU5T58115" with free shippingEXPIRED
Lowest By: $451
Expires: January 21
Is It Worth It?: The U530 Touch is a slim, powerful multimedia notebook that won't break the bank. Although it measures less than an inch thick, this 5-lb. machine is stuffed with serious tech starting with its Core i7-4510U 2GHz Haswell dual-core processor. Accompanying the CPU are 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD. Other notable features include a 15.6" 1080p touchscreen LCD backed by an Nvidia GeForce GT 730M 2GB video card. Even better, activate coupon code "USPU5T58115" to shave $451 off this powerful machine.