We've been sitting behind our laptops all day, rounding up some of the hottest notebook deals from the past week. As such, this week's top laptop sales include an Editors' Choice touchscreen Sony VAIO 14P Series laptop for $650, and a trio of 1080p-capable laptops including a powerful 2.9-lb. Acer ultrabook for $999, and a Dell Inspiron 15R for $650.
- Sony VAIO E Series 14P Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.6GHz 14" Touchscreen Laptop bundled with a $100 Sony Gift Card
Store: Sony Store
Price: $649.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $180
Is It Worth It?: At $650, the Sony VAIO 14P is the cheapest 14" touchscreen laptop we've seen with an Ivy Bridge 2.6GHz Core i5 CPU, 6GB of RAM, and a 750GB hard drive. Weighing in at 5.3 lbs., this dealnews Editors' Choice also features a multi-gesture touchpad and an HDMI port. Though we've seen mainstream laptops for less, this system comes with a $100 Sony gift card to help soften the blow.
- Acer Aspire S7 Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 1.7GHz 13.3" Touchscreen Ultrabook
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $999 with free shipping
Lowest By: $51
Is It Worth It?: Despite weighing in at a scant 2.9 lbs., this 13.3" ultrabook packs the brawn to run with the power crowd as it features a Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core Ivy Bridge processor, 1080p LED-backlit LCD, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Even better, it also boasts a touchscreen display for all of your Windows 8 needs.
- Lenovo IdeaPad AMD E1 1.4GHz 15.6" LED-Backlit Laptop
Store: Best Buy
Price: $279.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $32
Is It Worth It?: This Editors' Choice IdeaPad N585 is one of the cheapest 16" laptops we've seen with a dual-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and Windows 8. The $280 system packs an AMD E1-1500 APU clocked at 1.4GHz, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. A power system it is not, but it's a quick and cheap way to get your hands on a Windows 8 system.
- Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.6GHz 15.6" LED-Backlit Laptop
Store: Dell Home
Price: $649.99 via coupon code "$MXRD3N?Z?4RM0" with free shipping
Lowest By: $250
Is It Worth It?: If you can live without the touch display, the 6.1-lb. Inspiron 15R Special Edition costs the same as the previously-mentioned Sony 14P Series, yet features slightly better hardware. Powered by a dual-core Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.6GHz processor, this laptop includes a 1080p LED backlit display, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and an AMD Radeon HD 7730M 2GB graphics card.
- Lenovo Essential G580 Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.6GHz 15.6" LED-Backlit Laptop
Price: $449.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $50
Is It Worth It?: Although this laptop features mainstream specs like an Ivy Bridge Core i5 CPU and 4GB of RAM, the 5.7-lb. Lenovo Essential G580 is priced more like a budget system coming in at a very affordable $450 — which makes it the least-expensive Essential G580 we've seen). It packs a 2.6GHz dual-core CPU, 500GB hard drive, and an HDMI port.
- Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 2.4GHz 15.6" LED-Backlit Laptop
Price: $869 via coupon code "USPY572516" with free shipping
Lowest By: $480
Expires: May 24
Is It Worth It?: The 6-lb. IdeaPad Y500 has all the hallmarks of a high-end gaming laptop. It packs a Core i7 2.4GHz quad-core Ivy Bridge CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive with 16GB SSD, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT750M 2GB graphics card. Like the Acer S7 and Dell 15R, it also features a 1080p display, making this an unparalleled multimedia system.