Ever wish you could control your computer a la Minority Report? This week's best laptop deals include the HP ENVY 17t-j100 with Leap Motion technology, which lets you control aspects of your computer using hand gestures. If you prefer a more traditional laptop, we've also got deals on two budget machines from $200 and the best deal we've seen on Lenovo's high-octane IdeaPad Y40.
Toshiba C55-B5299 Intel Celeron 2.16GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Toshiba via eBay
Price: $199.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $50
Is It Worth It?: The Toshiba C55 won't wow you with its power, but if you're on a tight budget or just looking for a simple Internet laptop, few machines will come close to its $200 price tag. The 4.8-lb. Editors' Choice machine features a 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, a low-power Intel Bay Trail Celeron N2830 2.16GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive.
Dell XPS 13 4289 Signature Edition Intel Haswell Core i5 1.7GHz 13.3" Touchscreen Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $899 (click "PC only" to see this price) with free shipping
Lowest By: $201
Is It Worth It?: "Dell gets it mostly right with this tiny, tough-as-nails notebook," says PC World. The 2014 refresh of the XPS 13 features everything you'd want from a current-generation laptop, like a Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 13.3" 1080p touchscreen LCD, 8GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD. PC World says the 3-lb. notebook struggles on games like Bioshock Infinite, but is an otherwise "terrific little machine."
Lenovo IdeaPad Y40 Intel Haswell Core i7 2GHz 14" Laptop
Price: $729 via coupon code "Y40DEAL" with free shipping
Lowest By: $230
Expires: August 31
Is It Worth It?: The IdeaPad Y40 is Lenovo's worthy successor to the Y410p. Despite packing a 256GB SSD, it's currently the cheapest it's been since its May debut (previous configurations featured a traditional hard disk drive and cost up to $120 more). Described as a portable gaming powerhouse, this 5-lb. machine is cut from the same cloth as its predecessor, but with better, updated specs, one of which is its AMD Radeon R9 M275 2GB graphics card. Under the hood, you'll also find an Intel Core i7-4510U 2GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 8GB RAM, 500GB hybrid hard drive with 8GB SSD, and the aforementioned video card. Topping off this beauty of a machine is a 14" 1080p LED-backlit LCD.
HP ENVY 17t-j100 Leap Motion Intel Haswell Core i7 2.2GHz 17.3" LED-Backlit Laptop
Store: HP Home & Home Office
Price: $1,084.99 via coupon code "DEALNEWS15HP" with free shipping
Lowest By: $40
Is It Worth It?: The ENVY 17t-j100 makes up in power what it lacks in portability. This 6.1-lb. desktop replacement features an Intel Core i7-4702MQ 2.2GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 17.3" 1080p LCD, 8GB RAM, and a 2TB hard drive. The laptop also features Leap Motion technology, which lets you control your laptop using in-air hand movements (sort of like this scene from Minority Report!). Even better, this configuration also packs a built-in Blu-ray player and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 4GB graphics card ensuring you get the best multimedia experience possible.
ASUS Celeron 2.16GHz 15.6" LED-Backlit Laptop bundled with Webroot Secure Anywhere 3-User 6-Month for Windows and Mac
Store: Best Buy
Price: $229.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $19
Is It Worth It?: There's nothing glamorous about the ASUS X551MAV. Like the Toshiba C55, this 4.7-lb. laptop is a budget-minded machine, so in place of a fancy display or ultra-fast CPU, you get the same low-power Intel Celeron N2830 2.16GHz dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, and a 500GB hard drive. However, unlike the Toshiba C55 (which only packs 2GB of RAM) this system includes 4GB of RAM, which should allow for better overall performance.
Lenovo IdeaPad U430p Intel Haswell Core i3 1.9GHz 14" LED-Backlit Laptop
Price: $529 via coupon code "DOORBUSTER" with free shipping
Lowest By: $221
Is It Worth It?: The Lenovo IdeaPad U430p is a close cousin of the IdeaPad U430. The main differences are that the latter uses a Core i5 CPU, whereas the former comes with a Core i3 CPU, which means it also costs less. The 3.8-lb. U430p features a 14" 1366x768 LCD, Core i3-4030U Haswell 1.9GHz dual-core processor, 4GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive with an 8GB SSD.