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Best Laptop Deals: Save Hundreds on 3 Premium Svelte Ultraportables

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The year's top-performing ultraportables have commandeered this week's best laptop deals, kicking off with the Editors' Choice 2014 MacBook Air 13" for $750. If you're not a Mac fan, we've also got the remarkable Acer S7 and Dell XPS 13, both of which pack 1080p screens, from $899. But we understand not everyone wants an ultraportable, so we've dug up deals on beefier systems like the Lenovo Z50 and HP TouchSmart 15t-j100 Quad Edition, all from $705.

  1. Apple MacBook AirApple MacBook Air Intel Haswell Core i5 1.4GHz 13.3" LED-Backlit Laptop
    Store: Best Buy
    Price: $749.99 via this link with free shipping
    Lowest By: $150

    Is It Worth It?: Only for students or faculty with an active .edu e-mail address, Best Buy offers the 2014 MacBook Air 13" for $750. Input your address here and you'll get a coupon code that takes $100 off Best Buy's price. Compare that to Apple's back-to-school price for this machine ($949 bundled with a $100 Apple gift card) and you'll spend less money at Best Buy, which makes this deal an Editors' Choice pick. The 2.9-lb. machine features an Intel Core i5 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 13.3" 1440x900 LED-backlit LCD, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and 802.11ac wireless.

  2. Acer Aspire S7Acer Aspire Intel Haswell Core i5 1.6GHz 13.3" Touchscreen Ultrabook
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: $899 (click "PC only" to see this price) with free shipping
    Lowest By: $95

    Is It Worth It?: "If you want a laptop that packs both beauty and brawn, Acer's new Aspire S7-392-6807 is a strong contender," says Laptop. Back in our roundup for the third consecutive week, this system is a refresh of last year's model and serious contender for ultraportable of the year. It was recently called a "nearly perfect piece of equipment" on Engadget's Back-to-School list . The 2014 S7 packs a 13" WQHD 2560x1440 touchscreen, an Intel Core i5-4200U Haswell 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 8GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD. At 2.9-lbs., it keeps its predecessor's barely-there profile and it's again the cheapest price we could find for this Editors' Choice deal by $95.

  3. Dell XPS 13Dell XPS Intel Haswell Core i7 2GHz 1080p 13.3" Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: $1,199 (click "PC only" to see this price) with free shipping
    Lowest By: $220
    Expires: September 18

    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 i7-4510U 2GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 13.3" 1080p touchscreen LCD, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD. PC World says the 3-lb. notebook struggles on games like Bioshock Infinite, but is an otherwise "terrific little machine."

  4. Lenovo Z50 LaptopLenovo Z50 Intel Haswell Core i7 2GHz 15.6" 1080p LED-Backlit Laptop
    Store: Lenovo
    Price: $729 via coupon code "Z50DEAL" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $370

    Is It Worth It?: The newly-released Z50 is Lenovo's attempt to offer a better multimedia experience in a mainstream, budget-minded laptop. Currently $370 off, the 5.3-lb. Z50 features an Intel Core i7-4510U 2GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive with 8GB SSD, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 820M 2GB video card. Topping off the respectable spec sheet is a 1080p LCD, which should make any multimedia experience on this laptop top-notch.

  5. Asus X551MAV LaptopASUS 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: $36

    Is It Worth It?: There's nothing glamorous about the ASUS X551MAV. This 4.7-lb. laptop is a budget-minded machine, so in place of a fancy display or ultra-fast CPU you get an Intel Celeron N2830 2.16GHz dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, 4GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. It may not outperform the other machines in our roundup, but at $230 this bargain bin laptop easily undercuts all of its competitors.

  6. HP ENVY 15t-j100HP ENVY TS 15t-j100 Quad Edition Intel Haswell Core i7 2.4GHz 15.6" Laptop
    Store: HP Home & Home Office
    Price: $704.99 via coupon code "PC599Q2" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $195

    Is It Worth It?: "The HP TouchSmart 15t-j100 Quad Edition gives you the power of a multimedia desktop in a semi-portable laptop," says PC Mag. It's the machine you buy if you "need to replace a $2,000 desktop you purchased back in 2010" and feel that "$500 budget laptops are just too darn slow." For your money, you get an Intel Core i7-4700MQ 2.4GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M 2GB video card.

Senior Features Writer

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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