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Best Laptop Deals: Save Hundreds on Muscle Machines for Power Users, More

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Power users take note: this week's best laptop deals are crammed with well-equipped muscle machines. Included in our roundup is the quad-core Alienware 14, the 16GB Dell Inspiron 15, and the 7-lb. HP ENVY Touchsmart 17, each with a 1080p screen and dedicated 2GB graphics card. If you don't need the extra power, we've also got deals on the mid-tier Lenovo G410 at $399 and the Z50 at $549.

  1. Lenovo Z50 LaptopLenovo Z50 Intel Haswell Core i7 2GHz 15.6" 1080p LED-Backlit Laptop
    Store: Lenovo
    Price: $549 via coupon code "D2BLENOVO3" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $350
    Expires: September 17

    Is It Worth It?: The Editors' Choice Z50 is Lenovo's attempt to offer a better multimedia experience in a mainstream, budget-minded laptop. Currently $350 off, the 5.3-lb. Z50 features an Intel Core i7-4510U 2GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 4GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive with 8GB SSD. Topping off the respectable spec sheet is a 1080p LCD, which should make any multimedia experience on this laptop top-notch. If you're still undecided, this is the cheapest price we've seen for a Z50 with a Core i7 CPU and 1080p screen.

  2. Dell Inspiron 15Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series Haswell Core i7 2GHz 15.6" 1080p Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: Dell Home
    Price: $899.99 via coupon code "D8BTSJV47V70FM" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $150
    Expires: October 31

    Is It Worth It?: "Sleek-looking and solid, with massive memory and storage as well as strong graphics, this Inspiron is a lot of laptop for not too much money," says Computer Shopper. Even better, activate coupon code "D8BTSJV47V70FM" to cut $150 off and bring this super-charged machine to an new all-time price low. The 5.2-lb. notebook features above-average hardware starting with its massive 16GB of RAM. Also onboard you'll find a Core i7-4510U 2GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1080p LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 1TB hard drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 2GB video card.

  3. Dell Inspiron 15Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series Haswell Core i5 1.7GHz 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: Dell Home
    Price: $599.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $39

    Is It Worth It?: If the Inspiron 7000 Series is too much laptop for your needs, the Inspiron 15 5000 is a less-expensive alternative more suitable for everyday tasks. It houses a Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 6GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. Although you lose the 1080p resolution, the Inspiron 15 retains the touch capabilities with a 15.6" 1366x768 touchscreen display.

  4. Dell Alienware 14Dell Alienware 14 Intel Haswell Core i7 2.5GHz 14" Gaming Laptop
    Store: Dell Home
    Price: $1,449 via coupon code "LWMVS$BLMGL6DC" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $200
    Expires: October 2 at 7 am ET

    Is It Worth It?: At 6.1 lbs., the Alienware 14 is among the heaviest 14" notebooks we've seen. However, for a gaming laptop, this system is a featherweight and "compact enough to throw in a backpack," says Laptop. Cut from the same cloth as its bigger siblings, the Alienware 14" features the same power you'd expect from a 17" or 18" gaming rig. It includes an Intel Core i7-4710MQ 2.5GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB 7200rpm hard drive with 256GB SSD, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 2GB video card. All that horsepower would be worthless without a proper screen, so Alienware fitted this machine with a 14" 1080p LCD.

  5. Lenovo G410Lenovo G410 Intel Haswell Core i3 2.4GHz 14" Laptop
    Store: Lenovo
    Price: $399 via coupon code "G410LIQUIDATE" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $150
    Expires: September 17

    Is It Worth It?: The Lenovo G410 is a mid-tier 14" laptop with solid specs and a modest price. The Haswell-based notebook features a 14" 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, a Core i3-4000M 2.4GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 6GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. Far from groundbreaking, but highly affordable, this is the laptop casual users will feel most comfortable with.

  6. HP ENVY TouchsmartHP ENVY Touchsmart 17-j141nr Intel Haswell Core i7 2.4GHz 17.3" Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: $999 (click "PC only" to see this price) with free shipping
    Lowest By: $100

    Is It Worth It?: Though it commands a high price, this 17.3" desktop replacement lives up to its ENVY lineage. The 7.1-lb. machine houses a Core i7-4700MQ 2.4GHz Haswell quad-core processor coupled with a massive 16GB of RAM. As if that weren't enough, HP fitted the ENVY with a 1TB hard drive with 8GB SSD and NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M 2GB graphics card. Last but not least, the machine is configured with a 17.3" 1080p touchscreen LCD.

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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