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Best Laptop Deals: A Portable Gaming Powerhouse & Uber Cheap Touchscreen

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This week's best laptop deals accommodate all budgets starting with the $300 touch-capable, quad-core Dell Inspiron. If you've got a little more flexibility, we've also got the portable gaming powerhouse known as the IdeaPad Y40 for $799. And for those with little budget constraints, there's the fully-equipped Acer desktop replacement complete with 12GB of RAM and 1080p LCD for $1,060.

  1. Lenovo Z50 LaptopLenovo Z50 Intel Haswell Core i7 2GHz 15.6" 1080p LED-Backlit Laptop
    Store: Lenovo
    Price: $749 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $350

    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 $350 off, the 5.2-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 LED-backlit LCD, which should make any multimedia experience on this laptop top-notch.

  2. Acer Aspire LaptopAcer Aspire V3-772G-9460 Intel Haswell Core i7 2.2GHz 17.3" 1080p LED-Backlit Laptop
    Store: Newegg
    Price: $1,059.99 via coupon code "MASTERPASS23" with in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $89
    Expires: July 11

    Is It Worth It?: We admit, the Aspire V3-772G-9460 is one of the priciest notebooks we've seen in quite some time. But when it comes to hardware, there's nothing this machine doesn't have. The 7.1-lb. desktop replacement lives up to its moniker featuring a Core i7-4702MQ 2.2GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 17.3" 1080p LCD, 12GB RAM, 1TB hard drive with a 120GB SSD, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M 2GB graphics card. Inexpensive this system is not, but it's the best deal we've seen for an Acer laptop with 12GB RAM, 1TB HDD, and a 2GB GPU.

  3. Dell 3135 LaptopDell Inspiron 3135 3000 AMD A6 1GHz 11.6" Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: Dell Home
    Price: $299.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $58

    Is It Worth It?: The Inspiron 3135 3000 is everything the above-mentioned Aspire V3 isn't: small, touch-capable, and cheap. Powered by an AMD A6-1450 1GHz quad-core processor, the ultraportable features an 11.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, and 500GB hard drive. While it's not the cheapest 11" touch laptop we've seen, it's one of the few available at this price point with a quad-core CPU.

  4. Lenovo IdeaPad Y40Lenovo IdeaPad Y40 Intel Haswell Core i7 2.4GHz 14" LED-Backlit Laptop
    Store: Lenovo
    Price: $799 via coupon code "USPY4030703" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $300
    Expires: July 16

    Is It Worth It?: The IdeaPad Y40 is Lenovo's worthy successor to the Y410p. 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 hard drive with 8GB SSD, and the aforementioned video card. Topping off this beauty of a machine is a 14" 1080p LED-backlit LCD.

  5. Dell Inspiron LaptopDell Inspiron Intel Haswell Core i3 1.9GHz 15.6" Laptop
    Store: ANTOnline via eBay
    Price: $399.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $150

    Is It Worth It?: Despite not having any standout features, this Dell Inspiron could make for an excellent everyday system. It packs a Core i3-4030U 1.9GHz dual-core Haswell processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, 4GB RAM, and 500GB hard drive.

  6. HP Pavilion 17zHP Pavilion 17z AMD A4 1.8GHz 17.3" Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: HP Home & Home Office
    Price: $449.99 with $9.99 s&h
    Lowest By: $80

    Is It Worth It?: Like the Inspiron 3135 3000, the HP Pavilion 17z features both a quad-core processor and touchscreen display. However, this system packs an AMD A4-6210 1.8GHz quad-core processor, which aside from the slightly higher processing speed, also draws more power, especially housed inside a desktop replacement. Also onboard you'll find a 17.3" 1600x900 touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, and a 750GB hard drive.

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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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