Although 15" systems have long dominated the mainstream laptop category, 13" and 14" notebooks are proving they're no longer the underpowered laptops they used to be. This week's best laptop deals includes a trio of 13" and 14" laptop deals, one of which is an Editors' Choice pick. We've also got an HP Beats by Dr. Dre bundle and two 1080p machines from $780.
HP Intel Haswell Core i3 1.7GHz 15.6" Laptop bundled with the Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats In-Ear Headphones
Store: Best Buy
Price: $379.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $142
Expires: July 16
Is It Worth It?: Despite Apple's recent acquisition of Beats by Dr. Dre, Best Buy is pairing the ubiquitous headphones with HP, and not Apple. Available today only, this bundle includes a pair of Navy Blue Powerbeats Clip-On Earbuds with the HP 15-R018DX for $380, which is a price we typically see for this laptop alone. The 4.9-lb. notebook features an Intel Haswell Core i3-4010U 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, 4GB RAM, and a 750GB hard drive. This Editors' Choice bundle is also available with orange or pink Powerbeats.
Acer Aspire Intel Haswell Core i7 1.8GHz 13.3" Touchscreen Ultrabook
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $1,049 with free shipping
Lowest By: $351
Is It Worth It?: "The second-generation Acer Aspire S7 radiates quality and elegance in a way we're most used to seeing from Apple," says Computer Shopper, which gave this laptop its Editors' Choice seal of approval. Likewise, Engadget also endorses this machine "whole-heartedly." And what's not to like, this 2.9-lb. ultrabook packs a glorious 13.3" 2560x1440 touchscreen LCD, a Core i7-4500U 1.8GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Cheap, it's not, but this DealNews Editors' Choice machine is $250 under our last mention and as Computer Shopper states, its "capable, best-in-class, and impressive even in jaded white-collar crowds."
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series Haswell Core i7 2GHz 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop
Store: Dell Home
Price: $779.99 via coupon code "75BM2J$K4T749D" with free shipping
Lowest By: $530
Expires: October 1
Is It Worth It?: "The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series offers impressively long battery life and solid performance in an elegant aluminum chassis," says LAPTOP. Even better, activate coupon code "75BM2J$K4T749D" to cut $530 off this mainstream machine. The 5.7-lb. notebook features above-average hardware including a Core i7-4510U 2GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1080p LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive.
Lenovo Z40 Intel Haswell Core i7 3GHz 14" Laptop
Price: $679 with free shipping
Lowest By: $270
Is It Worth It?: Released in May, the Lenovo Z40 is an entertainment-focused laptop complete with dedicated graphics. The 14" machine includes a Haswell Core i7-4500U 3GHz dual-core processor, 14" 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, 8GB RAM, 500GB hard drive with 8GB SSD, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 820M 2GB graphics.
Lenovo IdeaPad Y40 Intel Haswell Core i7 2.4GHz 14" LED-Backlit Laptop
Price: $799 with free shipping
Lowest By: $300
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.
ASUS Celeron 2.16GHz 15.6" LED-Backlit Laptop
Store: Best Buy
Price: $249.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $64
Is It Worth It?: Don't require a laptop with all the bells and whistles? Powered by a Celeron N2830 2.16GHz dual-core processor, the ASUS X551MAV-RCLN06 is a 4.7-lb. laptop for the casual computer user on a shoestring budget. This bargain bin machine features a 15.6" 1366x768 LED-Backlit LCD, 4GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive.