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Best Laptop Deals: Up to $200 Off Ultraportables, Hybrids, and a MacBook Air

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Hybrids are fashionable at the moment, and this week's top laptop deals include sales on some of the best, such as the Asus Transformer Book Flip, the HP Spectre x2, and the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10. Also included is a students-only deal on Apple's 13.3" MacBook Air and a budget ultraportable from Acer.

  1. Dell XPS 4289Dell XPS 13 4289 Signature Edition Intel Haswell Core i5 1.7GHz 13.3" 1080p Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: $899 (click "PC Only" to see this price) with free shipping
    Lowest By: $161

    Is It Worth It?: The 3-lb. XPS 13 is Dell's answer to the MacBook Air. It features a 1080p LCD complete with touchscreen capabilities and an impressive 9.5-hour battery life. Inside it packs an Intel Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 8GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD. PC Mag calls it a "great laptop for users who find themselves constantly having to get work done on the go."

  2. ASUS Transformer BookASUS Transformer Book Flip Signature Edition Haswell Core i5 1.7GHz 13.3" 1080p Convertible Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: $699 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $100

    Is It Worth It?: Using the same form factor that Lenovo pioneered with its Yoga line, the 3.9-lb. Asus Transformer Book Flip features a 13.3" 1080p touchscreen LCD that rotates 360 degrees, turning this ultrabook into a working tablet. However, what sets this machine apart from Lenovo's offering is its spec sheet. To lower costs, Asus fitted the Transformer Book Flip with a Haswell Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 8GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. Compared to the Yoga, Mobile Geeks says the "Flip isn't as stylish or well balanced, but it does offer the user all of the advantages of the Yoga, minus the finesse."

  3. HP Spectre 13-h211nrHP Spectre 13-h211nr x2 Intel Haswell Core i5 1.6GHz 13.3" Touchscreen Ultrabook
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: $699 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $200

    Is It Worth It?: Not a fan of laptops with screens that twist, flip, or rotate? The HP Spectre 13-h211nr x2 is a 4.4-lb. hybrid with a detachable screen, making it an excellent choice if you spend a lot of time in tablet mode, says Computer Shopper. At 2.18 lbs. in tablet mode, it's no iPad Air, says Shopper, but it features a 13.3" 1080p touchscreen display which its cousin, the Spectre 13t-h200 x2, offers as a $70 option. The Spectre 13-h211nr x2 also features an Intel Core i5-4202Y 1.6GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 4GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Performance-wise, the 13-h211nr x2 remained in the same general ballpark as comparable convertibles, but it isn't the best option if performance is critical.

  4. Apple MacBook AirApple MacBook Air Intel Haswell Core i5 1.4GHz 13.3" LED-Backlit Laptop bundled with a Webroot Secure Anywhere 3-Device 6-Month Subscription
    Store: Best Buy
    Price: $799 via this link with free shipping
    Lowest By: $149

    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 $799.99. Input your address here and you'll get a coupon code that takes $100 off Best Buy's list price. Compare that to Apple's back-to-school price for this machine ($949) and you'll spend less money at Best Buy. 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.

  5. Acer Aspire SignatureAcer Aspire Signature Edition Intel Pentium 2.16GHz 11.6" Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: $329 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $40

    Is It Worth It?: Not all ultraportables come with a premium price tag and the Acer Aspire V3 Signature Edition is proof. At $329, the 2.9-lb. notebook is the second-cheapest machine in our roundup, featuring an Intel Bay Trail Pentium N3530 2.16GHz quad-core processor, 11.6" 1366x768 touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. Laptop calls it a "lightweight touch-screen laptop that offers solid everyday performance and excellent audio for a very affordable price."

  6. Lenovo IdeaPad FlexLenovo IdeaPad Flex 10 Signature Edition Intel Celeron 1.58GHz 10.1" Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: $299 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $50

    Is It Worth It?: Though you might mistake this laptop for a Yoga, the Flex 10 is a different beast in that its screen doesn't flip back completely, but instead swings 300 degrees into what Lenovo calls "stand mode." When in stand mode, users can touch the screen without having the keyboard get in their way. The 2.5-lb. Flex 10 is probably the most underpowered laptop in our roundup, featuring an Intel Celeron N2807 1.58GHz dual-core processor, 10.1" 1366x768 touchscreen LCD, 2GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. Nevertheless, at $299 it's a great machine for the casual user who's always on the road.

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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