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Best Laptop Deals: $72 Off an Overwhelmingly Powerful Gaming Rig

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This week's roundup of the best laptop deals features deals on a soon-to-be-released Windows 10 notebook, a budget 11.6" Acer Chromebook, and a top-of-the-line, no-holds-barred gaming rig.

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 2.2GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Amazon
Price: $449.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $199

Is It Worth It?: Today Microsoft officially launches its highly-anticipated Windows 10 operating system. To celebrate, Amazon is offering preorders of the Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 Intel Broadwell Core i5 2.2GHz 15.6" Laptop for $450. This 4.9-lb. mainstream machine features an Intel Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz Broadwell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 display, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, and Windows 10.


Acer Chromebook CB3Acer 2.16GHz 11.6" Chromebook
Store: Target
Price: $116.99 via this Cartwheel coupon with in-store pickup
Lowest By: $8

Is It Worth It?: If the thought of a cloud-based Google machine sounds intriguing, Target offers the 2.4-lb. Acer Intel Bay Trail Celeron 2.16GHz 11.6" Chromebook for $116.99 via this Cartwheel coupon, which is $7 under last week's mention and the best price we've seen for this laptop. In terms of performance, NotebookCheck says this Chromebook "appears to be the bargain of the bunch. It returns solid battery life and performance figures for this class and does it without any noise." It features an Intel Celeron N2830 2.16GHz dual-core processor, 11.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, 2GB RAM, 16GB flash memory, and Google Chrome OS.


Lenovo Z50-70Lenovo Z50-70 2GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Lenovo
Price: $549 via coupon code "WSZ5099730" with free shipping
Lowest By: $401
Expires: July 29

Is It Worth It?: The Lenovo Z50-70 Intel Haswell Core i7 2GHz 15.6" 1080p Laptop is a mainstream machine with a better-than-average spec sheet and affordable price tag. Currently $401 off, the 5.5-lb. Z50-70 features an Intel Core i7-4510U 2GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1080p LCD, 8GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11ac wireless, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.


MSI DominatorMSI GT72 Dominator 2.7GHz 17.3" Laptop with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for Windows
Store: NCIX
Price: $1,349.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $72
Expires: July 29

Is It Worth It?: The 8.6-lb. MSI GT72 Dominator Intel Broadwell Core i7 2.7GHz Quad 17.3" 1080p Laptop is proof that desktop replacements aren't dead yet. Engadget says this machine is a "well-built, ridiculously powerful gaming rig that lives up to the 'Dominator' name." Moreover, the tech site says they "couldn't find a single game that didn't run at a respectable clip." Not too surprising as the Dominator packs an Intel Core i7-5700HQ 2.7GHz Broadwell quad-core processor, 17.3" 1080p LCD, 8GB RAM, 1TB 7200 rpm hard drive, GeForce GTX 970M 3GB graphics, 802.11ac wireless, Blu-ray burner, and Windows 8.1. During checkout, make sure to choose the "FREE" insurance option; otherwise, a $20.25 fee is added.


Dell Inspiron 3000Dell Inspiron 3000 Series 2.16GHz 14" Laptop
Store: Dell Home
Price: $329.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $120

Is It Worth It?: "The entry-level Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 proves that you don't have to compromise if you want a convertible-hybrid laptop that lasts all day and fully utilizes its touch screen," says PC Mag, which gave it an Editors' Choice award. Priced at $330, the 3.1-lb. Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 Celeron 2.16GHz 11.6" Convertible Touchscreen Laptop provides an Intel Celeron N2840 2.16GHz Bay Trail dual-core processor, 11.6" 1366x768 touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.

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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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