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Best Laptop Deals: MacBook Pro for $135 Low, Asus 13" 1080p for $599

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This week's roundup of the best laptop deals includes five standout laptops with LCDs that pack a 1080p or greater resolution. That includes Dell's highly-praised XPS 13, Apple's latest 13" MacBook Pro Retina, and Alienware's 15" 4K gaming laptop.

Asus ZenbookAsus Zenbook 2.2GHz 13.3" Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $799 via coupon code "PCGRAD15" with free shipping
Lowest By: $200

Is It Worth It?: Like many ultrabooks, the Asus Zenbook Intel Broadwell Core i5 2.2GHz 13.3" Signature Edition 3200x1800 QHD+ Touchscreen Laptop is stylish, thin, and weighs a scant 3.2 lbs. In terms of power, it doesn't disappoint either packing an Intel Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz Broadwell dual-core processor, 13.3" 3200x1800 QHD+ touchscreen LCD, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 802.11ac wireless, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Click "PC Only" and enter the above-mentioned coupon code at checkout to slice $100 off this premium ultrabook.


Dell Alienware 15Dell Alienware 15 2.5GHz 15.6" Gaming Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $1,599 via coupon code "PCGRAD15" with free shipping
Lowest By: $228

Is It Worth It?: The 7-lb. Dell Alienware 15 Signature Edition Intel Haswell Core i7 2.5GHz 15.6" 4K Touchscreen Gaming Laptop is the company's lightest 15" gaming laptop ever. It's also the thinnest, boasting an impossibly thin (for a gaming laptop) 1.3" waistline. What this machine isn't, however, is underpowered. It packs a 15.6" 4K 3840x2160 IPS touchscreen LCD, Intel Core i5-4710H 2.5GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB hard drive with a 256GB SSD, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3GB video card.


Dell XPS 13Dell XPS 13 2.2GHz 13.3" Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $799 via coupon code "PCGRAD15" with free shipping
Lowest By: $143
Expires: July 4

Is It Worth It?: The Dell XPS 13 Signature Edition Intel Broadwell Core i5 2.2GHz 13.3" 1080p Laptop has been one of the most talked about notebooks of 2015, winning accolades from the likes of Engadget, Laptop, and CNET. Today, it's hit an all-time price low of $799. (Select "PC only: Non-touch, Core i5, 128GB" to see this price, then enter coupon code at checkout.)

"This is clearly the Ultrabook of the Broadwell-U generation to beat," says Anandtech. It provides a responsive, small, light, and well-built machine in the body of an 11" laptop. The 2.6-lb. machine features an Intel Broadwell Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz dual-core processor, 13.3" 1080p touchscreen display, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 802.11ac wireless, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.


MacBook Pro RetinaApple MacBook Pro 2.7GHz 13.3" Laptop with Retina Display
Store: Electronics Valley via eBay
Price: $1,099.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $135

Is It Worth It?: "The refreshed Retina display MacBook Pro brings faster performance and longer battery life, along with the same stunning screen and comfortable keyboard," says Engadget. But perhaps its biggest upgrades are a new fifth-generation (Broadwell) Intel Core i5 processor and the new Force Touch trackpad. "Instead of pressing down, the surface of the trackpad buzzes, similar to the force feedback you feel on a PlayStation or Xbox controller," says PC Mag, which welcomed the new touchpad.

Electronics Valley via eBay is currently offering this just-released laptop for $1,099.99, which is $200 under Apple's price and a current low by $135. The 3.4-lb. Apple MacBook Pro Intel Core i5 2.7GHz 13.3" Laptop with Retina Display features a Core i5 2.7GHz dual-core processor, 13.3" 2560x1600 Retina display, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 802.11ac wireless, and Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.


Acer AspireAcer Aspire R 13 1.7GHz 13.3" Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $599 via coupon code "PCGRAD15" with free shipping
Lowest By: $160

Is It Worth It?: "Offering a swivel screen with multiple modes, Acer's R13 is a 2-in-1 that delivers powerful performance in a versatile but clunky design," says Laptop. (Click on "PC only" to see this price, then enter the coupon code at checkout). The 3.2-lb. Acer Aspire R 13 Signature Edition Intel Haswell Core i5 1.7GHz 13.3" 1080p Touchscreen Laptop uses a floating frame to hold the screen, which allows the display to open and tilt like a traditional laptop while also letting it spin in place for tablet mode. In terms of features, it packs an Intel Haswell Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 13.3" 1080p touchscreen LCD, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 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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