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Best Laptop Deals: 3 Models for Less Than $200, Including an Award-Winning Chromebook

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This week's roundup of the best laptop deals features three budget laptops for under $200, including the award-winning Acer Chromebook C720P. Windows fans can instead opt for a Toshiba at the same price, or an HP that also comes with a gift card.

 Acer C720P-2600Acer C720P-2600 1.4GHz 11.6" Chromebook
Store: Amazon
Price: $199.99 with free shipping EXPIRED
Lowest By: $80

Is It Worth It?: "With a bright, clear touch screen and all-day battery life, the Acer Chromebook C720P-2600 dominates among Chromebooks," says PC Mag, which gave the Acer C720P-2600 Intel Celeron 1.4GHz 11.6" Touchscreen Chromebook its coveted Editors' Choice Award. The 3-lb. notebook is currently $80 off and among the best prices we've seen for this system. It features an Intel Celeron 2955U 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 11.6" 1366x768 touchscreen LCD, 2GB RAM, 32GB SSD, 802.11n wireless, USB 3.0, HDMI, 3-cell battery, and Google Chrome OS.


Toshiba C55-B5299Toshiba C55-B5299 2.16GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Office Depot and Office Max
Price: $199.99 with free shipping EXPIRED
Lowest By: $39
Expires: July 4

Is It Worth It?: The Toshiba C55-B5299 Intel Celeron 2.16GHz 15.6" Laptop won't wow you with its power, but if you're on a tight budget or just looking for a basic Windows-based laptop, few machines will come close to its $200 price tag. The 4.8-lb. machine features a 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, a low-power Intel Bay Trail Celeron N2830 2.16GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, and Windows 8.1.


Lenovo G50-80Lenovo G50-80 2.2GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Lenovo
Price: $499 via coupon code "USPG51US72" with free shipping EXPIRED
Lowest By: $381
Expires: July 3

Is It Worth It?: The Lenovo G50-80 Intel Broadwell Core i5 2.2GHz 15.6" 1080p Laptop is no stranger to our weekly roundup. With more than enough power for a college student, the 5.1-lb. machine packs a Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz Broadwell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1080p LCD, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, and Windows 8.1 for an impressive $499.


HP Stream 11-d010wmHP Stream 11-d010wm 2.16GHz 11.6" Laptop bundled with a 1-Year Microsoft Office 365 Personal Subscription and $25 Microsoft Gift Card
Store: Walmart
Price: $188 with free shipping
Lowest By: $25

Is It Worth It?: The HP 11-d010wm Intel Celeron 2.16GHz 11.6" Laptop is Microsoft's answer to the Chromebook. Compact, highly affordable, and with just enough power for your day-to-day tasks, Laptop says the HP Stream 11 is a "stylish Windows laptop that's just as affordable but more capable than a Chromebook." This Editors' Choice deal cuts $12 off the cost of the laptop, plus it includes a $25 Microsoft Gift Card. The 4.5-lb. machine features an Intel Celeron N2840 2.16GHz dual-core processor, 11.6" 1366x768 LCD, 2GB RAM, 32GB flash drive, and Windows 8.1.


Acer Aspire RAcer Aspire R 13 2-in-1 1.7GHz 13.3" Laptop
Store: Amazon
Price: $549.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $49

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: Core i5, 128GB" to see this price, then enter the coupon code at checkout). The 3.2-lb. Acer Aspire R 13 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, 802.11ac wireless, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.

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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