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Best Laptop Deals: MacBook Deals From $800, Cheapest Core i5 Broadwell Laptop

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This week's roundup of the best laptop deals includes a very rare treat — price cuts on two MacBook laptops with deals starting at $800. We've also found the cheapest 15" Core i5 Broadwell-based laptop we've ever seen.

Toshiba Satellite S55tToshiba Satellite S55t 2.2GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $499 with free shipping
Lowest By: $201

Is It Worth It?: The Toshiba Satellite S55t-B5152 Signature Edition Intel Broadwell Core i5 2.2GHz 15.6" 1080p Touchscreen Laptop is the cheapest laptop we've yet to see with a Core i5 Broadwell processor. This Editors' Choice machine is also $100 under our mention from two weeks ago and a current low for this system by $201. The 4.5-lb. laptop features a 15.6" 1080p touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11ac wireless, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Even better, because it's a "Signature Edition," that means it comes with no pre-loaded trial software.


Lenovo Flex 2Lenovo Flex 2 1.7GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $499 with free shipping
Lowest By: $200

Is It Worth It?: Although it's cut from the same DNA as the company's Yoga series, the Lenovo Flex 2 Signature Edition Intel Haswell Core i5 1.7GHz 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop is a slightly different type of hybrid. For starters, 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. This 5.6-lb. laptop includes a 15.6" 1080p touchscreen LCD, which is joined by a Core i5-4210U Haswell 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 6GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive with an 8GB SSD.


MacBook Pro RetinaApple MacBook Pro 2.6GHz 13.3" Retina Laptop
Store: Micro Center
Price: $999.99 with in-store pickup
Lowest By: $98

Is It Worth It?: Need the extra resolution of a Retina display? Fortunately, Micro center offers the Apple MacBook Pro Intel Core i5 2.6GHz 13.3" Laptop with Retina Display for $1,000. You'll have to opt for in-store pickup, but this is the best price we could find for this Mac by $98. It features an Intel Haswell Core i5-4278U 2.6GHz dual-core processor, 13.3" 2560x1600 Retina display, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Intel Iris graphics, 802.11ac wireless, and Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.


MacBook AirApple MacBook Air Intel Haswell Core i5 1.4GHz 13.3" LED-Backlit Laptop
Store: Micro Center
Price: $799.99 with in-store pickup
Lowest By: $19

Is It Worth It?: It's not often we see a trio of MacBook deals in our laptop roundup, but if you prefer the ultra-light weight of the MacBook Air, Micro Center currently offers the Apple MacBook Air Intel Haswell Core i5 1.4GHz 13.3" LED-Backlit Laptop for $800. Despite its age, PC Mag calls it "one of the best ultraportables around." Excluding a few student-only discounts, this is the best price we've ever seen for this machine. The 2.9-lb. Apple MacBook Air Intel Haswell Core i5 1.4GHz 13.3" LED-Backlit Laptop features an Intel Haswell Core i5 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 13.3" 1440x900 LED-backlit LCD, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 802.11ac wireless, and Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.


Lenovo Yoga 3Lenovo Yoga 3 800MHz 11.6" Laptop
Store: Lenovo
Price: $699 via coupon code "SPCLYGA311UUS" with free shipping
Lowest By: $351

Is It Worth It?: The 2.4-lb. Lenovo Yoga 3 Intel Broadwell Core M 800MHz 11.6" 1080p Touchscreen Laptop is the smallest laptop in Lenovo's current Yoga series. But don't let its 800MHz CPU scare you. It's actually a current-generation Intel Core M-5Y10c Broadwell dual-core processor capable of sprinting at speeds of up to 1.2GHz. A gaming rig this is not; nevertheless this ultraportable packs an 11.6" 1080p LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 8GB RAM, 180GB 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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