Quad-core laptops have invaded this week's best laptop deals, with three quad-based machines for every budget starting from $380. For travelers, we also have an Editors' Choice deal on Dell's highly portable XPS 13; and on the opposite end, a Lenovo desktop replacement for $709.
Dell XPS 13 4289 Signature Edition Intel Haswell Core i5 1.7GHz 13.3" Touchscreen Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $899 (click "PC only" to see this price) with free shipping
Lowest By: $251
Is It Worth It?: Though you could mistake this laptop for a reincarnated Inspiron Duo, the XPS 13 is much more. The 3-lb. hybrid is Dell's answer to the MacBook Air. It features a 1080p touchscreen that flips inside its hinge allowing you to use the machine in tablet mode. Acrobatics aside, this high-end hybrid packs an i5-4210U 1.7GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 13.3" 1080p touchscreen LCD, 8GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD. PC Mag calls it a "a road warrior's dream machine."
Acer AMD Quad 1.8GHz 15.6" Laptop
$379.99 with free shippingEXPIRED
Lowest By: $120
Is It Worth It?: Acer's E-Series laptops were designed for everyday computing whether you're streaming, gaming, or just browsing through your social feeds. But don't call this 5.5-lb. notebook a budget machine, because while most bargain bin laptops max out with a dual-core CPU and just 4GB of RAM, this 15.6" laptop packs a quad-core AMD A8-7100 1.8GHz quad-core processor with 6GB of RAM. Other features include a 15.6" 1366x768 LCD and a 1TB hard drive.
HP ENVY 15t Intel Haswell Core i7 2.5GHz 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop
Store: HP Home & Home Office
Price: $684.99 via coupon code "DEALS15HP" with $9.99 s&h
Lowest By: $200
Expires: September 13
Is It Worth It?: The 5.1-lb. HP ENVY 15t is an excellent all-purpose notebook with a quad-core CPU as its foundation. It packs an Intel Core i7-4710HQ 2.5GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. Through September 13, use coupon code "DEALS15HP" to take an extra $15 off this mainstream machine.
Toshiba Satellite S50-BST2GX1 Core i5 1.7GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Toshiba Direct
Price: $679.99 via coupon code "DNS50GX199" with free shipping
Lowest By: $220
Is It Worth It?: The Toshiba Satellite S50-BST2GX1 is a powerful laptop disguised as an everyday machine. It couples an Intel Haswell Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz dual-core processor with 12GB RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and a dedicated AMD Radeon R7 M260 2GB graphics card. Topping off this 4.8-lb. machine is a 15.6" 1366x768 LCD.
Lenovo G710 Intel Haswell Core i7 3.2GHz 17.3" LED-Backlit Laptop
Price: $709 via coupon code "RMNUSLENOVO3" with free shipping
Lowest By: $60
Expires: September 17
Is It Worth It?: The Lenovo Essential G710 is the only desktop replacement in our roundup to flaunt its extra curves. The Haswell-based notebook features a 17" 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, a beefy Core i7-4702QM 3.2GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. While we wouldn't take this 6.4-lb. laptop on the road, for the non-traveler it offers solid power at a reasonable price.
Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Series Core i3 1.9GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Dell Home
Price: $399.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $8
Is It Worth It?: Like the Acer E-Series, the Inspiron 1500 3000 series was designed for the budget shopper who doesn't need a powerful system. To cut costs, this laptop features modest specs starting with an Intel Haswell Core i3-4030U 1.9GHz dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LED LCD, 4GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive.