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Best Laptop Deals: Cheapest 2012 MacBook Pro Ever & Acer's 4-in-1 Hybrid for $229


Down but not out, Apple's 2012 MacBook Pro makes a comeback in this week's best laptop deals, selling for an all-time price low of $900. If you require a little more punch from your laptop, we've also found deals on two powerhouse systems from Lenovo complete with 1080p screens and dedicated video cards starting at $649. Last but not least is Acer's 4-in-1 Switch, which Laptop says successfully blurs the line between laptops and tablets.

  1. Apple MacBook ProApple MacBook Pro Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.5GHz 13.3" LED-Backlit Laptop
    Store: Dig Jungle via eBay
    Price: $899.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $100

    Is It Worth It?: Although we've seen this MacBook Pro at this price before, it's not a common sight. In fact, it only hit this price three times last year. (Outside of refurbs, of course.) Just keep in mind that this is the mid-2012 model, which means you'll get an Ivy Bridge CPU and a non-Retina screen. The Editors' Choice machine features an Intel Core i5-3210m 2.5GHz Ivy Bridge dual-core processor, 13.3" 1280x800 LED-backlit LCD, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, SuperDrive, AirPort Extreme (802.11n wireless), Bluetooth 4.0, Facetime camera, Thunderbolt port, and Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks).

  2. Dell Inspiron QuadDell Inspiron Intel Bay Trail Pentium Quad-Core 2.16GHz 15.6" Laptop
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: $299 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $21

    Is It Worth It?: While most budget systems in this price range make do with a dual-core processor, this Inspiron kicks things up a notch and is centered around an Intel Bay Trail Pentium quad-core CPU running at 2.16GHz. That makes it the second-cheapest Inspiron we've seen with a quad-core processor. (We saw this same model for a buck less three weeks ago). The 4.7-lb. notebook also features a 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, 4GB RAM, and 500GB hard drive.

  3. Lenovo Z50Lenovo Z50 Intel Haswell Core i7 2GHz 15.6" 1080p Laptop
    Store: Lenovo
    Price: $649 via coupon code "USPZ507817" with free shipping EXPIRED
    Lowest By: $451
    Expires: November 21

    Is It Worth It?: The Z50 is Lenovo's attempt to offer a better multimedia experience in a mainstream, budget-minded laptop. Currently $451 off, the 5.3-lb. Z50 features an Intel Core i7-4510U 2GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. Topping off the better-than-average spec sheet is a 1080p LCD powered by an NVIDIA GeForce 820M 2GB graphics card, both of which should make any multimedia experience on this laptop top-notch.

  4. Acer Aspire SwitchAcer Aspire Switch 10 Signature Edition Intel Atom 1.33GHz 10.1" Touchscreen Convertible Laptop
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: $229 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $56

    Is It Worth It?: "The Acer Aspire Switch 10 offers impressive versatility and portability with a lovely display, at a wallet-friendly price point," says Laptop. In addition to its tablet and laptop modes, the Switch 10 offers a presentation mode, and when turned upside down, functions in a makeshift tent mode. That's a total of 4 modes from one tiny 2.4-lb. laptop. In terms of features, it packs an Intel Atom Z3735F 1.33GHz quad-core processor, 10.1" 1280x800 touchscreen IPS LCD, 2GB RAM, and a 32GB eMMC.

  5. Lenovo U530 TouchLenovo U530 Touch Intel Haswell Core i7 2GHz 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: Lenovo
    Price: $899 via coupon code "USPU5T58115" with free shipping EXPIRED
    Lowest By: $451
    Expires: January 21

    Is It Worth It?: The U530 Touch is a slim, powerful multimedia notebook that won't break the bank. Although it measures less than an inch thick, this 5-lb. machine is stuffed with serious tech starting with its Core i7-4510U 2GHz Haswell dual-core processor. Accompanying the CPU are 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD. Other notable features include a 15.6" 1080p touchscreen LCD backed by an Nvidia GeForce GT 730M 2GB video card. Even better, activate coupon code "USPU5T58115" to shave $451 off this powerful machine.

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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@einstein999 Very true! But Apple products tend to hold their value for a looong time. Case in point -- Apple sells refurbs of the 13" MBP mentioned above for $929!
wait another year and any 2012 electronics will be even cheaper ;-)