This week's roundup of the best laptop deals includes an Editors' Choice Asus gaming laptop with 12GB of RAM and a 4GB GeForce GTX 850M video card. If that's too much horsepower for your needs, we've also found a budget Celeron-based laptop for just $180.Asus N56JK 2.5GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Newegg via eBay
Price: $749.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $299
Is It Worth It?: The 6-lb. Asus Intel Haswell Core i7 2.5GHz 15.6" Gaming Laptop is laptop like no other. It features top-of-the-line hardware and currently at $299 off, it's this week's top Editors' Choice pick. It features an Intel Core i7-4710HQ 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 15.6" 1080p display, 12GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M 4GB graphics card, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.
Lenovo Z40 2GHz 14" Laptop
Price: $579 via coupon code "USPZ484430" with free shipping
Lowest By: $154
Expires: May 8
Is It Worth It?: The Lenovo Z40 Intel Haswell Core i7 2GHz 14" 1080p Laptop is a value-priced, entertainment-focused laptop that offers three features every mainstream user should have: a 1080p screen, dedicated graphics card, and an SSD cache. As for concessions, it fails to include touchscreen support and as PC Mag notes, the touchpad is on the small side. Otherwise, the 14" machine packs a Haswell Core i7-4510U 2GHz dual-core processor, 14" 1080p LCD, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive with 8GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GT 820M 2GB graphics card, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.
Asus X551MAV 2.16GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Micro Center
Price: $179.99 with in-store pickup
Lowest By: $69
Is It Worth It?: Laptops rarely get any cheaper than this. The 4.3-lb. Editors' Choice Asus Intel Celeron 2.16GHz 15.6" Laptop is a budget-minded machine, so in place of a fancy display or ultra-fast CPU, you get a low-power Intel Celeron N2830 2.16GHz dual-core Bay Trail processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, 500GB hard drive, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. However, unlike other sub-$200 notebooks (which usually pack just 2GB of RAM), this system doubles that amount, which allows for better overall performance.
Lenovo G50-80 2.2GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $399 with free shipping
Lowest By: $22
Is It Worth It?: The Lenovo G50-80 Intel Broadwell Core i5 2.2GHz 15.6" Signature Edition Laptop has become a stalwart in our weekly roundup, and it's no surprise as this machine provides ample power with a budget-minded price tag. The 4.9-lb. machine packs a Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz Broadwell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, 6GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, and Windows 8.1 for just $399. (Choose "PC only" to see this price.) This Editors' Choice deal remains the cheapest Core i5-equipped 15" Broadwell laptop we've seen.
Acer Aspire R 13 1.7GHz 13.3" Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $699.99 via coupon code "PCGRAD15" with free shipping
Lowest By: $50
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. 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.