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Best Laptop Deals: 3 Hybrids With Brand New 'Skylake' Processors From $615


This week's roundup of the best laptop deals includes a trio of Skylake 2-in-1 laptop hyrbids with prices starting at $615. Plus, get a current-generation 13.3" MacBook Pro Retina for $220 under Apple's price.

Lenovo Flex 3Lenovo Flex 3 2.5GHz 14" Touchscreen Laptop
Store: Lenovo
Price: $799 with free shipping
Lowest By: $201

Is It Worth It?: Lenovo's Flex series of laptops are essentially budget versions of the company's high-end Yoga line. However, that doesn't mean you should instantly dismiss these laptops. The Lenovo Flex 3, for instance, has been fitted with Intel's latest Skylake Core i7 2.5GHz dual-core processor, 14" 1080p touchscreen LCD, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, 802.11ac wireless, and Windows 10 64-bit. At $799, it's among the best deals you can find for such a configuration.

Apple MacBook ProApple MacBook Pro 13" Laptop with Retina Display
Store: Electronics Valley via eBay
Price: $1,079.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $154

Is It Worth It?: "The refreshed Retina display MacBook Pro brings faster performance and longer battery life, along with the same stunning screen and comfortable keyboard," says Engadget. But perhaps its biggest upgrades are a new fifth-generation (Broadwell) Intel Core i5 processor and the new Force Touch trackpad. "Instead of pressing down, the surface of the trackpad buzzes, similar to the force feedback you feel on a PlayStation or Xbox controller," says PC Mag, which welcomed the new touchpad. This 13" Retina MacBook Pro is currently $220 under Apple's price and a current low by $154. It features a Broadwell Intel Core i5 2.7GHz dual-core processor, 13.3" 2560x1600 Retina display, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Intel Iris graphics, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, FaceTime HD camera, USB 3.0, HDMI output, and Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Dell Inspiron 13Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series 7353 Special Edition 2.5GHz 13.3" Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop
Store: Dell Home
Price: $849.99 via coupon code "X4V2HWDGX1B9SC" with free shipping
Lowest By: $300
Expires: October 31

Is It Worth It?: The 3.7-lb. Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series 7353 2-in-1 Special Edition Laptop is loaded with premium features that help it stand out from today's crowd of similar laptop/tablet hybrids. For starters, you get a current-generation Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz Skylake dual-core processor. Other features include a 13.3" 1920x1080 (1080p) touchscreen LCD, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, 802.11ac wireless, and Windows 10 Home 64-bit.

HP Pavilion x360HP Pavilion x360 13-s128nr 2.3GHz 13.3" Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop
Store: Amazon
Price: $614.99 in-cart with free shipping
Lowest By: $105

Is It Worth It?: Amazon is currently offering preorders of the 3.8-lb. HP Pavilion x360. Refreshed with a current-generation Intel Core i5-6200U 2.3GHz Skylake dual-core processor, the new 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrid offers a 13.3" 1080p IPS touchscreen LCD, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 802.11ac wireless, and Windows 10. It's currently $105 off list and the best price we could find.

HP 350 G2HP 350 G2 2.2GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: ANTOnline via eBay
Price: $379.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $220

Is It Worth It?: The 5.2-lb. HP 350 G2 Laptop doesn't pack a high-resolution screen or 2-in-1 functionality like the other laptops in our roundup. However, despite being the cheapest system it still manages to offer mainstream performance. It features an Intel Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz Broadwell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11n 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.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Unless marked as a "Sponsored Deal," the opinions expressed here are those of the author and have not been reviewed or endorsed by the companies mentioned. 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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HP 350 G2 is a business class laptop. Originally with Win 7 Pro.
If this had that OS - I would be buying it.