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Best Laptop Deals: A Budget Model That's Close to Black Friday Pricing, More

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This week's best laptop deals include a wide range of configurations, from a budget system that comes within $22 of our Black Friday price prediction, to a high-end gaming rig. Also on sale are mid-level machines for moderate users.

  1. Lenovo Flex 2 Signature Intel Haswell Core i5 1.7GHz 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: $599 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $100

    Is It Worth It?: This is a pretty flashy computer at a nifty price, dropping to the best price we've seen for any Lenovo Flex 2 with a 1080p display. That crisp screen then folds back 300 degrees for this model's greatest feature, turning into a touchscreen tablet with its own stand. Just be sure to select "PC Only" to see this price.

    The 5.5-lb. laptop features an Intel Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p) LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 6GB RAM, 500GB hard drive with 8GB SSD, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, webcam, 4-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.

  2. DellDell Inspiron 11 3000 Celeron 2.16GHz 11.6" Convertible Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: Dell Home
    Price: $399.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $50

    Is It Worth It?: If you want to give a convertible laptop a spin but don't want to pay quite as much as the model above, consider this diminutive Dell. Keep in mind though that it skimps a bit with a budget Intel Celeron N2830 2.16GHz Bay Trail dual-core processor, and the screen is smaller at 11.6" with a lesser 1366x768 touchscreen.

    Other features on the 3.1-lb. laptop include 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, 3-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. (No optical drive is included.)

  3. LenovoLenovo G50 Intel Celeron 2.16GHz 15.6" LED-Backlit Laptop
    Store: Lenovo
    Price: $199 via coupon code "USPG5BUS1016" with free shipping EXPIRED
    Lowest By: $51
    Expires: October 22

    Is It Worth It?: While this is hardly a muscle machine, this deal is approaching Black Friday-like pricing; our prediction for similar budget machines is $178, which means paying about $22 more without having to hit up a store next month isn't too bad.

    Features for the 5.5-lb. machine include an Intel Celeron N2830 2.16GHz dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, 2GB RAM, 320GB hard drive, webcam, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, 4-cell battery, and Windows 8.1. (No optical drive is included.)

  4. laptopMSI Intel Haswell Core i7 2.5GHz 17.3" 1080p LED-Backlit Laptop
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: $1,199 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $100

    Is It Worth It?: While there are some downsides to this gaming rig, Notebook Check praises its casing, size, weight, image and sound quality, graphics card performance, and non-glare screen. Be sure to select "PC Only" to see this price.

    Features for this 6-lb. laptop include an Intel Core i7-4710HQ 2.5GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p) LED-backlit LCD, 12GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, NVIDIA GTX 860M 2GB graphics, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth, webcam, card reader, USB 3.0, HDMI port, 6-cell lithium-ion battery, and Windows 8 64-bit.

  5. LaptopHP Envy 15 k012nr Signature Edition Intel Haswell Core i7 2GHz 15.6" 1080p Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: $779 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $280

    Is It Worth It?: Considering this system has dropped an additional $120 since we first posted it last week, we wager it's even more of a steal today. Although this is a special edition, Laptop Mag says of the Envy 15 in general that it is "an attractive notebook with a crisp screen and booming audio, but it doesn't pack the same graphics punch as competitors." However, the latter appears to be more of an issue for gamers, rather than casual users.

    Features for this 5.8-lb. laptop include an Intel Core i7-4510U 2GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p) LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 12GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M 4GB video card, 802.11n wireless, DVD burner, HD webcam, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, HDMI, 4-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.

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Lindsay Sakraida is the DealNews Features Director. She specializes in writing about shopping trends and lifestyle subjects. She's also obsessed with music, movies, and tennis. Follow her on Twitter at @LinSakraida.
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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