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Best Laptop Deals: Budget Touchscreen Ultraportable from $279

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This week's best laptop deals include systems for all needs and budgets, starting with ASUS's 11.6" touchscreen ultraportable for $279. We've also found deals on two mainstream general-purpose laptops from Lenovo and HP and a 17" desktop replacement from Dell.

  1. Lenovo IdeaPad G510pLenovo IdeaPad G510p Intel Haswell Core i5 3.1GHz 15.6" Laptop
    Store: Lenovo
    Price: $569 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $10

    Is It Worth It?: Back in our roundup for its second consecutive week, the 5.7-lb. Lenovo IdeaPad G510p is a muscle machine at heart. It features an Intel Core i5-4200M 3.1GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB hard drive.

  2. HP ENVY 15t-j100HP ENVY 15t-j100 Select Edition Intel Haswell Core i5 2.5GHz 15.6" Laptop
    Store: HP Home & Home Office
    Price: $584.99 via coupon code "DEALNEWS15HP" with $9.99 s&h
    Lowest By: $15

    Is It Worth It?: The 5.6-lb. HP ENVY 15t-j100 is an excellent all-purpose notebook with better-than-average specs. It packs an Intel Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, 6GB of RAM, and a 750GB hard drive. Though keep in mind we've seen this same system with a quad processor for just $40 more.

  3. Dell Inspiron 15Dell Inspiron Intel Haswell Core i5 1.6GHz 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: $599 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $100

    Is It Worth It?: Like the aforementioned HP ENVY, the 5.7-lb. Dell Inspiron 15 is a great general-purpose laptop. However, for just a few bucks more than the ENVY, this Dell includes a touchscreen display to help you navigate through Windows 8.1. Otherwise, it's almost on par with the ENVY, featuring an Intel i5-4200U 1.6GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 touchscreen LCD, 6GB RAM, and a slightly smaller 500GB hard drive.

  4. ASUS X200CAASUS VivoBook Intel Celeron 1.5GHz 11.6" Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: $279 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $31

    Is It Worth It?: The ASUS X200CA is a budget ultraportable that features an 11.6" touchscreen display. Though we think it's a little underpowered, this 2.7-lb. notebook is an awesome coffee table laptop or a cheap on-the-go system. It's powered by a 1.5GHz Intel Celeron 1007U dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. It's also the second-cheapest 11.6" ASUS X200CA VivoBook we've seen.

  5. Lenovo Flex 14Lenovo Flex 14 Intel Haswell Core i7 1.8GHz 14" Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: Lenovo
    Price: $749 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $250

    Is It Worth It?: Though you might mistake this laptop for a Yoga, the Flex 14 is a different beast in that its screen doesn't flip back completely, but instead swings 300 degrees into what Lenovo calls "stand mode." "The net effect of stand mode is that the screen is closer to users touching the screen, and there is no keyboard surface distracting you when you're watching videos or looking at pictures," notes PC Mag. Hardware-wise, the Flex 14 features a 14" 1366x768 touchscreen LCD, Core i7-4500U 1.8GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 8GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive with 8GB SSD.

  6. Dell Inspiron 17RDell Inspiron 17R Intel Haswell Core i5 1.6GHz 17.3" Laptop
    Store: Dell Home
    Price: $599.99 via coupon code "8X62DMFPKJ2XCX" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $55
    Expires: May 2

    Is It Worth It?: The Inspiron 17R is Dell's contender in the desktop replacement arena. The 7.3-lb. machine packs Intel's Core i5-4200U 1.6GHz Haswell dual-core processor, a 17.3" 1600x900 LCD, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB hard drive.

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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