The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show may be a distant memory by now, but for us deal hunters, the action is just starting. This week's best laptop deals include a $100 discount on the Alienware 15, a powerful new gaming behemoth announced at the show. For roughly $100 less, we've also got the Lenovo Y50 4K gaming laptop, which (like its namesake suggests) packs an impressive UHD screen. Not to be outdone, we've also spotted deals on the quad core-based HP Envy 15-k118nr, Apple's mid-2012 MacBook Pro, and an Asus Transformer hybrid.
Lenovo Y50 Intel Haswell Core i7 2.4GHz 15.6" 4K UHD Laptop
Store: Newegg via eBay
Price: $999.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $99
Is It Worth It?: A PC gamer's dream machine, the Editors' Choice IdeaPad Y50 packs an eye-opening 3840x2160 LED-backlit 4K UHD LCD and yet comes in at just $1,000, making it the cheapest price we've ever seen for this notebook. (By comparison, this same machine averaged $1,162 during the holiday season.) Proving brains and beauty aren't mutually exclusive, the 5.3-lb. machine features a Core i7-4700HQ 2.4GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB graphics card. Think the 4K screen is a gimmick? Laptop reviewed a 1080p version of this machine and recommends opting for the 4K display.
Alienware 15 Intel Haswell Core i5 2.9GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Dell Home
$1,099.99 via coupon code "2RRVTDD4TVJMCM" with free shippingEXPIRED
Lowest By: $100
Expires: January 30
Is It Worth It?: Announced at this year's CES, the 7-lb. Alienware 15 is the company's lightest 15" gaming laptop ever. It's also the thinnest, boasting a 1.3" waistline. What this machine isn't, however, is underpowered. It packs a 15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p) IPS LCD, Intel Core i5-4210H 1.7GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB video card. The machine also won Notebook.com's CES 2015 Excellence Award for re-introducing high-end gaming in a slim 15" form factor.
HP Envy 15-k118nr Intel Haswell Core i7 2GHz 15.6" 1080p Touchscreen Laptop
Store: HP Home & Home Office Store
Price: $1,049.99 via coupon code "ENVY100NB" with free shipping
Lowest By: $200
Expires: February 14
Is It Worth It?: The HP Envy 15-k118nr is the third heavy hitter in our roundup this week and the only machine to include a built-in DVD burner. Weighing in at 5.7 lbs., this full-featured notebook packs a Haswell Core i7-4510U 2GHz dual-core processor, 15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p) touchscreen display, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M 4GB graphics card.
Apple MacBook Pro Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.5GHz 13.3" LED-Backlit Laptop
Store: DigJungle via eBay
Price: $899.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $100
Is It Worth It?: In case you missed it last week, the mid-2012 MacBook Pro 13" laptop is back at an astonishingly low $900. While it is indeed an older, non-Retina model, it's still $100 cheaper than the price of a new unit and $29 under what Apple charges for a refurb of this notebook. The 4.5-lb. laptop 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).
ASUS Transformer Book Flip Signature Edition Haswell Core i5 1.7GHz 13.3" 1080p Convertible Touchscreen Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $599 with free shipping
west By: $200
Is It Worth It?: Using the same form factor that Lenovo pioneered with its Yoga line, the 3.9-lb. Asus Transformer Book Flip features a 13.3" 1080p touchscreen LCD that rotates 360 degrees, turning this ultrabook into a working tablet. However, what sets this machine apart from Lenovo's offering is its spec sheet. To lower costs, Asus fitted the Transformer Book Flip with a Haswell Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 8GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. Compared to the Yoga line, Mobile Geeks says the "Flip isn't as stylish or well balanced, but it does offer the user all of the advantages of the Yoga, minus the finesse."