This week's roundup of the best laptop deals features Editors' Choice bargains on the 2015 11.6" MacBook Air and the mid-2012 13" MacBook Pro. We've also found deals on Dell's 2-in-1 Inspiron convertible and a powerful Lenovo with 16GB of RAM and a 1080p screen.Apple MacBook Pro 2.5GHz 13.3" Laptop
Store: Blutek via eBay
Lowest By: $95
Is It Worth It?: While this mid-2012 MacBook Pro is indeed an older, non-Retina model, it's the cheapest price we've ever seen for this unit, which makes this deal an Editors' Choice buy for cash-strapped Mac fans. The 4.5-lb. Apple MacBook Pro Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.5GHz 13.3" LED-Backlit 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 10.8 (Mountain Lion).
Apple MacBook Air 1.6GHz 11.6" Laptop
Store: Electronics Valley via eBay
Price: $729.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $70
Is It Worth It?: "The new Air falls right where you'd expect it to — it's around 10% faster than its Haswell-based predecessor, and about 20% slower than the faster dual-core chip in the 13" MacBook Pro," says Ars Technica. And while its unchanged design may be showing its age, today's deal compensates for that as it undercuts Apple's price for this same laptop by an impressive $170; it's also $20 under our mention from two weeks ago. The 2.4-lb. 2015 Apple MacBook Air Intel Core i5 1.6GHz 13.3" Laptop features an Intel Core i5-5250U Broadwell 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 11.6" 1366x768 LCD, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 802.11ac wireless, and Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
Lenovo Z51 2.4GHz 15.6" Laptop
Price: $799 via coupon code "USPZ51US827" with free shipping
Lowest By: $501
Expires: September 11
Is It Worth It?: The 5.1-lb. Lenovo Z51 Intel Broadwell Core i7 2.4GHz 15.6" 1080p Laptop offers more horsepower than your typical laptop. Released in May, this laptop features premium onboard audio thanks to its integrated JBL speakers. Also onboard you'll find Intel's Core i7-5500U 2.4GHz Broadwell dual-core processor, 16GB of RAM, a 15.6" 1080p LCD, 1TB hard drive with an 8GB SSD, AMD Radeon R9 M375 2GB video card, 802.11ac wireless, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.
Dell XPS 13 9343 2.1GHz 13.3" Laptop
Store: Dell Home
Price: $799.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $44
Is It Worth It?: The Dell XPS 13 Intel Broadwell Core i3 2.1GHz 13.3" 1080p Laptop is Dell's answer to the MacBook Air, winning accolades from the likes of Engadget, Laptop, and CNET. Today, its price has dropped down to $800, which is just a buck over the best price we've ever seen for this machine. "This is clearly the Ultrabook of the Broadwell-U generation to beat," says Anandtech. It provides a responsive, small, light, and well-built machine in the body of an 11" laptop. The 2.6-lb. machine features an Intel Broadwell Core i3-5010U 2.1GHz dual-core processor, 13.3" 1080p display, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 802.11ac wireless, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 1.6GHz 11.6" Laptop
Store: Dell Home
Price: $349.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $50
Is It Worth It?: "The entry-level Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 proves that you don't have to compromise if you want a convertible-hybrid laptop that lasts all day and fully utilizes its touch screen," says PC Mag, which gave it an Editors' Choice award. Priced at $350, the 3.1-lb. Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 Celeron 2.16GHz 11.6" Convertible Touchscreen Laptop provides an Intel Celeron N3050 1.6GHz Bay Trail dual-core processor, 11.6" 1366x768 touchscreen LCD, 2GB RAM, 32GB SSD, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.