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Best Laptop Deals: Cheapest 2015 MacBook Air Ever, 12" HP Stream for $188

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This week's roundup of the best laptop deals includes Editors' Choice deals for both Mac and Windows fans. For the former, we've found the cheapest 11.6" 2015 MacBook Air ever. Meanwhile, budget Windows fans should check out the $188 HP Stream, which comes bundled with a $25 Microsoft Gift Card, a deal we're not likely to see again until Black Friday.

HP 11-d010wmHP 11-d010wm 2.16GHz 11.6" Laptop bundled with 1-Year Microsoft Office 365 Personal Subscription and a $25 Microsoft Gift Card
Store: Walmart
Price: $188 with free shipping
Lowest By: $87

Is It Worth It?: The HP 11-d010wm Intel Celeron 2.16GHz 11.6" Laptop is Microsoft's answer to the Chromebook. Compact, highly affordable, and with just enough power for your day-to-day tasks, Laptop says the HP Stream 11 is a "stylish Windows laptop that's just as affordable but more capable than a Chromebook." This Editors' Choice deal cuts $12 off the cost of the laptop, plus it includes a $25 Microsoft Gift Card. The 4.5-lb. machine features an Intel Celeron N2840 2.16GHz dual-core processor, 11.6" 1366x768 LCD, 2GB RAM, 32GB flash drive, and Windows 8.1.


Dell Inspiron i3543-2501Dell Inspiron i3543-2501 2GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $300 with free shipping EXPIRED
Lowest By: $88

Is It Worth It?: Need a laptop with a bit more power, but can't afford to spend much? The Dell Inspiron i3543-2501 Intel Broadwell Core i3 2GHz 15.6" Signature Edition Touchscreen Laptop might be your answer. This 5.3-lb. Editors' Choice laptop keeps costs down with its $300 price tag, yet it packs a current-generation Intel Broadwell Core i3-5005U 2GHz dual-core processor. Also onboard you'll find a 15.6" 1366x768 touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, and Windows 8.1.


Dell XPS 13Dell XPS 13 2.2GHz 13.3" Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $799 (select "PC only: Non-touch, Core i5, 128GB" to see this price) via coupon code "PCGRAD15" with free shipping
Lowest By: $151
Expires: July 4

Is It Worth It?: The Dell XPS 13 Intel Broadwell Core i3 2.2GHz 13.3" 1080p Laptop has been one of the most talked about notebooks of 2015, winning accolades from the likes of Engadget, Laptop, and CNET. Today, it's hit an all-time price low of $799. "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 i5-5200U 2.2GHz dual-core processor, 13.3" 1080p touchscreen display, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 802.11ac wireless, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.


MacBook AirApple MacBook Air 1.6GHz 11.6" Laptop
Store: TechOutlet via eBay
Price: $749 with free shipping
Lowest By: $49

Is It Worth It?: Back-to-school shoppers who insist on a Mac, your deal has arrived. TechOutlet via eBay offers the 2015 Apple MacBook Air Broadwell Core i5 1.6GHz 11.6" Laptop for $749. That's $150 under Apple's price and the best price we've ever seen for this laptop. The 2.4-lb. Air features an Intel Core i5 1.6GHz Broadwell dual-core processor, 11.6" 1366x768 LCD, 4GB RAM, 128GB flash storage, 802.11ac wireless, and Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.


Acer Aspire RAcer Aspire R 13 2-in-1 2.2GHz 13.3" Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $699 via coupon code "PCGRAD15" with free shipping
Lowest By: $201

Is It Worth It?: "Offering a swivel screen with multiple modes, Acer's R13 is a 2-in-1 that delivers powerful performance in a versatile but clunky design," says Laptop. (Click on "PC only: Core i5, 128GB" to see this price, then enter the coupon code at checkout). The 3.3-lb. Acer Aspire R 13 Signature Edition Intel Broadwell Core i5 2.2GHz 13.3" 1080p Touchscreen Laptop uses a floating frame to hold the screen, which allows the display to open and tilt like a traditional laptop while also letting it spin in place for tablet mode. In terms of features, it packs an Intel Broadwell Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz dual-core processor, 13.3" 1080p touchscreen LCD, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 802.11ac wireless, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.

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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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nematoda
The 11.6-inch Macbook Air does not weigh 3.7 pounds; it weighs 2.4 pounds.