For the second consecutive week, Apple laptops are taking the top spots in our laptop deals of the week. To start, Expercom takes $108 off the just-announced 15" MacBook Pro Retina, which now packs 16GB of RAM and a faster CPU. Alternatively, students with an active .edu e-mail can take $100 off the 13" MacBook Air at Best Buy. If you don't have a .edu account, slash up to $410 off select Lenovo, HP, and Dell laptops.
Apple MacBook Pro Haswell i7 2.2GHz 256GB SSD 15.4" Retina
Price: $1,891.69 with free shipping
Lowest By: $108
Is It Worth It?: Just 24 hours after Apple's surprise announcement, Expercom takes $108 off the new 2014 MacBook Pro Retina 15". (The Apple Store sells it for $1,999 regularly or $1,899 with a valid .edu e-mail.) The 4.4-lb. machine features the same body and build as its predecessor, but now packs Intel's latest Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core processor. In anticipation of its next OS, codenamed Yosemite, Apple has also doubled the memory of its entire 15" MacBook Pro Retina line to 16GB of RAM. Other features include a 256GB SSD, 802.11ac wireless, and a glorious 15.4" 2880x1800 LED-backlit display.
Apple MacBook Air Intel Haswell Core i5 1.3GHz 13.3" LED-Backlit Laptop bundled with Titanium Internet Security 3-User 6-Month for Mac
Store: Best Buy
Price: $799.99 via this link with free shipping
Lowest By: $100
Is It Worth It?: Prefer portability over power? For students with an active .edu e-mail address only, Best Buy offers the 13" MacBook Air for $800. Input your address here and you'll get a coupon code that takes $100 off Best Buy's price. Compare that to Apple's back-to-school price for this machine ($949 bundled with a $100 Apple gift card) and you'll save more money at Best Buy. The 2.9-lb. machine features an Intel Core i5 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 13.3" 1440x900 LED-backlit LCD, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and 802.11ac wireless.
HP ENVY 15t Intel Haswell Core i7 2.5GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: HP Home & Home Office
Price: $624.99 via coupon code "PC599Q2" with free shipping
Lowest By: $175
Expires: July 31
Is It Worth It?: The 5.1-lb. HP ENVY 15t is an excellent all-purpose notebook with better-than-average specs. It packs an Intel Core i7-4710HQ 2.5GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. Through July 31, use coupon code "PC599Q2" to take an extra $25 off this mainstream machine.
HP ENVY 15t-j100 Quad Edition Intel Haswell Core i7 2.4GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: HP Home & Home Office
Price: $704.99 via coupon code "PC599Q2" with free shipping
Lowest By: $195
Expires: August 1
Is It Worth It?: Cut from the same cloth as the aforementioned HP ENVY, the 5.6-lb. HP ENVY 15t-j100 packs a little more punch than its cousin. Specifically because this machine packs an NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M 2GB video card, making it a better machine for gaming or HD streaming. Other features include an Intel Core i7-4700MQ 2.4GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB hard drive.
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series Haswell Core i7 2GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Dell Home
Price: $629.99 via coupon code "LQXSDPR4VT483C" with free shipping
Lowest By: $410
Expires: September 1
Is It Worth It?: The 5.2-lb. Dell Inspiron 15 5000 is an everyday laptop with above-average specs. Even better, activate coupon code "LQXSDPR4VT483C" to slice an impressive $410 off this mainstream machine. Though it's $50 over last week's mention, it now houses a faster Intel Core i5-4510U 2GHz Haswell dual-core processor and more generous 8GB of RAM. Other features include a 15.6" 1366x768 LCD and 1TB hard drive.
Lenovo Z40 Intel Haswell Core i7 3GHz 14" Laptop
Price: $659 via coupon code "RMNUSLENOVO3" with free shipping
Lowest By: $290
Is It Worth It?: Released in May, the Lenovo Z40 is an entertainment-focused laptop complete with dedicated graphics. The 14" powerhouse includes a Haswell Core i7-4500U 3GHz dual-core processor, 14" 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, 8GB RAM, 500GB hard drive with 8GB SSD, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 820M 2GB graphics.