This week's roundup of the best laptop deals includes Editors' Choice deals on some of today's best mainstream laptops, starting with a student discount on Apple's just-released 2015 MacBook Pro Retina, as well as a price cut on the just-announced HP Pavilion x360.Apple MacBook Pro Intel Core i5 2.7GHz 13.3" Laptop with Retina Display bundled with Titanium Internet Security 3-Device 6-Month Subscription for Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android
Store: Best Buy
Price: $1,049.99 via a $50 student discount with free shipping
Lowest By: $185
Is It Worth It?: "The refreshed Retina display MacBook Pro brings faster performance and longer battery life, along with the same stunning screen and comfortable keyboard," says Engadget. But perhaps its biggest upgrades are a new fifth-generation (Broadwell) Intel Core i5 processor and the new Force Touch trackpad. "Instead of pressing down, the surface of the trackpad buzzes, similar to the force feedback you feel on a PlayStation or Xbox controller," says PC Mag, which welcomed the new touchpad.
For students only, Best Buy is currently offering this just-released laptop for $1,049.99, which is $50 under Apple's own education pricing and a current low by $185. The 3.4-lb. Apple MacBook Pro Intel Core i5 2.7GHz 13.3" Laptop with Retina Display features a Core i5 2.7GHz dual-core processor, 13.3" 2560x1600 Retina display, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 802.11ac wireless, and Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Lenovo G50-80 2.2GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $399 with free shipping
Lowest By: $47
Is It Worth It?: The Lenovo G50-80 Intel Haswell Core i5 2.2GHz 15.6" Laptop provides ample power with a budget-minded price tag. (Choose "PC only" to see this price.) The 4.9-lb. machine packs a Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, 6GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, and Windows 8.1 for just $399. This Editors' Choice deal is the cheapest Core i5-equipped 16" Lenovo laptop we've seen.
HP Pavilion x360 2.1GHz 13.3" 2-in-1 Laptop bundled with Titanium Internet Security 3-Device 6-Month Subscription for Windows/Mac/iOS/Android
Store: Best Buy
Lowest By: $200
Is It Worth It?: "The Pavilion x360 is HP's most cost-effective convertible laptop," says Engadget, and you can purchase this just-released laptop for $200 under HP's direct price. The HP Pavilion x360 13-a110dx Intel Broadwell Core i3 2.1GHz 13.3" 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop features a 360-degree fold-back hinge, which lets you use this machine in laptop, kiosk, or tablet mode.
Under the hood, you'll find an Intel Core i3-5010U 2GHz Broadwell dual-core processor, 13.3" 1366x768 touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11ac wireless, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. This Editors' Choice deal also comes with a 6-month Internet Security subscription.
Acer Aspire 2.4GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Newegg vie eBay
Price: $599.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $165
Expires: April 27
Is It Worth It?: The Editors' Choice Acer Aspire Intel Broadwell Core i7 2.4GHz 15.6" 1080p Laptop should be at the top of your shopping list if you're looking for a laptop with today's best tech. The 5.6-lb. machine includes an Intel Broadwell Core i7-5500U 2.4GHz dual-core processor, 15.6" 1080p LED-backlit LCD, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, NVIDIA GeForce GT 840M 2GB graphics, 802.11ac wireless, and Windows 8.1. It's the lowest price we could find for this machine and among the cheapest 1080p laptops we've seen with these specs.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series 2.4GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Dell Home
Price: $799.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $400
Is It Worth It?: The latest Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series 7548 Intel Broadwell Core i7 2.4GHz 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop has a lot to offer the mainstream buyer. For starters, it's been outfitted with Intel's latest Core i7-5500U 2.4GHz Broadwell dual-core processor. Joining the energy-saving CPU are 8GB of RAM, a 15.6" touchscreen 1080p LCD, and a 1TB hard drive. Currently at $400 off, this deal is a serious contender for anyone in the market for a new notebook.