This week's roundup of the best laptop deals includes Editors' Choice offers on some of today's best mainstream laptops, like the cheapest price we've seen for a 1080p touchscreen Broadwell laptop and $170 off Apple's just-released 2015 MacBook Air.Apple MacBook Air 1.6GHz 13.3" Laptop
Store: E-Tech Galaxy via eBay
Lowest By: $67
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 shaves $170 off Apple's retail price and it's a current low for this machine by $67. The 3-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, 13" 1440x900 LCD, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 802.11ac wireless, and Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
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 Broadwell Core i5 2.2GHz 15.6" Laptop has become a stalwart in our weekly roundup making its fourth consecutive appearance. And it's no surprise, as this machine provides ample power with a budget-minded price tag. The 4.9-lb. machine packs a Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz Broadwell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, 6GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, and Windows 8.1 for just $399. (Choose "PC only" to see this price.) This Editors' Choice deal is the cheapest Core i5-equipped 15" Broadwell laptop we've seen.
Toshiba Satellite S55t-B5152 2.2GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $499 via coupon code "PCGRAD15" with free shipping
Lowest By: $71
Is It Worth It?: The Toshiba Satellite S55t-B5152 Signature Edition Intel Broadwell Core i5 2.2GHz 15.6" 1080p Touchscreen Laptop is the second-cheapest 15" laptop we've seen with a Core i5 Broadwell processor. (Beaten only by the aforementioned Lenovo G50-80, which doesn't feature a 1080p touchscreen.) The 4.5-lb. laptop features a 15.6" 1080p touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11ac wireless, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Even better, it's a "Signature Edition" laptop, which means it comes with no pre-loaded trial software. This Editors' Choice machine is a current low by $71 and if you're in the market for a 1080p laptop, it's the cheapest 15" model we've seen with a Broadwell CPU.
Asus X555LB-NS51 2.2GHz 15.6" Laptop
Lowest By: $170
Is It Worth It?: The Asus X555LB-NS51 Intel Broadwell Core i5 2.2GHz 15.6" 1080p Laptop is a mainstream machine with a game-friendly GPU, the Nvidia GeForce GT 940M. The 5.1-lb. laptop is currently $170 off and features a Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz Broadwell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1080p display, 8GB RAM, 750GB hard drive, Nvidia GeForce GT 940M 2GB graphics, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.
Dell Inspiron 15 2.16GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Dell Home
Price: $299.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $50
Is It Worth It?: At $300, the 4.7-lb. Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Celeron 2.16GHz 15.6" Laptop is a budget machine suitable for most of today's mainstream tasks like social networking, e-mail, and the occasional HD stream. In terms of hardware, it packs an Intel Celeron N2840 2.16GHz Bay Trail dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.