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Best Laptop Deals: A Trio of Quad-Core Notebooks From $380


Quad-core laptops have invaded this week's best laptop deals, with three quad-based machines for every budget starting from $380. For travelers, we also have an Editors' Choice deal on Dell's highly portable XPS 13; and on the opposite end, a Lenovo desktop replacement for $709.

  1. Dell XPS 13Dell XPS 13 4289 Signature Edition Intel Haswell Core i5 1.7GHz 13.3" Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: $899 (click "PC only" to see this price) with free shipping
    Lowest By: $251

    Is It Worth It?: Though you could mistake this laptop for a reincarnated Inspiron Duo, the XPS 13 is much more. The 3-lb. hybrid is Dell's answer to the MacBook Air. It features a 1080p touchscreen that flips inside its hinge allowing you to use the machine in tablet mode. Acrobatics aside, this high-end hybrid packs an i5-4210U 1.7GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 13.3" 1080p touchscreen LCD, 8GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD. PC Mag calls it a "a road warrior's dream machine."

  2. Acer Quad LaptopAcer AMD Quad 1.8GHz 15.6" Laptop
    Store: Newegg
    Price: $379.99 with free shipping EXPIRED
    Lowest By: $120

    Is It Worth It?: Acer's E-Series laptops were designed for everyday computing whether you're streaming, gaming, or just browsing through your social feeds. But don't call this 5.5-lb. notebook a budget machine, because while most bargain bin laptops max out with a dual-core CPU and just 4GB of RAM, this 15.6" laptop packs a quad-core AMD A8-7100 1.8GHz quad-core processor with 6GB of RAM. Other features include a 15.6" 1366x768 LCD and a 1TB hard drive.

  3. HP ENVY 15tHP ENVY 15t Intel Haswell Core i7 2.5GHz 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop
    Store: HP Home & Home Office
    Price: $684.99 via coupon code "DEALS15HP" with $9.99 s&h
    Lowest By: $200
    Expires: September 13

    Is It Worth It?: The 5.1-lb. HP ENVY 15t is an excellent all-purpose notebook with a quad-core CPU as its foundation. 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 September 13, use coupon code "DEALS15HP" to take an extra $15 off this mainstream machine.

  4. Toshiba Satellite S50-BST2GX1Toshiba Satellite S50-BST2GX1 Core i5 1.7GHz 15.6" Laptop
    Store: Toshiba Direct
    Price: $679.99 via coupon code "DNS50GX199" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $220

    Is It Worth It?: The Toshiba Satellite S50-BST2GX1 is a powerful laptop disguised as an everyday machine. It couples an Intel Haswell Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz dual-core processor with 12GB RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and a dedicated AMD Radeon R7 M260 2GB graphics card. Topping off this 4.8-lb. machine is a 15.6" 1366x768 LCD.

  5. Lenovo G710Lenovo G710 Intel Haswell Core i7 3.2GHz 17.3" LED-Backlit Laptop
    Store: Lenovo
    Price: $709 via coupon code "RMNUSLENOVO3" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $60
    Expires: September 17

    Is It Worth It?: The Lenovo Essential G710 is the only desktop replacement in our roundup to flaunt its extra curves. The Haswell-based notebook features a 17" 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, a beefy Core i7-4702QM 3.2GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. While we wouldn't take this 6.4-lb. laptop on the road, for the non-traveler it offers solid power at a reasonable price.

  6. Dell Inspiron 15Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Series Core i3 1.9GHz 15.6" Laptop
    Store: Dell Home
    Price: $399.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $8

    Is It Worth It?: Like the Acer E-Series, the Inspiron 1500 3000 series was designed for the budget shopper who doesn't need a powerful system. To cut costs, this laptop features modest specs starting with an Intel Haswell Core i3-4030U 1.9GHz dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LED LCD, 4GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive.

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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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Why use the title "Best Laptop Deals: A Trio of Quad-Core Notebooks From $380" when six machines are featured? Better to entitle it "Best Laptop Deals: Includes a Trio of Quad-Core Notebooks From $380"
@hawkins1965 Apologies for that! Link has been fixed.
The first laptop's title and picture is the Dell XPS 13. But the descriptions of it is the Dell XPS 12.
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