We've been sitting behind our laptops all day, rounding up some of the hottest notebook deals from the past week. As such, this week's top laptop sales include the cheapest Ivy Bridge Dell Inspiron 13z we've seen, a Blu-ray-toting desktop replacement HP ENVY, and a touch-screen capable 14" Asus VivoBook.
- Dell Inspiron 13z Intel Ivy Bridge Core i3 1.8GHz 13.3" LED-Backlit Laptop
Price: $379.99 with 99-cent s&h
Lowest By: $20
Is It Worth It?: Back in our roundup for the second consecutive week, Dell's latest iteration of the Inspiron 13z packs the latest hardware starting with an Ivy Bridge Core i3 1.8GHz dual-core processor, 6GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. A current low by $20, the 3.8-lb. Editors' Choice laptop has won praise from CNET, which called it a "budget laptop that holds its head up high."
Store: HP Home & Home Office
Price: $724.99 via coupon code "NB4819" with $9.99 s&h
Lowest By: $175
Is It Worth It?: The HP Pavilion dv7t is no stranger to our laptop roundup and this week's configuration is fit for the most demanding media necessities. The 6.9-lb. desktop replacement offers an Ivy Bridge Core i7 quad-core 2.4GHz processor, 8GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive, and a Blu-ray player / DVD burner combo drive.
- ASUS K-Series AMD A8 1.9GHz 15.6" LED-Backlit Laptop
Price: $379.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $14
Is It Worth It?: The ASUS K55N offers quad-core power at a price that won't leave you broke. The 5.5-lb. laptop is built around AMD's 1.9GHz A8 processor and includes 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. Currently at $380, it's the lowest non-rebate price we've seen for this system.
- Dell Inspiron 15 Intel Ivy Bridge Core i3 1.9GHz 15.6" LED-Backlit Laptop
Store: Dell Home
Price: $429.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $20
Is It Worth It?: Looking for a laptop that doesn't come pre-loaded with Windows 8? The 4.9-lb. Dell Inspiron 15 instead comes with Windows 7 and offers just enough horsepower for your everyday tasks. It features an Ivy Bridge Core i3 1.9GHz dual-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive.
Store: Adorama via eBay
Price: $569.98 with free shipping
Lowest By: $87
Is It Worth It?: Released in late 2012, the ASUS VivoBook S400 is a distant relative to last week's S500, the main difference is the S400's lighter weight (4 lbs.) and smaller 14" screen size. Nevertheless, the touchscreen-friendly VivoBook S400 is $30 off list price and features an Ivy Bridge Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive coupled with a 24GB SSD. Thanks to the aforementioned touchscreen, it should also make Windows 8 a more pleasurable experience.
- Acer Aspire C710-2847 Intel Celeron 1.1GHz 11.6" Chromebook
Store: Best Buy
Price: $199.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $13
Is It Worth It?: Built around Google's cloud-based Chrome operating system, this 3.1-lb. laptop was made for one thing — surfing the Internet. And although $200 is the list price for this model, Best Buy is the only store currently offering free shipping. Engadget notes the laptop "looks and feels extremely cheap," but is otherwise easily upgradeable/hackable. It features an Intel Celeron 847 1.1GHz dual-core processor, 11.6" LCD, 2GB RAM, and a 320GB hard drive.