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Best laptop deals: $169 off Apple's newest 13" MacBook Air, and more

Save this week on Apple MacBook Air, and Lenovo and Toshiba laptops.

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This week's roundup of the best laptop deals includes five can't-miss Editors' Choice deals starting with $169 off Apple's just-released 2015 MacBook Air. We've also found a budget Lenovo for an astonishingly low $199 and three mainstream machines from $399.

Apple MacBook Air 1.6GHz 13.3" Laptop
Store: Deal Frenzy via eBay
Price: $829.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $169

Is It Worth It?: "The new Air falls right where you'd expect it to — it's around 10 percent faster than its Haswell-based predecessor, and about 20 percent slower than the faster dual-core chip in the 13-inch MacBook Pro," says Ars Technica. And while it's unchanged design may be showing its age, today's Editors' Choice deal compensates for that as it shaves $169 off Apple's retail price and it's the lowest price we've yet to see for this just-released system. 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: $21

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. This 4.6-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.

Lenovo Y40-80 2.4GHz 14" Laptop
Store: Lenovo
Price: $599 via coupon code "USPY4CUS49" with free shipping
Lowest By: $99
Expires: April 17

Is It Worth It?: The Lenovo Y40-80 Intel Broadwell Core i7 2.4GHz 14" 1080p Laptop is an update to last year's Haswell-based Y40 laptop. The 4.9-lb. Y40-80 now boasts a fifth-generation Intel Core i7-5500U 2.4GHz Broadwell dual-core processor. This Editors' Choice laptop also includes a 14" 1080p LED-backlit display, 8GB RAM, 500GB hard drive with 8GB SSD, an AMD Radeon R9 M275 2GB video card, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.

Toshiba Satellite S55t-B5152 2.2GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $499 with free shipping
Lowest By: $101

Is It Worth It?: Back for the third consecutive week, the Toshiba Satellite S55t-B5152 Signature Edition Intel Broadwell Core i5 2.2GHz 15.6" 1080p Touchscreen Laptop is the cheapest laptop we've yet to see with a Core i5 Broadwell processor. This Editors' Choice machine is also $100 under our mention from four weeks ago and a current low for this system by $101. 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, because it's a "Signature Edition," which means it comes with no pre-loaded trial software.

Lenovo S21e-20 2.16GHz 11.6" Laptop
Store: Lenovo
Price: $199 via coupon code "USPS215US49" with free shipping
Lowest By: $201
Expires: April 17

Is It Worth It?: The fifth Editors' Choice laptop in this week's roundup is the budget Lenovo S21e-20 Celeron 2.16GHz 11.6" Laptop. This $199 laptop is currently $201 off and it's the cheapest 11.6" laptop we've seen since Black Friday, when we saw a similar machine for $100. It features an Intel Celeron N2840 2.16GHz Bay Trail dual-core processor, 11.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, 2GB RAM, 64GB storage, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.

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