This week's roundup of the best laptop deals includes a trio of laptops with Intel's latest Broadwell processor starting at just $499. If you don't require current-gen tech, we've also found deals on a top-notch 2014 MacBook Pro and a Lenovo G50.
Lenovo Y40-80 2.4GHz 14" 1080p Laptop
Price: $599 via coupon code "USPY4CUS42" with free shipping
Lowest By: $30
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 5.7-lb. Y40-80 now boasts a fifth-generation Intel Core i7-5500U 2.4GHz Broadwell dual-core processor. This Editors' Choice laptop — which is $30 cheaper than a similar model we saw with less storage space — also includes a 14" 1080p LED-backlit display, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, 802.11ac, an AMD Radeon R9 M275 2GB video card, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.
Lenovo G50-80 2.2GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $399 with free shipping
Lowest By: $21
Is It Worth It?: If you don't require a 1080p screen and dedicated video card, the Lenovo G50-80 Intel Haswell Core i5 2.2GHz 15.6" Laptopprovides ample power with a budget-minded price tag. The 4.6-lb. machine packs a Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, 6GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive for just $399. This Editors' Choice deal is the cheapest Core i5-equipped 16" Lenovo laptop we've seen.
Apple MacBook Pro 2.6GHz 13.3" Laptop with Retina Display
Store: Micro Center
Price: $1,199.99 with in-store pickup
Lowest By: $49
Is It Worth It?: "The 13" Retina Apple MacBook Pro gives you top-notch performance and more than 13 hours of battery life in a beautifully designed laptop," says PC Mag, which awarded this machine its Editors' Choice award. Released in mid-2014, the 3.4-lb. Apple MacBook Pro Intel Core i5 2.6GHz 13.3" Laptop with Retina Display is the closest you'll get to a MacBook Air with a Retina display. It features an Intel Haswell Core i5-4278U 2.6GHz dual-core processor, 13.3" 2560x1600 Retina display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel Iris graphics, 802.11ac wireless, and Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Toshiba Satellite S55t-B5152 2.2GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $499 with free shipping
Lowest By: $201
Is It Worth It?: Back for the second 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 three weeks ago and a current low for this system by $201. 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," that means it comes with no pre-loaded trial software.
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 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. Although we saw it bundled with a free Dell tablet last month, this deal is still a serious contender for anyone in the market for a new notebook.