Best laptop deals: get a 17" Dell for $600

Save on current generation processors built to last with this week's deals on laptops, including a Dell Skylake Core for $600.

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Technology moves fast, so much so that it's hard to keep up sometimes. As such, it's never a bad idea to get a machine today that can handle the advancements of tomorrow. This week's roundup of the best laptop deals features a selection of machines with current-generation processors that are built for the future. Read on to save hundreds!

Dell Skylake Core i7 2.5GHz 17.3" Laptop
Store: Dell Small Business
Price: $609 via coupon code "LT$609"
Shipping: Free shipping
Lowest By: $294
Expires: July 9

With a 17" high-def display, Waves MaxxAudio, and a DVD drive, the Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series 5759 Intel Skylake Core i7 2.5GHz 17.3" Laptop is a portable multimedia center. Plus, it's nearly $300 off list. It features an Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz Skylake dual-core processor, 17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p) LCD display, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, AMD Radeon R5 M335 4GB video card, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, backlit keyboard, HDMI, USB 3.0, 4-cell battery, McAfee LiveSafe 1-Year subscription, and Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (with a Windows 10 Pro license).

HP Skylake Core i7 2.5GHz 13.3" 3200x1800 Laptop
Store: B&H Photo and Video
Price: $749
Shipping: Free shipping
Lowest By: $250

Weighing in at only 3 lbs. and only a half-inch thick, the HP Envy 13-d099nr Intel Skylake Core i7 2.5GHz 13.3" 3200x1800 Laptop is a highly portable machine. Plus, it's not only a current low by $250, but the best price we've seen for this build. It features an Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz Skylake dual-core processor, 13.3" 3200x1800 QHD+ IPS LCD, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, HDMI, backlit keyboard, 3-cell battery, and Windows 10 Home 64-bit.

Lenovo Skylake Core i7 2.6GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Lenovo
Price: $839.99 via coupon code "USP700YUS713"
Shipping: Free shipping
Lowest By: $210
Expires: July 13

With a powerful quad-core processor, an NVIDIA 4GB graphics card, and Dolby Home Theater audio, the Lenovo IdeaPad 700 Intel Skylake Core i7 2.6GHz 15.6" 1080p Laptop is a highly versatile machine. Plus, it's currently $210 off list price. It features an Intel Core i7-6700HQ Skylake 2.6GHz quad-core processor, 15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p) IPS LED-backlit LCD, 12GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 4GB video card, DVD burner, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, 4-in-1 card reader, 3-cell battery, and Windows 10 Home 64-bit.

Dell Skylake Pentium 2.1GHz 15.6" 2-in-1 Touch Laptop
Store: Dell Home
Price: $440.99
Shipping: Free shipping
Lowest By: $59

Combining the flexibility of a 2-in-1 with a current processor, the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series 5568 Intel Skylake Pentium 2.1GHz 15.6" 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop is a smart option for the college student going back to school or anyone looking for a highly portable machine. Plus, it's at the lowest price we've seen for a Skylake-equipped Inspiron 16" convertible. It features an Intel Pentium 4405U 2.1GHz Skylake dual-core processor, 15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p) IPS touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, 3-cell battery, and Windows 10 Home 64-bit.

Note: This price is only available through Dell's Member Purchase Program, which is for students, government employees, military (active and retired), credit union members, health care workers, and other select groups.

Lenovo Skylake Core i7 2.6GHz 14" 1080p Laptop
Store: Adorama via eBay
Price: $629.99
Shipping: Free shipping
Lowest By: $270

Equipped with an AMD 4GB GPU, a backlit keyboard, and a high-def display, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-14 Intel Skylake Core i7 2.6GHz 14" 1080p Laptop is a portable gaming machine. Even better, it's a current low by nearly $300. It features an Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz Skylake quad-core processor, 14" 1920x1080 (1080p) IPS LCD display, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive with 128GB SSD, AMD Radeon R9 M375 4GB video card, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, media card reader, LED-backlit keyboard, 3-cell battery, and Windows 10 Home 64-bit.

This article first appeared at Dealnews.com.

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