By Louis Ramirez, dealnews Senior Feature WriterWe’ve been sitting behind our laptops all day, putting together a roundup of the hottest notebook deals from the past week that are still available for you to compare. This week’s top laptop deals include the cheapest Alienware M14x gaming laptop we’ve seen at $899. Also onboard is the second least-expensive Sony VAIO S Series 13″ laptop and a trio of Lenovos including a $699 IdeaPad ultrabook. Keep an eye on our daily laptop deals for discounts throughout the week.
- Sony VAIO S Series Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.5GHz 13.3″ LED-Backlit Widescreen Laptop
Store: Sony Store
Price: $624.99 via coupon code “SONYS1311” with free shipping
Lowest By: $25
Expires:October 6Is It Worth It?: Sometimes it pays to wait. So if you missed this gem from Sony last week, today it’s back and $25 cheaper. This 3.8-lb. laptop runs on Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge Core i5 CPU. Complimenting the processor are 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. And whereas most manufacturers would omit a DVD burner in a laptop this size (we’re looking at you Apple), Sony keeps the optical drive. Best of all, at $625 it’s still the second least-expensive price we’ve seen for any Sony VAIO laptop with this CPU.
- Alienware M14x Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.5GHz 14″ LED-Backlit Widescreen Laptop
Store: Dell Home
Price: $899 with free shipping
Lowest By:$100Is It Worth It?: Weighing in at 6.5 lbs., Alienware’s 14″ M14x is far from being portable. However, as CNET notes, “it manages to pack amazing performance into a smaller-than-expected body.” The laptop is built around a Core i5 Ivy Bridge CPU with 6GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1GB video card. Furthermore, it’s $100 under our mention from two weeks ago and the least-expensive Alienware M14x laptop we’ve seen, easily earning it a dealnews Editors’ Choice badge.
- Dell XPS 15z Intel Core i5 2.4GHz 15.6″ LED-Backlit Widescreen Laptop
Store: Dell Home
Price: $699.99 via coupon code “R536ZTX3RS8NL8” with free shipping
Lowest By: $99
Expires:October 15Is It Worth It?: For fashionistas who demand a stylish laptop, but don’t have the budget a high-end diamond-encrusted one, PC Mag claims this laptop is “every bit as luxurious as the Apple MacBook Pro” without the high price tag. Indeed, this 5.5-lb. laptop measures just 0.97″-thick and packs a Sandy Bridge Core i5 dual-core CPU, 6GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M 1GB video card. The laptop’s strong performance, battery life, and lightweight design also earned it a PC Mag Editors’ Choice award.
- Lenovo P580 Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.5GHz 15.6″ LED-Backlit Widescreen Laptop bundled with an 8×8″ Shutterfly Photobook
Store: Best Buy
Price: $499.99 with free shipping
Lowest By:$137Is It Worth It?: The 5.7-lb. P580 offers better specs than your typical mainstream system. Powered by an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 CPU, it features 6GB of RAM and a generous 750GB hard drive. Best of all, it provides all this hardware at $500.
- Lenovo IdeaPad U410 Intel Core i5 1.7GHz 14″ LED-Backlit Widescreen Ultrabook
Price: $699 via coupon code “USPU42F927” with free shipping
Lowest By: $90
Expires:October 5Is It Worth It?: By now every major laptop manufacturer has an ultrabook in their product lineup. For Lenovo, the U410 is that laptop. Weighing in at 4 lbs, Laptop calls it, “an affordable Ultrabook that offers strong performance in a striking design.” Indeed, this mobile powerhouse includes a dual-core Core i7 Ivy Bridge CPU, 8GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive with a 32GB SSD, and NVIDIA GeForce 610M 1GB graphics. Although it lacks an optical drive, you’ll find a built-in HDMI port for connecting your machine to flat-screen TVs.
- Lenovo IdeaPad U410 Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 1.9GHz 14″ LED-Backlit Widescreen Laptop
Price: $749 via coupon code “USPU42Y927” with free shipping
Lowest By: $500
Expires:October 5Is It Worth It?: Like its ultrabook counterpart above, this IdeaPad U410 weighs 4 lbs. and runs an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 CPU. However, this U410 doesn’t meet ultrabook specifications as it doesn’t include an SSD. Instead, it offers 8GB of RAM, a beefier 1TB hard drive, NVIDIA GeForce 610M 1GB graphics card, and HDMI connectivity.
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