We’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 six Ivy Bridge laptops in every size and for every budget, including the new budget champ, a 15″ Toshiba for $450. Also in our roundup is a fully-equipped 17″ Dell Inspiron for $950. And don’t forget to keep an eye on our daily laptop deals for discounts throughout the week.
- ASUS Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.5GHz 15.6″ LED-Backlit Widescreen Notebook
Store: Best Buy
Price: $479.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $107
Is It Worth It?: Back for the third consecutive week is the ASUS K55A-BBL4, a 15″ laptop that is worth more than its $480 price tag. The 5.6-lb. system is the second least-expensive Ivy Bridge-based laptop we’ve ever listed. It includes a Core i5 Ivy Bridge CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive.
- Toshiba Satellite Intel Core i5 2.5GHz 14″ LED-Backlit Widescreen Notebook
Price: $449.99 via $100 mail-in rebate with free shipping
Lowest By: $280
Expires: September 15
Is It Worth It?: Although it requires a rebate, the Toshiba R945-P440 costs $30 less than the above-mentioned ASUS and boasts slightly better specs including an Ivy Bridge Core i5 CPU, 6GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive, and an HDMI port. The 4.2-lb. system is also lighter than the ASUS and, at $450, it earns both a dealnews Editors’ Choice badge and bragging rights as the least-expensive Ivy Bridge system we’ve ever seen.
- Dell Inspiron 13z Intel Core i5 1.7GHz 13″ LED-Backlit Widescreen Notebook
Store: Dell Home
Price: $629.24 via coupon code “?$QNC1?HSKNR9F” with free shipping
Lowest By: $209
Expires: September 30
Is It Worth It?: The Inspiron 13z is the smallest laptop in Dell’s arsenal to pack an Ivy Bridge CPU. But make no mistake, this 3.8-lb. laptop means serious business. It packs 6GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. The Verge was unimpressed by the “slightly squishy keyboard and extremely low quality LCD screen” of this “ultrabook-lookalike,” but this on-the-go laptop earns its dealnews stripes by being the least-expensive 13″ notebook we’ve seen with a Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor.
- HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 2.3GHz 15.6″ LED-Backlit Widescreen Notebook
Store: HP Home & Home Office
Price: $699.99 via coupon code “NB2481” with free shipping
Lowest By: $400
Expires: September 5
Is It Worth It?: Since its debut on April 30, this 5.7-lb. Pavilion dv6t system has dropped $310 from its starting price of $1,010. Currently at $700, it’s the least-expensive price we’ve seen for this system. It includes Intel’s Ivy Bridge Core i7 quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. Should you require more firepower than that, the dv6t also includes an NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M 1GB video card.
- Toshiba Satellite P875-S7200 Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.5GHz 17.3″ Widescreen Notebook
Store: Best Buy
Price: $699.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $156
Is It Worth It?: The Toshiba Satellite P875 offers Ivy Bridge power in the form of a desktop replacement. The hulking 6.6-lb. laptop features a 17.3″ display and houses an Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM, and a 750GB hard drive.
- Dell Inspiron 17R Special Edition Core i7 2.3GHz 17.3″ LED-Backlit 1080p Widescreen Notebook bundled with a $20 Shutterfly Credit
Store: Dell Home
Price: $949.99 via coupon code “J$WNJV54BQ3N4Q” with free shipping
Lowest By: $150
Is It Worth It?: Although it’s the priciest system in our roundup this week, the Inspiron 17R Special Edition also packs the most features starting with a quad-core Ivy Bridge processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 2GB video card. This desktop replacement also features a full 1080p 17″ display. To take advantage of the display, Dell includes Adobe PhotoShop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements 9.0. There’s even a $20 Shutterfly credit included with your purchase. (The credit is e-mailed to you two to three weeks after purchase.)
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Best Laptop Deals: Ivy Bridge Notebooks in All Sizes Priced from $450
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