Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The best laptop deals in March 2017: cheap laptops for every budget

Not a week goes by that we aren’t combing through all of the biggest and best US retailers to find the best laptop deals that will save you not only on money but on time. Whether you’re looking to hasten through schoolwork in order to attend to some light gaming on the side or focus on work completely, one of these deals ought to suit your needs just swimmingly.
At the top of the page you'll find our selection of the very latest and best cheap laptop deals of the week trailed by our selection of bang-up laptops retailers tend to regularly discount. Beneath that, you’ll find our picks of the best laptops, accompanied by the best available prices we could find them at.

The best laptop deals of the week

12-inch MacBook: One of the hottest laptops from Apple is available for one of the lowest prices we've seen yet. You can have one with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB flash drive for just $1,439 through NewEgg.
Lenovo IdeaPad: For those seeking a no-nonsense multimedia laptop for a good price, then this Lenovo will deliver for just $499 on NewEgg.
Lenovo Chromebook: This is basically about as cheap as laptops get. Lenovo's ThinkPad Chromebook here offers 4GB of memory, 16GB of storage and a low-power Intel Celeron processor powering a 1,366 x 768-resolution screen for the rock-bottom price of just $179 on Amazon.

The best gaming laptop deals of the week

MSI GL62M gaming laptop: If you seek the lightest means of getting into mobile PC gaming, this option will get you some slick 1080p gameplay for just $899 on Amazon.
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1. Lenovo Ideapad 510

A powerful and stylish 15.6-inch laptop
Intel Core i5 CPU to start
Optional Nvidia graphics
SSD and HDD options
Screen no sharper than 1080p
There have been some generous offers going of late for this popular Lenovo series. Any choice between the 6GB and 12GB RAM options should run multiple reasonably-demanding standard applications at once. Drive sizes vary from 256GB solid-state to 1TB spinning hard drives. Plus, some options include dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 940MX graphics.
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2. Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

A budget 2-in-1 bargain
Built-in fingerprint sensor
Rated for 11-hour battery life
No more than 4GB of RAM
This is one of the most value-packed 2-in-1 laptops we've seen in a while, an ideal entry point to casual users wanting to try out the world of these higher function tablet/laptop hybrids. Specs include 4GB of RAM, 128GB of solid-state storage, a 10.1-inch HD (1,280 x 800) screen, Windows 10 and a quad-core Intel Atom processor.
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3. HP Laptop 15

Big specs, small cost
Lots of configuration options
Plenty of colors
Limited battery life
There's some hefty grunt under the shell of this HP Laptop 15 and there are some great prices available as well. Even with the Intel Pentium processor and 4GB of RAM to start, this laptop will whip through pretty much any day-to-day activity you can throw at it without the juddering performance of even cheaper laptops. Hell, it'll even have a decent crack at playing a few of the less demanding games out there if you equip it with an Intel Core processor.
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4. Acer Swift 3

Apple looks and feel for hundreds less
Intel Core i processors
Gorgeous, all-metal shell
Full HD screen
Limited expansion options
From afar, this laptop might be mistaken for a MacBook Air, which tells you a lot about its level of quality. Replete with an all-metal frame, this is probably one of the best-looking laptops for under 500 bucks. There are plenty of ports (old and new), 4GB of RAM and up to 512GB in solid-state storage. The cheapest models have a respectable Intel Core i3 processor, but you can get the more powerful i5 versions if you need that extra kick. Another dig at Apple? Unlike the Air, this laptop sports a fully HD screen.

The best deals on our favorite laptops

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We've reviewed loads of laptops over the years: we've seen the good ones, the great ones and the ones to avoid. Sometimes, the best laptops pop up online at some truly deal-tastic prices. In this section, we list the very best laptops out there and the best deals on each one.
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1. Dell XPS 13

Dell's latest Ultrabook is simply the best laptop in the world
CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD
Same long-lasting battery
Faster than ever
Still poor webcam position
No Windows Hello
The Dell XPS 13 is, bar none, the best laptop you can buy today. It features a revolutionary design that's astonishingly thin and light. Fitting a 13.3-inch screen into such a small frame means Dell has created a nearly borderless Infinity display. It's a powerful and long lasting machine even by today's Ultrabook standards. The XPS 13 comes outfitted with Intel's latest Kaby Lake processors plus lighting, quick storage and memory, all while coming in at a very affordable starting price. For these reasons, it easily takes the top slot as the best Ultrabook and the best overall laptop.
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2. Asus Zenbook UX305

This laptop should cost a lot more than it does
CPU: 900MHz Intel Core M3-6Y30 (dual-core, 4MB cache, up to 2.2GHz) | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 8GB DDR3 | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 | Storage: 256GB SSD
Incredibly thin and light
Vibrant, glare-free screen
Excellent inputs
Weak graphics power
This is one of the best value Ultrabooks on the market and has been on our shortlist for a few months already. Its price has gone up marginally because of the exchange rate but with a gorgeous finish, a full HD display and a Core M CPU for under £600, it's the one to beat.
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3. Acer Aspire S 13

Proof the MacBook Air is getting old
CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 – 620 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) anti-glare IPS touch | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD
High performance
Decent battery life
Great prices
Shell feels a little cheap
Arguably, the MacBook Air is no more, but the clones never stop coming. Among them is the Acer Aspire S 13. It’s not quite as thin and light as many prominently featured Ultrabooks, nor is it particularly premium. However, the Aspire S 13 packs quite a punch when it comes to performance. USB-C and a full HD display put it just over the edge in beating out the 13-inch Air, and for a much lower cost. Despite the powerful CPU, the Acer Aspire S 13 even manages a battery life of 7 hours and 49 minutes, according to our testing.
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4. Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming

Gaming on a budget done right
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 – 1050 Ti; Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 32GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) anti-glare | Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD; 512GB – 1TB HDD; 8GB SSHD
Stellar battery life
Ports for days
Screen is lacking
It is relatively pricey, but this Inspiron absolutely nails it when it comes to value, especially for hardcore gamers. This is among the strongest laptops housing Nvidia's new, low-end GTX 1050 graphics chips. The latest Intel Core series processors, full HD displays and tons of storage options make the Inspiron 15 Gaming a fine solution for PC gamers on a budget.
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5. Lenovo Yoga Book

Is this the netbook of the future – the ultra netbook?
CPU: Quad-core Intel Atom x5 | Graphics: Intel HD 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 10.1-inch (1,920 x 1,200) LED | Storage: 64GB flash
Insanely thin and light
Halo Keyboard surprisingly accurate
Dated microUSB port
Lenovo has crafted a brilliant, forward-thinking device that could very well create a subcategory in computing all of its own. The modest specs hold it back from taking on the big boys in terms of raw power, but the innovative digital touchpad keyboard and drawing surface look like trendsetters to us. The Android version is currently about $100 cheaper than the Windows one (click "see all prices" above to see all options).
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6. Asus Chromebook Flip

The premium Chromebook is finally affordable
CPU: Intel Pentium 4405Y – Intel Core m3-6Y30 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 12.5-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED backlit anti-glare | Storage: 32GB – 64GB eMMC
Elegant tablet mode
Tactile keyboard
No out-of-box Android app support
Middling speakers
Before Asus's latest flipping Chromebook came around, pickings were slim when it came to affordable models with full-on Intel Core processors and 1080p displays, not to mention touchscreens, backlit keyboards and USB-C ports. It may use an Intel Pentium chip on the low-end, but the Asus Chromebook Flip is by no means low-end. Compared to what’s offered by the competition, the Asus Chromebook Flip’s value is unparalleled, and that’s without getting into its pristine tablet mode, which blows other hybrids completely out of the water.
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7. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The tablet that can replace your laptop
Larger, sharper screen
Vastly improved Type Cover
Type Cover still sold separately
Tiny battery life improvements
Can a tablet really replace your laptop or home PC? That's still up for debate, but the best tablet trying to make that happen is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – and it does a fine job with the full blown version of Windows 10, an integrated kickstand and optional keyboard attachment. Great for for creative professionals, students and everyday folks alike – it's only the premium price that pushes it down the list, but if you're willing to pay for it, you're getting a lot of power – a lot.

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