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Get ready to tear into Black Friday's best laptop deals! Many of the Editors' Choice deals below are at new all-time low prices, with models ranging from sleek ultraportables to giant desktop replacements. But act fast, as these deals are bound to sell out. Also, why not bookmark this page? We'll be updating it throughout the week with the latest laptop deals!
Is It Worth It?: This 6-lb. Dell Inspiron 15R offers "workhorse performance for a minimal investment;" a minimal investment to the tune of $479.99 and $59 under our mention from last week. Qualified, it's now the cheapest Ivy Bridge i5 laptop with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive we've ever seen. (It's also available from newegg for the same price.) It features an Intel Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Ivy Bridge dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, 8GB RAM, a healthy 1TB hard drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and more.
Is It Worth It?: Sitting cozy between the 16" Lenovo IdeaPad N585 and the 12" VivoBook, this is the cheapest 14" Sleekbook with Windows 8 we have ever seen. What's more, it boasts 2 more GB RAM (for $10 more) than the Lenovo system, though it has a smaller HDD than the ASUS VivoBook. Either way, it's still offers a savings of $100. Additional specs include an Intel Pentium Dual-Core B987 1.5GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive, HDMI port, Windows 8, and more.
Is It Worth It?: We love all the deals that have dropped in price since last week, including this one: it's now $100 cheaper (and that last deal didn't even include the latest Windows OS). What's more, this is the best price we've seen for any Dell Inspiron 17R with a Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor. As far as this model's usability goes, CNET laments the screen resolution but overall declares that, "If you need maximum screen size at a minimum price, the basic 17" Dell Inspiron 17R is powerful enough for everyday tasks." It weighs 7.2 lbs. and features 6GB RAM and a 1TB hard drive.
Is It Worth It?: At 5.7 lbs., this notebook is relatively light for a desktop replacement. In fact, the Dell above is a full pound and a half heavier than this Toshiba. (The Dell makes up for the difference with more RAM and storage.) Moreover, this deal is also the lowest total price we've seen for any 17" laptop with the latest Ivy Bridge processor. Additional features include an Intel Core i3 Ivy Bridge dual-core processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, and Windows 8.
Is It Worth It?: This 5.5-lb. HP Pavilion is at the lowest total price we've seen for any 16" laptop with an AMD A6-4400M 2.7GHz dual-core processor by $20. DigitalTrends credits the G6 series for its "excellent build quality" and comfortable keyboard, but notes that the battery life is noticeably short. It additionally features a standard 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and Windows 8.
Is It Worth It?: Fans of the thin and light ultrabook trend will love this deal, as it's the lowest total price we've seen for any IdeaPad Yoga laptop so far. This 2.8-lb. 0.61"-thick ultrabook is just a month old, and it conveniently converts into a touchscreen tablet. Reviews have been mixed for the model, although Engadget calls it "an intriguing specimen" with a versatile design. The publication laments the usability of the tablet mode but says that ultimately it's a strong ultrabook for its price class. It features an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 720p touchscreen, 2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC (flash-based storage), and Windows RT.
Is It Worth It?: While on the smaller side, this 12" touchscreen VivoBook will help you make the most of the new Windows 8 interface. This 2.9-lb. machine also packs a 1.4GHz Sandy Bridge dual-core processor, 4GB RAM, and a 500GB. Yet, not only is this setup $50 under our mention from week (which didn't come bundled with KASPERSKY Internet Security 2013 3-User for Windows for free in-cart), it's at the lowest total price we've ever seen for any touchscreen laptop by $39.
Is It Worth It?: Want to check out Windows 8 without breaking the bank? This Editors' Choice IdeaPad N585 is the cheapest dual-core-equipped 16" laptop we've seen with Windows 8. The $280 system features an AMD E1-1200 APU (these chips are part of AMD's new energy-efficient line of chips), 2GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive.