Laptop Mag Deals: 1080p Laptop for $368, $499 for Ideapad 300S

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There's a few days to go before the onslaught of President Day sales, but we've managed to locate a congress of computers on sale including laptops from Lenovo and tablets from Microsoft, Apple and Amazon.

Check out all of our top deals below.

$100 Off All Surface Pro 4 Models

Retailer: Microsoft
Regular Price: $899.00
Sale Price: $799.00
Sale Ends: not known
When Released: October 2015

Why This Is a Good Deal: You can save $100 on five Microsoft Surface Pro 4 models, but the largest percentage discount comes on the entry level Core M3, 128GB, 4GB RAM version. We believe the Pro 4 is a significant improvement over the previous Surfaces – even if the NFL has been having a spot of trouble with them. "The PixelSense display is superb bit of engineering, and the new 6th Gen Intel chip delivers the kind of swift performance I'm looking for," we observed in our review, "but the 6-hour battery life holds the SP4 back from glory." Still, these are Windows users best alternative iPad alternative.

 

Save $160 on MSI GL62 Gaming Laptop

Retailer: NewEgg
Regular Price: $999.00
Sale Price: $839.00
Sale Ends: February 2016

Why This Is a Good Deal: MSI claims its GL62 is one of the fastest gaming notebooks thanks to its 6th gen 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 6700HQ complemented by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 2 GB GDDR5 graphics processor. Spec-wise, the GL62 is equipped with a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 screen, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD and a DVD Super Multi drive. Thanks to a 3.0x4 generation SSD and optimization of the hardware and software, read speeds are boosted up to 2200MB/s, and as a result, MSI says, games load 5x faster than from SATA3 SSDs to get you playing faster. You'll also get a more enveloping aural experience thanks to Nahimic 3D sound software processing and virtual 7.1 sound.

$70 for a 2TB External HDD

Retailer: Staples
Regular Price: $109.99
Sale Price: $69.99
Sale Ends: February 12, 2016

Why This Is a Good Deal: It's a 2TB external drive for just 70 bucks. Light and compact, this Toshiba Canvio Basics USB 3.0 measures just 0.59 x 3.1 x 4.7 inches and weighs just 8.1 ounces, with a smudge-resistant design as well as an internal shock sensor to protect it against bumps and bruises. You even get a USB 3.0 cable.

 

Save $180 on Lenovo Ideapad 300S

Retailer: Lenovo
Regular Price: $679.99
Coupon Code: USPI3MUS24
Sale Price: $499.99
When Released: November 2015

Why This Is a Good Deal: Last week, this more-or-less pedantic 14-inch Windows 10 Lenovo Ideapad 300S was on sale for $150 off, for $529.99. But if you waited, you were smart – using the USPI3MUS24 coupon code you can save another $30. As to the PC itself, it "feels surprisingly premium for its price, with…a sturdy chassis and a responsive keyboard-touchpad combo," we opined in our original review. We "also liked the laptop's solid performance and responsive keyboard and touchpad," but "was less impressed by its modest battery life." Spec-wise, the 300S runs on a 6th gen Intel Core i5-6200U chip and an Intel HD Graphics 520 engine, with a 1920 x 1080 display, 500GB HDD and 8GB of RAM.

$100 Off Wi-Fi Apple iPad Air 2

Retailer: Best Buy
Regular Price: $499.00, $599.00, $699.00
Sale Price: $399.99, $499.99, $599.99
Sale Ends: February 13, 2016
When Released: October 2014

Why This Is a Good Deal: We believe new iPad Air 3s will be introduced next month. It makes sense, therefore, that the current iPad Air 2s begin to get discounted, such as the $100 Best Buy is slicing off the 16, 64 and 128GB Wi-Fi-only versions. But it'll be hard for Apple to improve on what we judged as perfection, a term we don't toss about lightly. "[T]he iPad Air 2 truly is the perfect tablet. It boasts the ultimate combination of form and function, thanks to its even-thinner design and more-dazzling display, as well as its faster A8X processor and sharper 8-MP camera. What truly sets the iPad apart is its roster of unbeatable apps and the way this tablet interacts seamlessly with the iPhone and Macs."

 

Save $80 on 3d Gen Kindle Fire HDX 7

Retailer: Amazon
Regular Price: $214.99
Sale Price: $149.99
When Released: September 2013

Why This Is a Good Deal: "Overall, the Kindle Fire HDX is easily one of the best tablets of the year," we originally opined of this 7-inch tablet. Yes, that year was more than two years ago, but Amazon's small tablets still pack enough tech and capabilities for the student in your family or the less tablet sophisticated, especially with the live May Day tech support feature. At it's original $229 price, we believed the HDX 7 was "a fantastic value. You get a superior HD display for enjoying movies and games, along with best-in-class performance in a sleeker design" – and now, it's $80 less. "Amazon has absolutely nailed its family target audience with its more robust parental controls and huge library of content" – and now, an even huger library. 

 

 Just $368 for Asus F555LA 15.6-inch Laptop

Retailer: Amazon
Regular Price: $499.99
Sale Price: $368.69
When Released: August 2015

Why This Is a Good Deal: A shockingly low price doesn't necessarily mean cheap, an aphorism that applies to this 15.6-inch Windows 10 Asus F555LA laptop. What isn't cheap, for instance, is its full HD (1920 x 1080) display, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB HDD, 802.11ac, two USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI and VGA ports, and the increasingly rare integrated recordable DVD slot. And its IceCool technology keeps the palm rest at a comfy temperature.

 

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