Best Laptop Deals: $599 for Acer Aspire R 15

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When it's too hot to play outside, hang out inside with a new laptop. Along with some 2015 models, we've found some deals on some spanking new models – large, small and convertible – from Acer, Asus, Dell and Lenovo, along with some discounted portable memory options.

Save $50 On New Acer Aspire R 15

Retailer: Best Buy
Regular Price: $649.99
Sale Price: $599.99
Sale Ends: July 2, 2016
When Released: June 2016

Why This Is a Good Deal: "Most laptops that cost $1,000 don't have screens that can display 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut, but the R 15's screen is that vibrant," we noted of this spanking new 2-in-1. "Not only does the sleek Acer Aspire R 15 offer eye-popping color output, but it also delivers a very comfortable keyboard, rich audio, a premium bend-back design and solid performance." This sale configuration includes the aforementioned vibrant 15.6-inch touchscreen, Intel's 6th gen 2.3GHz Core i5 6200U engine complemented by Intel HD 520 graphics, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD, weighs a relatively light (for a 15.6-inch model) 4.85 lbs. and measures just .8 inches thin – but let's get back to that screen. "[I]f you're looking for a big-screen 2-in-1 with a fantastic display at a reasonable price, the Aspire R 15 is your best choice."

 

$100 Off New Asus 15.6-inch 2-in-1

Retailer: Best Buy
Regular Price: $1,049.99
Sale Price: $949.99
Sale Ends: July 2, 2016
When Released: June 2016

Why This Is a Good Deal: This stylish chocolate black aluminum/dark copper and brand new Asus Q524UQ 2-in-1 is about as loaded as a convertible gets. We start off with its full HD 1080p 15.6-inch touchscreen display. Inside is a 6th gen Intel Core i7-6500U processor, supplemented by Intel's Turbo Boost technology, 2GB worth of Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics, 12GB of system memory, and a healthy 2TB HDD. For connectivity, you get Intel's Wireless Display tech to transmit content to your HDTV, AC Wi-Fi, a generous four USB 3.0/2.0 ports plus single HDMI and a Thunderbolt jacks, a memory card slot. And for annoying your housemates or fellow Starbuck mobile workers while you're gaming or viewing, you get Bang & Olufsen ICEpower audio. The only thing you don't get is a built-in DVD/CD drive.

Just $223 For 960GB SanDisk Internal SSD
$50 Off Lenovo's Yoga 710, 11.6-inch 2-in-1

Retailer: Best Buy
Regular Price: $499.99
Sale Price: $449.99
Sale Ends: July 2, 2016
When Released: June 2016

Why This Is a Good Deal: We've had the chance to go hands-on with the Yoga 710 and were impressed with its lightweight design. "[A]t 0.58-inches thick and 2.35 pounds, [Lenovo] has shaved off a little size and weight from the current 11-inch Yoga 700 (0.62-inches thick and 2.4 pounds). Lenovo has also lopped off a big chunk of the price. The 11-inch Yoga 710 is slated to start at just $499, versus the $649 starting price of the existing 11-inch Yoga 700, which has similar specs, including a 1920 x 1080 display." Those similar specs include an 11.6-inch touchscreen, Intel Pentium 4405Y processor, Intel HD 515 graphics, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, AC Wi-Fi and a micro HDMI port. 

 

Get $100 Gift Card With 1TB Samsung Portable SSD

Retailer: Dell
Regular Price: $399.99
Sale Price: $399.99
Sale Ends: July 4, 2016
When Released: January 2016

Why This Is a Good Deal: You'll likely find this speedy portable SSD – data transfer speeds of up to 450 MB/s, four times the speed of traditional 2.5-inch portable HDDs – for less than this non-discounted price, but this 1TB Samsung T3 SSD also comes with a $100 Dell gift card with which to obtain other gizmos. The drive also is a tough little mother; even though it weighs less than two ounces, it's got a shock-resistant metal body that'll withstand drops of up to 6.5 feet, and it's got built-in AES 256-bit hardware encryption to provide equal protection to its stored data.

$100 Off Alienware 17 R3 4K Laptop

Retailer: Best Buy
Regular Price: $1,649.99
Sale Price: $1,549.99
Sale Ends: July 2, 2016
When Released: December 2015

Why This Is a Good Deal: "The Alienware 17 is in an interesting position," we philosophized about this massive gaming semi-portable. "What once would have been considered a beastly rig, now looks somewhat small next to a new generation of titanic gaming notebooks with desktop-grade graphics. But that doesn't mean the Alienware can't keep up with the Joneses, because its UHD screen is one of the best displays in its class, its battery life is marathonlike next to some of its competition, and the graphics amp offers an even bigger punch (and way better longevity) than laptops with desktop Nvidia 980 GPUs." This impressive sale configuration is equipped with an Intel Core i7 6700HQ brain paired with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M chip with 3GB of graphics memory, 8GB of system RAM and a dual 1TB HDD plus a 128GB SSD.

$80 for 2TB External Drive

Retailer: Staples
Regular Price: $114.99
Sale Price: $79.99
Sale Ends: July 2, 2016

Why This Is a Good Deal: If your data transfer and portage needs are more modest, get twice as much memory for a fraction of the price of the Samsung SSD with this USB 3.0 WD Elements 2TB external HDD, which comes with a free trial of WD's SmartWare Pro software for auto and cloud backup. 

Red Dell Inspiron 11.6

Retailer: Best Buy
Regular Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $179.99
Sale Ends: July 2, 2016
When Released: March 2016

Why This Is a Good Deal: If a 15.6-inch laptop is too big, here's a smaller, cheaper portable PC'ing possibility. "Dell offers a fairly complete Windows 10 experience for a very low price," we concluded about this recent model. "We also appreciate the strong sound and long-lasting battery." Spec-wise, you get a 1366 x 768 11.6-inch display, an Intel Celeron N3050 processor and Intel HD graphics, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC flash memory, HDMI out, media card reader and built-in stereo speakers, in a flashy red .8-inch thin, 2.6-pound package. "[I]f you're on a tight budget, like the looks of its glossy chassis or want the best audio output for the money, the Inspiron 11 3000 is definitely worth considering."

Only $30 For 64GB PNY SDXC Card

Retailer: Amazon
Regular Price: $49.99
Sale Price: $29.99
Sale Ends: July 2, 2016

Why This Is a Good Deal: If you're budget laptop is file memory challenged, supplement it with this discounted 64GB PNY PRO Elite class 10/UHS-1/U3 SD card, which provides up to 95MB/s read and up to 90MB/s write speeds. And since it's magnet- , shock- , x-ray- , temperature- and waterproof, it's durable as well as copious and cheap.

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