Best Laptop Deals: $791 for Dell XPS 13 With Core i5

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As Memorial Day Weekend approaches, we're seeing some great deals. Our favorite deal right now is on the Dell XPS, our favorite consumer laptop. You can buy the normally $611 laptop for just $509 with a 1080p screen and 128GB SSD. We've also found a laptop with a 1080p screen and SSD for under $500 and a couple of palatable options under $300. Also, there are some great bargains on other products such as SSDs, iPads and high-res monitors.

Check out all of our top deals below.

Dell XPS 13 With Core i5 for $791

Retailer: Amazon
Regular Price: $999.99
Sale Price: $791
When Released: Fall 2015

Why this is a Good Deal: Our favorite consmer laptop, the Dell XPS 13 packs a gorgeous bezel-free screen, speedy SSD and nearly 12 hours of battery life into an attractive, 2.6-pound package. Dell's usual starting price for the XPS 13 is $799, with a slowish Core i3 CPU and just 4GB of RAM. Now, on Amazon, you can get the XPS 13 with a Core i5-6200U CPU, 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD for just under $800; those specs would cost around $1,000 at Dell.

$649 for a Latitude 15 with Core i7, Discrete Graphics

Retailer: Dell
Regular Price: $749.99
Sale Price: $649.99
When Released: Fall 2015

Why this is a Good Deal: For under $700, you get the 15.6-inch Inspiron 15 5000, outfitted with some pretty powerful components, including a Core i7-6500U CPU, AMD Radeon R5 M335 graphics, a 1080p display and 8GB of RAM. When we reviewed a different config of this laptop, we praised its strong performance, solid battery life and comfy palmrest.

$509 for Lenovo ThinkPad 13

Retailer: Lenovo
Regular Price: $611
Sale Price: $509.25
When Released: April 2016

Why this is a Good Deal: This is one of the best deals we've ever seen on a laptop, let alone one with a best-in-the-world keyboard. For just $509, you get the ThinkPad 13 with a 1920 x 1080 display, a 128GB SSD and over 9 hours of battery life. This 3.1-pound laptop has an aluminum lid, is MIL-SPEC durability tested, and is also one of the first to offer a USB Type-C port for charging and data. We recommend buying the silver-colored model, which comes standard with the 1080p screen (the black one doesn't) and adding a Core i5 CPU ($70 more). Configuring with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD would also be a good idea, though you can upgrade the RAM and storage after purchase.

$249 for Dell Inspiron 11 300

Retailer: Dell
Regular Price: $299.99
Sale Price: $249.99
When Released: August 2015

Why this is a Good Deal: For under $250, you get a very capable 2-in-1 with a bright screen, solid performance and a good build quality. This Inpsiron 11 3000 configuration's Celeron CPU isn't the fastest on the block but is more than adequate for the price. You won't find a true 2-in-1 for much less than this.

$459 for 15.6-inch HP Laptop With 1080p, SSD

Retailer: Amazon
Regular Price: $559.99
Sale Price: $459.99
When Released: April 2016

Why this is a Good Deal: This 15.6-inch HP Laptop, which has the awkward model number of 15-ay013nr, offers a few premium features you rarely see in systems selling for under $500. The Windows 10-powered notebook comes equipped with both a full HD (1920 x 1080) display and a speedy 128GB SSD. Other key specs include an Intel 6th Generation Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a DVD burner.

iPad Air 2 for $349

Retailer: Best Buy
Regular Price: $399.99
Sale Price: $349.99
When Released: October 2014

Why It's a Good Deal: While not the latest version of Apple's flagship tablet, this 2nd-generation iPad Air has the high-end performance and eye-popping screen you'll need to run all the latest iOS apps and games. In our tests, the 0.24-inch thin tablet lasted over 9 hours on a charge while wowing us with its colorful retina display and helpful Touch ID security.

15.6-inch Lenovo Ideapad 300 with Core i3 for $259

Retailer: Staples
Regular Price: $499.99
Sale Price: $259.99
When Released: September 2015

Why It's a Good Deal: With its Intel Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, this configuration of the Ideapad 300 promises solid performance for well under $300. Though it doesn't have the highest-end specs, Lenovo's laptop is more than good enough for users on a tight budget who want to surf the web, run office apps and view streaming videos.

240GB SSD for $54

Retailer: NewEgg
Regular Price: $89.99
Sale Price: $54.99
When Released: July 2015

Why This is a Good Deal: Remember when you had to pay over $200 for a 64GB Solid State Drive? Those days are long gone. You can dramatically speed up an older laptop or make your new budget system a lot faster by swapping out its hard drive for this inexpensive SSD.

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Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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