Laptop Mag Deals: $794 for ThinkPad T450s

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We now begin the official countdown to Black Friday. All this week we'll be presenting some of the best deals we could find to satisfy your early holiday shopping needs – and avoid the mobs at the stores. How about a WD portable hard drive for just $59.99, $100 off a flexy Toshiba 15.6-inch laptop, $200 off the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro tablet, and 5TB of extra Seagate storage for just $120. Check back every day this week for the latest Black Friday week deals.

Lenovo ThinkPad T450s

Retailer: Lenovo
Regular Price: $953
Sale Price: $794.25
Sales Ends: Open Ended
When Released: March 2015

Why It's a Good Deal: The ThinkPad T450s is our favorite business and productivity laptop, because of its best-in-class keyboard, colorful display, strong performance and over 15 hours of battery life. We recommend spending a little extra to configure your T450s with a 1080p display, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and an extended battery. 

$39.99 for PaintShop Pro X8

Retailer: Herman St.
Regular Price: $79.99
Sale Price: $39.99
Sale Ends: Open Ended
When Released: August 2015

Why It's a Good Deal: Normally double this price, Corel's Paintshop Pro X8 is one of the best consumer image editing applications on the market, and now also one of the most affordable. Organize and tag all your photos, retouch them, add special effects and even remove the background behind people and objects.

$59.99 for 1.5TB Portable Hard Drive

Retailer: NewEgg
Regular Price: $139.99
Sale Price: $59.99
Sales Ends: November 23, 2015
When Released: July 12, 2015



Why This Is a Good Deal: Yes, 1.5TB is an odd capacity, but $59.99 is an oddly low price for so much portable memory. It's pre-formatted for Windows, so Mac users will have to reformat it. This WD Elements drive includes a trial version of the company's SmartWare Pro backup software so you can back up your files to it or to your Dropbox account.

Take $200 of Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro with 32GB, Now $549.99

Retailer: Amazon
Regular Price: $ 749.99
Sale Price: $549.99
Sale Ends: Friday, November 27, 2015
When Released: February 2014



Why This Is a Good Deal: Everyone's talking about Apple's iPad Pro, but Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro is designed for the same tablet-centric professionals. It's got a high-res 2560 x 1600 WQXGA 12.2-inch display, runs Android 4.4 Kit Kat on a 1.9GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, includes 32GB of storage plus a microSD card slot and 3GB of RAM, 8MP rear and 2MP front cameras, can support up to four multi-tasking apps/windows, is pre-loaded with Hancom Office and Samsung's e-meeting apps, and includes an S Pen for enhanced navigation and control as well as more precise handwriting and drawing. 

Save $100 on Toshiba's 15.6-inch Satellite Radius 5-Way Touchscreen Laptop

Retailer: Best Buy
Regular Price: $749.99
Sale Price: $649.99
Sales Ends: Open Ended
When Released: August 2014



Why This Is a Good Deal: In our original review of this laptop (model P55W), we happily reported that "Toshiba has a winner on its hands... This attractive multimedia notebook gives solid performance and can go from work to play and back again with the flip of a hinge." More specifically, you get a five-way Windows 10 touchscreen portable – laptop, tablet, tabletop, tent presentation, and audience – all enabled by the 360-degree hinge. Inside is a 5th generation Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM, a 750GB hard drive, Bluetooth 4.1, Harman Kardon speakers and nearly 7 hours of battery life. Along with the 15.6-inch 1920 x 108o full HD display, you also get an HDMI output and Wi-Di wireless display capabilities so you can hook the laptop up to a standard HD or 4K TV for movie-watching and presentation-presenting. The bad news – it's weighs nearly 5 pounds and there's no built-in DVD/CD drive.

$99.99 for 24-inch, 1080p Samsung Monitor

Retailer: Staples
Regular Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $99.99
Sale Ends: November 25, 2015
When Released: September 2014


Why This Is a Good Deal: Samsung has extended its TV-making expertise to this 24-inch 1920 x 1080 monitor (model LS24D300HL). Not only does it upscale any content to full HD from any device connected to it, but you get Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio technology for real-time picture quality adjustment, and a special Game Mode. You can choose between HDMI or VGA connections, and between three energy-saving settings.

Shave $60 From Seagate Backup Plus 5TB Desktop Hard Drive, $119.99

Retailer: Amazon
Regular Price: $179.99
Sale Price: $119.99
Sale Ends: December 5, 2015
When Released: March 2014



Why This Is a Good Deal: Expand your desktop storage by 5TB with this USB 3.0 external hard drive for around the same price you'd normally pay for a 1TB drive. But not only do you get lots more memory but also, the drive comes with 200GB of free OneDrive cloud storage for two years, a $95 value, and the photo/video backup Lyve app.

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  • someone Says:

    Hi Avram.
    May I ask why you are not recommending the thinkpad T540p?

  • sharon Says:

    Need a laptop with great speed .windows 7 or 8 . CD and DVD burner .great memory. Great battery life. Another stuff must be inexpensive. Need a list please.

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