Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be in the past, but the holiday shopping season is still in full swing, with plenty of great deals available on laptops for Green Monday (12/8) and beyond. Whether you’re buying a high-end gaming system for yourself, a cheap secondary PC for the kids or a svelte ultraportable for your spouse, the best time to be a new notebook could be right now. Here are favorite up-to-date laptop deals for holiday 2014.
We've seen a lot of sub-$200 Chromebooks this holiday season, but most are stripped down models with slow processors and unimpressive 1366 x 768 displays. The Acer 13 is one of the only Chromebooks with a sharp, 1920 x 1080 display. In addition, it uses Nvidia's speedy Tegra K1 processor, which should make everything from online gaming to Google Docs editing faster.
A solid budget laptop with an attractive design and peppy keyboard, the 15.6-inch Lenovo G50-70 is on sale at Lenovo.com for $349, a savings of about $200 off the list price. The sale config sports a 1366 x 768 display, 1.4-GHz Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. An optical drive lets you watch DVD movies or burn your own discs.
You usally can't find Core i7-level performance for under $600 or $700, but right now Best Buy has a 15.6-inch HP Pavilion with Intel's fastest class of processor for $499. The Pavilion 15-p100dx comes with 2.-GHz Core i7 CPU that can turbo up to 3.1-GHz, 6GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive for storing all your media.
A true hybrid computer, HP's 10-inch Pavilion X2 pulls apart from its keyboard to become a dedicated Windows 8 tablet. Normally, you'd pay well over $300 for a system that has this kind of detachable functionality but Amazon has the X2 for $269 with 32GB of storage and $299 with 64GB. The device is an even greater bargain because it includes one year of Office 365 personal.
You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a powerful 2-in-1 hybrid. Best Buy has the HP Pavilion x360, a 13.3-inch notebook with a screen that bends back 360 degrees to become a tablet, for just $429. Reduced from $499, this touch screen, Windows 8.1-system has a Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive.