If you're the parent of a college-bound student, chances are there's a laptop on your back to school shopping list. Yes, shopping for a laptop can be daunting (not to mention expensive), but we have good news.
There has never been a better time than now to purchase a laptop, according to the experts at DealNews, thanks to the rising popularity of tablets, which has laptop sales down and deals way up. Here, some of the best prices out there now.
This HP Pavilion Chromebook 14 is built for speed and is simple and easy to use, with secure virus protection, a 14-inch diagonal screen, built-in cloud storage for all those priceless study guides and photos, and an HD web cam for chatting with Mom and Dad at home. Get it for $279.99 (a $50 mail-in rebate drops it to $229.99) with free shipping at newegg.com
This 11.6-inch Apple MacBook Air is the newest version and weighs just 2.4 pounds. The new MacBook Air models have a boost in performance and new features that make them much closer in quality to the MacBook Pro, including the latest Intel processors and graphics, faster flash storage, a 720p FaceTime HD camera, a high-speed Thunderbolt port and two USB 3 ports. It's on sale for $849 at rakuten.com.
This Acer Aspire Notebook PC has a 15.6-inch display, Windows 8, a 500GB hard drive, a DVD burner, a webcam and a media card reader. Users applaud it for its speed, features and longevity. You can get it for $449.99 (a $50 mail-in rebate brings it down to $399.99) at tigerdirect.com
This 4-pound ASUS VivoBook S400 is a touchscreen ultrabook and comes with a four-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 University, which includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access. It's sleek and easy to carry from class to class, has a 500 GB hard drive for storage, a web cam and powerful SonicMaster audio for those dorm room dance parties. It's $538.99 with free shipping at microsoftstore.com
This 5.9-pound Sony VAIO S Series LED-Backlit laptop comes in black, white or silver, and includes a 500 GB hard drive, a DVD burner, a webcam, a long-lasting lithium polymer battery, Windows 8 and a free video card for better performance. Use code DEALNEWS15VAIO by Aug. 10 to get it for $689.99 with free shipping (that's $200 off the original price) at store.sony.com
This HP ENVY TouchSmart 14-inch LED-backlit ultrabook is the most affordable touchscreen system out there right now, according to DealNews. It is sleek and compact at 4.7 pounds, has a spacious 500 GB hard drive, is simple to navigate and has an HD web cam and dual-array digital microphone. It's on sale for $399.99 (originally $799.99) with free shipping when you use code FIRE20PCT at clearance.bestbuy.com.
This Lenovo IdeaPad U510 15.6-inch laptop is a popular system at its lowest price of all time, according to DealNews. The 4.9-pound laptop is compact, has an HD display, a 500 GB hard drive, Bluetooth capability, a Web cam and Windows 8. Get it for $599 (originally $999) plus free shipping with code USPU567725 at shop.lenovo.com.
This 13.3-inch Apple MacBook Pro is a light 4.5 pounds and features a 500 GB hard drive, Intel HD Graphics and a Mac OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion operating system. It's on sale for $1,139 new ($999 refurbished) with free shipping at amazon.com.
This Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook weighs less than 3 pounds, has a 13.3-inch Truelife display and a scratch-resistant screen. It is a great value for its graphic quality, speed and long-lasting battery power. Get it for $699.99 (originally 929.99) at groupon.com.