Update: The HP Envy 15 with Core i7 got even cheaper during HP’s flash sale! Now for the same $629.99 price on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you get a GeForce GT 740M plus free two-day shipping. Not too shabby. Here are other top picks during the flash sale:
- $624.99: Envy 17 Touch Core i7 (was $710 on BF, use coupon BUY175)
- $624.99: Envy 15 Touch Core i7 (was $710 on CM, use coupon BUy175)
- $629.99: Envy 15 Core i7 + 740M (was $702 on BF, use coupon BUy175)
Back in June 2013 Intel released their new 4th generation “Haswell” Core i7 processors. Fast forward six months to Black Friday 2013 and it’s the best time to buy with the biggest price drops of the year for laptops. Our top pick for the cheapest includes the HP Envy 15 for $629.99 (use coupon SAEVHP20) or the Lenovo Z510 for $619 (use coupon Z51072DB).
Why buy a 4th gen Intel Core i7 Haswell laptop? It’s a good question since the best leap forward the 4th gen processors have is efficiency and battery life. Since a Core i7 processor is at the high end of the CPU spectrum, the question could be rephrased to: how will a longer battery life improve my video gaming/heavy-duty software experience? While the 4th gen Core i7′s do have a slight boost in performance, there’s two other draws for a Haswell machine:
- The more efficient the processor the less heat it generates, thus a quieter experience since the fan won’t need to run as often.
- Improved Intel HD Graphics makes these very capable video playing machines. While discrete graphics will be best for video games, Intel HD 4600 is perfectly capable of running Total War: Rome II on medium settings. Trust us, we’ve tried.
From largest to smallest screen, here are the top Black Friday weekend Core i7 deals.
17-inch Desktop Replacement:
- $709.99: 17.3-inch HP Envy 17t-j100 Haswell Core i7-4700MQ, HD+ 900p (normally $900 – use coupon SAVEHP20)
- $699.99: 17.3-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Z710 59400486 Haswell Core i7-4700MQ, 8GB RAM (normally $999 – use coupon Z71086DB)
15-inch Mainstream & Performance:
- $619.00: 15.6-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Z510 59400172 Haswell Core i7-4700MQ, 8GB RAM (normally $1,099 – use coupon Z51072DB)
- $629.99: 15.6″ HP Envy 15t-j100 Quad Edition Haswell Core i7-4700MQ (normally $820 – use coupon SAVEHP20)
- $769.00: 15.6-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p 59369999 Haswell Core i7-4700MQ (4th Gen), GeForce GT 750M, 8GB RAM (normally $1,099 – use coupon Y510p99DB)
14-inch Gaming Laptops:
- $729.00: 14-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p 59392571 Haswell Core i7-4700MQ, GeForce GT 755M 2GB, 8GB RAM (normally $1,299 – use coupon Y410p71DB)
- $1,149.00: 14-inch Alienware 14 Haswell Core i7-4700MQ (4th gen), Full HD 1080p, 8GB RAM, GeForce GT 750M (normally $1,349 – use coupon 1PBNCDBWQLQD95)
Details and Summary Review on Each Laptop:
|The large-yet-slim designed Envy 17 Quad Edition starts out with a list price of $899.99, but is all the way down to $709.99 after Black Friday discounting. Upgrades are available on the Envy 17 including a graphics boost to GeForce GT 740M for $85 more. There’s also a Touchscreen model starting at $809.99.|
|Lenovo’s IdeaPad Z710 is advertised as a multimedia laptop with a huge 17.3-inch display. At $699 it’s one of the cheapest laptops out there with a large 17.3-inch screen and Intel Core i7 4th gen processor. It’s also at its lowest price ever by $80.|
|One of the cheapest gaming laptops out there is Lenovo’s 15.6-inch Y510p. Not only does it sport the Intel Haswell Core i7-4700MQ processor, but also discrete GeForce GT 750M graphics, and an Ultrabay drive – which allows you to swap out the DVD drive for an additional GPU or cooling unit. After a $330 Black Friday coupon the price comes down to a humble $769 – the lowest ever recorded. It’s also available with a 1080p display for $899.|
|HP’s popular Envy 15t Quad Edition laptop dropped to a very reasonable $630 with free shipping. Just last week you couldn’t find this laptop for less tan $759. Now with Black Friday discounts in place, we’re looking at $129 difference.|
|The 15.6-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Z510 is a multimedia laptop similar to the Z710, though with a slightly smaller screen size. More importantly, it sports a slightly smaller price tag, and even with its high end specs can be found for $619, free ship this Black Friday weekend.|
|You know you’ll be paying a premium for Alienware. Conversely you know you’ll also get a quality product that won’t cheap out on parts like a power supply or cooling. The Alienware 14 with a Haswell Core i7 processor and Full HD 1080p display had yet to drop below $1,250 until Black Friday. Now it’s down to $1,150. Other notable specs include 8GB RAM and GeForce GT 750M graphics.|
|While the Alienware 14 is a premium machine, a cheaper alternative is the Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p. Though there’s no 1080p display, you still get high end gaming specs like the Core i7-4700MQ, and GeForce GT 755M graphics. At $729, free ship – you’re also getting a gaming machien for $421 less. This particular model is at its lowest price ever by $20.|