Save $160 on this sweet 13-inch laptop: Get the HP Envy x360 for $600

Normally $760, the 13z is thin, light and very nicely equipped. Plus: A toothbrush deal?! Trust me, it's a good one.

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Don't let the laptop-y looks fool you: This has a 360-degree hinge, so it can do tablet-y things as well.


When I shop for a laptop, I look for the sweet spot: decent processor, 13.3-inch screen, solid-state drive and a price tag no higher than $600. Don't ask me why that's my limit. It just is.

Today, HP fits the bill: For a limited time, you can get the HP Envy x360 13z laptop for for $599.99 shipped, plus tax where applicable. Regular price: $759.99. You also have the option of purchasing HP's DeskJet 3755 all-in-one printer for $19.99 -- it normally runs $69.99.

If you're a cashback fan (and you should be), allow me to add that both Ebates and TopCashback are offering 4 percent back on HP gear. So that's an extra $24 back in your pocket. Are you really going to leave that sitting on the table?

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My niece recently purchased this exact laptop for use at college. Photos don't do it justice. It's a really pretty machine, admirably thin and light. Many of the hinged laptops -- which can fold around a full 360 degrees for tablet mode and everything in between -- I've seen in the past were on the chunky side, but not this one.

The 13z runs on an AMD Ryzen 3 processor, which you might expect to be roughly on par with Intel's Core i3, but is actually quite a bit faster -- at least according to one batch of test results. It also comes with a healthy 8GB of RAM, which is what really makes the difference when you want to, say, keep 20 browser tabs open at the same time.

I'm also happy to find a 256GB SSD. I can get by on 128GB, but obviously more space is always better. (Even so, no more mechanical drives for me... ever.) The 13z's full-HD touchscreen is exactly right for a system of this size.

Also welcome: There's a backlit keyboard, one Type-C USB port and two USB 3.1 ports.

CNET hasn't reviewed this model, and only three HP.com customers have left ratings -- positive though they were. There's no one laptop brand I recommend over another. I advise buyers to get the specs they want and look for the best possible deal. If this model meets your needs, I'd argue that this is about as good a price as you're going to get.

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Bonus deal: An app-connected Bluetooth toothbrush? Um, no. But a rechargeable one with different modes and a huge discount? Yeah, let's talk.

Actually, let's brush: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Daily Steals has the Fairywill Rechargeable Sonic Electric Toothbrush for $14.99 with promo code CHPSKTEETH. That's a Cheapskate exclusive; civilians pay $25.

This toothbrush features a 2-minute timer, five different brushing modes and three replacement heads. (A four-pack of replacement heads runs $10 on Amazon. And speaking of which, this would cost you $27 if purchased there today.)

Particularly impressive, the Fairywill earned a 4.5-star average from over 1,600 Amazon customers. So if your current brush isn't getting the job done, or you just want to raise your dental game a bit, this is a killer deal.

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