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Dell, Lenovo, HP start Memorial Day sales on laptops, desktops

Plus some sweet Apple deals at Best Buy.

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Lenovo has its 15-inch Yoga 720 starting at $900 with Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics. 

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With Memorial Day weekend coming up fast, PC makers have kicked off their holiday sales with loads of deals on laptops, desktops and accessories. Best Buy is in on the sale action, too, with discounts on those brands and Apple laptops (you can jump to the bottom for those). 

Lenovo is having its "biggest Memorial Day sale ever" with up to 40 percent off. While the deepest discounts seem to be for accessories such as a $30 external DVD burner, a gaming headset and gaming keyboard, it does have several laptops for more than 30 percent off and even have a few "door busters" including a 15.6-inch IdeaPad 320 laptop for $570 with:

  • 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM (2,133MHz)
  • 1TB 5,400rpm hard drive
  • DVD drive
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620
  • Full HD display (1,920x1,080 pixels) 

There's also this $150 11.6-inch IdeaPad 120S, which should be able to handle basics, though you might have to pace yourself. (We did like its predecessor.) There's a good selection of well-priced gaming laptops, too, like this 15.6-inch Lenovo Legion Y520 with a Core i7-7700HQ processor, 16GB of 2,400MHz memory and a 3GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU for $1,099. 

HP recently announced new premium Envy laptops, so some of its best deals through the holiday are on last year's models being cleared out. Its 17.3-inch Envy is down to only $920, but gets you an eighth-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16 GB of memory, a 1TB hard drive plus a 128GB SSD, and Nvidia GeForce MX150 discrete graphics. 

You'll also find a $180 11.6-inch Chromebook, an $800 15.6-inch Omen gaming laptop with an Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU (one of our favorites for gaming laptops) and $450 off an Omen gaming desktop with an eighth-gen Intel Core i7-8700 and an 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 for $1,290. Head here to see all of HP's top deals for Memorial Day.

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The XPS 15 2-in-1 is one of many PCs in Dell's Memorial Day sale. 

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Over at Dell, you'll find price breaks on everything from laptops and desktops to VR headsets and drones. Like Lenovo, Dell has a $150 laptop, the Inspiron 14 3000, but you'll probably want to spend a bit more and get something you won't want to throw out the window. Fortunately, there are a number to choose from, with most on sale for $100 to $150 less. 

The new Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 has an excellent 4K-resolution display and great performance from its Intel-AMD hybrid chip, and is down $150 to $2,050. The biggest savings, however, seem to be on one of the priciest models. The new Alienware 15 is $450 off, but that brings it down to $2,800. Still, it's loaded with top gear including a new hexacore Intel Core i9-8950HK processor and an 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU. 

Dell's deals on laptops, desktops and electronics are rotating in and out throughout the week, so you'll want to check to see what's available when and for how long. 

Aside from the company stores, Best Buy has some good discounts on laptops including Apple. You can get $350 off 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. For example, you can get a 13-inch with a seventh-gen 3.1GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD for $1,450 that Apple currently sells for $1,800. 

If you'd rather have a MacBook Air, those are $250 off. An Air with a fifth-gen Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and 256GB SSD for storage runs $950. And if storage isn't an issue, Best Buy has a 128GB version for only $750. The site has up to $150 off the 10.5-inch iPad Pro as well. 

For $1,000, though, you're not going to do much better than the 15.6-inch Lenovo Yoga 720. That price is $300 off and gets you an incredible configuration: 

  • Seventh-gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor
  • 16GB of memory
  • 512GB SSD
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 discrete graphics
  • 4K UHD (3,840x2,160-pixel) display

And because it's a two-in one, you can use it as a laptop or a tablet, and the display has active pen support so you can draw and write on it, too. 

Best Buy has a bunch of other laptop deals for much less, though, starting all the way down at $130. In fact, it even has a dialed-back 12.5-inch version of the Yoga 720 for $500, $200 off a well-equipped 15.6-inch HP Envy x360 two-in-one and Dell Inspiron 15 7000 at $600 and a Samsung Chromebook Plus two-in-one for $380.

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