Anyone looking for a killer deal on a premium laptop need look no further than Staples today. The office supply retailer is selling a 14-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 for $630, complete with a 1080p screen, a 10th-generation Intel processor, and Thunderbolt 3. That’s about $250 cheaper than the MSRP of $880 you’ll find elsewhere.

This notebook looks pretty darn sweet. It’s rocking a quad-core Intel “Ice Lake” Core i5-1035G1 processor with a 1.0GHz base clock that boosts all the way up to 3.6GHz. It also offers Hyper-Threading, doubling the number of processing threads available.

Lenovo doubled down on visuals with a discrete GeForce MX350 graphics card. The MX350 offers better graphics than Intel’s onboard UHD graphics, but it’s by no means a beefy graphics processor if you’re thinking about gaming. This Nvidia GPU exists mostly to help with high-resolution video playback and image editing tasks, though it can definitely take esports and retro-styled games for a whirl.

The display, as we mentioned measures 14 inches, with a crisp 1080p resolution. A 512GB SSD supplies speedy storage, and there’s 8GB of RAM. For ports, it has two USB 3.1 Gen 2 connections, and two unspecified USB ports (probably USB 2.0). There’s also the aforementioned Thunderbolt 3 port, which isn’t all that common in the Windows world, even on Intel laptops—and especially not on notebooks going for under $650. The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 also packs Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth (again unspecified but probably 4 or 5).

Overall, this is an excellent-looking laptop with everything most people need, including a little future proofing on the Wi-Fi side. And today, it’s going for a fantastic price.

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[Today’s deal: Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 with Core i5 for $630 on Staples.]

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Ian is an independent writer based in Israel who has never met a tech subject he didn’t like. He primarily covers Windows, PC and gaming hardware, video and music streaming services, social networks, and browsers. When he’s not covering the news he’s working on how-to tips for PC users, or tuning his eGPU setup.



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