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Looking for a laptop for that special someone on your holiday shopping list? Or maybe you just need a work-from-home or remote-learning upgrade. If you’ve been hoping to get a great deal on a new laptop, there are some worthy discounts available right now from nearly every major retailer, including Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.
We’ve rounded up all the best laptop deals here so you can save on new gear from brands such as HP, Lenovo, Gateway and Microsoft. Be sure to check back, because we’ll update this list periodically as more deals become available and others expire.
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If you are no longer commuting and working from home, why not get the biggest laptop you can find? This 17.3-inch model from Asus offers a midrange component lineup at a budget price with an AMD Ryzen 7 CPU, 12GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
Lenovo’s new midrange two-in-one convertible laptop/tablet is already on sale at Best Buy. This model features an 11th-gen Core i5 CPU, 12GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Its 14-inch touch display can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode. With its 11th-gen Core chip, the Yoga 7i gets Intel’s Evo label, which means among other things the laptop provides oodles of battery life, fast charging and the ability to wake from sleep instantly.
Lenovo’s new premium two-in-one convertible delivers the Intel Evo platform inside a sleek, all-metal chassis. This discounted model features an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. This 14-inch two-in-one laptop weighs less than 3 pounds.
Read our Lenovo Yoga 9i (15-inch) review.
HP’s premium thin-and-light, two-in-one convertible laptop is heavy on style and light on weight. It boasts an all-metal design and razor-thin bezels for a compact chassis that weighs less than 3 pounds. You can save $150 on this model, which features an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The 13.3-inch touch display has a 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution and can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode.
If you’re of a certain age, then you may recall the Gateway name and its computers that shipped in black-and-white cow-print boxes. Gateway has returned as a line of low-cost laptops and tablets at Walmart. But you won’t find any of the models on store shelves in their iconic cow packaging; the new Gateway laptops are available online only. This 14-inch Gateway laptop features a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU and 16GB of RAM. You get a 256GB solid-state drive for storage. The storage capacity is average for the price, but the amount of memory is double what is usually on offer. And you get a full HD (1,920×1,080-pixel) display, which is better than the 1,366×768-pixel panels found on other budget laptops. There’s also a fingerprint reader for easy, secure logins. As of right now, all four color options are in stock and on sale — black, blue, green and rose gold.
Take the above model, expand the display from 14.1 inches to 15.6 inches and expand the savings to $300 for an even better sale price. If you’re working or learning from home and commuting less, the added screen real estate outweighs the added heft and bulk.
You can save more than $2,000 on Lenovo’s flagship ThinkPad with code THINKHOLIDAY. It features a 10th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB solid-state drive. The 14-inch display offers full HD resolution and 400 nits of brightness.
You can save a bundle on the best overall Windows two-in-one tablet. This Surface Pro 7 model is $430 off and features a 10th-gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The 12.3-inch touch display has a crisp 2,736×1,824-pixel resolution.
Read our Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review.
The Dell G5 15 earned our Editors’ Choice Award for budget gaming laptops at the end of last year. It offers outstanding performance for the money, and it doessn’t have terrible battery life like most gaming laptops. This discounted model features a 10th-gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics. The 15.6-inch display has a full HD (1,920×1,080-pixel) resolution and a speedy 120Hz refresh rate but is rated for only 250 nits of brightness. This budget gamer should let you play Fortnite and other less demanding titles at 1080p with some quality settings enabled.
Read our Dell G5 15 review.
Last year’s XPS 13 model is still a powerhouse. You miss out on the slightly larger 13.4-inch display and 11th-gen Intel processors of the latest version of this long-time favorite but can save $500 on this 2019 midrange configuration that features a 13.3-inch, 4K display powered by a 10th-gen Core i7 CPU and 16GB of RAM.
Read our Dell XPS 13 review.
This 15.6-inch Pavilion model sold direct from HP is a modern, midrange laptop powered by an 11th-gen Core i5 CPU and 8GB of RAM. And it’s customizable, so you can double the RAM for a reasonable $50. I’d also consider plunking down $120 to upgrade the display to a full HD panel.
Microsoft’s MacBook clone is thin and light with a fantastic touchpad-and-keyboard combo and offers a notable power boost over 2018’s Surface Laptop 2. At 2,496×1,664 pixels, the 13.5-inch touchscreen gives you a resolution above the usual Full HD. This Surface Laptop 3 model features a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, Intel Iris Plus graphics and a 256GB SSD. The biggest downside CNET found was relatively short battery life, but that’s less of an issue when you aren’t taking it out of your home.
Read our Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 review.
It’s thin and light and can run all day. And it’s on sale. The LG Gram 15 is impressively compact for a 15.6-inch laptop, weighing in at a svelte 2.4 pounds and measuring a mere 0.7 inch thick. The big 72Whr battery is rated to run for 21 hours. This display on this model lacks touch support but features a full HD (1,920×1,080-pixel) resolution. Inside, it offers a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
This is a high-powered configuration by Chromebook standards: You’ll find neither a budget CPU nor a meager allotment of RAM here. This HP Chromebook has a Core i3 processor and 8GB of memory. And the 14-inch display, which can rotate all the way around into tablet mode, features a full HD (1,920×1,080-pixel) resolution where most Chromebooks supply only a 768p panel.
A Windows laptop at a Chromebook price. This 15.6-inch laptop runs Windows 10 and features a Core i5 CPU, 12GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. At this price, we’d expect a Core i3 chip at best along with 4GB of RAM, so this budget model is definitely punching above its weight. The display, sadly, has only a 1,366×768-pixel resolution.
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