Laptops and tablets are a big part of the, and will continue to be so through Black Friday and the entire holiday shopping season. That’s in part because nearly every remote learning student and work-from-home adult needs their own device now, so the sheer number of PCs needed per household has gone way up. There’s a huge variety of devices on sale right now, including two-in-ones from Acer and HP, gaming laptops from Razer and a dual-screen laptop from Asus.
Don’t worry if none of these are the laptop for you. We’re expecting more to go on sale over the next few days during Prime Day and from other retailers like Best Buy, Newegg and Walmart, and we’ll be updating this list with new choices from Amazon and others.
Microsoft is offering discounts on several Surface Pro configurations, but this is the biggest price cut, taking the most universally useful configuration and dropping it to a reasonable $1,099. Yes, you’ll still need to buy a keyboard cover, but those are discounted as well, down to as low as $120, from the usual $160 for the Surface Pro Signature Type Cover.
Many laptops feature 16:9, wide-screen displays that are great for watching movies but are less than ideal for productivity work. The Acer Spin 15 features a 13.5-inch touchscreen with a 3:2 ratio that provides more room vertically for scrolling through web pages, documents and spreadsheets. And it features a crisp 2K (2,256×1,504-pixel) resolution. This two-in-one convertible laptop also includes a Wacom AES 2.0 active stylus for drawing and writing on the screen. This model features a 10th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, Intel Iris Plus graphics and a 512GB SSD.
A dual-screen laptop isn’t the lightest laptop around, and powering two displays doesn’t do its battery life any favors, but having a second, half-height display certainly adds some breathing room to your workspace. Plus, the OLED primary display offers a wide color gamut, making the Asus ZenBook Duo a great fit for photo editing. We reviewed the 15-inch ZenBook Duo and found that having multiple monitors made working and playing much more pleasant and felt like moving from a tiny apartment to a house, because you’re not constantly juggling windows, and you can put boring meetings to the side while you keep working on more interesting stuff.
This two-in-one convertible features a 10th-gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. With a full HD (1,920×1,080-pixel) resolution, the 14-inch touch display can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode.
The 15-inch Razer Blade has been one of my favorite gaming laptops of the last couple of years, with a thin, not-too-gamery design but plenty of power. It’s also usually pretty expensive. This is a very good deal on a solid configuration, with a Core i7 CPU, Nvidia 2070 GPU, 512GB SSD and 300Hz FHD display.
This 14-inch ZenBook is less than 0.65-inch thick and weighs only 3.2 pounds. It features the 10th-gen Intel Core i7-10510U CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics. The laptop has a unique hinge that lifts the back edge of the laptop to provide some tilt to the keyboard to create a comfortable typing position. It also includes a sleeve for travel (for the day when you’re allowed to leave your house again) and an optical mouse.
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This is one of Acer’s education-focused Chromebooks, and a two-in-one model at that, meaning it has a 360-degree hinge that can fold back into a tablet shape. It has an Intel Celeron CPU and an 11.6-inch touchscreen, which is fine for kids working in Google Classroom and similar remote learning tools.
This high-end two-in-one may not be the first name that comes to mind, but for just under $1,000, it already has a Core i7 CPU, big 512GB SSD, 12GB of RAM and a QLED touchscreen (not OLED, but Samsung’s QLED). Now, it’s usually $100 off, so for this week, it’s an extra $100 off on top of that. The Core i5 version is similarly discounted.
Dell’s top-end Inspiron 7000 two-in-one convertible boasts an all-aluminum chassis that’s thinner, lighter and sturdier than the midrange Inspiron 5000 series that features metal lids and keyboard decks but flimsy plastic bottom panels. This model features a 4K display powered by a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU and 16GB of RAM. For storage, you get a 512GB SSD with 32GB of fast Optane memory.
This is probably the biggest laptop deal of Prime Day. The very high-end version of Google’s fancy Pixelbook Go is $1,400, and usually on Amazon for a bit under $1,200. But today it’s just $200, at least for as long as supplies last. It’s probably the nicest Chromebook anyone has ever made. Would I buy a $1,400 Chrome OS laptop? Probably not. Would I buy a really high-end Chromebook for $200? In a minute.
The Vivobook 15 packs a 15.6-inch display in a chassis that’s more typical of a 14-inch laptop. It boasts razor-thin bezels on all four sides of the display, weighs only 3.5 pounds and is less than 0.8-inch thick. Inside, it features the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U CPU and AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics along with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive. Many budget models use a 1,366×768-pixel panel, but not so with the VivoBook 15, which offers a full HD 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution.