Many people shop for laptops on Amazon, but you have to be careful. Looking at only the product titles, it’s easy to look past important information hidden in the fine print or left out altogether. When it comes to big Amazon Prime Day deals, that’s even more of an issue.
Fortunately, there are some really fantastic deals this year on name-brand laptops that are worth considering. If you’re looking for a new laptop, this is one of the best times of the year to pick one up.
The Acer Chromebook 15 has always been one of our very favorite Chromebooks. It’s not a 2-in-1 or a more compact laptop, but it has a premium-feeling design at a discounted price. If you’re looking for something with a larger display, this 15-inch laptop is perfect for getting work done. For Prime Day, this one’s been discounted 21 percent, which puts this configuration (4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage) at $315.
Read our full review of the Acer Chromebook 15.
When it comes to laptops on any big sale day, the first question on a lot of people’s minds is MacBooks. Unfortunately, deals on MacBooks are rare. This year though, we’ve got a discounted 12-inch MacBook, bringing the price down to $990. It should be noted that this is the early-2016 model, which is a generation behind the current version you can buy at an Apple Store. In addition, it’s fairly likely that we’re going to see an updated MacBook later this fall.
But if you want a MacBook right this moment, this is the cheapest it will probably ever be.
The VivoBook is more of a budget-oriented brand, and while we tend to prefer Asus’ ZenBooks, this particular VivoBook is on the higher end. It boasts an 8th-gen Core i7 processor, a 256GB SSD, and even an Nvidia GeForce GTX MX150. That’s not enough to play modern games on maxed settings, but it’ll give a little oomph for more casual games.
We don’t know the exact details of the deal on this one, but the original price is $800, and you can expect at least a 20 percent discount for Prime Day.
The Acer Chromebook Flip was one of the first 2-in-1 Chromebooks, implementing touch capabilities early on. Now with support for Android apps via the Google Play Store, a device like the Chromebook Flip would make a great option for kids — that is, as long as you can overlook the ugly hinge and massive screen bezels. Fortunately, this is a beefed-up configuration, featuring an Intel Core m3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. This deal is 20 percent off, bringing the starting price down to $400.
Read our full review for the Acer Chromebook Flip C101PA.
Windows 10 laptops under $500 are usually the kind of thing you want to avoid. Usually lacking the power needed to handle the breadth of the Windows 10 ecosystem, these ultra-budget laptops tend to struggle to perform. The Acer Aspire E 15, however, is one that has always been the exception to the rule with its Core i3-8130U processor, 6GB of RAM, and solid build quality.
The Prime Day deal is only $50 off, but every bit counts — especially for a laptop that costs just $330.
Read our full review of the Acer Aspire E 15.
The Pixelbook raised the bar for Chromebooks, introducing a new suite of premium-level laptops meant to directly compete with the best of Windows or Mac options.
The problem was always that it was hard to justify the price, which normally starts at $1,000. Any discount at all makes the Pixelbook that much more attractive of a purchase. How about $750? Even with only a 128GB SSD, that makes the Pixelbook a fantastic deal.
Read our full review of the Google Pixelbook.
This Asus gaming laptop is a really solid budget-level machine with a 7th-gen quad-core processor, and an Nvidia GTX 1050 for graphics — all on sale for $730. With options like the Dell G3 Gaming Laptop on the market with updated internals though, you’ll need to weigh prices carefully before pulling the trigger on this one. While this Asus laptop comes with an SSD (unlike the entry-level Dell G3), the prices are close enough for you to really tread carefully.
If you are set on this Asus gaming laptop, our recommendation would be to choose a configuration with a faster SSD for storage.