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The best laptop deals for October 2020: Dell, HP, Apple, and more

We’re more reliant on portable technology than ever, and along with our smartphones, laptops are among the most important (if not the single most important) devices that we use on a daily basis for everything from work to staying in touch with the people important to us. That’s especially the case now, with an increasing number of people working and studying from home for the first time, and a laptop that’s a bad fit for your lifestyle will quickly become a headache.

Thankfully, you don’t have to pay out the nose for a quality laptop that meets your needs — nor do you have to wait for once-a-year sales like Black Friday to find one at a bargain — because we’ve got all the best cheap laptop deals right here. Our list covers everything from MacBooks to Windows 2-in-1s, and all of them are available at a discount right now with each one ringing in at less than $1,000.

Best laptop deals right now

  • Lenovo IdeaPad 3$429, was $499
  • HP Pavilion x360 14t 2-in-1 Laptop$600, was $710
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with Type Cover Keyboard$699, was $959
  • Lenovo Thinkpad L13 Yoga 2-in-1 Laptop$700, was $900
  • Apple MacBook Air (2020)$900, was $1,000
  • HP Spectre x360 13 4K 2-in-1 Laptop$950, was $1,250

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 — $429, was $499

Lenovo IdeaPad 3

Lenovo built its name on affordable Windows PCs and still cranks out some of the best high-value work machines. This 15-inch IdeaPad 3 laptop is a great entry-level computer for anyone looking for a good work machine for less than $500: It runs on an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU with built-in Radeon Vega 8 graphics and a full 8GB of RAM, and it also sports a high-speed 256GB solid-state system drive. Solid specs for a cheap laptop and perfectly suited for those with basic needs (and the Vega graphics even give you some juice for light gaming).

At just $429 ($70 off), it’s around the same cost or even cheaper than many of the best Chromebooks out there and is arguably the best cheap laptop you’re going to find right now for less than 500 bucks. Its specs rival laptops that typically go for $550 or more — and since it’s packing pretty recent hardware for such a cheap laptop, it shouldn’t feel outdated any time soon despite its low price.

HP Pavilion x360 14t 2-in-1 Laptop — $600, was $710

No Windows laptop roundup would be complete without at least one good 2-in-1, and the new HP Pavilion x360 is an unassuming one that you might have overlooked. Despite its plain appearance, it features just about everything you want in a modern workhorse right down to its solid hardware, great build quality, and generous battery life. The 14-inch HD display also offers a ton of versatility as a fold-flat multi-point touchscreen for entertainment and tablet-like use. In short, this thing is built for just about any type of work or other daily computing task, and it’s built to do it all day long. Audio designed by Bang & Olufsen is a nice little detail, too.

This configuration comes loaded with a 10th-gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Many 2-in-1s will set you back a grand or more, but this cutting-edge convertible can be yours for an eye-popping $600 right now.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with Type Cover Keyboard — $599, was $959

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Resized

One of the best laptops on the market today — and in fact, for several years running — is actually a tablet. The Surface Pro line has sat among our favorite 2-in-1s for a while now and the new Surface Pro 7, while not a breathtaking update, is a very solid machine. It’s incredibly well-built, looks great, and performs well. It has a built-in kickstand, and when used with a Type Cover keyboard, makes for a fantastic 2-in-1 ultrabook. We’d also be remiss if we didn’t mention that gorgeous, productivity-friendly 3:2 touchscreen.

One of our few complaints was that the Type Cover still isn’t included by default, but this bundle solves that little hiccup: This configuration has a Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD, and comes with a black Type Cover keyboard so you can use it as a laptop right out of the box. And at just $699 ($260 off), the whole bundle falls well below our $1,000 budget limit. For $100 more, you can also grab the Core i5 model with 8GB of RAM at a $231 discount.

Lenovo Thinkpad L13 Yoga 2-in-1 Laptop — $700, was $900

Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga 2-in-1 laptop

Any laptop roundup will almost feel naked without a ThinkPad, and although these iconic work machines might be overlooked in today’s age of featherweight ultrabooks, they still have a lot to offer in 2020. The L13 Yoga 2-in-1 brings the ThinkPad lineup into the 21st century while still harking back to the glory days with its classic black-and-red aesthetics, mouse buttons placed above the touchpad, and the essential TrackPoint that all true ThinkPad fans know and love (and still insist they can’t live without).

But design-wise, the L13 Yoga is all modern with its Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and 13.3-inch fold-flat touch display. Those are perfect specs for work which is precisely what this thing is built for. This cheap laptop can be your work companion for just $700, one of the best prices we’ve seen for this great modern ThinkPad.

Apple MacBook Air (2020) — $900, was $1,000

Deals on Apple products are hard to find, and so sometimes you need to grab them when you can. The MacBook Air, which was modernized and redesigned in 2018, is the best entry-level MacBook you can buy — perfect for a college student or businessperson. The latest 2020 refresh is just as great, and if you want the one with the latest and greatest hardware (that you can still find for less than 1,000 bucks), this is it.

Right now, you can score this deal on this 2020 MacBook Air at $900 ($100 off), one of the best prices we’ve seen yet. This configuration comes with an Intel Core i3, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It also comes with a lovely display with a 2,560 by 1,600 resolution, giving you plenty of performance for productivity work. What’s not to like?

HP Spectre x360 13 4K 2-in-1 Laptop — $950, was $1,250

spectre x360 photo
HP Communications/HP

If you’re looking for a featherweight 2-in-1 laptop that’s as light as it is durable, then you need to look no further than the HP Spextre x360 13, which has stood as one of the best ultrabooks money can buy for years now. This unique laptop earned a spot among our all-time favorites owing to its stunning gem-cut looks, excellent performance, world-class build quality, and all-day battery life.

Right now, you can grab this 13-inch 4K 2-in-1 laptop with an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD on sale $950 after a $300 discount, bringing the price right below our $1,000 budget mark. This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on any 2-in-1 boasting an Ultra HD display, which might make it our favorite laptop deal to be had for less than a grand right now.

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