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

With a forest of hardware specs, designs, modern features, and price points to find your way through, the hunt for a new laptop can prove to be a time-consuming journey. It’s an even bigger task if, like most of us, you’re shopping on a budget. The good news is that whether you’re after a 2-in-1, a featherweight ultrabook, a gaming machine, a Chromebook, a MacBook, or something else entirely, there’s always plenty of cheap laptop deals floating around that can scratch whatever itch you’ve got.

We’re here to help: No matter what sort of computer you’re after, we’ve scooped up a handful of the best laptop deals available right now which cover a nice range of features, specs, and prices — and even better, each one rings in at less than $1,000. And if you still need a hand deciding what sort of laptop you want, be sure to read through our in-depth buying guide for more detailed info that can help you find the one that’s perfect for you.

Best laptop deals right now

  • Lenovo IdeaPad$380
  • Lenovo ThinkPad E495$670, was $729
  • HP Spectre x360 13 2-in-1 (Refurbished)$799, was $999
  • MacBook Air 13-inch (2017)$800, was $1,000
  • Dell XPS 13 7390 (2019)$850, was $900

Lenovo IdeaPad

Lenovo IdeaPad 15 Laptop

Lenovo built its name on affordable Windows laptops and still cranks out some of the best high-value work machines. The 15-inch Lenovo IdeaPad is a great entry-level work computer for anyone looking for a good work machine for less than $500: It runs an AMD Ryzen 3200U CPU with Vega 3 graphics (giving you a little bit of juice for light gaming) and 8GB of RAM, and it sports a 256GB solid state drive.

At $380, it’s around the same price as or even cheaper than many of the best Chromebooks out there. It’s not technically on sale, but its specs rival laptops that typically go for $500 or so — and since it’s packing pretty solid hardware for a cheap laptop, it won’t feel outdated any time soon despite its low price.

Lenovo ThinkPad E495

Lenovo ThinkPad E495 with AMD Ryzen

No Windows laptop roundup would be complete without the iconic ThinkPad, and the Ryzen-based E495 is a sleeper hit. It features just about everything we love about these time-tested workhorses, right down to its sturdy construction, solid keyboard (complete with the must-have TrackPoint) and touchpad, and generous battery life. The 14-inch 1080p display isn’t going to take your breath away, but that’s probably not why you’re buying a ThinkPad — and in any case, it’s still better than many other ThinkPads which are still packing 720p screens for reasons we still don’t understand.

In short, this thing is built for serious work, and it’s built to do it all day long. This configuration comes loaded with one of the newer AMD Ryzen 5 APUs featuring built-in Radeon RX Vega graphics (giving you a bit of gaming power from an otherwise business-oriented machine), 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Many ThinkPads will set you back a grand or more, but a $59 discount means the E495 can be yours for $670 right now.

HP Spectre x360 13 2-in-1 (Refurbished)

HP Spectre x360 13 (late 2018)
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If you’re looking for a convertible 2-in-1 that works as well as a laptop as it does as a tablet, then you need to look no further than the HP Spectre x360 13. The latest “gem-cut” version had a perfect score in our review on the strength of its stunning good looks, excellent performance, high-quality build, and mind-blowing battery life.

Right now, you can grab this HP-refurbished (read: nearly like new) model with a Core i7 CPU and 256GB SSD on sale for $200 off, bringing the price down to $799. That’s a nice break, but keep an eye on this one because HP has been aggressive in pricing this version. That’s probably for a good reason: HP has recently released a new version of the Spectre x360 13 that fixes its one issue — larger bezels — while upgrading to Intel’s 10th-generation CPUs and adding a 4K OLED display option.

MacBook Air 13-inch (2017)

Macbook Air (2018) Review
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. However, the previous model was a great laptop as well, and it’s currently on sale for a very attractive price.

Right now, you can score a great deal on the Core i5 model, at $200 off. This configuration comes with an Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD. It also comes with a lovely display with a 1,440 x 900 resolution, plenty of performance for productivity work. What’s not to like? Act fast, though, because this deal won’t last forever.

Dell XPS 13 7390 (2019)

One of the best laptops on the market today — and in fact, for several years running — is Dell’s diminutive XPS 13. The latest version has the same tiny bezels as always but puts the webcam above the display where it belongs, removing one of the only complaints we had about the machine. It’s incredibly well-built, looks great, and performs well. It even has a hinge that is designed to open easily while also providing just the right amount of rigidity to keep it in place.

There’s a new XPS 13 version that was recently announced that makes some significant changes to the laptop, including switching the display to the productivity-friendly 16:10 aspect ratio and utilizing faster RAM. However, the 7390 model with Intel’s 10th-gen Comet Lake CPUs has been reduced to $850 for a configuration with a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreen, and a 256GB SSD, falling well within our $1,000 budget limit.

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