We’re more dependent on technology than ever before, and other than our smartphones, our laptops are one of the most important devices that we rely on today. That’s even truer in 2020 with millions of people now working from home for the first time in their careers, and a laptop that’s a bad fit for your needs can quickly turn into a daily headache.
Thankfully, you don’t have to pay out the nose for a good laptop nor do you have to wait for upcoming seasonal sales like Prime Day or Black Friday to find one at a discount, because we’ve got all the best cheap laptop deals right here. Our hand-picked selection features MacBooks to Windows 2-in-1s, all of them available at a discount right now and each one ringing in at less than $1,000.
Best laptop deals right now
- — $429
- — $599, was $959
- — $600, was $660
- — $719
- — $850, was $1,250
- — $900, was $1,000
Asus built its name on affordable Windows PCs and still cranks out some of the best high-value work machines. This 14-inch VivoBook 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, 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go for $550 or more — and since it’s packing pretty recent hardware for such a cheap laptop, it shouldn’t feel outdated any time soon despite its low price.
— $599, was $959
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 $599 ($360 off), the whole bundle falls well below our $1,000 budget limit.
— $600, was $660
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.
Any laptop roundup will almost feel naked without a ThinkPad, and although these iconic no-nonsense work machines might be overlooked in today’s age of 2-in-1 ultrabooks and touchscreen laptops, they still have a lot to offer in 2020. The ThinkPad E15 hearkens 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 under the hood, the ThinkPad E15 is all modern with its 10th-gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD. 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 $719, one of the lowest prices we’ve seen for this configuration.
— $850, was $1,250
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 Spectre x360 13, which has long stood as one of the best ultrabooks money can buy. This unique laptop has also been one of our favorites for years now owing to its stunning 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 i5-10210U CPU, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD on sale $850 after a $400 discount, bringing the price well below our $1,000 budget mark. This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on the HP Spectre x360, let alone one with an Ultra HD display, which might make it our favorite laptop deal to be had for less than a grand right now.
— $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 the 2020 MacBook Air at $900 ($100 off). 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?
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