Let’s face it: Laptops aren’t exactly cheap pieces of kit, but almost all of us use them today — and there will inevitably come a time when you need to buy a new one. It’s hard enough to find a deal even without having to sort through the jungle of laptop brands, hardware specs, and designs that are available in 2020. But time is money, and we can save you both: Below, we’ve picked out the cream of the crop when it comes to online laptop deals, from 2-in-1s to gaming PCs and more. If it’s time for a new computer for work and play, read on, and also be sure to check out our in-depth laptop buying guide if you still need some more info before you buy.
Best laptop deals right now
- — $399, was $499
- — $600 with student discount ($700 without), was $850
- — $649, was $959
- — $799, was $999
- — $850 with student discount ($950 without), was $1,000
— $399, was $499
Asus built its name on affordable Windows PCs and still cranks out some of the best high-value work machines. This 14-inch Asus 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 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 $399 ($50 off), it’s around the same cost or even cheaper than many of the best Chromebooks out there. Its specs rival laptops that typically go for $500 or more — and since it’s packing pretty solid hardware for a cheap laptop, it shouldn’t feel outdated any time soon despite its low price.
— $600 with student discount ($700 without), was $850
No Windows laptop roundup would be complete without Lenovo, and the Yoga C740 2-in-1 is a sleeper hit. 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 15.6-inch 1080p display also offers a ton of versatility as a fold-flat 10-point multi-touchscreen for entertainment and tablet-like use.
In short, this thing is built for serious work, and it’s built to do it all day long. This configuration comes loaded with a 10th gen Core i5-10210U CPU, a boosted 12GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Many 2-in-1s will set you back a grand or more, but a $150 discount means the Lenovo Yoga C740 can be yours for $700 right now, while new and current students with an .edu email address can take another $100 off for a total savings of $250.
— $649, 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 $649 ($310 off), the whole bundle falls well below our $1,000 budget limit.
— $799, was $999
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, 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 gem-cut looks, excellent performance, high-quality build, and all-day battery life.
Right now, you can grab this professionally HP-refurbished model with an Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD on sale for $200 off, bringing the price down to just $799 — well below our $1,000 budget mark. This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on the HP Spectre x360, and as a nice bonus, it comes bundled with the HP Active Pen stylus.
— $850 with student discount ($950 without), 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, new and current students can score this deal on the 2020 MacBook Air at $850 ($150 off), although non-students can still enjoy a modest $50 discount. 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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