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Best Laptop Deals: Save Up to $550 on Microsoft Surface, MacBooks, Asus, Lenovo and More

Now is the perfect time to pick up a new laptop if you've been waiting for a good sale.

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HP 15 laptop: $300
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ASUS Vivobook 16: $700
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Lenovo Yoga 7i 14: $600
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Dell G15: $700
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MacBook Air 13: $750
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Lenovo Legion Slim 5: $1,140
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$1,049 at Best Buy
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M2 MacBook Air 15: $999
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Asus ROG Zephyrus G14: $880
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Microsoft Surface Laptop 5: $900
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Samsung Galaxy Book3 360 2-in-1: $1,100
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If you haven't upgraded your laptop in quite a while, then you'll be surprised at how quickly things have advanced in the past few years. There are a ton of excellent laptops to pick from, with them getting thinner and more powerful, especially when it comes to gaming laptops that are no longer a bulky endeavor. That said, the market is quite saturated at the moment, and if you're not very familiar with it, it can be a bit overwhelming. That's why we've gone around and collected our favorite laptop deals for you so that you don't have to stress over it.

Just be sure to grab anything you like quickly since deals tend to expire regularly. Because of that, we'll be updating the article as we find better deals, so be sure to check back if you don't find something that fits your needs.


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Best laptop deals and PC sales

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The HP 15 laptop has an entry-level Intel Core i3-1215U, which will work fine for the majority of productivity costs. It also has a large, 15.6-inch screen running an FHD resolution and, more importantly, 8GB of RAM, which is about the minimum we'd like to see. The same goes for the 256GB storage.

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If you need something with a bit of oomph, the Asus Vivobook 16 is surprisingly powerful, with an AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS processor under the hood, one of the most powerful CPUs on the market. It also has a pretty large 16-inch screen with 1920x1200 pixels, which is a bit on the low side for this price. That said, it does come with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, so it's still quite formidable.

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Lenovo

Two-in-one touchscreens are very versatile, especially if you prefer something with a writing experience. It has a mid-range Intel Core i5-1335U, which isn't as powerful as some other options on this list, but it's enough for most productivity and some editing tasks. RAM is luckily pretty good at 16GB, while the 512GB of storage should be more than enough for most folks.

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If you're looking for a budget-friendly gaming laptop, the Dell G15 is a pretty excellent option that's regularly suggested. It comes with an RTX 3050 and an Intel Core i5-13450HX processor, so it's a good entry-to-mid-range laptop. That said, the 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage are slightly on the lower end.

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Battery Life/Runtime 1,026 minutesWeight 2.8 poundsDisplay size/type 13-inch, 2560 x 1600 IPS LCDProcessor tested Apple M1 8‑coreGraphics tested Apple M1 7-core

While the M1 MacBook Air 13 is a bit older and has the older M1 chip, it's still an excellent option if you want a MacBook without spending a ton of money. It also comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB, which is pretty good for an Apple MacBook, especially at this price. You also get up to four months of various Apple services, which sweetens the deal even more

Read our Apple MacBook Air M1 (Late 2020) review.

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This configuration of the Legion Slim 5 is a solid mid-tier gaming laptop, especially since it comes with an RTX 4060 and an AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS processor. It also has a pretty excellent screen, being able to hit 165Hz refresh rate and has a 2560x1600, both of which together might tax the GPU a bit, but at least it does give you the variability to prioritize what you need.

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Apple's new MacBook Air 15 is a great option if you're looking for a thin and light laptop in the Apple ecosystem that still has a relatively large screen. It comes with an M2 chip, one generation old but still very powerful, as well as 8GB and 256GB of storage, both of which are on par with what we'd expect to see from Apple at this price. There is also up to $825 in trade-in value you can take advantage of.

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If you're looking for a gaming laptop for less than $1,000, this one's worth considering. It has a 14-inch screen, which isn't large but can make it easier to bring the laptop with you when you travel. Plus, it sports 16GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD storage, an MD Ryzen 7 7735HS processor and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 graphics card, which will work well for gamers and creators alike. 

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This laptop is a solid choice for everyday users. It has 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, but where it shines is the 13.5-inch screen with 2256x1504-pixel full high-definition resolution. It's a good size for portability and is great for staying productive or streaming content on the go. 

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It's not often that we see AMOLED screens at this price, so it's well worth picking up this gorgeous Samsung Galaxy Book3. That's especially the case since it's running a high-end Intel 13th Gen Evo Core i7-1360P, with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. The screen is touch-enabled and comes with a Pen.

Read our LG Gram 16 2-in-1 review.

What should you look for in a laptop deal?

One of the biggest things to consider is which laptop configuration is on sale. Often, with the best laptop deals, only a specific version of the laptop is on sale, and making any changes could affect the price. This means that sometimes you find the 512GB model is actually cheaper than the 256GB option or a similar situation.

When are the best laptop deals available?

Generally, you'll find the best laptop deals during back-to-school shopping time in late summer or early fall and a bit later in the year during annual Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales events. There are laptop deals throughout the year, but if you're looking for the best deal and can afford to wait, these are the best times to buy one.

Which retailers usually offer the best laptop deals?

You can usually find deals across a variety of retailers when it comes to laptops. Best Buy, Amazon, Newegg and other retailers tend to offer sales on more specific models, while manufacturers including HP, Lenovo and Dell usually host larger sales that cover more models and configurations. If you're looking for a specific model, you'll want to keep checking back weekly for the latest set of deals.


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