Whether you're looking to start the new year with a new laptop for work, school or home, there are plenty of big discounts right now that can save you some money, from midrange models on sale at budget prices to higher-end laptops with even larger price breaks. Check out the best deals on Windows laptops and Apple MacBooks right now at Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg.
And be sure to check back; we keep this list updated regularly with the best deals as we spot them.
Best laptop deals and PC sales
Acer knows how to put together good laptops at low prices. The Aspire 5 is one of our favorites for the home that's also portable enough for the occasional trip. It's a 15.6-inch laptop with a full HD resolution screen, powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 5825U CPU and 16GB of RAM. You also get a 512GB solid-state drive. (Most laptops at this price supply only 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.) Plus, it has a large assortment of ports, including both USB-C and USB-A ports and an HDMI out.
The Aspire Vero is Acer's first laptop made from postconsumer recycled plastics, and it ships in packaging made from recycled materials that are also 100% recyclable. You might think an eco-friendly laptop might look cheap or boring, but neither is the case with the Aspire Vero. This is one good-looking green laptop, with a sturdy, textured chassis highlighted with tiny yellow flecks. Inside, it supplies an efficient 12th-gen Core i7-1255U CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The 15.6-inch display has full HD resolution. It's $150 off at Best Buy and selling for a very reasonable $650 that will leave more green in your wallet.
This discounted 15-inch model from HP boasts an ample 16GB RAM and 512GB solid-state storage capacity -- double what you usually find at this price. The 15.6-inch display has full HD resolution. It's powered by an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, a generation behind Intel's current crop, but should be plenty powerful for general Windows use. And speaking of Windows, the system comes with Windows 11 Home in S Mode, which is the "walled garden" version of Windows 11 geared toward students and lets you install software only from the official Windows app store. It also requires you to use Microsoft's Edge browser. Lastly, the laptop features both USB-A and -C ports to avoid having to tote a dongle around.
Dell's latest 14-inch convertible boasts a modern, all-metal design that blurs the line between the company's premium XPS line and its mainstream Inspiron machines. And it's available in a rainbow of colors; this discount model has what Dell calls a pebble green chassis. Inside, it supplies AMD's octa-core Ryzen 7 5825U CPU along with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
In addition to receiving the second-gen Apple silicon chip, the M2 MacBook Air boasts a larger 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display than the previous M1 model and is available in two new colors: starlight and midnight. It also ditches the Air's tapered wedge shape and now looks more like the squared-off, slablike Pro models. The webcam has also been upgraded to a 1080p resolution for better video calls. At Apple, the M2 Air starts at $1,199, which is $200 more than the previous model. It features an M2 processor with an eight-core CPU and eight-core GPU, 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD. The baseline 256GB model is selling at its lowest price yet at Best Buy -- only $999. Want more storage? You can save $200 on the 512GB model at either Amazon or Best Buy.
This 15.6-inch ZenBook has a rugged, all-metal enclosure that's less than 0.7 inch thick and weighs less than 3 pounds. It features AMD's awesome, eight-core Ryzen 7 5800H CPU and RTX 3050 Ti graphics along with 16GB of RAM and a roomy 1TB SSD. The laptop features a unique hinge that lifts the back edge of the laptop to provide good airflow and some tilt to the keyboard to create a comfortable typing position. The full-HD OLED touchscreen is rated for a bright 400 nits. It's currently $400 off at Newegg.
The 13.5-inch Spectre x360 is one of CNET's favorite two-in-one convertibles for its premium styling, light weight and long battery life. This model features an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a roomy 1TB SSD with 32GB of speedy Optane memory. In addition to Intel Evo goodness, the 13.5-inch display is the standout here. It's an OLED touchscreen with what HP calls a 3K2K resolution -- that is, 3,000x2,000 pixels. The display also has a boxy 3:2 aspect ratio, providing more vertical space than wider screens for less scrolling through web pages and documents.
Most 17-inch laptops are gaming monsters. The LG Gram 17 is neither a gaming laptop nor a monster. It lacks dedicated graphics to drive 3D games but is only 0.7 inch thick and weighs less than 3 pounds, making this 17.3-inch desktop replacement roughly the same weight as your typical 13.3-inch ultraportable. The spacious 2,560x1,600-pixel display is powered by an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and integrated Intel Iris Plus graphics. You also get a roomy 1TB SSD for storage and can save more than $500 on it right now.
The baseline model of the 14-inch MacBook Pro costs $1,999 and features an M1 Pro chip (8-core CPU, 14-core GPU), 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The $2,499 step-up model features a higher power version of the chip with 10 CPU cores and 16 GPU cores, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. The 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display has a 3,024x1,964-pixel resolution. You can save a hefty $400 on the baseline model at Best Buy right now. That discount is only $99 less than the biggest price break we've seen for it and double the usual $200 discount. You can also save $400 on the 1TB model.
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 to it 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 andsales events. There are laptop deals available throughout the year, but if you're looking for the best deal and can afford to wait a little, these are the best times of the year 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 laptop sales. Best Buy, Amazon, Newegg and other retailers tend to offer sales on more specific models while manufacturers like 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.