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Best Prime Day Laptop Deals: Save $300 on Asus VivoBook Pro 16X OLED, $500 on HP Spectre x360 16

Ahead of this month's Prime Early Access Sale, here are the best sales on laptops around.

Whether you are looking for a new laptop for heading back to school or just an upgrade for browsing at home, there are plenty of discounts right now that can save you some money. There are a number of great laptop deals on laptops with Intel's previous 11th-generation (and very capable) Core processors and chips from AMD's previous Ryzen 7 5000 series. You can also save on newer models with Intel's current chip family, the 12th-gen Core chips code-named Alder Lake

With Amazon's Prime Early Access Sale coming soon, and Prime Day-like prices coming with it, we expect the laptop deals to increase in both frequency and quality so be sure to check out the below list for some of the best prices of the season. 

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Acer knows how to put together good laptops at low prices. The Aspire 5 is one of my favorites for the home that's also portable enough for the occasional trip. It's a 14-inch laptop with a Full HD (1,920x1,080-pixel) resolution powered by an 11th-gen Core i5 CPU. Many laptops at this price serve up only 8GB of RAM or a 256GB SSD, and this Aspire 5 config provides sufficient memory and solid-state storage capacity with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.

With an efficient and capable AMD Ryzen 7 5700U CPU and 12GB of RAM, this 15.6-inch IdeaPad model serves up a better processor and more memory than usually found at this price. You also get a 512GB SSD, which is double the 256GB SSDs common to budget laptops. And the display serves up a Full HD resolution, which isn't always a given at this price. It comes with Windows 11 Home in S Mode, which is the "walled garden" version of Windows 11 that's 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.

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Dell's entry-level Inspiron has an admittedly drab, plastic chassis, but it serves up a full-HD (1,920x1,080-pixel), 15.6-inch touch display powered by an 11th-gen, quad-core Core i5 processor along with 16GB of RAM and a huge 1TB SSD. That's double the memory and storage space you usually find at this price.

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Dell's latest two-in-one convertible is based on a 14-inch touch display with a 16:10 aspect ratio that gives you more vertical space than a widescreen 16:9 panel for less scrolling through webpages and documents. Inside, you get an AMD Ryzen 7 5825U CPU along with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.

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MSI's version of the MacBook boasts a thin, sleek, all-aluminum enclosure and has been updated with 12th-gen Intel processors. This model is $200 off at Newegg and features a 12th-gen Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. You also get a pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports. The 14-inch display features a full HD resolution but has the older 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio rather than the taller 16:10 ratio that provides more room to work. Still, this is a thin, light and rugged laptop and it's a great deal at its current sale price.

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This budget-to-midrange laptop from HP may have an uninspired plastic enclosure, but if you care more about screen size, memory allotment and storage space than you do about a sleek design, then this model is worth checking out. It should offer decent performance, too, with double the RAM and solid-state storage usually included on most other laptops at this price. At this price, you can usually find 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, but sometimes less. In that light, the 32GB of memory and the 1TB SSD here are downright thrilling. You also get a full-HD (1,920x1,080-pixel) resolution for the roomy 17.3-inch display.

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The highlights of this 16-inch model from Asus is its OLED display and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics. An OLED panel supplies incredible contrast and vivid colors, and this one should also provide a sharp picture with its fine 3,840x2,400-pixel resolution. It should also be roomy and bright with its 16:10 aspect ratio and brightness rating of 400 nits. It features a previous-gen Core i7-11370H CPU but should still be plenty powerful for most applications, and the RTX graphics should allow for some 3D gaming if you keep the settings and resolution in check. Rounding out the core specs are 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD.

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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 $300 on it right now.

Read our LG Gram 16 review.

 

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The second generation of Samsung's sleek Galaxy Book Pro laptop bumps you up to 12th-gen Intel Core processors and supplies a brighter AMOLED display and improved webcam. This model features a 15.6-inch display with a Full HD resolution and a 1080p webcam, which produces a better image for video calls than a run-of-the-mill 720 camera. Like the previous-generation models, the Galaxy Book 2 Pro laptops are designed to work seamlessly with Galaxy phones and tablets. The core specs of this model are a 12th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. 

Read our Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 review.

 

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We reviewed the 16-inch Spectre x360 and called it a "big, luxurious two-in-one for creatives." It has since been updated with 12th-gen Intel Core processors while maintaining its good looks and roomy display. This model boasts a 4K OLED panel with a tall 16:10 aspect ratio. Inside, it supplies a 12th-gen Core i7, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. It's a great deal with its $500 discount right now at Best Buy.

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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 sales events or, this year, during Amazon's Prime Early Access Sale. 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.