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Best laptop deals: Save $250 on MacBook Air, $200 on Lenovo Yoga 7i and more

Apple's new M1 MacBooks are at their lowest prices yet, and there are deep discounts on other laptops from Acer, Dell, Gateway and MSI.

Whether you're in search of a user-friendly laptop for going back to school or a powerful computer for your work-from-home grind, now is a great time to find an affordable device that suits your needs. Apple's new M1-powered MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are at their lowest prices yet on Amazon and Best Buy. Students (and parents of students) can save $250 on the MacBook Air from Best Buy -- it's $150 off initially, and you can take off an extra $100 via Best Buy's Student Deals offer. 

Best Buy also has a number of two-in-one convertibles from Dell and Lenovo that are discounted by $200 or $300. And the excellent MSI Prestige 14 is $200 off at Amazon.

We've rounded up the best laptop deals from Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg and Walmart. If you're due for a laptop upgrade, check out these deals, which are regularly updated as sales expire and new deals emerge.

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Walmart

If you're of a certain age, you may recall the Gateway name and its computers that shipped in black-and-white cow print boxes. Gateway has returned as a line of low-cost laptops and tablets at Walmart. This 14-inch Gateway laptop features a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU and 16GB of RAM. You get a 256GB solid-state drive for storage -- average capacity for the price, but the amount of memory is double what is usually on offer. And you get a full HD (1,920x1,080-pixel) display, which is better than the 1,366x768-pixel panels found on other budget laptops. There's also a fingerprint reader for easy, secure logins. The green and black models are sold out, but you can get it at a steep discount in either blue or pink.

Walmart

Take the above model, expand the screen from 14.1 to 15.6 inches and get a massive $350 in savings. If you're working or learning from home and commuting less, the added screen real estate outweighs the added heft and bulk. The discount applies to the black or green color option.

Lenovo

This midrange laptop is currently on sale at a budget laptop price. It features a 15.6-inch full HD touchscreen powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 3700U CPU, 12GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The CPU is a generation behind AMD's current line but a member of the leading Ryzen 7 series -- it should power through general tasks with its above-average memory allotment.

Lenovo's midrange two-in-one convertible laptop is based on 11th-gen Intel Core processors and boasts the Intel Evo badge. This discounted model features a 14.1-inch full HD touchscreen powered by an 11th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 12GB of RAM, Intel Iris Xe graphics and a 512GB SSD.

Newegg

This Acer Aspire 5 model features a 15.6-inch, full HD display powered by an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. At its discounted price, it provides ample bang for the buck with a modern and powerful Intel CPU along with ample memory and solid-state storage capacity.

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Plenty of memory and solid-state storage power this 15-inch Lenovo laptop. It's based on a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, which is a generation behind Intel's current crop of chips but should provide enough muscle for general Windows use, especially when paired with 16GB of RAM. You also get a 512GB SSD. The 15.6-inch display features full HD resolution and touch support.

MSI

MSI's version of the MacBook boasts a thin, sleek, all-aluminum enclosure and Intel's Evo platform. This discounted model features an 11th-gen Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. You also get a pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports. This Prestige 14 sale model delivers modern components and tons of style for only $949.

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The new, fanless MacBook Air starts features Apple's M1 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. It's currently selling at a $150 discount at Best Buy, and you can knock an additional $100 off the price if you sign up for the Student Deals offer via the free My Best Buy membership program. (To add the extra $100 in savings for the MacBook Air, log in to My Best Buy and check the box for Save $100 with your Student Deal below the price in the upper-right corner of the product page.) College students and soon-to-be college students are eligible for Best Buy's Student Deals discounts, as are parents of K-12 students. The new M1 MacBook Air has never been priced lower than $750. The step-up model with a 512GB SSD also has the same $250 discount to bring its price down to a lowest-ever $1,000.

Read our M1 MacBook Air review.

 

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Dell's top-end Inspiron 7000 two-in-one convertible boasts an all-aluminum chassis that's thinner, lighter and sturdier than the midrange Inspiron 5000 that feature metal lids and keyboard decks but flimsy plastic bottom panels. This 13.3-inch Intel Evo model supplies a 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, Intel Iris Xe graphics and a 512GB SSD with 32GB of fast Optane memory.

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Lenovo's new premium two-in-one convertible features 11th-gen Intel processors for better performance and battery life, but the rest of the package sticks to last year's script for the Yoga C940. That is, it's one of the best two-in-ones you can buy, if only slightly better than the last iteration. In addition to the latest Intel silicon, the Yoga 9i also adds Thunderbolt 4 support along with an updated keyboard and active pen. This 14-inch model features an 11th-gen Core i7 chip, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.

Read our Lenovo Yoga 9i review.

 

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The new 13-inch MacBook Pro uses Apple's new M1 processor, which is an eight-core CPU with four performance cores and four efficiency cores, an eight-core GPU and a 16-core Neural Engine. The step-up model with a 512GB SSD is currently $200 off at Amazon and Best Buy, and nearly every MacBook Pro buyer will appreciate the added storage capacity over the baseline model that features a 256GB SSD. The MacBook Pro doesn't offer an additional discount via Best Buy's Student Deals, but the $200 discount is hefty in its own right and the biggest price break we've seen to date.