As laptop manufacturers begin to roll out their, now is a good time to scoop up a model from last year at a discount. With and at at the beginning of the year, retailers are slashing prices on current models to make way for upcoming computers with the latest chips.
The best deals I see this week are at Newegg, where you can save $380 on Dell's budget Inspiron 3000 that provides an impressive component lineup for the price. At Amazon, you can knock a whopping $455 off the price of the sleek LG Gram 17. And check out the HP Envy x360 14 or Asus VivoBook 15 at Amazon if you're looking for an OLED laptop at a great price.
I've also included other strong deals I've found at Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg.
Check out the options below, which are regularly updated as sales expire and new deals emerge.
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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 and storage space than you do about a sleek design, then this model is worth checking out. It should offer decent performance, too, with a six-core AMD Ryzen 5 5500U CPU and twice the RAM and four times the solid-state storage usually included on most other laptops at this price. You usually find 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD on offer in a budget laptop, so the 16GB of memory is a welcome surprise, and the 1TB SSD is downright thrilling. Less thrilling is the 1,600x900-pixel resolution and 250-nit brightness rating of the 17.3-inch touchscreen display, but it should look sharp enough for basic tasks and bright enough as long as you don't plan on using it outside under natural sunlight.
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. It's on sale at Newegg right now with a massive $380 price cut.
HP's premium thin-and-light, two-in-one convertible laptop is on sale at Best Buy right now. It features a smaller 13.3-inch OLED display and less RAM than we'd like, but should be plenty powerful with its 11th-gen Core i7 processor inside a stylish and thin all-metal enclosure. It also includes Thunderbolt 4 support and a wide-angle webcam. Getting an OLED for this price is a boon, but we still wish the system had 16GB of RAM instead of just 8GB, which would turn this machine into an everyday workhorse laptop.
Samsung's midrange Galaxy Book delivers a sleek, all-metal chassis at a price where plastic enclosures are usually on order. Inside, this 15.6-inch laptop is powered by an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The touch display is only so-so, but the Galaxy Book is otherwise a great value with its high style and solid mix of components at its current sale price at Best Buy.
OLED for the masses! This midrange laptop from Asus boasts a 15.6-inch OLED display with 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution. Not only is it a step up from budget models that make you get by with a 720p screen, but it's also got an OLED panel that delivers stellar contrast. It's also thinner and lighter than any 15-inch budget model. Based on an 11th-gen Core i5 CPU and featuring 12GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, it has more memory and double the storage capacity that you'll find in most budget laptops. It also has both Type-A and Type-C USB ports, saving you from having to carry around an adapter. It's a good deal at its $800 list price and can frequently be found discounted to $750.
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, which features metal lids and keyboard decks but flimsy plastic bottom panels. This 14-inch model supplies AMD's powerful eight-core Ryzen 7 5700U CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The 14-inch touchscreen has full HD resolution and can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode.
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 $450 on it right now.
The 13.5-inch Spectre x360 14 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. The 13.5-inch OLED display features 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 a 16:10 for even less scrolling through web pages and documents.