Whether you’re looking for a new laptop for work, school or home — or for someone on your holiday shopping list — there are plenty of discounts right now that can save you some money. There are a number of great deals on laptops with Intel’s previous 11th-generation (and very capable) Core processors, and you can also save on newer models with Intel’s current chip family, the 12th-gen Core chips code-named Alder Lake.
This list will be regularly updated with the best laptop, MacBook and Chromebook deals as we spot them. You can expect to find discounts direct from PC-makers, including holiday sales from Lenovo, Dell, HP, Acer and others.
Best laptop deals and PC sales
This discounted 15-inch model from HP boasts ample RAM, 16GB, and solid-state storage capacity, 512GB — 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 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. Lastly, the laptop features both Type-A and Type-C ports to avoid having to tote a dongle around.
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We often call the MacBook Air the most universally useful laptop you can buy. Although it was recently updated with a larger display and Apple’s latest M2 chip, it also got a higher starting price. The good news is the M1 MacBook Air is still available and remains a fantastic choice for most people in need of an ultraportable everyday laptop. For a base price of $999, and often on sale for at least $100 less, it’s a great value, considering these tank-like laptops can last for years. Right now, though, you can get one for nearly $200 off.
Read our Apple MacBook Air M1 (Late 2020) review.
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The highlight of this 16-inch model from Asus is its 4K, 16:10 OLED display. An OLED panel supplies incredible contrast and vivid colors, and this one should also provide a sharp picture with its fine 3,840×2,400-pixel resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio, which provides more room vertically than a widescreen 16:9 panel. It’s rare to find an OLED panel at this price, especially with 4K resolution. Inside, it features an octa-core AMD Ryzen 7 5800H CPU along with a sufficient 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. You can save $200 on it right now at Newegg.
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 13.3-inch display and a 1080p webcam, which produces a better image for video calls than a run-of-the-mill 720p 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.
Lenovo’s latest premium two-in-one convertible features a 14-inch OLED display wrapped in a thin yet durable all-metal chassis. This discounted model supplies a 12th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, Intel Iris Xe graphics and a 512GB SSD. The 14-inch touchscreen has a 2.8K (2,880×1,800-pixel) resolution and can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode to be tapped, swiped and drawn on with the included active pen.
Read our Lenovo Yoga 9i review.
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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 touch panel with what HP calls a 3K2K resolution — that is, 3,000×2,000 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.
Read our HP Spectre x360 14 review.
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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 2,560×1,600-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 $380 on it right now.
Read our LG Gram 16 review.
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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 and Cyber Monday sales 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.