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Is your laptop slowing down because of all the extra use it has endured during the pandemic? Looking for a new one but don’t want to spend too much? Well, if you’ve been waiting to buy a new laptop, now is the time to shop. Thanks to in progressdiscounts, which continue throughout the weekend and through Cyber Monday, incredible deals on laptops are currently available at almost every retailer, including Amazon, , and . We have found plenty of HP laptops at discounted prices, as well as offers from other brands such as Apple, Lenovo, and Microsoft. We’ve rounded up the best deals here so you can pick up some new gear and relax for the rest of the long weekend.
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Yes, the relatively light 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM specs give us a break here. But you still get a capable 15-inch Asus laptop powered by a GTX 1650 Ti graphics card – not too shabby for $ 600.
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The Dell G5 15 won the Editors’ Choice award for low budget gaming laptops late last year. It offers exceptional performance for its price and its battery life is not that great like most gaming laptops. Discounted by $ 150, this model includes a 10th gen Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM. , a 256 GB SSD and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics. The 15.6-inch display has Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) and a fast refresh rate of 120Hz, but it’s rated for just 250 nits of brightness. Read our Dell G5 15 review.
This 15.6-inch Pavilion model sold direct from HP alleviates our RAM and SSD issues. It provides 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD as well as a 10th generation Core i7 processor. And it’s customizable, so you can spend an extra $ 30 to upgrade the screen to a Full HD panel. There’s also a free upgrade to a 512GB SSD with 32GB of fast Optane memory.
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The HP Slim and Light Two-in-One Convertible Premium Laptop is heavy in style and light. It features an all-metal design and super-slim bezels for a compact chassis weighing less than 3 pounds. You can save $ 250 on this model, which includes an 11th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. The 13.3-inch touchscreen offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. and can rotate 360 degrees in tablet mode.
This is a high-powered setup by Chromebook standards – you won’t find a budget processor or a meager RAM allocation here. This HP Chromebook has a Core i3 processor and 8 GB of memory. And the 14-inch screen, which can spin all around in tablet mode, features a Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) where most Chromebooks only provide a 768p panel.
If you are of a certain age, you may remember the name of the Gateway and its computers that come in boxes printed in black and white. Gateway is back as a line of budget laptops and tablets at Walmart. But you won’t find any of the models on store shelves in their iconic cow packaging; new Gateway laptops are available online only. This 14-inch Gateway laptop features a 10th Generation Intel Core i5 processor and 16GB of RAM. You get a 256GB SSD for storage. Storage capacity is average for the price, but the amount of memory is double what is usually offered. And you get a Full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels), which is better than the 1366 x 768 pixel panels you find on other budget laptops. There is also a fingerprint reader for easy and secure logins. Right now, all four color options are in stock and on sale – black, blue, green, and rose gold.
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You can save a bundle on the best overall Windows two-in-one tablet. This Surface Pro 7 model is $ 430 off and includes a 10th gen Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The 12.3-inch touchscreen has a crisp resolution of 2,736 x 1. 824 pixels. Read our Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review.
It’s not a gaming PC, but the specs are more suited to everyday needs. And it still has a capable Intel Core i5 and a swivel 360 touchscreen.
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Microsoft’s MacBook clone is thin and light with a fantastic touchpad and keyboard combo and offers a noticeable power boost over the 2018 Surface Laptop 2. At 2496×1664 pixels, the 13.5-inch touchscreen gives you a higher resolution than usual Full HD. This Surface Laptop 3 model features a 10th Generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, Intel Iris Plus graphics, and a 256GB SSD. The biggest drawback CNET saw was the relatively short battery life, but it’s less of a problem when you don’t take it out of your house. Read our Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 review.
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Last year’s XPS 13 model is still a powerhouse. You miss the slightly larger 13.4-inch screen and 11th Gen Intel processors of the latest iteration of this longtime favorite, but you can save $ 400 on this 2019 model with a 13-inch 4K touchscreen. , 3 inches powered by a 10th generation Core i7 processor and 16 GB of RAM. Read our Dell XPS 13 review.
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Important to note: This is not a sale on the new MacBook Air M1, which showed impressive results in our first round of testing. This is the Intel-based Air which was introduced in March. This means it won’t be as fast and the battery won’t last that long. But it will skillfully run the latest Big Sur operating system and it can be yours for $ 80 less than the newer model.
Here we have the same concerns as above, in terms of strict RAM and SSD specs. But this one costs $ 50 less than a PS5 or Xbox Series X, which you probably won’t find this season. This offer is no longer available online but can be found in stores.
A Windows laptop at a Chromebook price. This 15.6-inch laptop runs Windows 10 and has a Core i5 processor, 12GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. At this price point, we’d expect a Core i3 chip with 4 GB of RAM, so this budget model definitely exceeds its weight. Unfortunately, the screen only has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels.
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This Specter x360 is $ 500 off at Best Buy and features a 15.6-inch 4K touchscreen powered by a 10th gen Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and GeForce MX330 graphics. It would make a versatile laptop for working from home with its large, high-resolution display that you could also use as a tablet in the evening to play games and stream movies and shows.