I’ve you’ve made it this far through the pandemic working from home using your current laptop, then perhaps it’s time to upgrade to a new model for the new year. Withand at CES earlier this month, we should start seeing discounts on current laptops as vendors make way for upcoming models with the new chips.
The best deal I see this week is the small but mighty and pleasing HP Pavilion Aero 13, which you can get direct from HP with a hefty $250 discount. You can also save $250 at Best Buy on Samsung’s stylish Galaxy Book Flex 2 Alpha. And if you’re looking for a basic laptop with great bang for the buck, you can save $500 on a 14-inch laptop from HP at Newegg right now. I’ve also highlighted other strong deals I 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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The highlight of this deeply discounted HP laptop at Newegg is its AMD Ryzen 5 5500U CPU. Nearly every laptop at this price features a quad-core processor, but the Ryzen 5 here is a six-core chip for better multimedia and multitasking performance. It also provides a sufficient 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The 14-inch display delivers full HD (1,920×1,080 pixels) resolution, which isn’t always a given on budget models that often force you to get by with a 720p panel.
HP’s 13-inch Aero is one of the best laptops I tried out last year. It’s incredibly light at 2.1 pounds and has a supremely comfortable keyboard, and its 13.3-inch display looks and feels bigger than its diagonal measurement might lead you to believe because of the added vertical space its 16:10 aspect ratio provides. You can get this model direct from HP for a $250 discount. It features AMD’s stellar octa-core Ryzen 7 5800U CPU, an ample 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
Read our HP Pavilion Aero 13 review.
This 13.3-inch, two-in-one laptop is $250 off at Best Buy right now and features a black aluminum chassis and Samsung’s QLED touch display with a full HD 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution for a crisp image with accurate color. Inside, it supplies an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
OLED for the masses! This midrange laptop from Asus boasts a 15.6-inch OLED display with a full HD (1,920×1,080-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 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 features more memory and double the solid-state storage capacity than you’ll find with most budget laptops. It also supplies both Type-A and Type-C USB ports, saving you from having to carry around an adapter. It was discounted by $100 last week, but it’s still a good deal at its current $800 price.
Dell’s top-end Inspiron 7000 2-in1 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 is discounted by $150 and supplies AMD’s powerful eight-core Ryzen 7 5700U CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The 14-inch touchscreen features full HD resolution and can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode.
This 14-inch Acer laptop offers a well-rounded mix of components for the price inside a sturdy and sleek all-metal chassis. It features an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics and a roomy 1TB SSD. The 14-inch display supplies a Full HD resolution and touch support.
Lenovo’s latest premium two-in-one convertible delivers the Intel Evo platform inside a thin yet durable all-metal chassis. This discounted model features an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, Intel Iris Xe graphics and a 512GB SSD. A leather lid helps protect the 14-inch touchscreen, which has 4K resolution and can be tapped and drawn on with the included active pen.
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 three pounds, making this 17.3-inch desktop replacement roughly the same weight as your typical 13.3-inch ultraportable. The spacious 2K (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. You can pick it up at a discount at either Amazon or Best Buy.
Read our LG Gram 16 review.