Given that so many of us rely on laptops for work and staying in touch with loved ones, chances are good that when you need a new laptop, you probably need it now — meaning you don’t have the luxury of waiting for seasonal sales like Black Friday to cop a deal. But you can rest easy now, weary bargain-hunter, because we’re here to help: We’ve got the six best laptop deals available online right now which cover the bases from super-cheap work machines to 2-in-1 laptops and MacBooks, all of them on sale at great prices and each one coming in at less than $1,000. Still need some help deciding? We’ve also put together this in-depth laptop buying guide to help you make the right purchase.
Best laptop deals right now
- Asus VivoBook 14 Laptop — $429
- Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with Type Cover Keyboard — $599, was $959
- Samsung Galaxy Book Flex Alpha 2-in-1 Laptop — $600 with student discount ($700 without), was $850
- Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Laptop — $700, was $900
- Dell XPS 13 Touch Laptop — $810 with code SAVE10, was $1,000
- MacBook Air (2020) — $850 with student discount ($950 without), was $1,000
Asus VivoBook 14 Laptop — $429
Asus built its name on affordable Windows PCs and still cranks out some of the best high-value work machines. This 14-inch VivoBook laptop is a great entry-level computer for anyone looking for a good work machine for less than $500: It runs on an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU with built-in Radeon Vega 8 graphics and a full 8GB of RAM, and it also sports a high-speed 256GB solid-state system drive. Solid specs for a cheap laptop and perfectly suited for those with basic needs (and the Vega graphics even give you some juice for light gaming).
At just $429, it’s around the same cost or even cheaper than many of the best Chromebooks out there and is arguably the best cheap laptop you’re going to find right now for less than 500 bucks. Its specs rival laptops that typically go for $550 or more — and since it’s packing pretty recent hardware for such a cheap laptop, it shouldn’t feel outdated any time soon despite its low price.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with Type Cover Keyboard — $599, was $959
One of the best laptops on the market today — and in fact, for several years running — is actually a tablet. The Surface Pro line has sat among our favorite 2-in-1s for a while now and the new Surface Pro 7, while not a breathtaking update, is a very solid machine. It’s incredibly well-built, looks great, and performs well. It has a built-in kickstand, and when used with a Type Cover keyboard, makes for a fantastic 2-in-1 ultrabook. We’d also be remiss if we didn’t mention that gorgeous, productivity-friendly 3:2 touchscreen.
One of our few complaints was that the Type Cover still isn’t included by default, but this bundle solves that little hiccup: This configuration has a Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD, and comes with a black Type Cover keyboard so you can use it as a laptop right out of the box. And at just $599 ($360 off), the whole bundle falls well below our $1,000 budget limit; if you want to shell out a bit more for a Core i5 CPU and 8GB RAM, Amazon has that configuration on sale for $799 (down from $1,030).
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex Alpha 2-in-1 Laptop — $600 with student discount ($700 without), was $850
No Windows laptop roundup would be complete without some good 2-in-1s, and the new Samsung Galaxy Book Flex Alpha is a sleeper hit. It features just about everything you want in a modern workhorse, right down to its solid hardware, great build quality, and generous battery life. The 13.3-inch Full HD display also offers a ton of versatility as a fold-flat multi-point touchscreen for entertainment and tablet-like use, but what’s truly special about this laptop is that it features Samsung’s industry-leading QLED technology (something you usually only see on high-end 4K TVs).
In short, this thing is built for serious work, and it’s built to do it all day long and look great in the process. This configuration comes loaded with a 10th gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Many 2-in-1s will set you back a grand or more, but a $250 discount for students with an .edu email address means this cutting-edge convertible can be yours for $600 right now (or $700 for non-students). If you want boosted hardware, the model with a Core i7 CPU, 12GB RAM, and 512GB SSD is also marked down to $750 for students or $850 for everyone else.
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Laptop — $700, was $900
Any laptop roundup will almost feel naked without a ThinkPad, and although these iconic no-nonsense work machines might be overlooked in today’s age of 2-in-1 ultrabooks and touchscreen laptops, they still have a lot to offer in 2020. The ThinkPad E15 hearkens back to the glory days with its classic black-and-red aesthetics, mouse buttons placed above the touchpad, and the essential TrackPoint that all true ThinkPad fans know and love (and still insist they can’t live without).
But under the hood, the ThinkPad E15 is all modern with its 10th-gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD. Those are perfect specs for work which is precisely what this thing is built for. A $200 discount means that this cheap laptop can be your work companion for just $699, one of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen for this configuration.
Dell XPS 13 Touch Laptop — $810 with code SAVE10, was $1,000
If you’re looking for a touchscreen laptop that’s as light as it is durable, then you need to look no further than the Dell XPS 13 Touch, which has long stood as one of the best ultrabooks money can buy. This unique laptop has also been one of our favorites for years now owing to its stunning looks, excellent performance, world-class build quality, and all-day battery life.
Right now, you can grab this 13-inch 1080p touchscreen laptop with an Intel Core i5-10210U CPU, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD on sale for $190 off with checkout code SAVE10, bringing the price down to just $810 — comfortably below our $1,000 budget mark. This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on the new Dell XPS 13 packing a 10th-gen Intel Core processor, which might make it our favorite laptop deal to be had for less than a grand right now.
MacBook Air (2020) — $850 with student discount ($950 without), was $1,000
Deals on Apple products are hard to find, and so sometimes you need to grab them when you can. The MacBook Air, which was modernized and redesigned in 2018, is the best entry-level MacBook you can buy — perfect for a college student or businessperson. The latest 2020 refresh is just as great, and if you want the one with the latest and greatest hardware (that you can still find for less than 1,000 bucks), this is it.
Right now, new and current students can score this deal on the 2020 MacBook Air at $850 ($150 off), although non-students can still grab it for a $50 discount. This configuration comes with an Intel Core i3, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It also comes with a lovely display with a 2,560 by 1,600 resolution, giving you plenty of performance for productivity work. What’s not to like?
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