Best laptop deals: Top picks from budget to extreme
Whether you’re looking for a laptop for gaming or programming, you’ve come to the right place. We’re combing the web daily to find the best laptop deals. However, not all advertised laptop deals are actual deals, so we’re only including the ones we consider true bargains—and we’ll explain why. Right now, we’re seeing strong discounts on gaming laptops, Microsoft Surface devices, Chromebooks, and more. We’ve also got some handy laptop shopping tips at the end of this post. Read on to learn more.
The best laptop deals in 2022
Asus Zenbook 14
From: Best Buy
Now: $469.99 ($250 off)
If you need a laptop with a little more graphics oomph than usual, this Asus Zenbook 14 is a fantastic choice, as it’s rocking an Nvidia GeForce MX450 discrete GPU. That’s not a true gaming GPU, but it should be a bit better than integrated graphics for power apps like Photoshop. It may also provide some added capability to run games at lower graphics settings compared to integrated graphics. The processor is a Ryzen 5 5500U, which has six cores, twelve threads, and a maximum boost to 4GHz. For RAM it has 8GB, which is great for productivity. Onboard storage is 256GB and the display is 15.6 inches with 1080p resolution.
See the Asus Zenbook 14 at Best Buy
Acer Aspire 3
Now: $459 ($90 off)
You don’t often find a laptop deal with an Intel Alder Lake CPU, which is why we decided to highlight this specific sale. The Acer Aspire 3 features Intel’s Core i5-1235U with eight efficiency cores and two performance cores with HyperThreading for a total of 12 threads and a maximum boost to 4.4GHz. It also has 8GB of RAM, a 15.6-inch display with 1080p resolution, 256GB of onboard storage, Intel Iris Xe graphics, and it’s running Windows 11 Home.
See the Acer Aspire 3 at Walmart
Now: $329.99 ($220 off)
If you need an everyday Windows 11 laptop for general use, this is an excellent deal. The HP 15 features an Intel “Tiger Lake” Core i3-1125G4, which has four cores, eight threads, and a boost to 3.74GHz. It also has 8GB of RAM to keep things snappy and 256GB of onboard storage.
This laptop should have no problem handling productivity tasks, but it may struggle with monster-sized Excel files. Still, it’s a lot of value for an excellent price. Some regions are even struggling to keep it in stock. If you’re interested in this laptop, you’ll need to act soon.
See the HP 15-dw3363st at Staples
Gigabyte A5 K1-AUS1150SB
From: Best Buy
Now: $899 ($300 off)
Best Buy is back with another version of a Gigabyte gaming laptop. This one features a 15.6-inch display with 1080p resolution, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of onboard SSD storage. The processor is a Ryzen 5 5600H, a step down from the Ryzen 7 in the last laptop (though this one is $100 cheaper). The GPU is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, which offers no compromises 1080p gaming–meaning it will meet or exceed 60 frames-per-second in most games. This is an excellent price for a very good 1080p gaming machine.
See the Gigabyte A5 K1 at Best Buy
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15ABA7
Now: $529.99 ($240 off)
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 is a solid choice for productivity, coding, and everyday use. It features a 15.6-inch 1080p display, and the processor is the Ryzen 5 5625U with six cores, twelve threads, and a boost to 4.3GHz. As for storage and memory options, it’s packing 16GB of RAM and a 512GB hard drive. The added RAM and a powerful processor is what really makes this laptop a good buy. Most other laptops with 16GB on this list aren’t as cheap and are usually gaming rigs or special “creator” laptops. This one is a straight up workhorse from an excellent laptop maker.
See the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15ABA7 for $529.99 at eBay
Acer Aspire 5
Now: $434 ($65.99)
The Acer Aspire 5 is a nice productivity laptop. There are some laptops with larger displays, but for the price, this set-up is very good. It has a 14-inch 1080p display and an Intel “Tiger Lake” Core i5-1135G7 with four cores, eight threads, and a boost to 4.2GHz. It’s packing 8GB of RAM, a 256GB NVMe SSD, and Wi-Fi 6. If you need something that you can take with you but still performs well enough on productivity tasks, this laptop will fit the bill.
See the Acer Aspire 5 at Walmart
Lenovo IdeaPad 3i
Now: $399 ($300 off)
We’ve already got an IdeaPad 3i in the round-up, but this model is different enough that it’s worth a look on its own. The somewhat older Core i5-10210U has four cores, eight threads, and a boost to 4.2GHz. Still, it’s a solid processor for an everyday work machine. It’s also packing 8GB of RAM and a 512GB NVMe SSD. That’s a big difference compared to the other 3i, which has a hard drive. This model has a slightly smaller screen at 14-inches, but the resolution is 1080p, which is all well and good. It’s also running Windows 11 Home.
See the Lenovo IdeaPad 3i at Walmart
Acer Aspire 5 A515
Now: $361.97 ($38.02 off)
If you’re looking for a solid everyday laptop, you’ve come to the right place. The Acer Aspire 5 features a 15.6-inch 1080p display, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of onboard SSD storage. The processor is a Ryzen 3 3350U, which has four cores, four threads, and a maximum boost to 3.5GHz. It’s packed with modern features like Wi-Fi 6, a backlit keyboard, and a fingerprint reader for biometric logins. Acer starts this laptop off with Windows 11 in S mode, but there’s no reason not to do a one-way upgrade to full Windows 11. This is being sold by a third-party retailer, but Amazon is handling shipping, which means it falls under the company’s return policy.
See the Acer Aspire 5 A515 at Amazon
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i
Now: $279 ($260.99 off)
The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i is a great option for a student or for someone who primarily works in the cloud. It has a 14-inch 1080p touch display. It’s also a convertible for those times when you need to use it like a tablet. The CPU is the Intel “Tiger Lake” Core i3-1115G4, which has two cores, four threads, and a boost to 4.1GHz. It also has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. Lenovo is running this convertible with Windows 11 in S Mode, but it can run regular Windows 11 mode as well. Just remember it’s a one-way upgrade.
See the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i at Walmart
Gigabyte Aorus 15P YD
Now: $1,899 ($500 off)
Looking for a killer deal on a gaming laptop with an RTX 3080? Today is your lucky day. The Aorus 15P’s Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU should have no trouble crunching through games on ultra graphics settings. The 15.6-inch 1080p display has a maximum refresh rate of 300Hz. That’s way past the 144Hz and 240Hz screens we usually see. The CPU is the Intel “Tiger Lake” Core i7-11800H, which has 8 cores, 16 threads, and a maximum boost to 4.6GHz. To bump up the responsiveness, Gigabyte loaded it with a whopping 32GB of RAM and storage is 1TB.
See the Gigabyte Aorus 15P YD at Antonline.com
Lenovo IdeaPad 3i
From: Office Depot
Now: $309.99 ($320 off)
If you’re in the market for an affordable Windows laptop, the Lenovo IdeaPad 3i is a good option. The CPU is a Core i3-1115G4, which has two cores, four threads and a boost to 4.1GHz. It’s packing 8GB of RAM and storage is a 1TB hard drive. Yes we said hard drive, not NVMe storage. That’s one of the trade-offs with this laptop. You get a lot of storage, sure, but it’s the old school kind.
This laptop is zippy enough for lighter tasks like web browsing and email, but it’s not a powerhouse. So, if you need a productivity machine, then this laptop is well worth considering.
See the Lenovo IdeaPad 3i at Office Depot
Gateway Creator Notebook
Now: $699 ($470 off)
The Gateway Creator Notebook is a serviceable 15.6-inch 1080p gaming clamshell. It features an Intel “Tiger Lake” Core i5-11400H, which has six cores, twelve threads and a 4.5GHz boost clock. The GPU is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050. It also has 16GB of onboard RAM and a 512GB SSD.
There’s a few extras you get with this rig like a Windows Hello-ready IR camera, THX Spatial Audio, and a free month of Xbox Game Pass for PC. It’s a pretty good deal all around, so don’t miss out.
See the Gateway Creator Notebook at Walmart
Asus Vivobook Pro 14 K3400
Now: $599 ($150 off)
If you’re into creative work, the Asus Vivobook Pro 14 is a fantastic option. This laptop has a 14-inch 2880-by-1800 OLED display with a 16:10 aspect ratio. OLED screens are great, so you can expect a sharper image. The Vivobook is also packing a Core i5-1330H, a Tiger Lake CPU with four cores, eight threads, and a boost to 4.4GHz. There’s even 8GB of RAM, which is a good amount for some video editing. Onboard storage is a 256GB NVMe SSD, and you’re getting Thunderbolt 4, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.0.
This is a nice laptop with a very good display, but for storage you’ll likely have to rely mostly on the cloud. Speaking of which, you also get a free, three month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud as part of the package.
See the Asus Vivobook Pro 14 K3400 at Walmart
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7
From: Micro Center
Now: $499.99 ($450 off)
The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 has a 14-inch 1080p IPS display with an Intel “Tiger Lake” Core i5-1135G7 driving it. The CPU has four cores, eight threads, and a boost to 4.2GHz. It also has 8GB of RAM and a 512GB hard drive.
This is a solid laptop for getting some work done. It doesn’t have a special GPU, but you might be able to get some casual gaming out of this with the onboard Iris Xe graphics. It’s a great laptop for general use and you can’t really beat the price, either.
See the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 at Micro Center
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming
From: Micro Center
Now: $749.99 ($250 off)
Micro Center is famous for its awesome deals that are pick-up only, but this particular laptop is actually shipping. The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming laptop has a Ryzen 7 5800H CPU, which is a Zen 3 processor with eight cores, sixteen threads, and a maximum boost to 4.4GHz. It has 16GB of RAM and 512GB of onboard storage. The GPU is an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050, which is a dependable enough 1080p card. You should be able to play most games on high graphics, perhaps dipping down to medium on particularly demanding games. The display is 15.6 inches with 1080p resolution and a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. It also has Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.
See the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming at Micro Center
Now: $409.99 ($190 off)
Getting a solid workhorse computer with a good amount of storage for under $500 isn’t easy these days, but the HP 17 laptop is one of those rare finds. It includes a quad-core, eight-thread Intel “Tiger Lake” Core i3-1125G4 CPU with a maximum boost to 3.7GHz. It’s also packing 8GB of RAM, which is a good amount for productivity tasks.
As for storage, this HP has 512GB, which is rare for a sub-$500 computer. It’s also rocking a 17.3-inch display at 1080p. The laptop is running Windows 11 Home, so you don’t have to worry about upgrading this one.
See the HP 17-cn0273st at Staples
Microsoft Surface Pro 7+
Now: $629 ($300.99 off)
If you’re looking for a well designed Windows tablet, there’s no beating Microsoft’s Surface line and this Walmart’s sale offers an excellent bargain. This version of the Surface Pro 7+ comes with a Core i3 processor, 128GB of onboard storage, 8GB of RAM, and a black Type Cover. We reviewed the Surface Pro 7+ in early 2021, giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars and an Editors’ Choice Award. We called it “the most potent upgrade Microsoft’s Surface Pro line has offered in years.”
See the Surface Pro 7+ at Walmart
Now: $249 ($30 off)
This deal puts us in an odd position. We’re not huge fans of laptops with just 128GB of onboard storage (especially this one’s onboard eMMC storage) and generally don’t recommend Windows PCs running Celeron processors. For a price around $200, however, we’re willing to overlook these shortcomings but with some big caveats.
First, you’ll get exactly what you pay for with this clamshell, but that just might be a good thing given the price. It’s running Windows 10 Home in S Mode and we would not recommend upgrading this laptop to regular Windows 10. Instead, use this laptop like a Chromebook, so focus on using it for web apps like Google Docs or Office Online. Then, if you absolutely need a desktop program download, run whatever you need from the selection in the Windows Store. We wouldn’t try editing a photo on this since it has just 4GB of RAM and deathly slow flash storage. Still, the Intel Celeron N4020 will get the job done for basic uses and a 15.6-inch 1080p display offers a bigger display than what you’d get from a Chromebook around the same price.
See the Asus L510 at Walmart
Laptop deal buying tips
If you’ve shopped online before for laptop deals you’re probably aware that there’s a vast range of laptop configurations available.
A good place to start is with the processor. Buy laptops with Intel 10-series Core chips or higher, such as the Core i5-10510U, or the Core i7-11800H (for even more details see our Intel 10th-gen mobile CPU buying guide); or go with an AMD Ryzen processor (but not an AMD Athlon or A-series chip). Avoid laptops with Pentium or Celeron processors unless it’s a Chromebook (running Chrome OS). You’re going to need to pay attention with gaming laptops, too, as some GPUs, like the RTX 3050 Ti, don’t offer much boost over their RTX 2xxx-series cousins, and Nvidia has dropped the Max-Q designation on certain low-power options. Our laptop CPU and GPU cheat sheet can help you shop smart.
Display resolution is a gotcha. If you see a laptop labeled as “HD” resolution that means 1366-by-768 and often isn’t worth your time for a laptop under 13 inches unless the deal is absolutely standout. What you want is “Full HD” or “FHD,” which means 1080p.
Don’t buy laptops with under 4GB of RAM or 128GB of SSD storage—though on a Chromebook, this configuration is acceptable. We have more explanation in our laptops versus Chromebooks buying guide, as well as in our primer on how to buy a budget laptop without getting screwed. Also watch out for eMMC storage, which is something we don’t recommend for a Windows laptop but works fine for a Chromebook.
Reviews can be helpful. Even if you can’t find a review of a specific configuration, try related models. They’ll often give you a good idea of the build quality and performance. Also buy from brands you trust. Amazon’s daily laptop deals right now are full of brands we’ve never tested or talked to (Broage, Teclast, DaySky, Jumper) and it’s just a good idea to be wary.
Most older laptops will run Windows 10, and that’s fine—there’s no rush to upgrade. Windows 10 in S Mode, though annoying, can be switched out of easily if you find it on a budget laptop. If you want to buy a Windows 10 PC with the intent of upgrading it to Windows 11, we recommend you start here with a list of older laptops that are Windows 11-eligible.
Updated on June 13 with additional deals, and to remove expired deals.