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Best cheap laptop deals in September 2022

Best cheap laptop deals
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Right now is a good time to be hunting for cheap laptop deals as Labor Day laptop deals have arrived. Multiple major retailers are selling powerful machines at fantastic prices with several of our favorite laptops receiving significant discounts. 

Retailers including Walmart, Amazon, and HP all have some fantastic laptops deal running right now. Some of the strongest deals currently running come courtesy of Best Buy. The tech retailer is offering up to $500 off select Intel-powered laptops (opens in new tab). Alternatively, if you're after a MacBook, Amazon also has plenty of deals for you including this MacBook Air (M2/256GB) (opens in new tab)at $100 off. 

Below you'll find our roundup of the best cheap laptop deals currently available (Alternatively, why not also check out our guide to the best Chromebook deals). 

Today's best laptop deals

Laptop deals under $299

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Chromebook sale: from $89 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Best Buy is offering a mega sale on Chromebooks. The retailer has slashed prices as low as $89, which is a price normally reserved for major holidays. The sale includes Chromebooks from Acer, Asus, Lenovo, and more. 

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Lenovo Chromebook 3: was $219 now $89 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
This super-cheap Chromebook deal will be hard to beat. It has an 11" display, 4GB RAM, and 32GB memory. These specs won't challenge a more pricy Chromebook, but this device is good for students or some light browsing.

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ASUS 14" Chromebook: was $269 now $109 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
This Chromebook does the basics, offering 4GB RAM and 32GB storage with a nice 14" display. With your purchase, you'll also get a 3-month trial of Trend Micro and a 3-month trial of YouTube Premium for new subscribers.

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Asus 11.6" Chromebook: was $219 now $164 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
This Asus Chromebook has dropped to just $99 at Best Buy in time for Memorial Day. That's a $120 saving. This laptop packs an Intel Celeron processor, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB of RAM, 32GB eMMC storage and an 11.6-inch HD display. It's not a powerhouse but it's more than capable of performing all the computing basics. 

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Asus Chromebook C223 11.6": was $249 now $134 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
A hyper-affordable Chromebook, Asus' 11.6-inch model is currently more than $100 off, with the C223's price dropping $134 currently. But this Chromebook gives you something you won't expect from a laptop this cheap: full-functionality USB-C ports. Yes, the reversible power-charging data-transfer port comes standard on this model. 

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Lenovo 14 S330 Chromebook: was $239 now $174 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
This Lenovo Chromebook features a 14-inch HD display, a MediaTek quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of EMMc storage. It's great for in-home learning, and currently under $180 at Walmart. 

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Lenovo Chromebook C340: was $309 now $175 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
This Lenovo Chromebook features an 11.6-inch display that can be completely flipped in on itself, to create a laptop that can be used as a tablet-style device as well. It also sports an Intel Celeron N4000 Dual-Core CPU, 4GB of RAM, 32GB eMMC SSD, and Intel UHD Graphics 600. 

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Acer Chromebook Spin 311 11.6": was $289 now $220 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
One of the more popular mid-range Chromebooks, Acer's Chromebook Spin 311 is at a massive discount here for $60 off. This convertible is rated for up to 10 hours of battery life. It also features a touchscreen, a necessity for laptops with its 360-degree hinge. 

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Asus Chromebook C203XA: was $249 now $204 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
If you need a Chromebook that's rugged and durable, look no further than the Asus Chromebook C203XA, which has a spill-proof keyboard, military grade durability and a scratch resistant screen. This makes it perfect for any challenging or accident-prone environments. Right now, Amazon are selling this Chromebook for just over $200. 

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HP Chromebook 14: was $339 now $253 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
This HP Chromebook 14 model has a 14-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) display, an  Intel Celeron Processor, 4 GB RAM, and 32 GB of eMMC storage. The notebook also has a 720p webcam and an estimated 12 hours of battery life.

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Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5: was $499 now $349 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The original Lenovo Chromebook Duet earned a spot on our list of best Chromebooks (opens in new tab). While we've yet to test the Duet 5, on paper this Chromebook appears to be a worthy successor. It features a detachable keyboard and fabric back cover with built-in kickstand, 13.3-inch 1080p OLED display, Snapdragon SC7180 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB eMMC. 

Laptop deals under $599

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HP 15z: was $469 now $319 @ HP (opens in new tab)
The HP 15z is a solid mid-range laptop that can be used by students or anyone looking to perform everyday tasks. It packs a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, 2.4GHz AMD Athlon Gold 3150U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Recommended upgrades include a 1080p LCD (+$60) or a Ryzen 3 CPU (+$20).

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Asus Vivobook 15.6" Laptop: was $449 now $359 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Best Buy is offering a small but appreciated saving on this Asus Vivobook laptop. It sports a Intel 10th Gen i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for storage. This is a great midranger for everyday use. 

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Dell Inspiron 3511 laptop: was $599 now $429 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
This Dell Inspiron 3511 is a great everyday device packing an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and a 15.6-inch touch screen display. It also sports an HD webcam and a longer-lasting battery life which is useful if you need strong portability from your laptop. 

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Gateway 14" Laptop: was $699 now $399 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
Small but mighty, the 14-inch Gateway GWTN141-4RG offers a surprising amount of power given its small size. It houses a 14.1-inch 1080p IPS LCD, Core i5-1035G1 CPU, 16GB RAM, and 256GB of storage. It also has Tuned by  THX Audio and built-in Cortana, to make it one of the best cheap laptop deals you'll find.

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Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2: was $549 now $399 @ Samsung (opens in new tab)
You can get the Samsung Chromebook 2 for as little as $49 with an eligible trade-in at Samsung. Even without anything to trade, you'll still get $150 off.  As for the laptop itself, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is a more refined version of its predecessor packing a QLED screen, Intel Core i3 processor and Smart Amp audio. There's a 128GB SSD included for storage. 

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Asus TUF F15 gaming laptop: was $769 now $599 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon has slashed this Asus TUF F15 gaming laptop by
$170 as part of the Intel Gamer Days sales. It packs a 15.6-inch 144Hz FHD display, Intel Core i5 processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. This is a great entry-level pick for anyone looking to play games that aren't too graphically demanding. 

Laptop deals over $600

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Samsung Galaxy Book Pro: was $1,099 now $769 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon has a decent deal on the larger model of Samsung's new Galaxy Book Pro laptop that takes it down below $1,000. For that you'll get a 15.6-inch Galaxy Book Pro with an AMOLED screen, an 11th Gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. It's a decent laptop, especially at this price, and the AMOLED display is gorgeous. Click the on-page coupon for the full discount.

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HP Victus gaming laptop: was $1,099 now $849 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Best Buy is offering some of the best Intel Gamer Day deals, and this saving on a HP Victus gaming laptop is a real scorcher. It packs a 15.6-inch 144Hz FHD display, Intel Core i7-12650H CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 TI GPU, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. It's design is a little bland compared to some of the picks in this roundup, but it's got power where it truly counts. 

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Asus TUF Dash 15 gaming laptop: was $1,299 now $999 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon has reduced this Asus TUF Dash 15 gaming laptop below $1,000 in this epic deal. Slim bezels frame a 15.6-inch 144Hz FHD display, and underneath the slick chassis you'll find an Intel Core i7-12650H CPU, Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. 

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Samsung Galaxy Book Flex2 Alpha: was $1,049 now $787 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
As part of its sale on Intel laptops, this Samsung Galaxy Book Flex2 Alpha laptop is  almost $300 off. It sports a 13.3-inch QLED touch-screen display, Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. 

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Acer Nitro 5 w/ RTX 3050: was $839 now $694 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Acer Nitro 5 is a solid budget gaming laptop, featuring an Intel Core i5-10300H CPU, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB storage and a full HD 144 Hz screen. This laptop is a great choice for gamers who want to play big-budget games at moderate settings.

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Surface Pro 7 w/ Type Cover: was $929 now $599 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
The Surface Pro 7 is considered one of the best tablets on the market. With Windows 10 built-in, a great display and its high-quality type cover included, the Surface Pro 7 is a steal for anyone looking for a premium 2-in-1 laptop for an affordable price. It's now just $599. 

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Lenovo Yoga 7i laptop: was $1,149 now $849 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
As part of Best Buy's ongoing sale on Intel powered machines, this Lenovo Yoga 7i machine is currently $300 off. Alongside a 15.6-inch touch screen display, this laptop sports a Intel Evo Platform Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. 

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Razer Blade 15: was $1,499 now $1,489 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Razer Blade 15 is a hugely popular gaming laptop, this configuration of the machine is currently $250 off at Amazon. It sports a 15.6-inch FHD display,10th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTZ 1660 Ti, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and a backlit keyboard as well. 

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Asus ROG Zephyrus w/ RTX 3080: was $2,199 now $1,799 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
This deal knocks $400 off on one of the best gaming laptops out there. This particular model sports a vibrant 15.6-inch QHD display, AMD Ryzen 9 5000 CPU, RTX 3080 graphics card, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. It also sports six speakers with Dolby Atmos tech to make your gaming experiences more immersive. 

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Razer Blade 14: was $2,799 now $2,369 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Razer Blade 14 is one way to get a lot of gaming power in a small chassis. And with its GeForce RTX 3080, 8-core AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD, as well as a 164Hz QHD display, this high-spec Blade 14 is a compact powerhouse. 

Laptop deals — Apple

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MacBook Air (M1): was $999 now $899 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
It's no longer Apple's flagship, but the MacBook Air M1 offers fantastic performance thanks to its Apple Silicon. The M1 CPU also helped it reach over 14 hours on our battery test. It features a 13.3-inch Retina display, Apple M1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. 

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MacBook Air (M2/256GB): was $1,199 now $1,099 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The MacBook Air M2 boasts a load of new features. It includes a larger 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display (2560 x 1664), Apple's new M2 w/ 8-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p FaceTime camera, four-speaker system with Spatial Audio, and MagSafe charging. It's currently $100 off and at its lowest price ever. 

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MacBook Air (M1/512GB): was $1,249 now $1,049 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
If you've got larger storage requirements the 2020 MacBook Air M1 with a 512GB SSD is also reduced for Prime Day. It's been slashed $200 in this MacBook deal, and packs the same M1 chip, and almost unbeatable 14-hour battery life. It's not the flagship anymore but it's still a very compelling laptop. 

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MacBook Pro 13" (M1/256GB): was $1,299 now $999 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The MacBook Pro with Apple's M1 chip delivers performance that runs circles around Windows laptops, and you get a brighter display than the MacBook Air M1 and beefier 8-core graphics. Even better, the system lasted over 16 hours in our battery test. It's no longer Apple's flagship, but it's still a solid Apple deal at $999. 

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MacBook Pro 14" (M1 Pro/512GB): was $1,999 now $1,599 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The 2021 MacBook Pro sports Apple's new M1 Pro CPU, which delivers 8 more GPU cores, a better Media Engine, and more memory bandwidth than the already incredible M1 chip. It's also Apple's first 14-inch MacBook Pro featuring a 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED display with 3024 x 1984 resolution. Others specs include 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. You also get three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, SDXC card slot, and a MagSafe 3 port. 

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MacBook Pro 16" (M1 Pro/512GB): was $2,499 now $2,099 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The 16-inch MacBook Pro sports Apple's new M1 Pro CPU. It features 10 core and a 16-core GPU. It also features a 16-inch Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED display with 3456 x 2244 resolution. Others specs include 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. You also get three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, SDXC card slot, and a MagSafe 3 port. This model can be configured with an even more powerful M1 Max CPU (from $3,499), which features a 10-core CPU and 32-core GPU. 

Laptop deals — sitewide sales

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MS Store laptop deals: up to $500 off @ MS Store (opens in new tab)
The MS Store is taking up to $500 off a wide range of laptops including budget machines, gaming rigs, and mainstream laptops just in time for the fall. After discount, prices start at just $599 for the Surface Pro 7 (opens in new tab), which is an ideal tablet-style laptop for use on the go.  

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HP laptop deals: up to $430 off laptops (opens in new tab)
HP is currently offering up to $430 off a whole range of laptops.  For instance, you can get the HP Envy 17T for $400 off (opens in new tab). It features a 17.3-inch FHD display, 11th gen Intel 15 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 1TB HDD with an additional 128GB SSD as well. 

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Best Buy laptop deals: up to $300 off select Intel-powered laptops @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Tech retailer Best Buy is offering select Intel-powered laptops with a sizeable discount of up to $300 in this limited-time sale. Included in the sale is the Samsung Galaxy Book (opens in new tab) for $699 (that's $300 off). It sports a 15.6-inch LED touch-screen display, Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. 

Cheap Laptop Retailers

Best cheap laptops of 2022

Acer Aspire 5

1. Acer Aspire 5

The best overall laptop under $500 you can buy

CPU: Intel Core i3-8145U | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 128GB SSD | Display: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 | Size: 14.3 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 3.76 pounds

Strong performance
Long battery life
Bright, 1080p display
Affordable
Middling graphics
Questionable build quality

The Acer Aspire 5 is one of the best laptops under $500. It features a bright, 1080p display, strong 8th Gen Core i3 processing performance, and offers 9 hours of battery life. The affordably priced Aspire 5 is much thinner than its sibling, the Aspire E 15. The Aspire 5 is the best sub-$500 laptop currently available.

See Laptop Mag's review of the Acer Aspire 5

Acer Aspire E 15

2. Acer Aspire E 15

The laptop with the most ports

CPU: Intel Core i3-8130U | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 1TB 5,400-rpm HDD | Display: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 | Size: 15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches | Weight: 5 pounds

Strong performance
Lots of ports
Good battery life
Very affordable
Bulky design
Filled with bloatware

Normally priced under $400, the Acer Aspire E 15 features an 8th Gen Core i3 processor, an ample number of ports and a minimalist, yet premium design. It has a DVD writer, USB Type-C port, 9 hour battery and springy, well-spaced, comfortable keys. Simply put, it's as premium as an affordable laptop can get. 

See our full review of the Acer Aspire E 15 

HP Stream 11

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3. HP Stream 11

The cheapest Windows laptop you can buy

CPU: Intel Celeron N4000 | GPU: Intel UHD 600 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB eMMC | Display: 11-inch, 1366 x 768 | Size: 11.8 x 8.1 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 2.5 pounds

Long battery life
Better performance than competitors
Insanely cheap
Washed out low-res display
Awful webcam

Don't let its cute, candy-hued exterior fool you. The $200 HP Stream 11 delivers long battery life, great audio, and strong performance for the price. HP cuts some corners by using a dim display and the laptop's bottom gets uncomfortably warm, but the lightweight Stream 11 is one of the best sub-$200 Windows laptops on the market. It's also a solid choice for kids. 

HP Chromebook x2

4. HP Chromebook x2

The best 2-in-1 laptop

CPU: Intel Core m3-7Y30 | GPU: Intel HD 615 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB eMMC | Display: 12.3-inch, 2400 x 1600 | Size: 11.5 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches | Weight: 3.1 pounds

Bright, high-res display
All-day battery life
Comfortable typing experience
Solid sound
A bit heavier than other convertibles
Thick bezels
Core m3 CPU isn't the fastest

The HP Chromebook x2 packs features that most cheap laptops don't like a color rich 2400 x 1600 display and solid stereo speakers. What's more, the Chromebook x2's keyboard is comfortable to use and its battery lasts up to 9 hours between charges. For creatives, It includes HP's Active Pen, making it one of the best value Chromebooks you can buy. 

See Laptop Mag's full review of the HP Chromebook x2

Acer Swift 1

5. Acer Swift 1

The best lightweight laptop

CPU: Intel Pentium Silver N5000 | GPU: Intel UHD 605 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB eMMC | Display: 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 | Size: 12.7 x 9.0 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.9 pounds

Lightweight aluminum chassis
Long battery life
Wide range of ports
Decent webcam
Excellent value
Dim, dull display
A few build-quality quirks

If you're looking for a sleek and lightweight portable laptop under $500, the Acer Swift 1 is a solid choice. This 14-inch 1080p laptop has an all aluminum exterior, ample ports, and 10 hours of battery life for under $400. Its Intel Pentium Silver N5000 and 4GB of RAM hardware is enough for multitasking.  Overall, the Acer Swift 1 is a solid choice for a lightweight sub-$500 laptop.

See Laptop Mag's review of the Acer Swift 1.

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As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.