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Best cheap laptop deals in July 2022

Best cheap laptop deals
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Right now is a good time to be hunting for cheap laptop deals as Prime Day deals are really heating up now. It's not just Amazon offering big savings either. 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 Window laptops (opens in new tab). Alternatively, if you're after a MacBook, Best Buy also has plenty of deals for you including this MacBook Pro 13" (2020) (opens in new tab) at $250 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 (opens in new tab)). 

Today's best laptop deals

Laptop deals under $299

Asus Chromebook C223 11.6": was $249 now $126 @ 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 $126 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. 

Samsung Chromebook 4: was $229 now $127 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
This Samsung Chromebook 4 is $100 off at Amazon, it sports an 11.6-inch HD display, Intel Celeron Processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB eMMC. It's a solid device that gets the job done when you need it. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Laptop deals under $599

HP 15z: was $469 now $329 @ 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).

Asus Vivobook 15.6" Laptop: was $449 now $309 @ 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. 

Gateway 14" Laptop: was $699 now $449 @ 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.

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. 

Teclast F15 Pro Gaming Laptop: was $539 now $479 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
This gaming laptop certainly isn't a powerhouse, don't expect to be playing the latest releases at max settings, but if you want a device for less demanding titles, it's a sold machine. It sports a 10th Gen Intel i3 chipset, Ice Lake GT1 graphics, 256GB SSD and a 15.6-inch Full HD display.

HP Envy 15.6" laptop: was $909 now $599 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
This 15.6-inch HP Envy laptop had dropped $310 at Best Buy. It's a 2-in-1 machine which makes it can be folded back into a tablet style device and comes equipped with an Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. 

Laptop deals over $600

Dell G15 Gaming Laptop: was $1,184 now $685 @ Dell (opens in new tab)
Dell has slashed the price of this G15 gaming laptop by $498 for a limited time. This machine sports an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics card, 11th Gen Intel Core i5-11260H processor, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Plus, a 15.6-inch FHD display and Alienware-inspired cooling system. 

Samsung Galaxy Book Flex2 Alpha: was $1,049 now $749 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
As part of its sale on Intel laptops, this Samsung Galaxy Book Flex2 Alpha laptop is $300 off. It sports a 13.3-inch QLED touch-screen display, Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. 

Acer Nitro 5 w/ RTX 3050: was $839 now $723 @ 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.

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. 

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. 

Razer Blade 15: was $1,499 now $1,399 @ 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. 

Laptop deals — Apple

MacBook Air M1 256GB: was $999 now $949 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The MacBook Air M1 uses Apple's own M1 chip to offer lightning-fast performance in a slick package. This MacBook boasts a 13-inch Retina display, 256GB SSD, 8GB of RAM and an HD FaceTime Camera. 

MacBook Pro M1 256GB: was $1,299 now $1,049 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The MacBook Pro M1 is currently $250 off, making this one of the best laptop deals currently available. This configuration sports a 13.3-inch Retina display, an Apple-designed super-speedy M1 chip, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD for storage. If you're in the market for a MacBook this is a deal you can't afford to miss.

MacBook Pro 14" (2021): was $1,999 now $1,799 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
This latest MacBook Pro offers game-changing performance thanks to the M1 Pro chip and a larger array of ports. The 14-inch Liquid Retina XDR display is also gorgeous. It's currently on sale but only for $200, which is an excellent discount on this top-of-the-line configuration. This is easily one of the best laptop deals currently available. 

MacBook Pro 16" (M1 Pro/512GB): was $2,499 now $2,299 @ 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

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.  

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. 

Best Buy laptop deals: up to $500 off select Window laptops @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Tech retailer Best Buy is offering select Lenovo laptops with a sizeable discount of up to $500 in this limited-time sale. The discounts include 28% off this Lenovo Yoga laptop (opens in new tab) which packs a 14-inch 4K HDR touch-screen display, Intel Evo Platform Core i7 processor, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 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
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.

Best cheap laptop deals retailers

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.