Best cheap laptop deals in January 2023

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Right now is a good time to be hunting for cheap laptop deals as January Sales have landed to kick off 2023. Multiple retailers are now 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 Windows laptops (opens in new tab). Alternatively, if you're after a MacBook, B&H is offering this MacBook Pro 14-inch with a $300 discount (opens in new tab)

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

Lenovo Chromebook 3: was $219 now $89 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)

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.

ASUS 14" Chromebook: was $269 now $109 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)

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.

Asus 11.6" Chromebook: was $219 now $164 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)

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. 

Asus Chromebook C223 11.6": was $249 now $102 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

Asus Chromebook C223 11.6": was $249 now $102 @ 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. 

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 11.6":  was $289 now $177 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 11.6": was $289 now $177 @ 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 $110 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. 

Asus Chromebook C203XA: was $249 now $120 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

Asus Chromebook C203XA: was $249 now $120 @ 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 $120.

HP Chromebook 14: was $339 now $285 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

HP Chromebook 14: was $339 now $285 @ 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.

Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5: was $499 now $379 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5: was $499 now $379 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The original Lenovo Chromebook Duet earned a spot on our list of best Chromebooks. 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

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i: was $429 now $334 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i: was $429 now $334 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
This is one of our favorite Chromebook deals happening now. The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i is a 2-in-1 laptop featuring a 13.3-inch FHD touchscreen, an 11th gen Intel Core i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. As with most Chromebooks, this laptop runs on ChromeOS.

Asus Vivobook 15.6" Laptop: was $449 now $359 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)

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. 

HP Laptop 17z: was $649 now $379 @ HP (opens in new tab)

HP Laptop 17z: was $649 now $379 @ HP (opens in new tab)
This laptop is a great productivity machine thanks to its 17-inch display and comfortable keyboard. It comes with 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, and runs on Windows 11. The laptop also charges to 50% in 45 minutes.

Gateway 14" Laptop: was $699 now $449 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)

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.

MSI GV15: was $750 now $602 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

MSI GV15: was $750 now $602 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
If you need a gaming laptop on a budget, this MSI model is worth considering — especially with $117 off. Inside is an 11th gen Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD,  Wi-Fi 6 support, and Windows 11, with games playing on a 15.6-inch 144Hz FHD display. There's only a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, so this isn't state of the art, but otherwise it's a solid machine for the more casual gamers.

Laptop deals over $600

MSI Sword 15.6" Gaming Laptop: was $949 now $679 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)

MSI Sword 15.6" Gaming Laptop: was $949 now $679 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Best Buy has slashed $270 off this MSI Sword gaming laptop. It sports an attractive design and solid specs at a reasonable price. It boasts an Intel Core i5 CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 GPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. It's also got a 15.6-inch FHD with a 144Hz refresh rate. 

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro: was $1,099 now $709 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro: was $1,099 now $709 @ 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.

Asus TUF F15 gaming laptop: was $1,099 now $949 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

Asus TUF F15 gaming laptop: was $1,099 now $949 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon has just slashed $150 off this Asus TUF gaming laptop, which brings it down to $949. This machine comes with an Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU, 512GB SSD, and 16GB of RAM. It also features a 15.6-inch 144Hz HD display and weighs just over 5 pounds, making it a great portable pick. 

Asus TUF Dash 15 gaming laptop: was $1,299 now $999 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

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. 

Acer Nitro 5 w/ RTX 3050: was $839 now $742 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

Acer Nitro 5 w/ RTX 3050: was $839 now $742 @ 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.

Lenovo Yoga 7i laptop: was $1,149 now $689 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Lenovo Yoga 7i laptop: was $1,149 now $689 @ 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 $460 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. 

Dell G16 16" Gaming Laptop: was $1,599 now $1,099 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Dell G16 16" Gaming Laptop: was $1,599 now $1,099 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
$500 off:
This Dell G16 gaming laptop has been sliced $500 off as part of Best Buy's limited time deal. It comes packing a 12th Gen intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. It also comes with a 16-inch QHD display and a backlit keyboard. Overall, it's a great laptop for those looking to enter the world of PC gaming for the first time. 

Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360: was $1,649 now $1,149 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360: was $1,649 now $1,149 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 is our pick for the best 2-in-1 laptop you can buy, and it's currently $500 off at Best Buy. This configuration packs an Intel 12th Gen Evo Core i7 CPU, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. It also boasts a stunning 15.6-inch AMOLED touch screen display. This device is also for users who are always on the move. 

Razer Blade 14: was $2,799 now $2,142 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

Razer Blade 14: was $2,799 now $2,142 @ 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. 

Asus ROG Strix Scar 15: was $1,999 now $1,699 @ Newegg (opens in new tab)

Asus ROG Strix Scar 15: was $1,999 now $1,699 @ Newegg (opens in new tab)
The Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 gaming laptop comes with some punchy specifications. There's a Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU and an RTX 3080 GPU, which should handle pretty much any gaming or production thrown at them with ease. There's also 16GB memory and 1TB storage. While the screen is only 1080p, it does have a high refresh rate of 300Hz. You may wish to sacrifice some refresh rate for a laptop with a higher resolution display however, such as the Razer Blade 14, which features a 1440p panel and still respectable 165Hz display.

Razer Blade 15: was $2,999 now $2,599 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

Razer Blade 15: was $2,999 now $2,599 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The 2022 model Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop has been sliced $400 off in Amazon's January sales. This configuration packs a Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU, 12th Gen Intel 14-Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. Plus, it's 15.6-inch QHD display boasts a 240Hz refresh rate for smooth gameplay and Windows 11 comes pre-installed. This is a plenty powerful gaming laptop for newcomers and experienced gamers a like. 

Laptop deals — Apple

MacBook Air (M1): was $999 now $799 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

MacBook Air (M1): was $999 now $799 @ 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. 

MacBook Air (M2/256GB): was $1,199 now $999 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)

MacBook Air (M2/256GB): was $1,199 now $999 @ Best Buy (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. In our MacBook Air M2 review, we called the Editor's Choice laptop an unbeatable combo of performance, design, and battery life. It's now at its lowest price ever. Amazon has the 512GB model on sale for $1,299 (opens in new tab) ($200 off).

MacBook Air M2 (512GB): was $1,499 now $1,299 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)

MacBook Air M2 (512GB): was $1,499 now $1,299 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The MacBook Air M2 is one of the best laptops you can buy right now. It delivers everything you could want from a notebook. The show stealer is the new M2 chip that enables lightening-fast performance, but the stunning 13.6-inch display is another highlight. We also love its 14 hours of battery life and it's 20% smaller profile compared to its predecessor. And all of this comes packaged in Apple's trademark sleek design.

MacBook Pro 14" (M1 Pro/512GB): was $1,999 now $1,699 @ B&H (opens in new tab)

MacBook Pro 14" (M1 Pro/512GB): was $1,999 now $1,699 @ B&H (opens in new tab)
The 2021 MacBook Pro remains one of the best laptops you can buy. It sports Apple's powerful M1 Pro chip with 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. Other specs include 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. You also get three Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI port, SD card slot and MagSafe charging.

MacBook Pro 16" (M1 Pro/512GB): was $2,499 now $2,099 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)

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. Amazon has it for $2,149 (opens in new tab).

Laptop deals — sitewide sales

MS Store laptop deals: up to $500 off @ MS Store (opens in new tab)

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 $490 off select laptops (opens in new tab)

HP laptop deals: up to $490 off select laptops (opens in new tab)
HP is currently offering up to $490 off a whole range of laptops.  For instance, you can get the HP Envy 16" for $490 off (opens in new tab). It features a 16-inch FHD display, Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. There are plenty more models in this sitewide sale. 

Best Buy laptop deals: up to $500 off Windows laptops @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Best Buy laptop deals: up to $500 off Windows laptops @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Tech retailer Best Buy is offering select Windows laptops with a sizeable discount of up to $500 in this limited-time sale. Included in the sale is the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus for $749 (opens in new tab) (that's $480 off). It sports a 12.3-inch touch screen display, Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. It also comes packed with a black type cover that sports a full keyboard. 

Staples laptop sale: up to 40% off deals from $199 (opens in new tab)

Staples laptop sale: up to 40% off deals from $199 (opens in new tab)
Staples is taking up to 40% off select laptop during its latest sale. After discount, laptop deals start from $199. The sale includes MSI, Asus, HP, Microsoft, Lenovo, and more. It includes mainstream machines as well as a few gaming-oriented rigs. 

Cheap Laptop Retailers

Best cheap laptops of 2023

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.