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Best cheap laptop deals in September 2020

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The best laptop deals of 2020 are here. Excluding Black Friday, September is a great month for cheap laptop deals. 

Currently, one of our favorite laptop deals comes courtesy of the Apple Store — which is renown for not offering discounts. However, Apple is currently taking up to $200 off select Macbooks and iPads as part of its back to school promo. Even better, you'll get a free pair of AirPods with your purchase. (Just remember that you'll need an edu-based e-mail account to qualify for this laptop deal). 

So if you're looking for laptop deals, you've come to right place. (Alternatively, you can also check out our guide to the best Chromebook deals). 

Today's best laptop deals

Prime Day and laptop deals

Amazon Prime Day is fast approaching and we expect to see a multitude of laptop deals during Amazon's retail holiday. Expect to see discounts on budget machines, mainstream models, and even a few gaming rigs. Apple laptops will also see steep discounts, with MacBook Air 2020 prices expected to come in well under $900. Make sure to follow our Amazon Prime Day laptop deals page for the latest deals and info. 

Laptop deals under $299

Lenovo 100e Chromebook: $199 @ Adorama
This isn't a laptop deal per se, instead we're pointing out that Adorama has the Lenovo 100e Chromebook in stock for $199. This cheap laptop has been near-impossible to find in stock. It features an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, 1.6GHz AMD A4 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 32GB eMMC. It's perfect for kids or basic Internet work. View Deal

Kano 2-in-1 PC: was $299 now $259 @ Best Buy
The Kano PC is a buildable laptop that teaches children important computing concepts by having them build and program. Both the instruction manual and the online tutorials are extremely well-written and do a great job of making learning fun. It features an 11.6-inch touchscreen LCD, 1.1GHz Celeron N4000 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 64GB eMMc. View Deal

Dell Chromebook 11 3100: was $349 now $249 @ Dell
This durable Chromebook can take whatever your kids can dish out, including drops and spills. The specs are also solid for the price. You get a Celeron CPU, 4GB of RAM, and an 11.6-inch HD display.View Deal

HP Chromebook 14: was $377 now $299 @ Adorama
As more kids opt for in-home learning, cheap laptops have become harder to find in stock. However, Adorama has the HP Chromebook 14 in stock — and on sale — for $299. It features a 14-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, 1.6GHz AMD A4 APU, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB eMMC storage. View Deal

Laptop deals under $599

HP 15z: was $469 now $409 @ HP
Need a bigger screen? The HP 15z packs a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD. In addition, you also get a 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).View Deal

HP Chromebook x360: was $629 now $529 @ Best Buy
Unlike most Chromebooks, the HP Chromebook x360 packs a 10th-gen Core i3 CPU, which means it should deliver snappy performance. It also features a 1080p LCD, 8GB of RAM, and 64GB eMMC. The 2-in-1 is an excellent laptop deal if you require a Chromebook with a little extra muscle power. You'll need an edu-based e-mail to sign up for Best Buy's free student deals newsletter to get this price.View Deal

Galaxy Chromebook 4K: was $999 now $549 @ Samsung
For a limited time, you can get the Samsung Chromebook 4K for as little as $549 with an eligible trade-in at Samsung. Eligible devices include items like the iPhone 6s ($100 credit) or the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 ($75 credit). As for the laptop, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2-in-1 is one of the few Chromebooks to pack a 13.3-inch 4K screen. It also features a Core i5-10210U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. This cheap laptop deal is one of the best we've seen for power users. View Deal

Laptop deals over $600

HP Envy 13t: was $959 now $859 @ HP
Thanks to its current-gen Core i7 CPU and 16GB of RAM, the Envy 13t is as future-proof as laptop deals get. This svelte machine features a 13.3-inch 1080p IPS LCD, 1.8GHz Core i7-10510U CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Even better, it's now $50 cheaper than it was earlier in the week. View Deal

Asus Zenbook S 4K: was $1,499 now $1,099 @ Best Buy
The Asus Zenbook S is a gorgeous 4K laptop that somehow manages to squeeze in the latest tech in a svelte 0.5-inch thin, 2.2-pound body. This model features a 13.3-inch 4K IPS LCD, Core i7-8565U, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD.View Deal

XPS 13 (2020): was $979 now $930 @ Dell
The XPS 13 is the best laptop you can buy period. The 2020 model has been on sale before, but right now you can get the base model for just $930.99 via coupon "50OFF699". This config should be suitable for most people as it features a 13.4-inch 1920 x 1200 LCD, Core i3-1005G1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. View Deal

XPS 17 (2020): was $1,371 now $1,322 @ Dell
The new XPS 17 manages to squeeze a 17-inch panel into a 14.7-inch body. So although this is a desktop replacement, it's not your pop's 17 incher. Use promo code "50OFF699" to drop its price to $1,322.99. This 2020 laptop packs a 17-inch 1920 x 1200 LCD, Core i5-10300H CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. View Deal

Dell XPS 15 (9500): was $1,599 now $1,549 @ Dell
The XPS 15 (2020) is one of the smallest and most stylish 15-inch laptops we've reviewed. Rarely does it go on sale. The system on sale packs a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1200 display, Core i7-10750H CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a GTX 1650 GPU. Use coupon "50OFF699" to drop its price to just $1,484.10. It's one of the best laptop deals we've seen for this system. View Deal

XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390): was $881 now $832 @ Dell
If you prefer a 2-in-1, Dell has the XPS 13 2-in-1 on sale for $832.99 via coupon "50OFF699". It features a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1200 touchscreen display, Core i3-1005G1 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. View Deal

ThinkPad X1 Carbon: was $2,149 now $899 @ Lenovo
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the ultimate laptop. The config on sale features a 14-inch 1080p IPS LCD, Core i5-10210U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Use coupon code "THINKDEAL" to drop its price to $899.View Deal

HP Omen 15t (2020): was $999 now $899 @ HP
The Omen 15t (2020) is a stylish gaming beast with a minimalist design that looks less like a gaming rig and more like a premium laptop. It's one of the best laptop deals in HP's ongoing sale. It includes a 15.6-inch 1080p IPS LCD, Core i5-10300H CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a GTX 1650 Ti GPU. View Deal

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 15: was $1,249 now $999 @ Microsoft
Now $250 off, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 15 is a stylish MacBook Pro alternative. You get 2-in-1 functionality, Intel Core i7 performance, and solid battery life for under $1,000. View Deal

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED: was $1,899 now $1,589 @ Amazon
The beastly Aero 15 OLED is currently $310 off. That's $10 cheaper than it was last week. The config on sale houses a 15.6-inch 4K AMOLED display, Core i7-9750H CPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, and an Nvidia GTX 1660Ti GPU.View Deal

Razer Blade Stealth 13: was $1,699 now $1,599 @ Razer
Razer is taking $100 off its entire line of gaming laptops. The cheapest laptop in the sale is the Razer Blade Stealth 13, which is on sale for $1,599. It features a 13.3-inch 1080p LCD, Core i7-1065G7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and a GTX 1650 GPU. View Deal

Laptop deals — Apple

MacBook Air 2020 (256GB): was $999 now $899 @ Amazon
The new MacBook Air sports a Core i3-1005G1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It also features Apple's new Magic Keyboard, which utilizes keys that actually feel great to type on. It's now $100 off at Amazon.View Deal

MacBook Air 2020 (512GB): was $1,299 now $1,244 @ Amazon
Need more storage? Amazon also has the MacBook Air 2020 with a Core i5 CPU and 512GB SSD on sale for $1,244. That's $55 off its regular price. However, students can get it for $1,249.99 at Best BuyView Deal

MacBook Pro 13.3" (2020): was $1,799 now $1,599 @ Amazon
Apple offers four configurations of its new 2020 MacBook Pro 13.3-inch laptop. There are two configs with 8th-gen CPUs and two configs with 10th-gen CPUs. This model is the base MacBook Pro with a 10th-gen CPU. It houses a 2GHz Core i5 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and four Thunderbolt 3 ports. It's now $200 off and its lowest price ever.  View Deal

MacBook Pro 13.3" (2020): was $1,999 now $1,799 @ Amazon
Need more power? This upgraded MacBook Pro packs a 2GHz Core i5 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, and four Thunderbolt 3 ports. It's now $200 off and the cheapest it's ever been. View Deal

16-inch MacBook Pro: was $2,399 now $2,099 @ Amazon
The 16-inch MacBook Pro is $300 off at Amazon right now. This model comes with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and AMD Radeon Pro 5300M graphics. It's a solid deal and currently and it's second-cheapest price ever. (It hit $1,999 briefly on the 4th of July). View Deal

16-inch MacBook Pro: was $2,799 now $2,499 @ Amazon
The ultimate Mac laptop, this model comes with a Core i9 processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, and AMD Radeon Pro 5500M graphics. This is the second-biggest price drop ($300 off) we've seen for this specific configuration and one of the best laptop deals of the summer. View Deal

MacBook Pro 13.3" (2019): was $1,499 now $1,249 @ B&H
The MacBook Pro gives you loads of power in a super-portable chassis. This 2019 model has 8GB of RAM, an 8th-gen Core i5 CPU, 256GB SSD, and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. View Deal

Laptop deals — sitewide sales

Buy a Mac or iPad, get free AirPods @ Apple
Back to school season is in full swing and the laptop deals at Apple are excellent for students and teachers. Currently, students and educators who purchase an eligible Mac or iPad will get a free pair of AirPods. The free AirPods are in addition to Apple's educational discounts, which take up to $200 off select Macs and iPads.View Deal

MS Store laptop deals: up to $400 off @ MS Store
The MS Store is taking up to $400 off a wide range of laptops including budget machines, gaming rigs, and mainstream laptops. After discount, prices start at just $399 for the new Surface Go 2, which is the perfect cheap laptop for kids learning from home. View Deal

HP laptop deals: up to 60% off laptops
For a limited time, HP is taking up to 60% off select HP laptops. For instance, you can get the HP 17 for $449. It features a 17.3-inch 1080p LCD, AMD Athlon CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 2TB HDD. View Deal

Cheap Laptop Retailers

Best cheap laptops of 2020

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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