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Best cheap laptop deals in January 2022

Best cheap laptop deals
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The start of a new year is always a good time for scoring a cheap laptop and right now retailers are offering plenty of powerful machines at fantastic prices. In fact, to kick off 2022 the prices of several of our favorite laptops have been slashed. 

Retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, 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 $300 off Chromebooks. Alternatively, if you're after a MacBook, Best Buy also has plenty of deals for you including this MacBook Pro (2020) 512GB for $500 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

Samsung Chromebook 4: was $136 now $116 @ Amazon

Samsung Chromebook 4: was $136 now $116 @ Amazon
This Samsung Chromebook 4 is $25 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. 

Asus Chromebook C223 11.6": was $249 now $140 @ Amazon

Asus Chromebook C223 11.6": was $249 now $140 @ Amazon
A hyper-affordable Chromebook, Asus' 11.6-inch model is currently more than $100 off, with the C223's price dropping even further to $116 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. 

Lenovo 14 S330 Chromebook:  was $239 now $177 @ Walmart

Lenovo 14 S330 Chromebook: was $239 now $177 @ Walmart
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 $188 @ Walmart

Lenovo Chromebook C340: was $309 now $188 @ Walmart
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 $245 @ Amazon

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 11.6": was $289 now $245 @ Amazon
One of the more popular mid-range Chromebooks, Acer's Chromebook Spin 311 is at a massive discount here for $44 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 $429 now $299 @ HP

HP 15z: was $429 now $299 @ HP
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).

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go

Surface Laptop Go: was $699 now $549 @ Best Buy
This deal is taking $150 off the original price. The Surface Laptop Go is one of the best affordable laptops available, packing a 12.4-inch touch-screen, a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage.

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

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

Galaxy Chromebook 2: was $699 now $99 @ Samsung

Galaxy Chromebook 2: was $699 now $99 @ Samsung
You can get the Samsung Chromebook 2 for as little as $99 with an eligible trade-in at Samsung. Even without anything to trade, you'll still get $100 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. 

Laptop deals over $600

MSI GF65 Thin 10SDR-675: was $1,399 now $1,099 @ Microsoft

MSI GF65 Thin 10SDR-675: was $1,399 now $1,099 @ Microsoft
The name might be a bit of a mouthful, but this gaming laptop from MSI is no joke. It offers a 15.6-inch FHD display, Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD.

Surface Pro 7 w/ Type Cover: was $1,329 now $899 @ Walmart

Surface Pro 7 w/ Type Cover: was $1,329 now $899 @ Walmart
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 $350 off. 

Razer Blade 15: was $1,499 now $1,245 @ Amazon

Razer Blade 15: was $1,499 now $1,245 @ Amazon
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. 

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 (Intel): was $2,426 now $1,455 @ Lenovo

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 (Intel): was $2,426 now $1,455 @ Lenovo
The Lenovo ThinkPad X13 is 40% off with coupon code "THINKJAN" This configuration sports a 13.3-inch HD display, 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, Integrated Intel UHD Graphics, and a 128GB SSD for storage.

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED: was $1,899 now $1,489 @ Amazon

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED: was $1,899 now $1,489 @ Amazon
The beastly Aero 15 OLED is currently a massive $410 off. 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.

Alienware m15 R3 Gaming Laptop: was $2,099 now $1,849 @ Target

Alienware m15 R3 Gaming Laptop: was $2,099 now $1,849 @ Target
The m15 R3 gaming laptop by Alienware is a beast of a machine. It sports a 15.6-inch FHD 300Hz display, an Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia RTX 2070 Super GPU, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. It's $250 off at Target. 

Laptop deals — Apple

MacBook Air M1 256GB: was $999 now $899 at Amazon

MacBook Air M1 256GB: was $999 now $899 at Amazon
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 13" (M1/256GB): was $1,299 now $1,999 @ Amazon

MacBook Pro 13" (M1/256GB): was $1,299 now $1,999 @ Amazon
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 and beefier 8-core graphics. Even better, the system lasted over 16 hours in our battery test. 

MacBook Pro (early 2020): was $1,799 now $1,299 @ Best Buy

MacBook Pro (early 2020): was $1,799 now $1,299 @ Best Buy
Here's another MacBook Pro deal at Best Buy, $500 off this early 2020 model with a 512GB SSD to boot. It's not the most recent M1 chip machine but it does sport an Intel processor and a gorgeous 13-inch display. A $500 saving makes this one of the best laptop deals currently available.

MacBook Pro 14" (2021): $1,999 @ Amazon

MacBook Pro 14" (2021): $1,999 @ Amazon
The brand-new MacBook Pro 14-inch isn't even a month old but last week it was $50 off at Amazon. It's now returned to full price but could drop once again in the coming days. This latest MacBook 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.

Laptop deals — sitewide sales

MS Store laptop deals: up to $600 off @ MS Store

MS Store laptop deals: up to $600 off @ MS Store
The MS Store is taking up to $600 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, which is an ideal tablet-style laptop for use on the go.  

HP laptop deals: up to $430 off laptops

HP laptop deals: up to $430 off laptops
HP is currently offering up to $430 off a whole range of laptops.  For instance, you can get the HP Envy 17T for $430 off. 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 $300 off Chromebooks @ Best Buy

Best Buy laptop deals: up to $300 off Chromebooks @ Best Buy
Tech retailer Best Buy is offering fantastic Chromebooks from just $119 in this holiday sale. The discounts include the Lenovo Flex 3 2-in-1 Chromebook $180 off. It features an 11-inch display, Mediatek MT8183 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB eMMC storage. 

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.