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Memorial Day laptop sales 2022 — best deals still available

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Memorial Day laptop sales are still here, so if you're still in the market for deals on anything from Chromebooks to MacBooks, these are the details you can still take advantage of.

Laptops are often among the most in-demand products during seasonal sales, so it's no surprise that Memorial Day sales typically include a lot of new laptop deals. And that's a good thing for shoppers because it means retailers are competing to offer the deepest discounts.

Inflation is causing the price of items to skyrocket and chip shortages are still wreaking havoc in the tech industry. So this year we're going to be extra meticulous about the laptop deals we choose to cover.

Each sale we list will be price checked, analyzed against that item's previous price history, and highlighted only if it's a true price low. Likewise, we're going to actively look for deals on value laptops, Editor's Choice machines, and laptops we own or highly recommend.

Below we've rounded up the best holiday deals happening now along with some laptop buying advice if you're uncertain what you're looking for.

Top 3 sales today

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HP laptops: deals from $259 @ HP (opens in new tab)
HP's Memorial Day laptop sales are live and the PC maker is taking up to $520 off select laptops. The sale includes mainstream machines, gaming rigs, and budget-friendly Chromebooks. 

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MacBook Air (M1/256GB): was $999 now $899 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The MacBook Air offers fantastic performance thanks to its new 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. This deal is also available at Amazon (opens in new tab).

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Lenovo ThinkPad sale: up to 69% off @ Lenovo (opens in new tab)
If  you're in the market for a new ThinkPad — the Lenovo Memorial Day laptop sale is now live and knocking up to 69% off Lenovo's signature ThinkPads. The sale also includes Lenovo 2-in-1 convertibles, Lenovo tablets, accessories, and more. 

Chromebooks

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Asus 11.6" Chromebook: was $219 now $99 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
As part of its Memorial Day laptop sales, Best Buy has dropped this Asus Chromebook to just $99. Don't expect a powerhouse machine but it's plenty capable of performing all the computing basics. It's an ideal pick for younger users who need a laptop for at-home learning. This Chromebook packs an Intel Celeron processor, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB of RAM, 32GB eMMC storage and an 11.6-inch HD display.

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Asus Chromebook C223 11.6": was $249 now $129 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
A hyper-affordable Chromebook, Asus' 11.6-inch model is currently more than $100 off. It's not a powerhouse 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 Chromebook Duet 5: was $499 now $389 @ Lenovo (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, 4GB of RAM, and a 256GB eMMC. The price has increased slightly, but this is still a great deal to take advantage of.

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ASUS 17" Chromebook: was $369 now $199 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
For the price, this Asus Chromebook has a lot to offer. Unlike most Chromebooks, it sports a large 1080p 17.3-inch LCD. It's powered by a Celeron N4500 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 32GB eMMC. 

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HP 11.6" Chromebook: was $225 now $98 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
If you need a cheap laptop for at-home learning or everyday essential tasks, this HP Chromebook will fit the bit nicely. It's been knocked to just $98 in this Memorial Day laptop deal and sports an AMD A4 processor, AMD Radeon R4 Graphics 4GB of RAM and an 11.6-inch display.  

Windows

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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go (8GB/256GB, Platinum): was $900 now $639 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The most portable Surface laptop, complete with maxed-out RAM and storage, can be yours for up to 29% off. This lightweight laptop is powered by a Core i5 processor and features a 12.4-inch touchscreen, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. 

You can also get a nice discount on the cheaper 128GB storage version too, just select the relevant checkbox on the page.

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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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HP 11" Tablet: was $599 now $499 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
This HP hybrid device can effectively function as both a tablet and a portable workstation. It sports an 11-inch touchscreen display, Intel Pentium processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD. It also includes a detachable magnetic keyboard which allows you to work from just about anywhere. 

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Gateway 14" Laptop: was $449 now $399 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
Small but mighty, the 14-inch Gateway GWTN141-4RG offers a surprising amount of power. 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 deals you'll find.

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Acer Nitro 5 w/ RTX 3050: was $839 now $756 @ 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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MSI GF65 w/ RTX 3060: was $1,099 now $799 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The MSI GF65 is a solid choice for middleweight gaming and everyday productivity. This gaming laptop features a 15.6-inch screen with a 144 Hz refresh rate, an Intel Core i5 CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, 8 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD storage. It's not a powerhouse by any means, but for less than $1,000, it's a good entry-level gaming laptop.

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Razer Book 13: was $1,799 now $1444 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
If you're in the mood for some mid-range gaming, then you can save $355 on the Razer Book 13 laptop. For your money you get a quad-core Core i7 chipset, a 13.4 UHD display, 60Hz refresh rate, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, a full Windows 11. This is the lowest price we've seen for this laptop, so you know you're getting a bargain.

MacBooks

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MacBook Air (M1/256GB): was $999 now $899 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The MacBook Air offers fantastic performance thanks to its new 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. This deal is also available at Amazon (opens in new tab).

Prime Day vs. Memorial Day laptop sales

While Memorial Day is an excellent time to buy a new laptop, we now know that Prime Day will be celebrated in July 2022. That begs the question — are Prime Day laptop deals better than Memorial Day laptop sales? Prime Day deals tend to focus on Amazon hardware, such as Fire tablets, Echo speakers, and Fire TV Sticks. Sure, there will be laptop deals on Prime Day, but Memorial Day will offer a bigger assortment of laptop deals because the retail holiday will be celebrated by Amazon and multiple other retailers. (By comparison, Prime Day is mainly an Amazon event). 

When is Memorial Day 2022? 

Memorial Day is traditionally held on the last Monday of the month. This year, Memorial Day will be celebrated on Monday, May 30. The federal holiday is in honor of military personnel who've died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. The holiday also marks the unofficial start of summer. 

Memorial Day and laptop sales 

Memorial Day has proven to be one of the best times of the year to buy a new laptop. Retailers from Amazon to Walmart offer sitewide discounts on all types of laptops. Whether you're in the market for a cheap student laptop or looking for a MacBook Pro sale, if you can wait till Memorial Day — we recommend making your laptop purchase then. 

Rory Mellon
Deals Editor

Rory is a Deals Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on deals, gaming and streaming. When he’s not scouring retailers for PS5 restock or writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found attending music festivals and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team.