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Best cheap laptop deals in May 2021

Best cheap laptop deals
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Memorial Day sales are well underway now. Retailers are marking the holiday with money off a load of great laptops, from Chromebooks to MacBooks and everything in between. The day itself is still a few weeks away but that doesn't mean the savings aren't worth shouting about already. 

Retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, and HP all have some fantastic laptops deal running right now. One of the strongest deals currently running comes courtesy of Best Buy. The tech retailer is offering up to $200 off select touch-screen laptops. Alternatively, if you're after a MacBook, Amazon has several deals including this MacBook Air M1 512GB for $69 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

Lenovo 14 S330 Chromebook : was $239 now $179 @ 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. View Deal

Lenovo Chromebook Duet: was $279 now $229 @ Best Buy
The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is rarely on sale. However, Amazon currently has it on sale for $229. It features a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS touchscreen, MediaTek Helio P60T CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. It'll happily run all your web apps, some games, video calls, and double-up as a very capable tablet. It's one of the best cheap laptop deals of the week.View Deal

Dell Chromebook 11 3100: was $349 now $239 @ 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

Laptop deals under $599

Galaxy Chromebook 2: was $699 now $299 @ Samsung
You can get the Samsung Chromebook 2 for as little as $299 with an eligible trade-in at Samsung. 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. View Deal

HP 15z: was $429 now $328 @ 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).View Deal

Gateway 14" Laptop: was $699 now $429 @ 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.View Deal

HP Laptop 15t-dw300: was $709 now $509
This mid-range HP laptop is perfect for users who want  performance without a big price tag. It includes a 11th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 256GB SSD and a 15.6 touch display. It's currently $200 off at HP. View Deal

Laptop deals over $600

HP Envy 17T-CG100: was $999 now $969 @ HP
As part of HP's spring sale, you can pick up the HP Envy 17T-CG100 for $145 off. This laptop features a 17.3-inch FHD display, Intel Irix Xe Graphics, 11th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, and a 1TB HDD plus an additional 256GB SSD storage drive. View Deal

Surface Pro 7 w/ Type Cover: was $1,329 now $979 @ 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 more than $300 off. View Deal

Lenovo Legion Y540 15: was $1,299 now $1,089 @ Walmart
This powerful yet sleek gaming laptop is perfect for those seeking a powerful rig without resorting to extreme specs. The laptop packs a punch with its 15.6 inch Full HD Anti-Glare display with a beautiful refresh rate of 144 Hz, a 9th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 card with 6GB of graphics memory. Just keep in mind that its 512GB SSD may leave some hardcore gamers wanting a bit more. View Deal

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M15: was $1,549 now $1,249 @ Best Buy
This powerful ASUS gaming laptop is a great choice for those who want solid specs without resorting to extremely pricy configurations. The machine features a 15.6-inch HD display, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SDD for storage. Plus ASUS claims it's VR-Ready, so ideal if you're eyeing up a virtual reality headset. View Deal

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED: was $1,899 now $1,436 @ Amazon
The beastly Aero 15 OLED is currently a massive $469 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.View Deal

Razer Blade 15: was $1,799 now $1,479 @ Amazon
Razer is known for making some of the finest gaming laptops around, and this Razer Blade 15 model is now more than $320 off at Amazon. It features a 15.6-inch 1080p display, Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060.  View Deal

Laptop deals — Apple

MacBook Air 256GB (early 2020): was $1,099 now $949 @ Amazon
While this isn't the latest model of the MacBook Air, if you're looking to pick up a Mac for a sub-$1,000 price this you can't go wrong with this saving. It might not be top of the range but it still has a beautiful 13.3-inch Retina display, 256GB SSD, and a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 GPU. Not bad for less than $1,000. View Deal

MacBook Air M1 512GB (2020) : was $1,249 now $1,179 @ Amazon
Amazon has the 512GB version of the latest MacBook Air on sale for $69 off. This laptop makes use of Apple's powerful M1 chip, which makes this MacBook even zippy than its predecessors. It also offers up to 18 hours of battery life and a stunning 13-inch display. The 256GB model is also $49 off. View Deal

MacBook Pro (early 2020): was $1,799 now $1,599 @ Amazon
Here's another great MacBook Pro deal at Amazon, $200 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.
View Deal

MacBook Pro 16" (2019): was $2,399 now $2,199 @ Amazon
The 16-inch MacBook Pro is $200 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. This is the lowest it's been so far this year. View Deal

Laptop deals — sitewide sales

MS Store laptop deals: up to $500 off @ MS Store
The MS Store is taking up to $500 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 45% off laptops
HP is running its spring sale at the minute, with select laptops being reduced by up to $320.  For instance, you can get the HP Envy 17T for $969. 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. View Deal

Best Buy laptop deals: up to $200 off select touch-screen laptops @ Best Buy
Tech retailer Best Buy is offering up to $200 off a range of laptops that feature a touch-screen display. The discounts include $200 off this HP Spectre x360 which includes a 512GB SSD, Intel Core i7 CPU, and a 4K 15.6-inch touch-screen. View Deal

Cheap Laptop Retailers

Best cheap laptops of 2021

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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