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Best cheap laptop deals in August 2020

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The best laptop deals of 2020 are here. Excluding Black Friday, August and September are great months for cheap laptop deals thanks to the influx of back to school sales. Plus, since there was no Amazon Prime Day this summer, retailers are offering steeper than average laptop deals on some of our favorite notebooks.  

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). Meanwhile, Dell is taking 10% off sitewide via coupon code "SAVE10". That's double the usual laptop deals you'd find at Dell. 

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).   

Best laptop deals right now

Laptop deals under $299

Acer Chromebook 311: was $219 now $189 @ B&H Photo
The Acer Chromebook 311 is a dirt cheap laptop that's great for small kids or basic Internet work. It packs an 11-inch 1366 x 768 IPS LCD, Celeron N4000 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 32GB eMMC. View Deal

Acer Chromebook 315: was $279 now $229 @ Adorama
The Acer Chromebook 315 packs a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, 1.1GHz Celeron N4000 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB eMMC. (There's a microSD slot to expand its memory). It's now $50 off and one of the cheapest laptop deals around. 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

Dell laptop deals: from $293 @ Dell
Dell is taking up to $350 off a wide selection of Inspiron laptops during its current sale. After discount, laptop deals start at $293.View Deal

Laptop deals under $599

Lenovo IdeaPad 3: was $448 now $389 @ Amazon
The IdeaPad 3 is a mainstream 2020 laptop with a budget price tag. It packs a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, Core i3-1005G1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It's a great laptop deal for school, work, or just about any setting.View Deal

HP 15z: was $449 now $389 @ HP
The HP 15z is the most affordable laptop in HP's current sale. It packs a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, 2.4GHz AMD Athlon Gold 3150U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD. Recommended upgrades include a 1080p LCD (+$60) or a Ryzen 3 CPU (+$20). View Deal

Acer Aspire 3 bundle: was $450 now $399 at Amazon
An epic laptop deal for students, this bundle includes the 2020 Acer Aspire 3 bundled with a Legendary backpack ($49 value) and mouse pad for $399. The  laptop features a 14-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, AMD A9 CPU, 12GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. View Deal

Inspiron 14 3000: was $538 now $485
The Inspiron 14 3000 is a mid-tier laptop with a price that won't scare you away. In terms of muscle power, it packs everything you could want including a Core i5-1035G1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Coupon "SAVE10" drops its price to $485.09. Just keep in mind that it packs a 14-inch 1366 x 768 LCD. (We typically recommend 1080p panels). 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

Laptop deals over $600

Galaxy Chromebook 4K: was $999 now $799 @ Best Buy
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 laptop deal is one of the best we've seen for power users and fans of Chromebooks. View Deal

HP Envy x360 2-in-1: was $949 now $799 @ HP
A true MacBook Air killer, the HP Envy x360 2-in-1 packs a 15.6-inch 1080p IPS touch display, Core i7-1065G7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD with 16GB of Intel Optane memory. It's now $150 off and one of the best cheap laptop deals you'll find. View Deal

XPS 13 (2020): was $979 now $881
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 $881.99 via coupon "SAVE10". 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. If you want the step-up model with a Core i5-1035G1 CPU, you'll pay $970.19 after coupon, which is still a terrific XPS deal. View Deal

XPS 13 (2019): was $881 now $793
Not everyone needs (or can afford) the latest and greatest. However, if you still want a premium laptop at a not-so-premium price, the 2019 XPS 13 is on sale for $793.79 via coupon "SAVE10". It's been cheaper before, but this laptop deal is different because it packs zero compromises. It features a 13-inch 1080p LCD, Core i5-10210U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD.  View Deal

XPS 17 (2020): was $1,371 now $1,234
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 "SAVE10" to drop its price to $1,234.79. 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 $1,549 now $1,439 @ 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 "SAVE10" to drop its price to just $1,439.10. 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 $793 @ Dell
If you prefer a 2-in-1, Dell has the XPS 13 2-in-1 on sale for $793.79 via coupon "SAVE10". It features a 13.3-inch 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 i5-8265U 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 $1,069 now $969 @ 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 $1,299 @ Amazon
Currently $599 off, the beastly Aero 15 OLED is the cheapest 4K OLED gaming rig we've ever seen. 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

Laptop deals — Apple

MacBook Air 2020 (256GB): was $999 now $949 @ 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 $50 off, which is one of the best cheap laptop deals ever.View Deal

MacBook Air 2020 (512GB): was $1,299 now $1,199 @ Amazon
Need more storage? Amazon also has the MacBook Air 2020 with a Core i5 CPU and 512GB SSD on sale for $1,199. That's $100 off and the cheapest price for this step-up model. View Deal

MacBook Pro 13.3" (2020): was $1,799 now $1,599 @ B&H Photo
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. View Deal

MacBook Pro 13.3" (2020): was $1,999 now $1,799 @ B&H Photo
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. View Deal

16-inch MacBook Pro: was $2,399 now $2,099 @ Amazon
The 16-inch MacBook Pro is $299 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 during Independence Day). 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 biggest price drop ($399 off) we've seen for this specific configuration and one of the best Apple deals of the summer. View Deal

MacBook Pro 13.3" (2019): was $1,499 now $1,199 @ 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

Gaming laptops: $100 off @ Best Buy
Want a laptop that can be used for work and play? Best Buy is taking $100 off a wide selection of gaming laptops from Asus, HP, and Dell. You'll need an edu-based e-mail to sign up for Best Buy's free student deals newsletter to access this sale. However, every laptop in the sale is $100 off. It's one of the best laptop deals we've seen for gamers. View Deal

Chromebook w/ Jabra earbuds: $100 off @ Best Buy
For a limited time, students can take $100 off select Chromebooks during Best Buy's back to school sale. Plus, get the Jabra Elite 65t Earbuds for just $20 when you buy a Chromebook priced $299 or more. You'll need an edu-based e-mail to sign up for Best Buy's free student deals newsletter to access this sale. View Deal

HP laptop deals: up to $380 off laptops
For a limited time, HP is taking up to $400 off select HP laptops. For instance, you can get the HP 17 for $399. 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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