Memorial Day laptop sales are heating up. As one of the biggest retail holidays of the year, we expect to see a multitude of Memorial Day laptop sales on everything from budget Chromebooks to Apple's newest MacBook Pros.
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.
However, it's worth noting that sales may be different this year. 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 early deals along with some laptop buying advice if you're uncertain what you're looking for.
Memorial Day laptop sales — Quick links
- Amazon: budget laptops on sale from $169
- Best Buy: mainstream laptops under $500
- Dell: laptops from $274 w/ free next-day shipping
- HP: best sellers from $389
- Lenovo: up to 60% off top-rated ThinkPads
- Microsoft Store: 60 laptops up to $500 off
- Walmart: laptop Rollbacks from $98
Asus Chromebook C223 11.6": was $249 now $128 @ Amazon
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.
ASUS 17" Chromebook: was $369 now $199 @ Best Buy
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.
Acer Chromebook Spin 514: was $499 now $289 @ Best Buy
Looking for a Chromebook with solid amount of punch? Best Buy has the Acer Chromebook Spin 514 on sale for $289. It's got a 14-inch 1080p LCD, Ryzen 3 3000 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 64GB eMMC.
Galaxy Chromebook 4K: was $999 now $599 @ 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 packs a Core i5-10210U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The 2-in-one cuts no corners and offers excellent performance. It's currently at its lowest price ever.
HP 15z: was $469 now $329 @ 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).
Asus Vivobook 15.6" Laptop: was $449 now $399 @ Best Buy
Best Buy is offering small, but appreciated savings on this Asus Vivobook laptop. It sports an Intel 10th Gen i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for storage. This is a great midranger for everyday use.
Gateway 14" Laptop: was $449 now $399 @ Walmart
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.
Acer Nitro 5 w/ RTX 3050: was $839 now $751 @ Amazon
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.
MacBook Air (M1/256GB): was $999 now $949 @ Amazon
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.
MacBook Pro 13" (M1/256GB): was $1,299 now $1,149 @ Amazon
$150 off! 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. Best Buy offers the same price.
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.