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Best laptop deals for January 2020

Best laptop deals
Best laptop deals

While there are no major retail holidays in January that give retailer reason to have a sale on PCS, there are plenty of solid laptop deals right now.  

In some instances, January's best laptop sales are undercutting some of the laptop deals we saw during the holiday season. Amazon, Best, Buy, and Walmart are our go-to stores for cheap laptop deals. PC makers, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft are also offering excellent laptop deals of their own. 

So whether you're looking for Chromebook deals, Apple deals or an affordable gaming laptop, you've come to the right place. These are the best laptop deals right now.

Laptop Deals of the Month

If you're looking for a cheap gaming laptop, a business laptop or a notebook that'll get you through more than one school semester, you've come to the right place. We're listing the best laptop deals for every budget, from premium machines to ultra portables that won't cost you a fortune. 

Microsoft Surface Pro X WiFi LTE: was $999 now $899 @ Amazon
The Surface Pro X is a slimmer version of the Surface Pro 7. It packs a 13-inch (2880 x 1920) touchscreen, an ARM-based Microsoft SQ1 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It's now on sale at Amazon for $100 under retail. View Deal

Lenovo ideaPad S340 15.6" Laptop: was $449 now $329 @ Walmart
This model Lenovo ideaPad S340 features a 2.1GHz Core i3-8145U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. Powered by Windows 10, it's now $120 off at Walmart. View Deal

Dell XPS 13 (9380): was $1,199 now $949 @ Dell
The Dell XPS 13 is one of the best laptops you can buy. Dell currently has this laptop on sale for $949 which is $411 off its normal price. It packs a 13.3" 1080p display, a Corei7-8565U Processor CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD.View Deal

XPS 13 4K Touch Laptop (9380): was $2,368 now $1,399 @ Dell
The XPS 13 is one of the best laptops you can buy. For a limited time, use coupon "LTXPS132AFF" to drop the price of this XPS 13 to $1,399.99. It features a 13.3-inch 4K touchscreen display, Core i7-8565U CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 2TB SSD. View Deal

Apple MacBook Air (2017): was $999 now $749.99 @ Amazon
The 2017 MacBook Air has aged like a fine, aluminum-clad wine. This machine packs a 1.8GHz Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of SSD storage. More importantly, it has the best MacBook keyboard Apple has ever made, plus plenty of ports for  your devices.View Deal

MacBook Pro 13" (2019): was $1,299 now $1,199 @ Best Buy
Apple's 2019 MacBook Pro packs a 1.4GHz Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. This base model is perfect for users who need more horsepower than what the MacBook Air offers. View Deal

MacBook Pro 13" 2019: was $1,799 now $1,599 @ Best Buy
The upgraded 2019 MacBook Pro houses a faster 2.4GHz Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It also has four Thunderbolt ports (instead of two found on the base model). It's currently at its second-lowest price ever. View Deal

Apple MacBook Pro 16" 2019: was $2,399 now $2,189 @ Amazon
The new Editor's Choice 16-inch MacBook Pro packs a 16-inch Retina display, 6-core Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and a Radeon Pro 5300M GPU. Power users can get it now for $210 below its regular price. View Deal

HP Spectre x360 13t Touch 2019: was $1,149.99 now $719. 99 @ HP
This Editor's Choice HP Spectre x360 13t touch laptop features a 13.3" 1080p display, Core i5-8265U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. We love its stylish design, blazing fast storage, and overall performance. It's currently $430 off at HP. View Deal

Lenovo Clearance Sale:up to 65% on ThinkPad laptops @ Lenovo
There's a huge clearance sale happening at Lenovo right now. For example, you can get the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 with 4K display for $1,499 via coupon, "THINK". That's $1250 off its regular price.View Deal

Asus TUF FX505DT 17" Gaming Laptop: was $1,359 now $788.92 @ Amazon
For under $800, this Asus laptop gets you a 17-inch 1080p IPS display, a 2.3 GHz Ryzen 7 3750H CPU, a GTX 1650 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. View Deal

Chromebook Deals

Chromebooks are perfect for students and anyone who's looking for a no-frills PC they can take everywhere. Chromebooks are powered by Google's Chrome OS, a Linux based alternative to MacOS and Windows. 

The operating system functions like any OS, but it's designed to offer seamless integration with Google's cloud-based services like Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive. As a result, Chromebooks pack less horsepower and may even seen anemic with their dual-core CPUs, 4GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. But keep in mind, these laptops aren't meant for pro users or hardcore gamers. They're meant to tackle everyday Internet-based tasks, such as writing papers in Google Docs and streaming videos on YouTube. 

Dell Chromebook 11 3100: was $355 now $239 @ Dell
This durable Chromebook can take whatever your kids can dish out, including drops and spills. And the specs are solid for the price, including a Celeron CPU, 4GB of RAM and 11.6-inch HD display.View Deal

Asus Chromebook C425: was $449 now $369 @ Walmart
This deal gets you a modern Chromebook at a very low price. Asus' Chromebook C425 flaunts an edge-to-edge 14-inch 1080p display, runs on an Intel Core m3-8100Y CPU with 4GB of RAM and packs a generous 128GB of storage. View Deal

Asus Chromebook Flip C434: was $569.99 now $464 @ Amazon
The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is a premium design portable 2-in-1 laptop. It packs a 14-inch vivid 1080p touch display, and long battery life.

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Lenovo Chromebook S330: Was $299 now $169 @ Walmart
This budget Chromebook is best for those looking for casual computing needs, such as Google Docs editing, web browsing, and YouTube binges. With up to 10 hours of battery life, the S330 is reliable in a way that its $169 price might not suggest.View Deal

Google Pixelbook: was $999 now $889 @ Amazon
We loved the sleek design, brilliant display and speedy performance of this Pixelbook. Though its price tag is steep compared to other Chromebooks, this deal knocks $110 off. View Deal

Cheap Laptop Retailers

Best cheap laptops of 2019

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
Middling graphics
Questionable build quality

The Acer Aspire 5 is one of the best tablets under $500. It features a bright, Full HD 1080p display, strong 8th Gen Core i3 processing performance, and 9-hour long 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

HP Stream 11

Priced under $400, the Acer Aspire E 15 offers a powerful 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 

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

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.

HP Chromebook 15