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Best Laptop Deals in September

Best laptop deals

Summer is almost on its way out and now that school is back in session, retailers are offering some of the best laptop deals we've seen. In fact, outside of Black Friday, back-to-school season tends to offer the best laptop deals. 

So whether you're looking for Chromebook deals, Apple deals, or an affordable gaming rig, you've come to the right place.  

Best Chromebook deals 

Chromebooks are perfect laptops for students of all ages. They're a different breed of laptop in that instead of Windows or MacOS, all Chromebooks use Google's Chrome OS. 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 than their Windows- and Mac OS-based counterparts. At times, they may even seen anemic with dual-core CPUs, 4GB of RAM, and 16GB of eMMC 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.  

Sister site LaptopMag rates the Asus Chromebook Flip C343 as the best Chromebook of the moment. Meanwhile, the Samsung Chromebook 3 offers the best value for your buck. Both are now on sale. 

Asus Chromebook C434: was $569 now $499.99 @ Amazon
The Editor's Choice Asus Flip C434 offers the right mix of style and performance in an affordable package. It's the current king of Chromebooks and it's now at its second-lowest price ever.View Deal

Samsung Chromebook 3: was $229 now just $159 @ Walmart  
The Samsung Chromebook 3 is one of our favorite budget machines providing enough horsepower for everyday tasks like streaming and working in the cloud. It also has a spill-resistant keyboard, which is great for accident prone users.View Deal

Asus Chromebook C423NA: was $269 now $199 @ Walmart
The Asus C423NA is a stylish Chromebook with an edge-to-edge touch display. It also packs a Celeron N3350 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 64GB eMMC. At $199, it's one of the cheaper Chromebooks around.  View Deal

Best MacBook deals 

MacBooks are the notebook of choice for many college students. Unfortunately, they're far from cheap. The base MacBook Air (Apple's entry level laptop) will set you back $1,099, whereas the base 13-inch MacBook Pro will set you back $1,299. Both models come with a 128GB SSD, which is paltry for this price range. 

On the plus side, Apple's laptops tend to age better than their Windows-based counterparts. (My 2015 MacBook Air, for instance, still runs like new despite packing 4GB of RAM and a 1.6GHz dual Core CPU). Apple's macOS is also elegant, easy to use, and not a big resource hog.

It's worth noting that if you're a student with an edu e-mail address, Apple is taking up to $200 off select Macs and bundling a free pair of Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones. It's one of the rare Apple Store deals that's actually worthwhile. However, if you don't have an edu e-mail, here are the best Mac deals below. (For even more Apple deals, make sure to also check out our guide to the best MacBook deals).

MacBook Air 2019 128GB: was $1,099 now $899 @ Amazon
This 2019 MacBook Air packs a stunning 13.3" Retina display with True Tone technology, a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and Touch ID. For a limited time, it's $199 off its normal retail price. View Deal

MacBook Pro 13" (2018): was $1,299 now $1,099 @ Best Buy
If you don't need a Mac with the latest bells and whistles, this previous-gen model is an excellent buy. It features a 7th-gen Core i5 CPU, but offers enough power for daily tasks. At $1,099, it's a solid choice for the classroom or the boardroom. View Deal

Best Dell deals 

From the Inspiron to the latest Alienware machines, Dell makes a wide range of laptops for just about every type of budget and user. The XPS 13 remains our top pick, however, offering the perfect balance of power, portability, and style. 

Dell XPS 13 (9380) 4K Laptop: was $1,669 now $1,199 @ Dell
The slim and lightweight Dell XPS 13 features a gorgeous 4K display and delivers strong performance. This model packs a Core i7-8565U quad-core CPU, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It's currently $469 off.
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Dell XPS 15 (7590): was $1,099.99 now $912.99
The Editor's Choice XPS 15 rarely dips below $1,000. However, coupon "SAVE17" drops it to $912. It packs a 15-.6-inch 1080p IPS LCD, Core i5-9300H CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD.   View Deal

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390): was $1,749 now $1,452.49
The XPS 13 (7390) sports Intel's new Core i7-1065G7 10th-gen CPU along with 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Coupon "SAVE17" takes $297 off this cutting edge laptop.  View Deal

Dell XPS 13 (9380): was $1,268 now $995.99
The XPS 13 (9380) is as close to laptop perfection as it gets. The powerful base model sports a Core i7-8565U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Coupon "SAVE17" takes 17% off any model.  View Deal

Alienware m15: was $1,099 now $912.99
The Alienware m15 packs a Core i7-8750H six-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hybrid drive, and a GTX 1060 GPU. Coupon "SAVE17" drops it to $912.99. It's the second least-expensive Alienware laptop we've seen. The coupon applies to all m15 rigs.View Deal

Alienware New m15: was $1,499 now $1,244.99 @ Dell
The new m15 sports a modern design with a soft-touch finish and dual-intake/dual exhaust ventilation. It features a Core i5-9300H CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and GTX 1660 Ti graphics. Use coupon "SAVE17" to drop its price to $1,244.99. That's $255 off and the second best discount we've seen for it.View Deal

Dell G5 15 Gaming Laptop: was $1,398 now $1,037.49 @ Dell
The Dell G5 is good starter rig for casual gamers. This model features a Core i7-9750H CPU, 8GB of RAM, 1TB HDD w/ 256GB SSD, and a GTX 1660 Ti GPU. Use coupon "SAVE17" to drop its price to $1,037.49.View Deal

Best Surface deals

From the Surface Pro 6 to the Surface Book 2, Microsoft's Surface devices are great machines for college students. The Surface Pro 6 is frequently on sale ($699 is the cheapest it's been in 2019), but keep in mind that you'll need to purchase a Surface Type Keyboard if you want in on that 2-in-1 action. 

Surface Book 2 w/ 256GB: was $1,499 now $1,299 @ Best Buy
The Surface Book 2 is the best detachable 2-in-1 you can buy. It packs a 13.5-inch 3000 x 2000 touch LCD, 1.7GHz i5-8350U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Students get it for $1,299.  View Deal

Microsoft Surface Pro 6: was $899 now $690 @ Amazon
The Editor's Choice Surface Pro 6 is our favorite detachable 2-in-1 laptop. It offers blazing fast performance and can be used in tablet or laptop mode. It's currently at its cheapest price ever.View Deal

Best Gaming Laptop deals 

A good gaming laptop should not only offer dedicated graphics, but an excellent display and keyboard as well. If you're on a tight budget and don't need blazing performance, Nvidia's previous-gen GPUs (such as the GTX 1050 and 1060) provide solid performance at a lower cost. Otherwise, look for machines with Nvidia's new GTX 16-series GPUs. 

Alienware m15: was $1,099 now $912.99
The Alienware m15 packs a Core i7-8750H six-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hybrid drive, and a GTX 1060 GPU. Coupon "SAVE17" drops it to $912.99. It's the second least-expensive Alienware laptop we've seen. The coupon applies to all m15 rigs.View Deal

Alienware New m15: was $1,499 now $1,244.99 @ Dell
The new m15 sports a modern design with a soft-touch finish and dual-intake/dual exhaust ventilation. It features a Core i5-9300H CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and GTX 1660 Ti graphics. Use coupon "SAVE17" to drop its price to $1,244.99. That's $255 off and the second best discount we've seen for it.View Deal

Dell G5 15 Gaming Laptop: was $1,398 now $1,037.49 @ Dell
The Dell G5 is good starter rig for casual gamers. This model features a Core i7-9750H CPU, 8GB of RAM, 1TB HDD w/ 256GB SSD, and a GTX 1660 Ti GPU. Use coupon "SAVE17" to drop its price to $1,037.49.View Deal