Having a good laptop is absolutely essential in the modern tech-driven world, but computers PCs aren’t what most would consider to be small purchases. Complicating matters more is the fact that the laptop market is absolutely huge in 2021, making it difficult to narrow down what kind of machine you’re after even after you’ve set your budget. But we can spare you the headache: Below, we’ve rounded up all the best cheap laptop deals of the week, with all of them covering a nice range of specs, designs, and features.
Looking for something more specific? Check out these MacBook deals and gaming laptop deals, too. If you want an even better deal and don’t mind a pre-owned laptop, then also consider these professionally refurbished laptop deals.
The best device for work and play is one with swift hardware and a screen that’s comfortable to sit in front of for hours. With these specs, the all-new Inspiron 16 laptop is perfect for the job.
A perennial pick for best laptop by DT staff, the Dell XPS 13 is a fan-favorite among working professionals for its reliability and power, making it a great option for every need.
Intel’s 11th gen Core processors are here, and you can score a nice deal on a powerful (but affordable) Dell Inspiron that’s packing one of these CPUs.
In a crowded sea of 2-in-1s, the Lenovo Yoga 6 is a sleeper hit. This 13-inch convertible is a great size and packs great hardware for an affordable everyday work and entertainment machine.
With 4GB of RAM and a 14-inch HD screen, this HP Chromebook is perfect for most students looking for a cheap laptop to take notes at home and on the move.
Just released a few months ago, this Samsung Galaxy Book Pro will bring your photos and videos to life unlike any other laptop thanks to its super vibrant AMOLED display
A laptop that occupies too much space in your bag can be a hassle. This unit boasts a 0.55-inch to 0.63-inch-thin build, which means can carry it to work and anywhere with ease.
This laptop is truly optimized to help you get the most out of your workday as it features a fast charging feature that’ll get you to 80% in an hour and improved dual studio mics for conference calls.
Need a complete Windows bundle? This package deal gets you the Surface Pro 7 with Type Cover keyboard — a must-have addition that turns this tablet into one of our favorite 2-in-1s.
The hinge and lightweight design on this laptop make it perfect for work, play, and school. It features a narrow-bezel display as well as an all-day battery and the latest Intel processors.
Looking for a high-performing laptop on a budget? This powerful and lightweight laptop is for you. Its i7 processor combined with selection of ports makes it a great budget laptop for every day use.
Two words best describe the Inspiron line: practical and affordable. Designed to be portable in size yet big on performance, this touchscreen laptop is no-nonsense yet highly versatile.
The unique ConceptD 3 Ezel convertible touchscreen laptop is purpose-built for creative users, with a unique easel-like display hinge that gives you more adaptability than your typical 2-in-1.
Work like a true power executive wherever you want with the LG Gram laptop, raising the bar for work laptops everywhere with its powerful processor and spacious hard drive.
The Kano 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrid is one of the cheapest Windows PCs you can buy right now and would be the perfect first machine for a young techie.
The Surface laptops can get a little pricey, but the new budget-friendly Surface Laptop Go hits the sweet spot in price versus performance while retaining what we love about the Surface lineup.
Whether you’re a lightweight or heavy-duty user on the move, the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 is a well-rounded laptop that can do it all at an above-average quality, making it a great jack-of-all-trades.
This convertible PC is packed with innovative privacy features, a near-borderless display, and long battery life.
The Asus ExpertBook is known for its lightweight yet efficient design, making it the perfect laptop for working people. It has a 14-inch full HD NanoEdge frameless screen for optimal viewing as well.
A thin and light laptop that packs in super-fast Thunderbolt 3 and high-grade security? That’s what you get with this device, and it’s a great option for working on the go while keeping things safe.
Featuring a compact build and an incredible battery life (up to 22 hours), the HP Spectre x360 makes an amazing machine for on-the-go productivity. It’s slim, sleek, and packed with functionality.
Gateway is back exclusively at Walmart. Grab yourself a deal with this 15-inch slim notebook featuring modern specs and four colors. It’s a great workhorse that doesn’t break the bank.
The HP Envy x360 15 2-in-1 has great hardware and a gorgeous Dull HD fold-flat touchscreen. It even includes a stylus pen.
Looking for a modern 2-in-1 with up-to-date hardware that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? This HP Pavilion x360 is a highly versatile convertible work machine that won’t break the bank.
Dell’s 15-inch high-performance laptop with a stylish, sophisticated design features 10th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX Graphics on select models.
For a budget machine, the MSI Modern laptop provides solid performance and sufficient power to churn through just about any work-related task.
The first step of choosing a laptop, after setting your budget, is determining what you need it for. Most people just need a standard laptop that will perform well and won’t feel outdated within one or two years, and for that, you’ve got plenty of very affordable options available to you. Those with more specific needs — artists, graphic designers, video editors, and gamers, to name some examples — may need extra features like touchscreens, fold-flat displays, and dedicated graphics cards. Keep size in mind as well. Laptops commonly range from 13 to 17 inches (which refers to screen size measured diagonally), and also pay attention to overall dimensions and weight if you’re going to be moving and carrying yours around fairly often.
As far as hardware goes, the three basic components to consider are CPU, RAM, and storage. The CPU, or central processing unit, is the “brain” of any PC. It’s what actually does the computing: Reading data, running programs (and other processes), and so on. The two biggest CPU makers are Intel and AMD, and unless you’re on the tightest of budgets, we typically recommend sticking with 10th or 11th generation Intel Core i5 processors, AMD Ryzen 5 processors, and above (Core i7, Ryzen 7, etc.). If the specific generation of Intel CPU isn’t stated explicitly, it will be indicated in the first two digits of the processor’s model number. For example, a Core i5-10400 is a 10th-gen model, while the Core i5-11400 is 11th-gen.
RAM, or random access memory, is a bit more straightforward. In simple terms, if the CPU is your PC’s brain, then RAM could be described as its short-term memory. It supports your CPU’s performance by storing data and tasks for quick recall when needed. The more the better. We suggest a minimum of 8GB for good performance by modern standards, and like Core i5 and Ryzen 5 CPUs, you can find this even on cheap laptops — you really aren’t saving much money my skimping on RAM, but you will definitely feel your computer stumbling when under load.
Storage needs are personal to the user, but today, solid-state drives (SSDs) have largely replaced older platter-based hard disk drives (HDDs) owing to their superior read/write speeds and reliability due to lack of moving parts. However, SSDs are typically smaller (or at least cheaper per gigabyte) than traditional HDDs, which is something to bear in mind if you do need a lot of storage space for things like games or large project files. We recommend sticking with SSDs as a rule, but some laptops come with a smaller solid-state system drive paired with a larger HDD for overflow, so you’ve got options.
Finally, depending on your needs, a discrete video card may be worth the extra money. A GPU, or graphics processing unit, is essentially a second processor dedicated solely to demanding graphical tasks like rendering videos and playing 3D video games. Mobile laptop GPUs are a bit different than their desktop counterparts and Nvidia GeForce cards are by far the most common. The current-gen models are the 16-series, 20-series, and (less common) 30-series cards. Avoid the 10-series cards still found on some laptops, as they are significantly outdated by today’s standards. AMD has also rolled out its own line of laptop graphics cards, the 5000M series, as mobile counterparts to its desktop GPUs. These are a fine option as well, especially if you prefer AMD hardware.
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