Cheap laptops are all the rage right now, with back to school shopping looking decidedly different in 2020. If you're getting geared up for a new term of elearning, or you're after a new machine to see you through working from home or everyday browsing, you're in the right place to save some cash. We've been rounding up all the best laptop deals available online right now, with big savings from retailers like Best Buy, B&H Photo, Amazon and Dell.
We know how to spot the best laptop deals, so we've stripped out all the sub-par offers that aren't worth your time and brought you only the best sales available now. Plus, we're dropping the key specs and features of each model with every deal to make sure you pick out the machine best suited to your needs.
There's a wide range of cheap laptop deals on offer here, from traditional laptops under $500 and humble Chromebooks made for browsing, to powerful working from home machines. So, whether you're after a budget laptop to simply surf the web with, or a more capable rig with the latest processors and speedy SSDs, you're sure to find the model for you in the laptop deals below.
Cheap laptops are also booming right now, thanks to the latest back to school sales cutting prices on a range of computers. That means you'll be able to grab the best laptop for school for a great price right now. What's more, the best budget laptops like the Acer Aspire and HP's line of 15z or 15t models are frequently found on sale around this time of year as well.
If you're a gamer, you'd be better suited to check out our selection of gaming laptop deals, as the models on this page are not usually built with gaming in mind. We've also rounded up a fine collection of cheap laptops on sale in the UK too. If you're after a cheaper web-based machine, check out the latest Chromebook prices and deals.
HP 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop | $619.99 $519.99 at Best Buy This HP laptop deal is offering some serious specs for its price tag - 12GB RAM will have you multi-tasking through multiple heavier programs, and a 256GB SSD offers up plenty of storage as well. With a 10th generation i5 processor to polish it off, this $100 saving is looking excellent this week. View Deal
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Asus 11.6-inch Chromebook | $189 at Best Buy Cheap laptops under $200 will usually offer a stripped back but streamlined Chrome OS experience. This Asus model includes just 16GB of storage, but because you're using a browser-based operating system you won't have to worry about storing updates. Plus, you can always expand that space using a microSD card as well. View Deal
Cheap laptop deals under $400
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 11-inch laptop: $399.99 $342.99 at Dell You're saving $50 on this Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 laptop, which can convert it into a tablet thanks to the hinge design and touchscreen. With 4GB RAM, an AMD A9 processor, and 128GB of storage there's plenty of storage and power for everyday usage in here. View Deal
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop: $429.99 $379.99 at Best Buy A 10th generation i3 processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD make for excellent specs at this price point. With a $50 saving at Best Buy this Lenovo IdeaPad 3 is available for well under $400 and offers up the power and flexibility that many are looking for in a back to school laptop deal. View Deal
2020 Acer Aspire 3 14-inch laptop + backpack | $499.99 $399.99 at Amazon This 2020 model Acer Aspire 3 boosts your RAM up to a fantastic 12GB. You're also getting 128GB of SSD storage in here, as well as an A9 processor, so there's plenty of room if you're looking for a cheap laptop for lighter work or browsing. This deal also comes with a handy backpack and mouse pad as well. View Deal
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Lenovo Flex 15.6-inch 2-in-1 laptop | $619 $489 at B&H Photo You're saving $130 on this cheap laptop from B&H Photo. The Lenovo Flex offers a multi-touch 2-in-1 form factor that can easily switch between laptop and tablet functionality, not to mention the 8GB RAM inside. There's 128GB of SSD storage as well as an 8th generation i3 processor in there too. If you're willing to sacrifice the 2-in-1 aspect of this laptop deal, however, there's a much better offer from Best Buy below. View Deal
HP 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop | $619.99 $519.99 at Best Buy Or, for just $30 more than the offer above, you can pick up 12GB RAM and a 256GB SSD in this 15.6-inch touchscreen HP laptop. You're even boosting your processor with this offer, picking up a 10th generation i5 - perfect for speedy work. View Deal
Lenovo V14 14-inch laptop | $699.99 $559.99 at Newegg Newegg's laptop deals usually offer excellent prices on models not stocked as well by other retailers. That means you'll find great configurations for slightly less here, like in the case of this Lenovo V14. There's a Ryzen 5 processor in here, 8GB RAM and 256GB of SSD storage with Radeon graphics for $559. View Deal
Microsoft Surface Pro 7: $959 $599 at Best Buy Best Buy has the versatile Surface Pro 7 on sale for $599. The tablet features a 12.3-inch touchscreen display, includes a full keyboard experience, and provides up to 10 hours of battery life. View Deal
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New Inspiron 5000 14-inch 2-in-1 laptop | $828.99 $699.99 at Dell Dell has cut $129 from the price of its new Inspiron 5000 2-in-1 laptop. There's a speedy 3.6GHz 10th generation i5 processor inside with 512GB of SSD storage and 8GB RAM to back it up as well. View Deal
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15.6-inch laptop | $899 $699 at B&H Photo Not only are you picking up 16GB RAM, a quad-core 10th generation i5 processor, and a 512GB SSD for $200 off right now, but this laptop deal from B&H Photo also includes the Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 Kit. View Deal
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We've compared prices on some of our favourite cheap laptops and run through the details on why we recommend them further down this page. But if you'd like to browse the latest laptop deals directly from your favorite retailers we've included a list of the most-recommended stores directly below.
If you're looking for a budget laptop to see you through everyday browsing, we'd recommend heading over to the generalist retailers - Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon, for example. If you're after something a little more specialist, Dell, Lenovo and HP will offer far more configuration options with their own discounts as well.
Cheap laptops: Spotting the best laptop deals under $200
One of the first things we often check when shopping for cheap laptops is the amount of storage on offer. As shoppers, we've become accustomed to comparing prices and models based on the number of gigabytes next to the model name. However, there may be more to it than that, especially when you're browsing the cheaper shelves. You may also need to pay attention to your operating system when picking up a budget laptop deal under $200.
Some cheap laptops are more worthy of your cash than others, and many simply need to be avoided. For example, you'll easily find a Windows machine that offers just 16 or 32GB of storage, but with update file and software sizes increasing, you may quickly find that insufficient. However, finding a Chromebook with 16 or 32GB of storage for under $200 makes for a great cheap laptop deal. That's because these machines run on Chrome OS which doesn't require updates and operates largely through your browser.
Similarly, a lot of laptops hold incredibly low price tags because they are labelled as 'FreeDOS'. This means they don't have an operating system on them already, so you will need to buy Windows 10 to get them set up.
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The best budget laptops are usually the ones offering decent entry level specs (32 or 64GB of storage in a Chromebook or a 4GB / 8GB RAM, i3 processor, 128GB storage in a Windows machine) at a reduced price. However, you'll sometimes find mid-range specs offering a step up at similar prices on cheaper machines. Below you'll find our top picks of cheap laptops that do exactly that during busy sales periods.
Here we have one of the few budget laptops with a processor nearly equivalent to a MacBook Pro from a couple of years back, that is if you opt for the Intel Core i5 configuration. The best part? Among the best Acer laptops right now, it's roughly half the cost of its Apple-branded rival. Now given that it sells at a range of different prices, the Acer Swift 3 can be an obtuse purchase, but lucky for you, the midrange model will get you by just fine. There are often plenty of cheap laptop deals on Acer products so you'll always be in a good position to grab a discount.
CPU: Intel Atom x5-Z8350 | Graphics: Integrated Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 10.1-inch HD (1,280 x 800) LED touch display | Storage: 64GB
Tablet and laptop in one
Sizable hard drive
Tiny size could be tough
This convertible laptop has always been about function over form. For one minuscule transaction, you’re getting a tablet equipped with an included keyboard and even a fingerprint scanner for more secure logins. Along with reliable performance and a magnesium-alloy chassis, it’s built to last – not to mention, one of the best Asus laptops you can buy when you're on the budget. As cheap laptops go, Asus is one of the most trusted brands out there so as long as you're getting the specs you need you can't go wrong.
CPU: 1.5GHz Intel Celeron 3205U | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 15.59-inch, HD (1,920 x 1,080) touchscreen | Storage: 32GB SSD
Stunning battery life
Attractive, fanless design
Trackpad feels clunky
While it may be outclassed by the Pixelbook and the Samsung Chromebook in terms of sheer power, the Acer Chromebook 15 can still pack a wallop while providing battery life that is frankly out of this world. It’s rare that a cheap laptop can truly provide all-day battery, but in our independent battery tests, Acer’s Chromebook lasted an astonishing 17 hours – on top of providing enough power to get your work done online. If you’re looking for a 15-inch Chromebook that will give you the most bang for your buck, look no further.
CPU: 1.44GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8550 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 10.1-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,200 resolution), IPS touchscreen | Storage: 64GB flash storage (plus 128GB with microSD)
Insanely thin and light
Keyboard surprisingly accurate
Dated microUSB port
If you're looking for a Lenovo laptop, the Lenovo Yoga Book, and the Windows 10 version of it in particular, is the sort of futuristic fodder you would find in an episode of Black Mirror. It has a keyboard that doubles as a Wacom touch panel and, best of all, it’s cheap as hell. Now, of course, that comes with the caveat of a weak Intel Atom processor, but the rest of the Lenovo Yoga Book should go down in the history books. Lenovo's budget laptop deals are often worth a look, even if you're just browsing, as they offer a decent range of prices and specs.
With its slick lines and a slim silhouette, the Acer Chromebook 14 makes for a subtle, snazzy laptop. Although its display isn't the most attractive we've seen, it’s still acceptable for full HD. On top of that, the keyboard and trackpad adhere to the principle of ‘it just works.’ The battery life is satisfactory as well despite falling a bit south of Acer's 12-hour claim in real-world use.
Shopping for laptop deals between $50 and $200 will usually have you looking at the excellent range of Chromebooks on sale right now. Running Chrome OS, these budget laptop deals will see you through everyday web browsing, emails, and some light streaming for eye wateringly low prices. You'll be picking up anything from a 16GB SSD to a 64GB hard drive, but you'll also be looking to utilize the cloud for more storage.
If you're punting a bit higher than $200, you'll be opening yourself up to more RAM, moving from 4GB to 8GB in most models, meaning your cheap laptop will be able to open programs faster, generally retrieving information and multi-task in a more streamlined manner. You'll also be picking up far more storage for your cash, with prices this week including either a 128GB or 256GB SSD. This SSD further streamlines your storage, acting as a lightning-fast drive to keep everything you need instantly attainable.
Once you search for laptop deals above $400, you may well start to find 16GB of RAM on offer as well as a few models with a 512GB SSD. Along with improved processors, that means exceedingly fast storage potential, keeping your cheap laptop zippy however many programs you have open. Laptops above this price range are also better suited to media editing than cheaper models.
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During a recent all-hands company meeting, a question was raised that more than 1,000 of Google’s employees said they wanted answered: whether or not Google is actively pursuing the US government’s Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) program; and what makes this program different from the previous Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program, for which Google said it didn’t want to bid for as it conflicted with its AI principles.
Explaining the difference, cloud boss Thomas Kurian said the company would be “proud” to work with the DoD, CNBC reported.
Vocal employee base
“If selected as one of the compliant vendors, we are proud to work with the DoD to help modernize their operations,” Kurian reportedly said. “There will be many areas where our product capabilities and our engineering expertise can be brought to bear with no conflict to Google’s AI principles.”
Google’s AI principles state the company will not pursue technologies that cause or are likely to cause overall harm; weapons, or other technologies designed specifically to hurt people; surveillance tech that “violates internationally accepted norms”, or technologies whose purpose contravenes widely accepted principles of international law.
Whether or not the majority of Google’s employees oppose this idea is yet to be seen. What we do know, is that Google’s employees are vocal and politically charged, and have no problem voicing their opinion or even quitting their job in protest.
Google’s Project Maven, for example, prompted the company’s employees to sign petitions against it, while some quit. Maven allowed the U.S. government to analyze drone video with AI.
“We understand that not every Googler will agree with this decision,” Kurian said. “But we believe Google Cloud should seek to serve the government where it is capable of doing so and where the work meets Google’s principles and our company’s values.”
Further explaining the company’s position in a blog post, Kurian said the JWCC was “essential to the success of the Department and the government in reducing costs, driving innovation, increasing productivity, and enhancing cybersecurity.”
As the government is yet to issue a request for a proposal, the details are scarce and Google hasn’t put in a bid just yet.
If you're looking for a way to liven up those long Teams calls, then Microsoft may have just the thing: a whole load of refreshed (and colorful) emojis.
The new Fluent Emojis selection gives a whole new look to over 1,800 emojis on Microsoft Teams, which the company says will bring "a modern and delightful new version of the emojis we use every day".
Along with a host of new additions and makeovers, the new icons will include at least six skin tone options for relevant emojis.
3D emoji in Microsoft Teams
"The emoji has steadily evolved alongside us, acting as essential communicators full of life and color," Microsoft Art Director & Emojiologist Claire Anderson wrote in a blog post announcing the changes.
"Body language, subtle forms of humor, or environmental conditions — while we can see and respond to those cues those in-person, the loss of them in digital contexts impacts our communication greatly. With emojis, however, a few pixels can telegraph our thoughts and feelings in ways that are fun, clear, and emotionally resonant."
Anderson noted that emojis are "playful communicators", making them suitable for work communications, adding, "maybe the vulnerability or levity of emoji can not only open up our own creativity but also encourage space and agency for others in our organization."
"This is especially relevant as we head further into a hybrid-work world where we meet new team members for the first time online," she added, revealing Microsoft is also working on some new concept emojis that show hybrid working scenes such as "you’re on mute", "no camera day", and "parenting-while-working".
The new emojis are available now on Microsoft Teams for desktop, web, mobile, and Meetings, and are are enabled by default, so you won't need to fiddle around to activate them.
Users should therefore see an immediate update to the new Fluent style, which also encompasses "delightful" animations on certain emojis. Microsoft adds that reactions in chat, channels, and live meetings will update to the new Fluent style.
The news follows a similar recent announcement that the company is working on a "Microsoft Teams Expanded Reactions" feature that will "allow users to apply any emoji as a reaction to chat messages".