The only thing better than a great laptop is a great laptop that’s within your budget. Nowadays, even cheap PCs pack the specs to help you tackle whatever’s on your to-do list, whether it’s work, school assignments, watching Netflix, or just endlessly browsing social media. If you’re looking to pick up a new laptop (but don’t necessarily want to wipe your savings account in one go), we’re compiling a weekly list of the best deals on laptops across major retailers right here. Read on for our top picks as of March 18 (categorized by price, then listed in alphabetical order).
Laptop deals under $300
This is prime territory for entry-level Chromebooks with Intel Celeron N Series processors, embedded MultiMediaCard (eMMC) flash storage, and 11- to 14-inch displays that are geared toward light multitasking.
This thin and lightweight 14-inch laptop from early 2022 sports a full HD display that’s perfect for streaming on the go. It’s worth noting that it comes equipped with Windows 11 Home in S Mode, which is a variant of the operating system designed for security and speed that’ll only let you install apps from the Microsoft Store — this makes it meh for power users but great for kids and students. Walmart has it on sale for just $179, which is 40% off its $299.99 MSRP; ignore the inflated list price. (It sold out on Amazon at this same price, by the way.)
Lenovo’s Yoga 7i is a decently powerful 2-in-1 machine with a nice 16:10 60Hz display, a 15-hour battery life, and Intel Iris Xe graphics. We wouldn’t call it a full-on gaming laptop, but it could totally handle some occasional Minecraft or The Sims. The 256GB model typically retails for $999.99, but Best Buy has it on sale for $599.99 (a 40% savings) and throws in three free months of Xbox Game Pass.
If you want an actual mid-range gaming laptop at a good price, go with the MSI Delta 15 AMD Advantage Edition: It comes equipped with a 240hz display, a hefty amount of internal storage, and a zippy AMD Radeon RX6700M graphics card. (It’s not quite as nice as the popular NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, but it can still hold its own.) Best Buy currently has it on sale for $899.99, which is 36% off its $1,399.99 MSRP and a $200 price drop since last weekend. It also comes with a month of Xbox Game Pass.
Apple updated its 13-inch MacBook Pro last spring with a speedier M2 chip, an active cooling system, and support for its ProRes video engine. The same 20-hour battery life carried over from the previous generation — no complaints there. Best Buy just put the base configuration on sale at its all-time-low price of $1,099, which is 15% off its suggested retail price of $1,299.