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Shopping for a new computer can be fun, but it can also be a headache given the wide range of options available today. The addition of touchscreen and 2-in-1 laptops doesn’t make it any easier to find the right laptop for you. It’s easy to get choice paralysis when shopping for a PC, even if you already have a fixed budget in mind, but our research can make your life a little bit easier. Whether you’ve recently started a new school year, are getting a head start on your holiday shopping, or just need a new computer for work or play, we’ve got your back.
Below are the best laptop deals available for November 2018. Our picks offer something for just about everyone, from those who like the convenience of a touchscreen, to gamers and dedicated Apple fans. Best of all, since most of these PCs feature 7th-generation Intel CPUs, each of these laptop deals offer deep discounts that can save you a lot of cash if you’re not fussy about having (and paying hundreds of dollars more for) the newest hardware.
Samsung Chromebook 3 — $165
For a basic, no-frills workstation that’s lightweight and easy on the wallet, it doesn’t get much better or cheaper than a good Chromebook. Make no mistake, these little computers are heads and shoulders above those sluggish netbooks of years past (remember those?). Samsung makes some of the best on the market, and its Chromebook 3 is a great entry-level work laptop. It’s got an 11.6-inch HD display the perfect size for tucking into your bag along with an Intel Celeron N3060 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage.
It doesn’t have the specs of our other picks (all of which cost twice as much or more), but if you came looking for the cheapest laptop deal on our roundup, this is the one: It’s currently on sale from Amazon for $165, or $64 off.
HP Touch Chromebook 14 — $260
If you want a Chrome OS laptop that’s full-sized and a bit beefier than the Samsung model (but one that’s still highly affordable), check out the larger HP 14-inch Chromebook. HP’s Chromebook remains one of best you can find for less than $300 thanks to its quick performance, generous battery life, great 14-inch HD touchscreen, and the excellent value that it provides.
Its dual-core Intel Celeron N3350 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of flash storage give you everything you need for your daily work, while the pre-installed Chrome OS updates automatically so it runs fast and stays fast. The HP 14-inch Chromebook can be yours from Walmart for $260 with free two-day shipping.
Acer Aspire 3 — $349
Acer makes some great Chromebooks, but this brand built its name on its affordable Windows laptops, like the Aspire 3 series. The 15-inch Acer Aspire 3 is the perfect entry-level work computer, running on a 7th-gen Intel Core i5-7200U CPU, 6GB of RAM, and a 1-terabyte hard drive, which are solid specs for a no-frills everyday work machine.
At $349 from Walmart around the same price as (or even cheaper than) many of the best Chromebooks this is one of the better Windows 10 laptops you’re going to find for less than 400 bucks.
PC makers are increasingly offering hybrid designs that combine the functionality of a laptop and portable convenience of a tablet, and for anyone looking for a workhorse 2-in-1 Windows 10 laptop, the Dell Inspiron 15 series is a great place to start. The 5000 model sports a dual-core Intel Core i3-7130 CPU, plus 4GB of DDR4 RAM for snappy performance when multitasking. The 15.6-inch IPS touch laptop display has a crisp 1080p Full HD resolution, while the Intel UHD Graphics 620 integrated GPU provides enough power for light gaming. The large 1TB hard drive also offers plenty of room for all of your files and software.
The Inspiron 15 5000 2-in-1 is already pretty budget-friendly at its usual price of $549, but a $120 discount on B&H brings this foldable tablet-like hybrid laptop down to $429. You may also want to take a look at the Dell XPS line if you’re looking for something with a little more power. Dell Small Business also offers some great choices if you’re looking to cover your growing team.
Lenovo ThinkPad E580 — $555
Lenovo has also been riding the 2-in-1 trend with its Lenovo Yoga and Lenovo Ideapad series, but when it comes to solid laptops built for work, it still doesn’t get much better than the classic ThinkPad. ThinkPads have been around for a long time and remain popular for a reason they’re built to last. You don’t have to spend a fortune for one, either, and the ThinkPad E580 is a great midrange Windows machine.
The E580 packs a 7th-gen Intel Core i5-7200 processor, 4GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 500GB 7,200rpm hard drive that offers faster performance than the 5,400rpm HDDs of yesteryear. It’s also on sale right now: A $124 savings brings it down to $555 from B&H. You can also grab it from Amazon for around the same price, or pick up an Ideapad for even less.
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While it used to be the case that gaming laptops lagged far behind desktop PCs in the hardware department, recent years have seen this gap shrink considerably thanks to models like the Dell G3 15, which is our favorite budget gaming laptop owing to its impressive price-to-performance ratio. An 8th-generation Intel Core i5-8300H processor, Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU, and 8GB of RAM easily tackle most games, while the 1TB HDD offers plenty of storage.
You’d normally expect to pay $200 to $300 more for a gaming laptop with hardware similar to a desktop PC a comparable desktop running an Nvidia GTX 1050 would set you back around $500 to $600 without any peripherals. Considering that laptops already have displays and keyboards, the Dell G3 15 is a great deal starting at $600 ($200 off) from Dell with free shipping, and is a solid laptop deal for anyone looking for a machine that can handle both work and play. This is a limited deal, so be sure to grab it while it’s still in stock.
HP Pavilion gaming laptop — $800
For another great gaming laptop that has a little more juice than the Dell G3 (while still ringing in at well under a grand), check out the Pavilion from HP, which packs an Nvidia GTX 1060 arguably the best “bang for buck” GPU around right now. This graphics card, together with an 8th-generation i7-8750 CPU and 8GB of RAM, delivers plenty of power for running modern games at high settings with a good deal more future-proofing than you’ll get with the 1050. You also get a large 7,200 RPM 1TB HDD, which offers snappier performance than standard hard drives along with all of the storage you’ll ever need.
Most gaming laptops with a GTX 1060 run for as much as $1,200, but the HP Pavilion is currently available for just $800 from Walmart while stock lasts. This is one the best prices we’ve ever seen so far for a laptop with this GPU.
Pretty much all of the major PC manufacturers are offering 2-in-1 hybrid models today, but HP has remained at the forefront of this trend with its excellent Spectre series. The Spectre x360 13t is the smaller member of this HP PC family, hitting the Goldilocks zone in size with its 13.3-inch Full HD touch display. The lid’s hinge rotates so you can turn the display around and fold it flat, effectively turning the laptop into a tablet when you don’t need the keyboard and touchpad.
Under the hood, the Spectre x360 13t runs on an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor and Intel UHD 620 integrated GPU, along with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, which are excellent specs for a laptop of this size. The HP Spectre x360 13t touchscreen laptop can be yours for $950 from HP after a $200 discount.
Apple MacBook Air $989
MacBook deals can be fleeting, so back-to-school and fall sales are the perfect opportunities to find Apple hardware at a discount. Although laptops keep getting slimmer and lighter and Apple is no longer the only game in town, the MacBook Air is still a great choice if you’re looking for a lightweight computer and aren’t a big fan of Windows. This 2017 MacBook Air offers plenty of performance despite its size, with a 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5 CPU, a snappy 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and 128GB SSD of speedy flash storage.
The 13.3-inch display boasts a 1,400 x 900 HD resolution and the internal battery offers up to 12 hours of juice plenty for a full day’s work before needing to be replenished. A $110 discount knocks the MacBook Air down to $989 from Amazon, making this the best Apple laptop deal in our roundup.
MSI Apache Pro gaming laptop — $1,199
A laptop with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 will deliver even greater performance than the previous two gaming PCs we’ve listed, but most laptops with this GPU will bring you close to the $2,000 threshold. Enter the MSI Apache Pro, which can now be yours for $1,199. Along with the GTX 1070 graphics card with 8GB of VRAM, this laptop features an Intel i7-7700HQ CPU, 16GB of RAM, and both a 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD. These specs, plus a 17.3-inch widescreen display, propel the Apache Pro into the “desktop replacement” laptop category.
The MSI Apache Pro is already marked down to $1,399 on Newegg ($200 off of its usual price), but a limited-time $200 mail-in rebate means you can score it for an even cheaper $1,199. This is the same price as many laptops running the GTX 1060, and is about the cheapest you’re likely to find a new one with the beefier GTX 1070.
If the MacBook Air didn’t whet your appetite but you still want some Apple hardware, then we’ve got another pick for you. This 13-inch MacBook Pro is the newer model, featuring Apple’s Touch Bar along with a 3.1GHz Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB RAM, which combine to provide snappy performance for work, entertainment, and multitasking. Apple touches like a 256GB SSD, a super-crisp 2,560 x 1,600 resolution Retina display, and a backlit keyboard complete the package.
This 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar was priced at $1,799 when it was released, but you can now score one from B&H for a much more reasonable $1,399.
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