Best Ultrabook in 2021 — these are the best lightweight laptops
If you want a portable laptop, go with one of the best Ultrabooks. When a laptop is designated an Ultrabook, you can trust that it will be thin and lightweight yet offer long battery life. But as these ultraportable laptops grow in popularity, it becomes more difficult to choose the right one. Fortunately, we've done the hard work for you and ranked the best ultrathin laptops on the market.
The best thin and lightweight laptop right now is the Dell XPS 13, which has a sleek design, fast performance and a gorgeous display. If you don't want to spend so much fast, consider the Envy 13 (or Envy x360) — a $900 laptop that offers just about everything the Dell delivers. And macOS users really only have two choices: the MacBook Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro.
If you need a work machine, see our best business laptops rankings. Or if you're a student, we've put together a list of the best laptops for college. It's also worth checking out our best 13-inch laptops page as most of those listed below fall into this category.
What are the best Ultrabooks?
Dell's XPS 13 has been the best Ultrabook for several years running and the 2021 model is the best yet. It takes the edge-to-edge display Dell popularized years ago and amps it up by removing the bottom bezel. The effect is mesmerizing. On top of that, the XPS 13 offers fast performance and long battery life in the smallest chassis yet for the thin and light series.
If you don't want to spend so much, go with the HP Envy 13. It might not be quite as premium as the XPS 13 or its sibling, the Spectre x360 14, but at $800, you won't get much better. Apple fans or those who prefer macOS over Windows 10 should probably opt for the MacBook Air, which finally has a good keyboard.
Other top Ultrabooks to consider include the aforementioned HP Spectre x360 134 or its rival the Lenovo Yoga 9i. Lenovo still has the business market locked down with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad X1 Yoga although HP is making a serious claim with the new Elite Dragonfly.
1. Dell XPS 13 (Late 2020)
The best overall laptop
CPU: Intel Core i7-1165G7
GPU: Intel Iris Xe
Display: 13.4-inch, 1920 x 1200
Size: 11.6 x 7.8 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 2.8 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Attractive, premium chassis+Powerful performance+No bezels whatsoever+Excellent battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Lacks legacy ports
The Dell XPS 13 is a serious workhorse. Powered by up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with Iris Xe graphics, the notebook is ready for work or play. And with over 12 hours of battery life, you've got plenty of time for both, The notebook consistently performed either better or on a par with competing systems.
But rest assured, the laptop is just as pretty as it is powerful. The company managed to make a laptop that's smaller and lighter than previous models. Despite the smaller size, Dell added some big changes, including a larger trackpad and keyboard. Plus, you get a 13.4-inch, near-bezeless display on every side –– the first in the world to do so.
It's an exercise in patient restraint, improving the notebook in a bunch of small ways that add up to a big leap for the system. If you're looking for the total package, the Dell XPS 13 is the laptop for you.
See our full Dell XPS 13 (Late 2020) review. If you want to upgrade the screen, read our Dell XPS 13 4K review and Dell XPS 13 OLED review.
2. HP Envy 14
The best 14-inch laptop
CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7
GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620/Nvidia GeForce MX250
Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p or 4K
Size: 12.1 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 2.8 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Powerful performance and graphics+Sleek design+Relatively bright and colorful display+Decent battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Slow SSD-Speakers could be better
We can see the HP Envy 14 as the perfect laptop for many people. It has a powerful Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q GPU packed into a sleek aluminum chassis. Not to mention a vivid 14-inch, 1920 x 1200-pixel, 16:10 display and more than 9 hours of battery life. On top of that, you get a great keyboard.
All these perks make the Envy 14 the best laptop for people who wants a premium machine but aren't willing to pay HP Spectre prices. The HP Envy 14 (2021) has room for improvement, but overall, it’s a great performance laptop wrapped up in a small package.
See our full HP Envy 14 review
3. HP Envy 13 (2021)
The best 13-inch laptop for the money
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
GPU: AMD Radeon Graphics
Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p
Size: 12.1 x 7.7 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 2.9 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Outstanding performance+1080p display is bright and vivid+Stylish and compact aluminum design+Long battery life
Reasons to avoid
-No IR camera
The HP Envy 13 is the best laptop for under $1,000 and one of the best 13-inch laptops on the market. While it still has a plastic touchpad, the Envy 13 is a fantastic value if you want the best laptop for less than four figures. What makes this such a great deal is its entirely aluminum design and the excellent 11th Gen Intel Core CPUs.
In our testing, we found that an Envy 13 with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 delivers fast performance for almost any task. This specific Envy costs just $900 and can outmuscle laptops that cost well over $1,000. Moreover, the Envy 13 has a bright, vivid 13.3-inch display and a comfortable keyboard.
There is very little we don't like about the Envy 13. If you can get over the lack of an IR camera (there is a fingerprint sensor), then it is the ultimate money-saving laptop.
See our HP Envy 13 (2021) review
4. MacBook Air with M1
The best MacBook for most
CPU: Apple M1
Display: 13.3 inches, 2560 x 1600 pixels
Size: 12 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 2.8 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Breathtaking performance+Outstanding battery life+Slim unibody aluminum chassis+iPhone and iPad app support
Reasons to avoid
-Few ports-Design could use an update
The new MacBook Air is top among the best MacBooks for those who don't want to spend too much.
The new MacBook Air is an improvement over the previous model in every way, bringing monumental performance and battery life enhancements. Those bold claims Apple made about the M1? They weren't exaggerations. This MacBook Air out-muscles every laptop in its class while lasting a full day on a charge. And it does so with a fanless design, meaning the Air is pin-drop silent.
Add a gorgeous new OS, webcam improvements, and better integration with iPadOS and iOS (including mobile app support) to the mix, and the laptop earns my wholehearted recommendation. You'd think all these improvements would come at a hefty cost, and yet, the new MacBook Air maintains a $999 starting price.
See our full Apple MacBook Air with M1 review
5. HP Spectre x360 14
The best 2-in-1 laptop
CPU: Core i5/Core i7
GPU: Intel Iris Plus
Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p or 4K
Size: 12.1 x 7.7 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 2.7 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Stunning, ultraportable design+Epic battery life+Bright, vivid display with thinner bezels+Fast overall performance
Reasons to avoid
-Lots of bloatware-Shrill speakers at max volume
The Spectre x360 14 is the best 2-in-1 laptop ever. Newly released for 2021, the 13.5-inch model builds upon its predecessors but adds useful new features including a 3:2 aspect ratio display and 11th Gen Intel CPUs with Iris Xe graphics. Highlights of this laptop include a stunning design, bright and vivid 1920 x 1280-pixel IPS and 3K2K OLED display options, epic 12+ hour battery life and fast overall performance.
Add to that a generously sized touchpad that is silky to the touch as well as a comfortable (albeit shallow) keyboard, excellent security options (fingerprint sensor and facial recognition) and a good selection of ports, and well, it's easy to see why we like this laptop so much.
We recommend buying the Spectre x360 14 over the Envy 13 if you have the money, especially if you need the flexible design. In fact, the Spectre x360 14 is the best HP laptop if you want a convertible notebook. Sure, it has a few faults, but those are easily forgotten once you get this beauty in your hands.
See our HP Spectre x360 14 review
6. Lenovo Yoga 9i
Another excellent 2-in-1 laptop
CPU: Intel Core i7-1185G7
GPU: Iris Xe
Display: 14-inch, 1080p or 4K
Size: 12.6 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 3 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Fast overall performance+Colorful 14-inch, 1080p display+11+ hour battery life+Great rotating speaker
Reasons to avoid
-No IR camera
The successor to the excellent Yoga C940, the Lenovo Yoga 9i takes a proven formula and refines it. Subtle design improvements, long battery life (11:15) and refreshed 11th Gen Intel processors make the Yoga 9i a worthy successor to one of last year's top 2-in-1 laptops.
As you'd expect from a Yoga-series laptop, the Yoga 9i has a premium, ultra-portable chassis and a unique hinge that doubles as a rotating soundbar speaker. As a 2-in-1, that hinge can rotate 360-degrees to convert the Yoga 9i into a tablet or be placed in tent mode so you can watch movies without a keyboard in the way. When it comes to viewing content, the Yoga 9i's 1080p (4K is available) display is crisp, vibrant and bright.
For all the basics it gets right, my favorite things about the Yoga 9i are its extra features, which include a webcam cover (no more need to buy tape), a slot for the improved Active Pen and a fingerprint sensor. Unfortunately, there is no IR camera.
See our Lenovo Yoga 9i review.
7. Asus ZenBook 13 UX325EA
A killer Ultrabook value
CPU: Intel Core i7-1165G7
GPU: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Storage: 1TB M.2 PCI 3.0 SSD
Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p
Size: 11.9 x 8 x 0.5 inches
Weight: 2.5 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Sleek, lightweight frame+Powerful overall and gaming performance+Excellent battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Weak speakers-Display could be brighter
Good luck finding a better laptop than Asus' ZenBook 13 UX325EA for under $1,000. Want a gorgeous chassis? You got it! Want long battery life? Of course, you do! And the ZenBook 13 delivers here, too. And if you want quick performance and a great keyboard, well, I think you can guess where I'm going with this. But wait, don't the other laptops in this list deliver in those areas as well? Yes, but not for only $999.
Asus' ZenBook line has historically delivered on value and now it returns with the ZenBook 13 UX325EA after a brief hiatus. For $999, you can the latest Intel 11th Gen Core i7-1165G7 CPU with Iris Xe graphics, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD. It's a specs-to-price ratio you just won't find in premium laptops from other brands. The icing on the cake is the 13 hours and 47 minutes of battery life, which makes this one of the longest-lasting laptops we've ever tested. So yes, the ZenBook 13 UX352EA is a fantastic choice.
See our Asus ZenBook 13 UX325EA review
1. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 9)
Best overall business laptop
CPU: 11th Gen Intel Core i5/Core i7
GPU: Iris Xe
Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB SSD
Display: 14-inch, 1920 x 1200-pixel 16:10
Size: 12.4 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 2.5 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Slim, lightweight design+Good 14-inch, 16:10 FHD+ display+Class-leading keyboard+Great quad speakers+Epic battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Poor 720p webcam-No card slot
Lenovo made several welcome changes to the 9th Gen edition of its flagship business Ultrabook. Along with fast performance from 11th Gen Intel CPUs, you get epic battery life, powerful quad speakers, a new 14-inch display with a 16:10 aspect ratio, and plenty of ports, all in an impossibly lightweight chassis (2.5 pounds).
But it's still those classic ThinkPad features — a durable design (with MIL-STD-810G strength), best-in-class keyboard and stealthy black/red aesthetics — that carry the X1 Carbon to greatness.
Yes, we wish the ThinkPad X1 Carbon hadn't ditched the SD card reader in the previous, and top configurations can get very expensive, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a better overall business machine.
See our full Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 (Gen 9) review.
9. Acer Swift 3 (2020, AMD)
The best performance on a budget
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
GPU: AMD Radeon graphics
Display: 14-inch, 1080p
Size: 12.7 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 2.7 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Herculean performance+A beastly multitasker+Clicky keyboard+Fingerprint scanner
Reasons to avoid
You won't find faster performance for the price than what the Acer Swift 3 with AMD CPUs offers. For just $649, you can get it configured with the ridiculously fast Ryzen 7 4700U CPU, which even outperformed the MacBook Pro in many of our tests. It is truly a price-to-performance ratio we haven't ever seen before.
Other things we like about the Swift 3 include its lightweight design (2.7 pounds) and that it comes with a fingerprint reader. The keyboard is also a bright spot, delivering a satisfying typing experience. And while the display is a tad dim, that is easily forgotten when you're multitasking demanding workloads on a laptop that costs well below $1,000.
See our full Acer Swift 3 (2020, AMD) review.
10. Asus ZenBook 13 (UX334FLC)
CPU: Intel Core i7-10510U CPU
GPU: Nvidia GeForce MX250
Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p
Size: 11.9 x 7.4 x 0.76 inches
Weight: 2.8 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Attractive chassis+Military-grade durability+Touchpad doubles as a mini-display+Nice variety of ports
Reasons to avoid
It's a bit thicker than some of the other options in this roundup but the ZenBook 13 earns its spot for having an innovative secondary display and discrete graphics in a relatively portable chassis. Speaking of the chassis, the ZenBook 13 is a gorgeous laptop whose dark blue aluminum frame stands out against its bland peers and is tested to military-grade durability.
If that indigo hue doesn't catch your eyes, the ScreenPad 2.0, a touchpad that doubles as a mini display, certainly will. You can use the extra screen real estate to extend the main display or you can launch and control apps straight from your touchpad. While the ZenBook 13 has a dim display, it makes up for it with good audio, a decent selection of ports and a discrete GPU.
Read our full Asus ZenBook 13 UX334FLC review.
How to choose an Ultrabook
The word "Ultrabook" officially refers to notebooks that meet Intel's strict standards for weight, thickness and usability. These days, nonbusiness laptops rarely carry the chipmaker's official Ultrabook label, but many people still use the term to describe super thin and light laptops of all kinds.
We've listed our favorite lightweight Ultrabooks on this page. If you're shopping for one, consider the following:
- Three Pounds or Less: If you want a system that's really easy on your arms, look for one that's under this threshold.
- 9+ Hours of Battery Life: What good is a highly portable laptop if you need to re-charge it every few hours? Look for systems that lasted at least 9 hours on the Laptop Mag Battery Test.
- The Right Ports: Decide what ports you absolutely need, before you buy. Some Ultrabooks only have USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3 ports, while others have a mix of both next-gen and legacy connectors.
- Touch or Non-Touch?: If you're buying a 2-in-1, a touch screen comes standard. However, if you're getting a clamshell laptop, touch may cost extra and could drain battery life.
How we test Ultrabooks
We put Ultrabooks through extensive benchmark testing -- both synthetic and real-world -- before they end up in the hands of our reviewers. We evaluate everything from speed and battery life to display brightness, speaker volume and system heat.
We use a Klein K10 colorimeter to detect the brightness and sRGB color gamut of a laptop's display. For performance benchmarking, we run the laptop through a gauntlet of benchmarks, including Geekbench 4.3 and 5.0 and 3DMark professional graphics tests.
To determine real-world performance, we task the laptop to convert a 4K video to 1080p resolution and to duplicate a 4.97GB multimedia file. Our real-world graphics test is the Dirt 3 benchmark with medium settings and 1080p resolution.
We also run heat tests by playing a 15-minute full-screen video and our battery test consists of continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness. We consider everything over the category average (8 hours and 36 minutes) to be a good result. Of course, these tests are complemented with hands-on testing from our reviewers.
Looking for a laptop bargain? We’ve rounded up some of the best deals you can find right now.
Big manufacturers launch their new range of laptops on an annual basis, even before last year’s stock has fully sold out. This, plus heavy competition between brands and retailers, means there are always deals to be had.
But not all price cuts are as attractive as they appear. Read on for our expert pick of some genuine bargains, and find out how to spot your own.
Looking for a laptop for less than £500? Read our guide on the best cheap laptops.
Best laptop deals for October 2021
Here are the best deals we've found as of 1st October.
Acer Swift 1 SF114-34 - £360
- 10% price drop this month
- 14-inch Full HD display
- Two USB 3.0 ports, USB-C and HDMI socket
We like: Thin and light
We didn’t like: Narrow screen viewing angle
This budget 14-inch laptop has a quad-core Intel Pentium N6000 processor, 4GB of Ram and a 128GB SSD – decent specifications for the price.
The Swift 1 normally sells for around £400, but you can get 10% off this month. Buy it in Argos for £360.
Read our full Acer Swift 1 SF114-34 review.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5 inch - £750
- £249 saving on launch price
- 13.5-inch laptop
- 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor
We like: Design and build, fast
We didn’t like: Lacks some basic ports, rivals have better battery life
The Microsoft Surface Laptop is currently on sale at John Lewis with an impressive £249 discount. It's interesting this model is still widely available, despite being superseded by the Surface Laptop 4 several months ago, but this is a cracking deal either way.
Read our full Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 review before you commit to buy.
Asus Chromebook Flip C433TA - £399
- Intel Core m3 processor
- 8GB of Ram
- 64GB storage
We like: Useful two-in-one design
We didn’t like: Storage could be larger
The Asus Chromebook Flip C433TA features a two-in-one design that lets you use it either like a standard laptop, or as a tablet-like touchscreen device. It’s currently cheapest at Currys and John Lewis where it can currently be had for £399.
Read our full Asus Chromebook Flip C433TA review to see if it meets your needs.
Wondering if your next computer can run Windows 11? Use our Windows 11 requirements checker to find out.
How to get the best deals on specific laptop brands
If you have a particular brand in mind for your next laptop, you need to know where to look. Read our independent laptop reviews to ensure you get the best deal.
Acer laptop deals
You can often find deals on Acer’s UK website that aren’t available elsewhere. The website also lists a wider range of specifications on certain models that you won’t find on the high street, so it’s always worth checking here as well as the usual online stores.
Apple laptop deals
We’ve found Apple laptops are very often cheaper and available for faster delivery when you don't buy direct from Apple. The main reason you’d buy directly is if you wanted a specification (such as a processor, Ram and storage) combination that isn’t available anywhere else - but be warned, this way you’re less likely to bag a bargain.
Read all of our Apple laptop reviews
Asus laptop deals
Asus laptops are found in a wide range of retailers in various configurations, so it’s always worth shopping around. The company also sells directly on its website, but its prices are mostly higher than other retailers.
If you’re a student, you can get 15% off if you buy direct.
Read our Asus laptop reviews
Dell laptop deals
You’ll find the largest range of Dell laptops on the Dell website. If you’re looking at a Dell laptop at a retailer, check whether there’s a cheaper (or better-specified model) available direct from Dell before you buy.
Dell often has some kind of online voucher code or discount active, so it pays to wait for one before buying.
Read our Dell laptop reviews
HP laptop deals
HP laptops are found in nearly every laptop retailer, but most of the ‘deals’ you’ll find are at Currys PC World, with dozens of models available. Most HP laptops go on sale at a higher price, and then are discounted by at least £100 after around a month.
HP also sells directly through its website, so it’s always worth checking for discounts and voucher codes.
Read our HP laptop reviews
Lenovo laptop deals
Like Asus laptops, Lenovo models are found scattered around the high street and at online-only retailers, so it’s worth doing your research. We’ve often found the best price can be found buying direct on Lenovo’s website, so always check there before you buy.
Read our Lenovo laptop reviews
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When and where are the best laptops on sale?
You should rarely consider paying full price for a laptop, but just because a deal exists doesn’t mean it’s special. Find out how to see through the tricks of the trade at key retailers.
Currys PC World deals and ‘clearance’ sales
At certain times of year, Currys PC World loads up its clearance pages with laptop deals. Despite what the term ‘clearance’ might suggest, discounts on these models can sometimes be very small.
If you spot a discount, do double-check whether rival stores are selling it for less. We've seen laptops initially go on sale for a higher price and then drop to a more regular price.
Currys PC World also operates a price-matching scheme that may not always be as good as it seems. Many of the laptops the retailer sells are exclusive to the store; it might be an exclusive colour or a slight change in specification, but it’s enough to mean the model doesn’t quality for a price match.
Amazon laptop deals
Amazon isn’t well known for its laptop deals, but it does have a wide variety of notebooks on sale at any given time. However, many of its best-sellers are actually quite old and some are even second-hand. It’s always worth double-checking Amazon in case it has a laptop you’re interested in on discount.
Also, be wary of small-brand laptops sold exclusively on Amazon. We’ve tested a few and none of them have impressed despite the seemingly overwhelming number of positive reviews from buyers.
Argos laptop deals
Argos often has good deals on individual laptops, so it’s always worth checking back there occasionally to see what’s new. Watch for ‘deals’ marked as ‘WOW’, as these can quite often not be deals at all and simply reflect Argos wanting you to pay attention to a product. Also look for pointers that say ‘Great new price’ as we’ve seen in the past that new price can actually be higher than the old one.
The best bet for Argos deals is to look for ‘clearance’ deals as these are normally genuine discounts.
Black Friday: the best time to find a great cheap laptop deal?
While there are deals on laptops year round, the best time to nab a genuine bargain is usually around the Black Friday/Cyber Monday season. These days, this extends through most of November.
Take a look at the laptop market in the lead-up to the sale, though; it can be advantageous to understand how prices change so you can make a judgement on whether a deal is really as good as it looks.
It will also pay to make a list of a few laptops you'd be interested in if they went on discount. That way, when the deals start rolling in, you already know what it is you want and don't get tempted in by other deals on laptops you aren't familiar with.
You can get some great discounts if you're prepared to buy a refurbished or second-hand laptop. Find out how to get a bargain - see how to buy a second-hand or refurbished laptop.
Deals on laptops for students: sales in September
There are also sales in the ‘back-to-school season’ in August and September - look out for them at Currys PC World in particular. These are usually on the very latest models that will have launched earlier in the summer, with laptops from £200 to £600 getting some sort of discount.
This is great if you’re after the very latest tech, although you’ll often find better deals on older models if you hold out until Black Friday. Of course, if you’re heading to uni and need a computer, this isn’t always possible.
See our best laptops for studentsguide for recommendations, including advice on picking the right model for your needs and budget.
Best laptop 2021: 15 best laptops you can buy
The best laptop of 2021 can come with a variety of brands, prices, and features. Here, we’ve got the rest of the best laptops, Windows 10 business notebooks, gaming rigs, Chromebooks, laptops for school, and 2-in-1 convertibles.
Our current pick for the best laptop of 2021 is the MacBook Air. It’s a device that does just about everything right. While it’s certainly not a perfect device, there are no major flaws. It’s a great pick for productivity, browsing, and even light gaming.
We live in a world where smartphones are ubiquitous, tablets are commonplace, and even smartwatches are a thing that people talk about on the regular. But throughout all of these advances, the humble laptop has persevered — and for good reason. When it comes time to work, whether that's editing photos, writing a lot of emails, composing documents, or staying in touch with colleagues and family, we’re here with our top picks to help you find the best laptop for the job.
It's getting harder to buy a bad laptop, but what separates the best laptop of 2021 from good laptops is how they balance power, efficiency, portability, and comfort. The top laptop should have a fantastic keyboard and trackpad — after all, those are the two biggest reasons you'd choose a laptop over a smartphone or tablet. Its display should be easy on the eyes, bright, and sharp enough that you aren't distracted by jagged edges and visible pixels. It should be powerful enough for most anything short of intensive video editing and advanced gaming. It should be easy to carry around from place to place, and it should be able to last all day without needing to be plugged in.
In our view, the best laptop for budget shoppers is the HP Envy x360 13. For a sub-$1,000 price, it delivers performance on par with much more expensive laptops.
Our other picks for the best laptops, Chromebooks, and 2-in-1s of 2021 include the Asus ROG Zephyrus G15, the MacBook Pro 16, and the HP Spectre x360 14. Check out the full list of best laptop picks below or our roundup of the best gaming laptops, if you’re looking for a powerful machine that doesn’t sacrifice portability.
1. MacBook Air (late 2020)
The best laptop of 2021
The late-2020 MacBook Air, powered by Apple’s M1 processor, is the best laptop you can buy. The base model, which includes 8GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, starts at $999.
Appearance-wise, this laptop has a lot in common with the Intel-powered MacBook Air that Apple released earlier this year, including the same 2560 x 1600 screen, Touch ID, 720p webcam, fingerprint sensor, and scissor-switch keyboard.
But the new processor is the star of the show here; it’s fast. In our testing, it handled intense photo- and video-editing workloads better than almost any Intel-powered laptop we’ve tried this year. It was also able to run Shadow of the Tomb Raider at close-to-playable frame rates, which is quite a feat for integrated graphics. At launch, these apps hadn’t yet been optimized for the M1 processor and were running through Apple’s Rosetta 2 translation layer — but they still worked fine.
And the processing power didn’t even weigh down the battery life: we got between eight and 10 hours of sustained work.
Another benefit of the M1 processor is that it enables the MacBook Air to run iPhone and iPad apps natively on macOS. As of this writing, there still isn’t a huge selection of mobile apps available, and some that have been released aren’t quite optimized for the laptop screen. Still, it’s a benefit we can look forward to as time goes on.
Overall, there’s no reason that a general-use customer shouldn’t consider the MacBook Air. It’s a reliable device with excellent performance, as well as the excellence in build quality for which Apple is known. Power users who need a MacBook Pro probably know who they are; the Air should be fine for everyone else.
2. HP Spectre x360 14
The best Windows laptop
It’s hard to come up with a single complaint about the Spectre x360 14. It’s a drop-dead gorgeous machine with a sturdy build and a premium look and feel.
But the Spectre x360 14 isn’t just pretty to look at: it’s also a pleasure to use as a daily work driver. Intel’s latest 11th Gen processors and Iris Xe integrated graphics deliver snappy performance with no slowdown or freezes that we observed. And we got an average of 10 hours of battery life out of the device — one of the best results we’ve ever seen.
On the outside, the Spectre includes a roomy 3:2 display, and if FHD resolution doesn’t suit your fancy, there are OLED and 1,000-nit options available. There’s even a packaged stylus, which attaches magnetically to the side of the Spectre — handy if you’re using the device as a tablet. Pretty much every other aspect of this laptop, from its comfortable keyboard and smooth touchpad to its bass-heavy audio and practical port selection, rivals or exceeds the best convertibles on the market.
Such an exceptional package of features doesn’t come cheap, and many customers will find everything they need in a less expensive product. But the Spectre x360 14 is the new gold standard of Windows convertibles. Overall, it’s the best Windows laptop you can buy.
3. Asus ROG Zephyrus G15
The best gaming laptop in 2021
At just over four pounds, the Zephyrus G15 is one of the lightest 15-inch gaming laptops you can buy. But you’re not compromising performance for that portability. The G15 is powered by the top mobile chips AMD and Nvidia have to offer, and pairs thim with a fast 165Hz QHD display. In our testing, the system was able to handle even the toughest AAA titles at QHD resolution.
Almost everything else about the G15 is great too: the audio sounds good, the keyboard and touchpad are some of the best on the market, the port selection has just about everything you’d need, and the battery can last over eight and a half hours to a charge. If you’re looking for a high-powered gaming machine that also works great as a daily driver, the Zephyrus G15 should be at the top of your list.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 is an exceptional gaming laptop for all kinds of customer.
4. LG Gram 17 (2021)
The best laptop in 2021 for big-screen fans
Even if you’ve used a light laptop before, it’s difficult to explain how light the LG Gram 17 is. It has a massive 17-inch display, but it’s somehow only three pounds. Picking it up messes with your mind; you feel like you’re not holding anything.
But the Gram 17’s weight isn’t the only standout feature. It also has some of the best battery life you can get, lasting over 12 hours in our testing. Add a great keyboard, a solid port selection, quiet fans, and a fast processor, and there’s very little not to like about this device.
Not everyone needs a 17-inch display, and many folks who do are looking for a heavier-duty workstation that probably doesn’t get moved very often. But if you’d just really like a large screen for your daily office work and Netflixing, you’re the target demographic for this machine. It’s a niche, but truly impressive device without much real competition in today’s market.
LG Gram 17
The LG Gram 17 is our choice for the best lightweight 17-inch laptop to buy in 2021.
5. HP Envy x360 (2020)
The best budget laptop in 2021
You don’t need to spend $1,000 to get a laptop that looks and feels premium. The HP Envy x360 2020 is the best budget laptop you can buy, thanks to its sturdy and compact build, chic convertible design, and excellent performance.
Part of what makes the Envy so great is that HP has ported over a number of elements from its excellent 2019 flagship, the Spectre x360, including the thin-and-light chassis and nearly bezel-free display with an 88 percent screen-to-body ratio. The touchscreen (which supports HP’s MPP2.0 pen) is bright and looks great. (You can choose a 300-nit, 400-nit, or 1,000-nit panel). And HP has added a row of convenient hotkeys to the keyboard, including kill switches for the microphone and webcam.
But the most exciting feature is inside: the new Envy x360 is powered by AMD’s Ryzen 4000 series. The Ryzen 5-4500U in my model did an outstanding job with a fairly heavy load of multitasking. And AMD’s integrated Radeon graphics delivered good gaming performance comparable to what you’d expect from a lower-powered discrete GPU.
6. MacBook Pro 13 (late 2020)
The best MacBook Pro for everyday users
If you’re looking to buy an M1 MacBook for heavier workloads, you’ll want to look at the late-2020 MacBook Pro. It starts at $1,299, which is $300 more than the late-2020 MacBook Air.
The MacBook Pro has a slightly different design and look than the Air, as well as a few additional features like the Touch Bar. But the two have the same processor. The main difference is that the Pro includes a fan (the Air is fanless), which means it can sustain heavy workloads for a longer period of time without needing to throttle its performance. But you won’t notice much of a performance difference between the two MacBooks unless you’re routinely pushing heavy tasks for long periods of time.
If that’s you, though, go for the Pro. We were able to run a number of hefty Premiere Pro exports and didn’t see a dip in times. The Pro also achieved a significantly higher score than the Air in a 30-minute loop of Cinebench R23; the scores were closer together after a single run.
7. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
A great 2-in-1 laptop
If you’re looking for a convertible laptop that does just about everything right, we recommend Dell’s latest XPS 13 2-in-1. It features a sturdy and well-made chassis, a nearly bezel-free 16:10 touch display, and Intel’s newest 11th Gen processors.
The base model, for $1,099, includes a Core i3-1154G4, 8GB of RAM, a 1920 x 1200 display, and a 256GB SSD. You can spec that up to a 3840 x 2400 display, a Core i7-1165G7, 32GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. There are various add-ons as well: you can pay $50 extra for a white model and $60 to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. Basically, there’s something for everyone.
Dell has made a few minor tweaks to the 2-in-1 since last year’s model. The webcam now supports Windows Hello, and the RAM and microSD reader have been upgraded. But the exciting news is the new chip and, in particular, Intel’s new integrated graphics. The XPS 13 2-in-1 did a better job than any 10th Gen laptop with an iGPU on our Adobe Premiere Pro export test. And you can even play some games on this thing: it broke 60fps on Rocket League, League of Legends, and Overwatch, and even managed 36fps on Shadow of the Tomb Raider at its lowest settings. That’s an improvement over the results we saw from 10th Gen systems, and it also beats some 11th Gen systems (including the clamshell Dell XPS 13).
Of course, it’s not perfect. The port selection is limited (as is customary for modern XPS models) and the keyboard is a bit flat for my taste. But overall, the 2-in-1 excels on the fundamentals: build quality, display, performance, and battery life. What more could you want?
8. Dell XPS 13 (late 2020)
The best laptop for college
The Dell XPS 13 is a compact and reliable laptop. Its beautiful chassis, excellent 16:10 display, and great performance make it an excellent choice for general-purpose users.
This late-2020 model comes with Intel’s new Tiger Lake processors, from a Core i3-1154G4 up to a Core i7-1165G7. It starts at $999, so it’s a bit cheaper than the 2-in-1.
My review unit (an i7 model) blew through the work tasks I needed it to do without any slowdown or heat. It did quite well, and handily beat its 10th Gen predecessor in both gaming and media work. It didn’t do as well as the XPS 13 2-in-1, which is why that model is ranked higher on this list. But if you like the look and feel of the XPS 13 and would prefer a clamshell model (or need a bouncier keyboard), this XPS is still a great option.
There’s an OLED model of the XPS 13 as well, which costs $300 more than the FHD model. This model has worse battery life, but does deliver a stunning picture.
Dell XPS 13 (late 2020)
Dell’s XPS 13 is the ultimate execution on the traditional thin-and-light clamshell laptop design. It’s sleek and compact, has a great keyboard and trackpad, and has excellent performance.
Buy laptops online at the best prices in India
Laptops, since the time of their advent, have managed to set a trend that completely altered the way people work with computers. The main reason behind this is the portability factor that leads to instant access to information. With time, many variants of laptops came into being, like the notebook, ultrabook, netbook,2 in one Laptops and more. Choosing the best laptop online that satisfies your requirements as a user is very important. The best laptop brands including Dell Laptops, HP laptops, Lenovo laptops, Acer laptops, Apple MacBooks, Asus Laptops and more, always assure you of quality service and can be blindly relied upon.
Latest technology in laptops- Find the striking features & specifications
When you look to buy a laptop online, the first thing that you must consider is the kind of application you want to use it for. Is gaming your priority or you want the device for your business needs or travel or the like, or do you need one for usual everyday activities? After deciding on this, you must go to the next step of zeroing in on the specifications and features you want to in your laptop.
The operating system, processor type and RAM are the primary factors you must consider. Some of the popular operating systems used are Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 10 Pro and Mac OS while other open-source operating systems options are DOS, Linux and Ubuntu.
While selecting the right laptop processor for your application type, you can either choose from mainstream processors like AMD A8 and Intel Core i3 or, if you are looking for high-performance processors you can go for AMD A10, Intel Core i5 and Core i7.For everyday use laptops, AMD E1, E2, A4, A6, Intel Celeron Dual core and Pentium Quad Core should do the trick.
Multitasking and Processing requirement can be fulfilled by choosing RAM from various option ranging from 2GB to 16GB.
Other factors you should look for are the hard disk capacity (ranging from 32GB up to 2TB), screen size and the type of laptop. The type includes variants like notebooks, 2-in-1 laptops, netbooks, ultrabooks and Chromebooks. A notebook is smaller than a briefcase and can be easily carried around and used in aeroplanes, libraries, etc. Ultrabook, the name coined by Intel, are stylish and sleek looking laptops which also give an impressive performance. A netbook is a small form computer that is aimed at very low intense processing requirements like word processing, running a Web browser and connecting wirelessly to the Internet.
Cloud computing is all over the place and a Chromebook lets you utilize this awesome technology. Chromebooks run on Google's Chrome OS and these have most applications and documents living in the cloud.Laptops with and without touchscreen can also be chosen from. Other options include a Backlit keyboard, HD Webcam, Optical DVD drive, Number of USB ports, HDMI port availability and WLAN port availability.
The best laptops to invest in
Unarguably, the top brands under laptops are always the go-to for finding the best laptop model you can invest in. Apart from the aforementioned brands, Dell, Asus, Microsoft, Micromax, i-ball are other laptops that are reliable and worthy of their price.
You can choose from a deluge of great models like the HP Core i3 6th Gen- this one is a good investment for those who are looking for budget laptops aimed at everyday normal use. It has a robust configuration, good battery back-up, ample storage at an affordable price.
The Lenovo Ideapad 110 laptop (Core i3 6th Gen) is another good option. This is a decently priced laptop and is great for entertainment-related usage. It houses a powerful processor and can hence take on multitasking with ease. It also has excellent battery back up.
The Apple MacBook Air Core i5 5th Gen is one model which is always an entirely reliable option. From its slim and stylish look to its great performance, the MacBook is go-to for those who look for great quality.
The Acer ES 15 Core i3 6th Gen is another budget-friendly laptop which is worthy of its price. It boasts of outstanding battery backup, superior RAM, fast processor and much more.
The aforementioned models are only some of the top trending models of the day. Apart from them, many other latest models like HP APU Quad Core E2 6th Gen, Dell Inspiron Core i3 6th Gen, Micromax Canvas Laptop II (WIFI) Atom 4th Gen and many more are also available at the best laptop prices online.
Types of laptops based on application
These days, with the gaming mania spreading really fast, gaming freaks are bent upon getting the best gaming laptop online from the plethora of choices.
How to buy a gaming laptop?
Answer: Look for the following specifications:
1. GPU( Graphics Card): This is the most important aspect you must check on a gaming laptop. Choose from AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics to get high-quality experience.
2. Processor(CPU): You can choose between Intel and AMD. A quad-core i5 processor would be enough for most gamers. An octa-core i7 will give the best power output.
3.RAM: 8GB RAM is the basic and better choice for gaming. But if you aim to stream your games, or do a lot of video editing, you can go for 12GB or 16GB RAM.
4. Drive: You must always go for SSD over HDD owing to the speed boost it can give for booting up and loading games.
Some of the best gaming laptop brands that you can purchase are Alienware, MSI, Predator, ROG – Republic of gamers, Omen and Legion.
Other types are laptops used primarily for business or travel, everyday use, for better performance and multitasking and more.
Laptops - Frequently Asked Questions
1. Which is the best laptop to buy under Rs 50,000?
Answer: While buying a laptop online, you must consider what application you want to use it for. Do you want to buy a laptop for your business needs, everyday activities or gaming? Once you decide this, you can zero in on the specifications and features. Under Rs 50,000 there is a wide range of laptop from top brands that you can choose from. Some of the good models are HP Imprint Core i3 6th Gen laptop, Acer Aspire 3 Celeron Dual Core laptop, Dell Inspiron Core i3 6th Gen and many more options can be found under 50,000.
2. Which laptop is best for gaming?
Answer: These are some of the factors you should look into while buying a gaming laptop:
GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)- choose from AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce and the like, the CPU for assuring smooth performance- choose from Intel, AMD and the like, RAM – the amount of RAM is important for smooth gaming. Go for laptops like Acer Predator Helios 300 Core i7 7th Gen, MSI CX Core i7 7th Gen, Lenovo Legion Core i7 7th Gen among others.
3. How can I increase my laptop's speed? It is a Windows-based device.
Answer: To increase the speed of a laptop you can do the following activities:
i) Clean your laptop- remove all software that you are not using on a regular basis. Use a PC cleaner and optimization tool like CC Cleaner to clean up your PC.
ii) Keep your Windows OS updated.
iii) Increase your RAM if possible.
iv) Check with a malware scanner if your PC is affected by some malware infection or rogue programs.
Follow the above steps in order to ensure better performance of your laptop.
4. What is the difference between an engineering laptop and one for art students?
Answer: Engineering students need to install and use a number of technical software like CAD, AutoCAD, ANSYS, Solidworks, MATLAB and the like for various designing and project related work. Hence, a lot of disk space and smooth and fast operation are necessary. Hence, choosing a laptop with high-speed CPU, large RAM, large hard-disk drive memory are essential. Good options are HP 15 Core i5 6th Gen Notebook, Lenovo core i5 7th Gen Notebook, Dell Inspiron 7000 core Notebook, Apple MacBook Air Core i5 5th Gen laptop and more.
Arts students install and use a lot of designing software like Photoshop, Indesign, Lightroom and the like for their design and editing work. You can opt for an i3 core processor laptop like HP Pentium quad-core notebook, Dell Inspiron Core i3 6th Gen Notebook, Lenovo Core i3 6th Gen Ideapad Notebook among others.
5. What are the factors to be considered before buying a laptop?
Answer: Based on what application your laptop is to be used for, you can buy one with an appropriate RAM, processor, storage type and so on:
i) Processor: If you are buying a laptop only for your everyday activities and do not plan to install a lot of software that might take up a huge space inside, then you can go for 13 or 15 processors from Intel. On the other hand, if you are into gaming and also want to install many spaces consuming software, then go to i7. AMD and ARM are also other good processor brands.
ii) RAM: If you are buying a MacBook where it is not possible to expand the RAM post buying, then buy one with maximum RAM. Otherwise, a laptop from Lenovo, HP, Dell, Asus etc., with 16GB RAM should serve the purpose. The RAM can always be expanded in future.
iii) Storage type: If your applications are not very heavy on the software side, you can go for an HDD type storage. Otherwise, it is best to go for SSD type storage. SSDs make everything significantly faster. It speeds up the computer a lot.
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Buys ultrabook best
Ready to upgrade your rig with a new gaming laptop? You'll find some sweet deals right now on new models with Nvidia's latest GeForce RTX 30-series graphics. Best Buy has the best prices on gaming laptops right now, but there are a couple deals at Newegg worth checking out. The biggest deal is a 17-inch Asus laptop with RTX 3050 Ti graphics on sale at Best Buy for only $800. That's a lot of screen real estate and pixel-pushing power for the money.
Read more:Best gaming laptop to buy for 2021
Check out the deals below and check back; I'll keep this list updated as sales expire and new deals emerge
Asus TUF Gaming FX706HE
RTX 3050 Ti graphics for $800Best Buy
With its $200 discount, this is the lowest-cost laptop I've encountered with Nvidia RTX 30-series graphics. You'll need to be OK with getting a bigger and bulkier 17.3-inch laptop rather than a more popular 15.6-inch, though. It teams RTX 3050 Ti graphics with midrange components: an 11th-gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. The 17.3-inch display features full HD resolution and a speedy 144Hz refresh rate.
Acer Nitro 5 (15-inch)
RTX 3050 Ti graphics for $1,100Sarah Tew/CNET
Acer's Nitro 5 has long been a popular pick for gamers on tight budgets. Most Nitro 5 models are priced in the triple digits and supply midrange components and aging GTX graphics. Not so with this model, if you are willing to stretch your budget to just over $1,000. This model delivers the latest from Intel and Nvidia with an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU and GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics. The 15.6-inch display features a full HD resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate.
Best cheap laptop deals in October 2021
With Labor Day sales on the horizon, laptop deals are really starting to kick into gear. The day itself is still a couple of weeks away, but there is already a range of excellent savings on laptops to be had.
Retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, and HP all have some fantastic laptops deal running right now. Some of the strongest deals currently running comes courtesy of Best Buy. The tech retailer is offering up to $200 off select Windows laptops. Alternatively, if you're after a MacBook, Amazon has several deals including this MacBook Pro M1 256GB for $120 off.
Below you'll find our roundup of the best cheap laptop deals currently available (Alternatively, why not also check out our guide to the best Chromebook deals).
Today's best laptop deals
Laptop deals under $299
Lenovo 14 S330 Chromebook: was $239 now $169 @ Walmart
This Lenovo Chromebook features a 14-inch HD display, a MediaTek quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of EMMc storage. It's great for in-home learning, and currently under $170 at Walmart. View Deal
Lenovo Chromebook C340: was $309 now $179 @ Walmart
This Lenovo Chromebook features an 11.6-inch display that can be completely flipped in on itself, to create a laptop that can be used as a tablet-style device as well. It also sports an Intel Celeron N4000 Dual-Core CPU, 4GB of RAM, 32GB eMMC SSD, and Intel UHD Graphics 600. View Deal
HP 14"Chromebook: was $319 now $189 @ Best Buy
If you want a touch-screen laptop for a cheap price, this HP machine is one of the least expensive we've seen so far this year. It's currently $130 off at Best Buy and features a 14-inch display, Intel Celeron CPU, 4GB of RAM and 32GB eMMC. View Deal
Laptop deals under $599
HP 15z: was $429 now $329 @ HP
The HP 15z is a solid mid-range laptop that can be used by students or anyone looking to perform everyday tasks. It packs a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, 2.4GHz AMD Athlon Gold 3150U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Recommended upgrades include a 1080p LCD (+$60) or a Ryzen 3 CPU (+$20).View Deal
Gateway 14" Laptop: was $699 now $449 @ Walmart
Small but mighty, the 14-inch Gateway GWTN141-4RG offers a surprising amount of power given its small size. It houses a 14.1-inch 1080p IPS LCD, Core i5-1035G1 CPU, 16GB RAM, and 256GB of storage. It also has Tuned by THX Audio and built-in Cortana, to make it one of the best cheap laptop deals you'll find.View Deal
Galaxy Chromebook 2: was $699 now $99 @ Samsung
You can get the Samsung Chromebook 2 for as little as $99 with an eligible trade-in at Samsung. Even without anything to trade, you'll still get $100 off. As for the laptop itself, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is a more refined version of its predecessor packing a QLED screen, Intel Core i3 processor and Smart Amp audio. There's a 128GB SSD included for storage. View Deal
Laptop deals over $600
HP Laptop 15t-dw300: was $699 now $649 @ HP
This mid-range HP laptop is perfect for users who want performance without a big price tag. It includes a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, Intel UHD Graphics, 256GB SSD and a 15.6 touch display. It's currently $50 off at HP. View Deal
HP Spectre x360 13T-AW200: was $1,109 now $949 @ HP
As part of HP's latest flash sale, you can pick up the HP Spectre x360 13T-AW200 for $160 off. This laptop features a 13.3-inch FHD touch display, Intel Irix Xe Graphics, 11th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, and a 256GB SSD for storage. View Deal
MSI GF65 Thin 10SDR-675: was $1,399 now $1,099 @ Microsoft
The name might be a bit of a mouthful, but this gaming laptop from MSI is no joke. It offers a 15.6-inch FHD display, Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD.
Surface Pro 7 w/ Type Cover: was $1,329 now $1,191 @ Walmart
The Surface Pro 7 is considered one of the best tablets on the market. With Windows 10 built-in, a great display and its high-quality type cover included, the Surface Pro 7 is a steal for anyone looking for a premium 2-in-1 laptop for an affordable price. It's now $140 off. View Deal
Razer Blade 15: was $1,499 now $1,244 @ Amazon
The Razer Blade 15 is a hugely popular gaming laptop, this configuration of the machine is currently $250 off at Amazon. It sports a 15.6-inch FHD display,10th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTZ 1660 Ti, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and a backlit keyboard as well. View Deal
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED: was $1,899 now $1,449 @ Amazon
The beastly Aero 15 OLED is currently a massive $449 off. The config on sale houses a 15.6-inch 4K AMOLED display, Core i7-9750H CPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, and an Nvidia GTX 1660Ti GPU.View Deal
Alienware m15 R3 Gaming Laptop: was $2,099 now $1,849 @ Target
The m15 R3 gaming laptop by Alienware is a beast of a machine. It sports a 15.6-inch FHD 300Hz display, an Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia RTX 2070 Super GPU, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. It's $250 off at Target. View Deal
Laptop deals — Apple
MacBook Air M1 256GB: was $999 now $849 at Amazon
The MacBook Air M1 uses Apple's own M1 chip to offer lightning-fast performance in a slick package. This MacBook boasts a 13-inch Retina display, 256GB SSD, 8GB of RAM and an HD FaceTime Camera. $849 is its joint-lowest price at Amazon, making this one of the best early Black Friday MacBooks deal currently available.View Deal
MacBook Pro M1 256GB: was $1,299 now $1,179 @ Amazon
The MacBook Pro M1 is currently $120 off, making this one of the best laptop deals currently available. This configuration sports a 13.3-inch Retina display, an Apple-designed super-speedy M1 chip, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD for storage. If you're in the market for a MacBook this is a deal you can't afford to miss.View Deal
MacBook Pro (early 2020): was $1,799 now $1,499 @ Best Buy
Here's another MacBook Pro deal at Best Buy, $300 off this early 2020 model with a 512GB SSD to boot. It's not the most recent M1 chip machine but it does sport an Intel processor and a gorgeous 13-inch display. A $349 saving makes this one of the best laptop deals currently available.View Deal
Laptop deals — sitewide sales
MS Store laptop deals: up to $500 off @ MS Store
The MS Store is taking up to $500 off a wide range of laptops including budget machines, gaming rigs, and mainstream laptops just in time for the fall. After discount, prices start at just $329 for the Asus VivoBook Flip 14, which is the perfect cheap laptop for kids learning from home. View Deal
HP laptop deals: up to 47% off laptops
HP has extended its Labor Day sale which takes up to 47% off laptops, with select machines being reduced by up to $250. For instance, you can get the HP Envy 17T for $200 off. It features a 17.3-inch FHD display, 11th gen Intel 15 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 1TB HDD with an additional 128GB SSD as well. View Deal
Cheap Laptop Retailers
Best cheap laptops of 2021
1. Acer Aspire 5
The best overall laptop under $500 you can buy
CPU: Intel Core i3-8145U | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 128GB SSD | Display: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 | Size: 14.3 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 3.76 pounds
Long battery life
Bright, 1080p display
Questionable build quality
The Acer Aspire 5 is one of the best laptops under $500. It features a bright, 1080p display, strong 8th Gen Core i3 processing performance, and offers 9 hours of battery life. The affordably priced Aspire 5 is much thinner than its sibling, the Aspire E 15. The Aspire 5 is the best sub-$500 laptop currently available.
See Laptop Mag's review of the Acer Aspire 5
2. Acer Aspire E 15
The laptop with the most ports
CPU: Intel Core i3-8130U | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 1TB 5,400-rpm HDD | Display: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 | Size: 15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches | Weight: 5 pounds
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