Shopping for a new computer can be a frustrating and time-consuming ordeal, especially if you’re on a tight budget. It also can be quite confusing with all those specifications to think about — be it RAM, storage, or processing power. That’s not even mentioning all the different designs available today, such as touchscreen laptops, 2-in-1s, and Chromebooks.
There’s no need to worry, though, as we’ve got your back. We’ve sorted through the big online retailers and picked out the best laptop deals available for April 2020. There are plenty of laptop sales to be had right now, and our picks cover everything you can think of — 2-in-1s, Surface Pro deals, MacBook deals, Chromebook deals, and more. If you’re stuck at home and looking for a new computer, read on.
Best laptop deals right now
One of the best laptops on the market today — and in fact, for several years running — is Dell’s diminutive XPS 13. The latest version has the same tiny bezels as always but puts the webcam above the display where it belongs, removing one of the only complaints we had about the machine.
It’s incredibly well-built, looks great, and performs well. It even has a hinge that is designed to open easily while also providing just the right amount of rigidity to keep it in place.
There’s a new XPS 13 version that was recently announced that makes some significant changes to the laptop, including switching the display to the productivity-friendly 16:10 aspect ratio. However, the 7390 model with Intel’s 10th-gen Comet Lake CPUs has been reduced to $1,149 for a configuration with a Core i7-10710U CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 13.3-inch Full HD non-touch display, and a 256GB SSD. The upcoming version is looking like a standout laptop, but the 7390 is an excellent option as well.
If you’re looking for a convertible 2-in-1 that works as well as a laptop as it does as a tablet, then you need to look no further than the HP Spectre x360 13. The latest “gem-cut” version had a perfect score in our review on the strength of its stunning good looks, excellent performance, high-quality build, and mind-blowing battery life.
Right now, Adorama has a high-end configuration with a Core i7 CPU and 256GB SSD on sale for $200 off, bringing the price down to $799. That’s a nice break, but keep an eye on this one because HP has been aggressive in pricing this version. That’s probably for a good reason: HP has just announced a new version of the Spectre x360 13 that fixes its one issue — larger bezels — while upgrading to Intel’s 10th-generation CPUs and adding a 4K OLED display option.
Acer might be known for its Chromebooks today, but this brand first built its name on affordable Windows laptops like the Aspire series. The 15-inch Acer Aspire 5 (our favorite budget laptop for 2020) is the perfect entry-level work computer, running on a 10th-generation Intel Core i5-10210U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid state drive. It also can be upgraded easily. Just pop open the bottom of the laptop and add extra RAM, as well as faster solid-state drive storage, if you see fit.
At $560 from Newegg, it is around the same price as (or even cheaper than) many of the best Chromebooks out there. And since it’s packing one of the latest Intel processors, it won’t feel outdated any time soon despite its low price.
Deals on Apple products are hard to find, and so sometimes you need to grab them when you can. The MacBook Air, which was modernized and redesigned in 2018, is the best entry-level MacBook you can buy — perfect for a college student or businessperson. However, the previous model was a great laptop as well, and it’s currently on sale for a very attractive price.
Right now, Adorama has a great deal on the Core i5 model, at $250 off. This configuration comes with an Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD. It also comes with a lovely display with a 1,440 x 900 resolution, plenty of performance for productivity work. What’s not to like?
Act fast, though, because this deal won’t last forever.
No Windows laptop roundup would be complete without the iconic ThinkPad, and the new T490 is a modern classic. It features just about everything we love about these time-tested workhorses, right down to its world-class construction, excellent keyboard (complete with the must-have TrackPoint) and touchpad, and generous battery life. The 14-inch HD display isn’t going to take your breath away, but that’s probably not why you’re buying a ThinkPad.
In short, this thing is built for one thing — serious work — and it’s built to do it all day long. This configuration comes loaded with one of the newer 10th-gen Intel Core i5 CPUs along with 8GB of DDR4 RAM and a 256GB SSD, and a $522 discount from Lenovo means it can be yours for $1,217 right now.
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