Best Deals on Laptops, Chromebooks, and Tablets Right Now

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These are the best sales on highly rated devices from CR's testing

By Samantha B. Gordon

If you’re searching for a laptop, Chromebook, tablet, or computer right now, you may be able to find one at a discount. Even though Prime Day is over, we’re still seeing some solid prices for machines that perform well in CR’s tests. And with back-to-school shopping season slowly getting underway, we expect more offers to crop up in the coming weeks. Consumer Reports will be keeping track of all the best deals on the best products throughout the season, so bookmark our Deal hub now and check back often for the latest.

No matter what kind of device you’re looking for, it can be hard to find the best offers on laptops, Chromebooks, and tablets. That’s particularly true because you can’t just look at the sale price: The quality of the product you buy makes all the difference. We’re constantly combing through the sales and Consumer Reports’ test results to help you find deals that will actually be worth your money.

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Dell Inspiron i5410 (Core i7)

Dell’s Inspiron line of laptops usually do well in our tests and typically offer midrange or better specs in a reliable package. This 14-inch model has an AMD Ryzen 7 processor, 8GB of memory, and 512GB of solid-state storage. Our model swaps an Intel Core i7 for this one’s Ryzen, but we expect them to perform similarly well.

CR’s test results: Dell Inspiron 14 Laptop

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 17ITL6

This is a good choice for someone who wants a larger laptop with a big, roomy display—17.3 inches, to be precise. It’s got an AMD Ryzen 5 processor, 8GB of memory, and 512GB of solid-state storage. Our model, which has an Intel Core i5 instead of the Ryzen, performs well in our tests. And even though its weight of nearly 5 pounds makes it hefty by laptop standards, it’s actually not that heavy for a 17-plus inch notebook.

CR’s test results: Lenovo IdeaPad 3 Laptop

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go (64GB)

Microsoft has several Surface devices to choose from, but this relatively inexpensive model could be a good option for consumers looking for a smaller laptop, especially at this hefty discount. It has a 12.4-inch display, an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory, and a 64GB solid-state drive. That’s small, so you’ll probably want to compensate with cloud storage.

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go scores well in many of our tests, though the performance is a bit sluggish compared with other options. The model is lightweight (2.5 pounds), offers decent battery life (just under 12 hours in CR’s web-browsing test), and has a bright, color-accurate display. There’s a touch screen for flipping through those photo galleries.

This laptop was $50 less during Prime Day, so you may want to consider other options or wait to see if the prices falls again closer to Black Friday.

CR’s test results: Microsoft Surface Laptop Go

MSI Katana GF76

This is another 15.6-inch gaming laptop that uses an Intel rather than AMD processor. (You’ll find a lot of 15.6-inch gaming laptops out there; they offer a good balance of a decent screen size while still being reasonably portable.) It’s got an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of memory, 512GB of solid-state storage, and an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti graphics card. We tested the previous year’s model and it did well in our ratings, with the usual caveat that gaming laptops don’t have the best battery life out there, with ours clocking in at around 6 hours under a light load.

CR’s test results: MSI Katana Laptop

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 (128 GB, Wifi)

The Galaxy Tab S8 is a great option for people who want an Android tablet with a little extra performance. Just keep in mind that’s probably not necessary for such simple tasks as reading email, watching movies, and surfing the web. This is an impressive price for a high-performance tablet. The Galaxy Tab S7 is also on sale if you need a fast device but want something a little cheaper.

CR’s test results: Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (128 GB) Wifi

This is our top recommendation for the average person who wants an affordable Android tablet. The screen looks good, and the device will handle just about any task unless you’re playing a graphics-heavy game or doing something like editing video. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite also gets solid battery life. At this price, it’s a steal.

CR’s test results: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

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