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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are still several weeks away, but consumers in the market for a laptop right now are in luck. Right now, retailers such as Best Buy and Office Depot have a number of high-rated models on sale.
And while they aren’t necessarily the absolute latest models—a new Surface Pro should be in stores before the end of the month, for example—they’re still plenty powerful for everyday use, whether you’re trying to balance your monthly budget in Microsoft Excel or perform some lights edits on your family photos. They may not be ideal for gaming, but if that’s not a priority for you, then they’re definitely worth a look.
If you do want a good gaming laptop, consider this Acer Nitro model, which scored well in our tests and is usually priced well under $1,000.
Below you’ll find a few laptop deals (arranged from biggest savings on down) featuring models that performed admirably in our tests, typically offering some combination of strong performance, commendable portability, and generous battery life—if not all three.
For more sales, check this week's best electronics deals.
Dell XPS 13, $1,150, at Dell.com
This 13-inch notebook usually sells for more than $1,500. It’s on sale for $1,250, but Dell will take another $100 off the price when you use the coupon code “100OFF999.”
Our testers recommend the XPS 13. Beneath the sleek design you'll find high-end specs: an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of memory, and 512GB of solid-state storage. Just about the only high-end feature it doesn’t have is a dedicated graphics card, which is useful for gaming and video editing. The battery should last a little more than 12 hours for web browsing.
If you want a slightly larger screen, the 15-inch model also did well in our tests.
Lenovo Flex 14, $470, at Office Depot
This 14-inch laptop usually costs closer to $700, so you’re saving more than $200 with this sale. It's a 2-in-1 convertible, which means you can swivel the keyboard behind the display and use the touch screen like a tablet or prop it up in “tent mode” to watch video clips.
Aimed at everyday consumers, the laptop features an AMD Ryzen 5 processor (roughly analogous to an Intel Core i5), 8GB of memory, and a 256GB solid-state drive.
We recently tested a similar Lenovo Flex (the processor was an Intel) and found it to be a capable performer, with strong performance and a battery that lasted about 12 hours in our web-browsing trial.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, $700, at Best Buy
Retailers will likely discount various Surface models in the coming weeks to make way for Microsoft's new models. This 12.3-inch laptop features a detachable screen and is usually priced closer to $900.
At 2.4 pounds, it’s lighter than the average laptop in this size range and has a battery that lasted a little less than 11 hours in our web-browsing test. The performance is solid, too, with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, and 128GB of solid-state storage. The 128GB drive is a little on the small side, so you have to be careful about storing large image and video files. (A cloud storage service like Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive can help you archive those files.)
HP Pavilion x360, $400, at Best Buy
This 14-inch 2-in-1 convertible usually costs closer to $500, so you’re saving about $100 here. We didn't test this specific model, but it’s similar to other Pavilions in our ratings, which have generally scored well.
The model has an Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of memory, and 128GB of solid-state storage. The processor may be one notch below the Intel Core i5 we typically recommend, but it’s sufficient for tasks like browsing the web, editing text documents or spreadsheets, and streaming video.
The 128GB drive is also on the small side, but as long as you don’t intend to store your entire photo library on the laptop itself, you should be okay. (As mentioned above, a cloud storage service can also help you archive those images.)
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