Best laptop deals: Save $400 on a Dell XPS 13 or Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 and more – CNET

Is your current laptop starting to slow down? Start spring fresh with a new model. Whether you need a work-from-homeremote-learning or two-in-one laptop, you’ll find a wide range on sale. We’ve rounded up the best laptop deals right now from Amazon, Newegg and Walmart, along with a couple of decent discounts direct from Dell.

If you’d like to embrace the new Intel Evo platform, the benefits of which include instant wake, fast charging and long battery life, check out the sleek MSI Prestige 14 on sale at Best Buy or the Dell Inspiron 14 7000 on sale at Dell.com. Bigger savings can be found on laptops that use Intel’s previous, 10th-generation Core processors; you can save $400 on last year’s Dell XPS 13 as well as Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3.

Check out these deals and others if you’re due for a laptop upgrade. And be sure to check back; we regularly update this list as more deals become available and others expire.

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Walmart

If you’re of a certain age, you may recall the Gateway name and its computers that shipped in black-and-white cow-print boxes. Gateway has returned as a line of low-cost laptops and tablets at Walmart. But you won’t find any of the models on store shelves in their iconic cow packaging; the new Gateway laptops are available online only. This 14-inch Gateway laptop features a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU and 16GB of RAM. You get a 256GB solid-state drive for storage. The storage capacity is average for the price, but the amount of memory is double what is usually on offer. And you get a full HD (1,920×1,080-pixel) display, which is better than the 1,366×768-pixel panels found on other budget laptops. There’s also a fingerprint reader for easy, secure logins.

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Take the above model, expand the screen from 14.1 to 15.6 inches and get a massive $330 in savings. If you’re working or learning from home and commuting less, the added screen real estate outweighs the added heft and bulk.

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This trim 14-inch laptop from Asus features a 10th-gen Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. That’s a fairly common lineup of components for a midrange laptop, but the VivoBook 14 stands out for being trim yet rugged. With thin bezels on all four sides of the display, the laptop is compact and weighs less than three pounds. And it has passed MIL-STD 810G tests for military-grade ruggedness. It also offers two secure methods — Windows Hello via the webcam and a fingerprint scanner — for logging into your account without needing to key in a password.

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Samsung’s budget version of its Galaxy Book Flex two-in-one, the Flex Alpha lacks a Thunderbolt 3 port, doesn’t include a pen for the touchscreen and features a smaller battery than the flagship Flex. You still get Samsung’s 400-nit QLED screen, powered by a 10th-gen Core i7 CPU, 12GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD in this sale model.

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Microsoft’s MacBook clone is thin and light with a fantastic touchpad-and-keyboard combo and offers a notable power boost over 2018’s Surface Laptop 2. At 2,496×1,664 pixels, the 13.5-inch touchscreen gives you a resolution above the usual Full HD. This Surface Laptop 3 model features a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, Intel Iris Plus graphics and a 256GB SSD. The biggest downside CNET found was relatively short battery life, but that’s less of an issue when you aren’t taking it anywhere.

Read our Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 review.

 

Dell

Dell’s top-end Inspiron 7000 laptop boasts an all-aluminum chassis that’s thinner, lighter and sturdier than the midrange Inspiron 5000 that feature metal lids and keyboard decks but flimsy plastic bottom panels. This sale model features a 14.5-inch, 2,560-by-1,600-pixel display powered by a 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.

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Last year’s XPS 13 model is still a powerhouse. You miss out on the slightly larger 13.4-inch display and 11th-gen Intel processors of the latest version of this long-time favorite, but you can save $405 on this earlier model, which features a 13.3-inch, full HD display powered by a 10th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.

Read our Dell XPS 13 review.

 

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This 13.3-inch, two-in-one laptop has a blue aluminum chassis and Samsung’s QLED screen with a full HD 1,920×1,080-pixel display for a crisp image with accurate color. Inside, it supplies a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. It also includes a Bluetooth S pen for drawing and writing on the touchscreen, and the trackpad doubles as a wireless charger.

MSI

MSI’s version of the MacBook boasts a thin, sleek, all-aluminum enclosure and Intel’s Evo platform that includes an 11th-gen Core i7 processor and a pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports. You can save $120 on this 14-inch model, which also features 16GB of RAM and a huge 1TB SSD. You’re getting modern components and tons of style for just over $1,000.

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This 15.6-inch laptop is only a hair over a half an inch thick and weighs 5.4 pounds. It features Samsung’s QLED display with a full HD 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution powered by a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Like the two-in-one Galaxy Flex, its trackpad doubles as a wireless charger.

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You can also save $400 on the larger, 15-inch Surface Laptop 3. This AMD-based model features a Ryzen 5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The 15-inch display features the same 2,496×1,664-pixel resolution as its smaller, 13.5-inch cousin.

Read our Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (15-inch) review.

 

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