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Deciding on the perfect laptop can be just as stressful as any other big-ticket item. On the plus side, easing some of that financial strain might make it easier to find the right one. The summer seems to be overrun with major markdowns, and deep discounts on items that you need, and some that you’ve been waiting to purchase at a cheaper price. With so many savings floating around the web, we did some of the work for you and put together a list of discounted laptops.
Besides your spending budget, other things to look for when buying a laptop include weight, size, screen resolution, RAM, graphics, ports, processor speed, and of course battery life. Below, find seven of the best back-to-school deals on laptops from Samsung, HP, Dell, and other brands. If you’re more of an Apple fan, be sure to see our list of best Apple products to buy on sale.
At 40% off, this Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 is a great deal. This convertible laptop has a 12.2” LED display, dual cameras (including 13MP world-facing camera with autofocus), and it folds over so it can be used as a tablet for sketching, editing, writing, and magnifying images. There’s also a digital pen included that never needs charging. Internally, the Chromebook Plus V2 has a powerful Intel processor with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of memory, and it runs on Chrome OS.
Ultra light and ultra thin, the HP 15-ef1073od is designed for work and play. Built to handle whatever you throw at it, the 15.6” laptop has an AMD Ryzen 7 processor and 16GB of memory that combine to deliver the speed you need to multitask through various programs and apps; Wi-Fi 6 so that you can stay connected, and an HP True Vision 720p HD camera with dual array microphones. The 256GB of storage space offers ample room for all of your documents, movies, photos, games, and other files.
The Dell Inspiron 15 3501 Laptop is another great bargain. It has a 15.6” full HD (1920 X 1080) display screen and weighs in at 11% lighter than previous generations. The laptop includes an Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB solid state drive, and 16GB of memory to serve up the speed and power needed to handle multiple programs at once. Wireless-AC and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity options are also available to connect you to your home or office network. The laptop, which works with Windows 10, has multiple ports (HDMI and USB), and a fingerprint reader allowing you to securely log in to the device. Dell Inspiron 15 has great customer reviews and exceptional functions, but the battery life could be better: it only lasts four hours on a single charge.
HP has a bunch of different laptops to chose from, but the Elitebook 850 G6 is a solid option for anyone who needs a computer for film editing. This durable notebook weighs under four pounds and offers a long battery life, making it perfect for your editing needs. It also features anywhere from 128GB to 2TB of SSD storage, along with an Intel HD Graphics 620 or 850 discrete graphics card. The notebook has 64GB of memory and four cores of processing capabilities, which is great for advanced software.
The Dell XPS is another good choice for editing, and other heavy-duty technical tasks. Equipped with Adobe RGB and a 94% DCI-P3 color gamut, the XPS 15″ laptop delivers vivid picturing and an optional 4K Ultra HD+ display (3840 x 2400), which will help make your film creations that much more brilliant. And if you want seamless productivity, the camera has a 16:10 display with a stunning edge-to-edge view updated with 921k more pixels on UHD+, along with carefully crafted backlighting and a UV resistant and stain-resistant coating to prevent yellowing and other stains.
ASUS offers up a lot of bang for your buck. The ExpertBook P2451 laptop is sleek, modern, and practical with military-grade durability, and it’s discounted nearly $200. It weighs 3.42 pounds with a NanoEdge 14” display, and the battery lasts up to 13 hours on a single charge. The laptop is powered by a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor, and the ExpertBook P2451 includes a comprehensive set of I/O ports for easy data transfers, and versatile peripheral connections. Another cool feature: the unique hinge design that allows full 180-degree movement to lay the laptop flat for screen sharing and more.
The 14.1” Gateway Ultra Slim Notebook comes equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor, 16 GB RAM, 256GB storage, and a 1MP front facing camera. There’s THX Audio for high-quality sound, a built-in fingerprint scanner and microphone, Bluetooth 5.1, HDMI and USB connections, and a 1080p screen that delivers crystal-clear picture for any tasks. It’s a slime little notebook that comes in four different colors, weighs 3.5 pounds, and features up to 10 hours of battery life