The best cheap laptop deals pre-Black Friday 2017

The best laptop deals in the US are designed to offer you better notebook computers for significantly cheaper prices, but they can be difficult to find, especially during the chaos of the coming Black Friday.

That’s why we, each week, comb through all the most popular US laptop retailers, like Newegg, Amazon, Dell and Apple, to find only the top deals on laptop makes and models you can trust.

Whether you’re after a 2-in-1 laptop with a hybrid personality, an Ultrabook designed for lengthy productivity, web browsing and video streaming on the go or a monstrous gaming laptop, this guide to the top laptop deals covers all bases.

At the top of the page, you'll find our selection of the very latest and best cheap laptop deals of the week followed by a selection of popular quality laptops that retailers like to discount on a regular basis. Beneath those, you'll find our pick of the latest best laptops along with their best available prices for the week of November 19, ahead of Black Friday 2017.

If you're in the UK or Australia, check out the great laptop deals in the UK and you can also find a selection of deals for Australia.

The best laptop deal of the week

This is, by far, the cheapest MacBook we've seen in a while. You can now nab the latest MacBook Air, complete with a newer Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage, for a cool $122 off. This is the least expensive way of getting into the world of Apple.

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A big old Dell for a little: This Dell Inspiron 15 3000 series laptop features a Full HD, 15.6-inch display backed by an Intel Core i5 processor as well as 8GB of RAM and 1TB of hard drive storage for $200 off at just $499 on the Microsoft Store.

A mega-cheap HP Chromebook: One of the cheapest around right now, you can score an HP Chromebook 11 G5 with an Intel Celeron CPU, 4GB of memory and 16GB of flash storage behind an HD screen at a neat 15% off for only $176 on NewEgg.

A powerful 2-in-1 from Lenovo: This IdeaPad Flex 5 from Lenovo houses a 14-inch, full HD touchscreen powered by an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD for $100 off at just $599 on the Microsoft Store.

A bigger 2-in-1 for very little: Asus has a convertible laptop with a 15.6-inch screen with an Intel Core i3 processor backed by 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD for what many Chromebooks cost, with $189 off for just $349 on Amazon.

Acer Nitro for a steep discount: Acer's entry-level gaming laptop comes touting a 1080p display backed by Nvidia's GTX 1050 Ti graphics, an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for 25% off at only $749 on eBay.

A Lenovo 15-incher for under $500: This Lenovo IdeaPad 320 crams an Intel Core i3 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive behind its HD screen for $40 off the list price at just $469 on Jet.

An HP ready for the office: You want a laptop for the next client meeting, but don't want to pay a fortune, so try this HP 250 G6 with an Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD housing Windows 10 Pro for just $499 on Newegg.

MSI hits its lowest price yet: Check out this MSI gaming laptop, with an Intel Core i5 CPU, Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics, a 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM behind an FHD screen – with a SteelSeries keyboard – for $60 off at just $739 on Amazon.

Lenovo business tablet for a steal: Looking for something to impress at your next client meeting? This Thinkpad X1 Tablet, with an Intel Core m7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD behind a 2,160 x 1,440 touchscreen should do it – and for 46% off the list price at just $829 on NewEgg.

A Windows tablet for a Chromebook price: This Huawei Windows tablet comes packing an FHD touchscreen powered by an Intel Core m5 CPU, backed by 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD for $350 off at only $499 on the Microsoft Store.

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1. Lenovo Ideapad 510

A powerful and stylish 15.6-inch laptop

Intel Core i5 CPU to start
Optional Nvidia graphics
SSD and HDD options
Screen no sharper than 1080p

There have been some generous offers going of late for this popular Lenovo series. Any choice between the 6GB and 12GB RAM options should run multiple reasonably-demanding standard applications at once. Drive sizes vary from 256GB solid-state to 1TB spinning hard drives. Plus, some options include dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 940MX graphics.

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2. Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

A budget 2-in-1 bargain

Built-in fingerprint sensor
Rated for 11-hour battery life
No more than 4GB of RAM

This is one of the most value-packed 2-in-1 laptops we've seen in a while, an ideal entry point to casual users wanting to try out the world of these higher function tablet/laptop hybrids. Specs include 4GB of RAM, 128GB of solid-state storage, a 10.1-inch HD (1,280 x 800) screen, Windows 10 and a quad-core Intel Atom processor.

Read our full review: Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

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3. HP Laptop 15

Big specs, small cost

Lots of configuration options
Plenty of colors
Limited battery life
Hefty

There's some hefty grunt under the shell of this HP Laptop 15 and there are some great prices available as well. Even with the Intel Pentium processor and 4GB of RAM to start, this laptop will whip through pretty much any day-to-day activity you can throw at it without the juddering performance of even cheaper laptops. Hell, it'll even have a decent crack at playing a few of the less demanding games out there if you equip it with an Intel Core processor.

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4. Acer Swift 3

Apple looks and feel for hundreds less

Intel Core i processors
Gorgeous, all-metal shell
Full HD screen
Limited expansion options

From afar, this laptop might be mistaken for a MacBook Air, which tells you a lot about its level of quality. Replete with an all-metal frame, this is probably one of the best-looking laptops for under 500 bucks. There are plenty of ports (old and new), 4GB of RAM and up to 512GB in solid-state storage. The cheapest models have a respectable Intel Core i3 processor, but you can get the more powerful i5 versions if you need that extra kick. Another dig at Apple? Unlike the Air, this laptop sports a fully HD screen.

The best deals on our favorite laptops

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We've reviewed loads of laptops over the years: we've seen the good ones, the great ones and the ones to avoid. Sometimes, the best laptops pop up online at some truly deal-tastic prices. In this section, we list the very best laptops out there and the best deals on each one.

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1. Dell XPS 13

Dell's latest Ultrabook is simply the best laptop in the world

CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD

Same long-lasting battery
Faster than ever
Still poor webcam position
No Windows Hello

The Dell XPS 13 is, bar none, the best laptop you can buy today. It features a revolutionary design that's astonishingly thin and light. Fitting a 13.3-inch screen into such a small frame means Dell has created a nearly borderless Infinity display. It's a powerful and long lasting machine even by today's Ultrabook standards. The XPS 13 comes outfitted with Intel's latest Kaby Lake processors plus lighting, quick storage and memory, all while coming in at a very affordable starting price. For these reasons, it easily takes the top slot as the best Ultrabook and the best overall laptop.

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2. Asus Zenbook UX310

This laptop should cost a lot more than it does

CPU: Intel Core i3 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 500GB – 1TB HDD; 500GB – 1TB SSD

Incredibly thin and light
Vibrant, glare-free screen
Weak sauce graphics
Tinny speakers

The Asus ZenBook UX310, the long awaited follow-up to the ZenBook UX305, sports a 7th-generation Intel Kaby Lake processor and an all-aluminum frame, truly a candidate for the MacBook Air’s throne. That’s thanks in no small part to the ZenBook UX310 offering all the latest ports, including USB-C, and the option of a beautiful QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) display, complete with 178 degrees of rotation and a serious case of the anti-glare.

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3. Acer Aspire S 13

Proof the MacBook Air is getting old

CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 – 620 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) anti-glare IPS touch | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD

High performance
Decent battery life
Great prices
Shell feels a little cheap

Arguably, the MacBook Air is no more, but the clones never stop coming. Among them is the Acer Aspire S 13. It’s not quite as thin and light as many prominently featured Ultrabooks, nor is it particularly premium. However, the Aspire S 13 packs quite a punch when it comes to performance. USB-C and a full HD display put it just over the edge in beating out the 13-inch Air, and for a much lower cost. Despite the powerful CPU, the Acer Aspire S 13 even manages a battery life of 7 hours and 49 minutes, according to our testing.

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4. Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming

Gaming on a budget done right

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 – 1050 Ti; Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 32GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) anti-glare | Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD; 512GB – 1TB HDD; 8GB SSHD

Stellar battery life
Ports for days
Screen is lacking

It is relatively pricey, but this Inspiron absolutely nails it when it comes to value, especially for hardcore gamers. This is among the strongest laptops housing Nvidia's new, low-end GTX 1050 graphics chips. The latest Intel Core series processors, full HD displays and tons of storage options make the Inspiron 15 Gaming a fine solution for PC gamers on a budget.

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5. Lenovo Yoga Book

Is this the netbook of the future – the ultra netbook?

CPU: Quad-core Intel Atom x5 | Graphics: Intel HD 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 10.1-inch (1,920 x 1,200) LED | Storage: 64GB flash

Insanely thin and light
Halo Keyboard surprisingly accurate
Underpowered
Dated microUSB port

Lenovo has crafted a brilliant, forward-thinking device that could very well create a subcategory in computing all of its own. The modest specs hold it back from taking on the big boys in terms of raw power, but the innovative digital touchpad keyboard and drawing surface look like trendsetters to us. The Android version is currently about $100 cheaper than the Windows one (click "see all prices" above to see all options).

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6. Asus Chromebook Flip

The premium Chromebook is finally affordable

CPU: Intel Pentium 4405Y – Intel Core m3-6Y30 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 12.5-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED backlit anti-glare | Storage: 32GB – 64GB eMMC

Elegant tablet mode
Tactile keyboard
No out-of-box Android app support
Middling speakers

Before Asus's latest flipping Chromebook came around, pickings were slim when it came to affordable models with full-on Intel Core processors and 1080p displays, not to mention touchscreens, backlit keyboards and USB-C ports. It may use an Intel Pentium chip on the low-end, but the Asus Chromebook Flip is by no means low-end. Compared to what’s offered by the competition, the Asus Chromebook Flip’s value is unparalleled, and that’s without getting into its pristine tablet mode, which blows other hybrids completely out of the water.

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7. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The tablet that can replace your laptop

Larger, sharper screen
Vastly improved Type Cover
Type Cover still sold separately
Tiny battery life improvements

Can a tablet really replace your laptop or home PC? That's still up for debate, but the best tablet trying to make that happen is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – and it does a fine job with the full blown version of Windows 10, an integrated kickstand and optional keyboard attachment. Great for for creative professionals, students and everyday folks alike – it's only the premium price that pushes it down the list, but if you're willing to pay for it, you're getting a lot of power – a lot.

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