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The best Cyber Monday laptop deals of 2018

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2. Mid-range Laptops
3. Chromebooks
4. MacBooks
5. 2-in-1 Laptops
6. Ultrabooks
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If you're on the hunt for one of the best laptops or perhaps a new MacBook, Cyber Monday is the best time to snag an amazing deal. This year's shopping event is well under way and it's already shaping up to be a savings storm. We'll help you though the massive amount of deals to ensure you only have to sift through the best prices.

All the top retailers are battling it out to bring you the biggest discounts. This is great news for you, as there are plenty of wonderful laptop deals in just the opening hours of Cyber Monday. Of course, retailers won't have forgotten about deals on MacBooks – there plenty of other Apple Cyber Monday deals that have already popped up.

Just remember that no matter how fantastic a deal may seem, purchasing a new laptop or MacBook is always a giant investment. Be sure that what you're purchasing is going to suit your needs – and here, we can help.

With this helpful guide separated by price points and categories, we're going to make that task as easy as possible for you. Read on for the best laptop deals this Cyber Monday.

Cheap Laptops

Cheapest Windows Laptop: Acer Aspire 1 $249 $199 at Amazon
This is the most affordable price we've seen on a Windows laptop ahead of Cyber Monday. Even better then that it's got a 14-inch, 1080p screen and 64GB of storage for $50 off list price.View Deal

Cheapest Chromebook: Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11: $199 $119 at Dell
This entry-level Chromebook from Dell is one of the cheapest laptops this week with a $80 slash. That's for an 11.6-inch HD screen powered by an Intel Celeron CPU and with 16GB of storage.View Deal

Surface Go (4GB RAM/128GB SSD): $499 $449 at Amazon
Right now, you can grab the 4GB variety of the 128GB Surface Go tablet for a neat 50 bucks off the list price. Of course, this price does not include accessories.View Deal

HP Laptop 15z: $519 $319 at
This entry-level laptop from HP gets you a 15.6-inch, HD display powered by an AMD A9 processor and a 1TB spinning hard drive for  a neat $200 off right now.View Deal

Microsoft Surface Go bundles: $90–$110 off at Best Buy
Microsoft's portable and more affordable Surface 2-in-1 laptop is on sale for $50 off the tablet, and $90 off when paired with a type cover and Office 365. Stepping up to Office 365 Home brings the savings to $110.View Deal

Dell Inspiron 15 3000: $459 $329 at Dell
We've searched a little harder for this deal, a fine $130 off the asking price for Dell's laptop with a 7th-gen Intel Core i3 CPU and a 1TB drive. Dell's currently pushing a version asking for $50 more!View Deal

Dell Inspiron 15 5000: $809 $649 at Dell
This mid-range laptop from Dell features a full keyboard with a number pad on the right and Intel Core i5 processor, and a 1TB HDD behind that 1080p display – a $160 savings!View Deal

Asus VivoBook Flip 14: $379 $279 at Microsoft
Microsoft plans to sell this 14-inch, hybrid laptop from Asus for a cool $100 off the asking price. That nets you a touchscreen 2-in-1 laptop with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of SSD storage.View Deal

HP Chromebook 11: $199 now $149
Target is getting ready to slash the price of an HP Chromebook – with an 11.6-inch screen, 4GB of memory and 16GB of storage – by a cool $50.View Deal

HP Laptop (17.3-inch):$799 now $599 at Sam's Club
Sam's Club is preparing a sizable discount on this HP laptop, with 2TB of storage, 16GB of Intel Optane supporting 8GB of RAM and an HD display for $200 off.View Deal

Lenovo Ideapad 320 15.6-inch Laptop $399 $279 at Walmart
If you're looking for a budget laptop, then the Lenovo IdeaPad 320 is a great option. The 15.6-inch Lenovo Ideapad offers 1080p IPS LCD, 1.6GHz Core i5-8250U quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 1TB HDD. It's currently $120 off at Walmart. View Deal

Samsung Chromebook Plus V2: $499 $349 at Samsung
You can get the current Wi-Fi-only version of this Chromebook for a cool 36% – or $150 – off the list price. That's a pro-grade Chromebook for the price of all the rest.View Deal

Dell I3565-A453BLK-PUS: $322 now $264 on Amazon
This low-power Dell laptop won't be able to power through any intense workloads, but it's the perfect gift for anyone that wants a familiar Windows laptop to browse the internet. Especially now that you can save $58.99 on Amazon.
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Lenovo IdeaPad (15.6-inch): $499 $329 at Amazon
Snag this sizable, no-nonsense laptop with the latest Intel processors, DDR4 memory and lots of storage behind an HD screen for a cool $150 off the list price on Amazon.View Deal

Mid-range Laptops

Asus VivoBook S510: $699 $569 at Newegg
This 15.6-inch mid-range laptop comes down by $130 for Cyber Monday, getting you to a 1080p display with Nvidia MX150 graphics and more than 1TB of storage for less.View Deal

Acer Aspire E 15 was $599 – now $569 on Amazon
The Acer Aspire E 15 is an affordable powerhouse that can get through basically anything you can throw at it. And, it's even cheaper this Cyber Monday weekend on AmazonView Deal

Lenovo Flex 5 1470, Core i7 8th Gen, 16GB, 256GB SSD: $1,089.99 now $749.99 at NewEgg
The highly versatile Lenovo Flex 5 can be used as a laptop and a tablet, and boasts a 14-inch full HD display, Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) chipset, 16GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. The Intel UHD 620 graphics card means this isn't a gaming machine, but it will be good for productivity.View Deal

Dell Inspiron 7000 17 2-in-1: $1,299 $899 at Amazon
Looking for a versatile and powerful laptop? Well look no farther than the Dell Inspiron 7000 17 2-in-1. It's a well equipped 17-inch convertible laptop and one of the best Amazon early Cyber Monday deals. Don't miss your chance to save $400 on this 2-in-1 laptop. (Going fast!)View Deal

Lenovo Flex 5 1470, Core i7 8th Gen, 16GB, 256GB SSD: $1,089.99 now $749.99 at NewEgg
The highly versatile Lenovo Flex 5 can be used as a laptop and a tablet, and boasts a 14-inch full HD display, Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) chipset, 16GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. The Intel UHD 620 graphics card means this isn't a gaming machine, but it will be good for productivity. (Going fast!)View Deal

Dell Inspiron 15 7000: $919 now $799 at Rakuten
This middle-of-the-road laptop from Dell serves up both the latest in Intel Core computing and Nvidia MX150 graphics for a fine $120 off the asking price right now.View Deal

HP Envy x360 15: $899 now $699
Costco has a massive deal on a 15.6-inch HP Envy x360 2-in-1 laptop with 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD, powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, for a sizeable $200 off list price.View Deal

Samsung Notebook 7 Spin: $899 $599 at Samsung
One of the latest 2-in-1 laptops, also under $1K, from Samsung can be had for a sweet $300 – or 33% – off the list price right now. That's an Intel Core i5 machine with 256GB of SSD space.View Deal

Dell Latitude 7480: $2,655 $1,397 on Amazon
If you work on the go, and you need a reliable laptop with all the horsepower you could ask for, you can't go wrong with this business laptop. Especially when you can save $1,258 on Amazon.View Deal


Asus Chromebook Flip C213SA: $349 $319 at Amazon
If you want a slightly tuned-down version of Asus's flagship Chromebook 2-in-1, here you are for $100 off. This deal gets you an 11.6-inch HD touchscreen and 32GB of storage. (Deal time extended!)View Deal

Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11: $199 $119 at Dell
This budget Chromebook from Dell is among the most affordable laptops this week with a $70.99 cut. That'll get you an 11.6-inch HD panel driven by an Intel Celeron CPU and with 16GB of space.View Deal

Acer Chromebook 14 w/ sleeve bundle: $299 $263 on Amazon
This 14-inch Chromebook comes with a carrying sleeve in the box for a neat $36.99 discount. That laptop houses an Intel Celeron processor powering a full HD display.View Deal

Samsung Chromebook Plus V2: $499 $349 at Samsung
One of the most impressive Chromebooks to date, the Wi-Fi-only model is up for a cool 36% – or $150 – off the asking price. That's a luxury Chromebook for the price of all the rest.View Deal

Asus Chromebook C423: $269 $229 at Newegg
This is one of the more modest Chromebook deals, offering a tidy $40 off the list price for a 14-inch HD display backed by a dual-core Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.View Deal

Price cut: Google Pixelbook: $999 $699 at Best Buy
Best Buy now has the Pixelbook for less than Amazon, and at just $699 it's one of the best Chromebooks you can buy right now – you won't get this premium experience elsewhere.View Deal

HP Chromebook 11: $199 $149 at Target
Another excellent entry-level laptop from HP can be had for all but a pittance this coming Cyber Monday. Save $50 on this Chromebook throughout the weekend.View Deal

Acer Chromebook 15: $199 $169 at Best Buy
If you want a 15-inch Chromebook without so much of the flair, this lower-end version can be had for almost half as the above deal. Fitting for half the storage and HD visuals. (Deal time extended!)View Deal


MacBook Pro (Mid 2018) up to $500 off list price
This is a great deal for a brand new MacBook Pro. Actually, there are several deals, the best giving you up to $500 off. Whether you're looking for a 15-inch or a 13-inch MacBook, you won't find a better price.View Deal

MacBook Pro with touch bar (15-inch, Silver, 2018): 2.6GHz Core i7, 512GB: $2,799 now $2,599
For power users looking for a Cyber Monday deal on the top-spec MacBook Pro look no further, as Jet is offering $200 off the 15-inch model complete with touch bar. This MacBook only arrived this year, so it's impressive to see such a large discount so early into its life.View Deal

MacBook Pro (13.3-inch, 2018): $1,799 $1,649 at B&H
Apple's best 13-inch laptop to date is available from B&H Photo for a neat $150 off list price. That includes an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, plus the Apple Touch Bar.View Deal

MacBook Pro with touch bar (15-inch, Silver, 2018): 2.2GHz Core i7, 256GB: $2,399 now $2,149
There's a healthy $150 discount on the 15-inch MacBook Pro. It's a powerful pro notebook with a fantastic design and you'll be hard pushed to find such a sizable Cyber Monday discount on new Apple hardware elsewhere.View Deal

2-in-1 Laptops

Surface Pro 6 Type Cover bundle: $1,329 $999 at Microsoft
Microsoft has the slickest tablet deal of Cyber Monday: a whopping $330 savings on a slick, black Surface Pro 6 tablet with the Type Cover keyboard included.View Deal

Surface Go (4GB RAM/128GB SSD): $499 $449 at Amazon
Right now, you can grab the 4GB variety of the 128GB Surface Go tablet for a neat 50 bucks off the list price. Of course, this price does not include accessories.View Deal

Microsoft Surface Book 2: $2,899 $2,699 on Amazon
Microsoft's stellar Surface Book 2 is one of the best 2-in-1 laptops that's ever existed. And, now you can save 200 bucks on this high-end model on Amazon.View Deal

HP Envy x360 15: $899 $699
Costco has a huge deal on a 15.6-inch HP Envy x360 hybrid laptop with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, powered by an Intel Core i7 CPU, for an impressive $200 off asking price.View Deal

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1: $690 $649 at Walmart
This AMD Ryzen-driven 2-in-1 laptop from Dell can be bought at Walmart for $41 off asking price before Cyber Monday. That includes AMD Vega graphics and a 128GB SSD.View Deal

Dell Inspiron 7000 17 2-in-1: $1,299 $899 at Amazon
If you want to test the limits of 2-in-1 laptop design, this is where to start. It's a strong, 17-inch 2-in-1 laptop and one of the top Amazon early Cyber Monday deals. Here's your chance to save $400 on this hybrid laptop. (Going fast!)View Deal

Samsung Notebook 7 Spin: $899 $599 at Samsung
One of the latest 2-in-1 laptops from Samsung can be had for a sweet $300 – or 33% – off the list price right now. That's an Intel Core i5 machine with 256GB of SSD space.View Deal


Huawei MateBook X Pro (512GB, MX150): $1,499 $1,349 at B&H
The best laptop of 2018 is available in its advanced configuration – with Nvidia MX150 graphics and a 512GB SSD – for $150 off over at B&H Photo for Cyber Monday.View Deal

Dell XPS 13 (Core i7, 256GB): $1,469 $1,099 at Office Depot
The latest version of Dell's flagship, souped up with an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, is available now at Office Depot for a large $370 off list price.View Deal

Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe (512GB): $1,699 $1,299 at Newegg
This premiere Ultrabook from Asus is available at a whopping $400 off list price through Newegg with a promo code. That's with a 512GB SSD and graphics-boosted Intel Kaby Lake R processor.View Deal

Surface Laptop (1st Gen): $1,299 $899 at Newegg
The Surface Laptop 2 might be out, but that doesn't mean the original isn't still worth picking up – especially when you can save $400 on this Core i5 model with 8GB of RAM at Newegg.
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Higher spec: Surface Laptop (1st Gen): $2,199 $1,579 at Jet
This version of Microsoft's first straight-laced laptop features some high-end components inside, albeit slightly dated ones, for a huge $620 off list price. For arguably the same experience, not too shabby.View Deal

Lenovo Yoga 920 (14-inch): $1,329 $902.49 at Lenovo
Last year's flagship Yoga laptop is still nothing to scoff at, so Lenovo is selling the laptop now for a huge $427 off its usual list price. Not too bad for an Intel Core i5 processor and 256GB of SSD space.View Deal

Gaming Laptops

Rare discount: Razer Blade (Base Model): $1,599 $1,569 on Newegg
You don't see many deals on Razer gaming laptops, so to see $30 off the list price of the new Blade Base Model is like catching a unicorn. Just remember to use the '119ZFCF180' promo code.View Deal

MSI GV62: $999 $799 at Walmart
The MSI GV62 is a pretty amazing deal for an entry-level gaming laptop. Although this 15-inch machine only has an Intel Core i3 processor, it's a brand new 8th Gen chip paired with Nvidia GTX 1060 (3GB) graphics and a 256GB SSD. That's more than enough to get you started on esports games and its $200 cheaper to make it even more affordable.View Deal

Asus TUF FX504GE: $899 $699 at Newegg
This 15.6-inch gaming laptop packs an IPS FHD display powered by GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics and a quad-core Intel i5 processor with 8GB RAM and a 1TB SSHD for $200 off through Monday.View Deal

MSI GT75 TITAN-058: $2,799 $1,899 on Newegg
This 17.3-inch monster of gaming laptop touts a 120Hz, FHD display backed by a GTX 1080 GPU and Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB memory, a 1TB HDD and 256GB SSD for $900 off list price with a $300 rebate card. (Currently sold out, but it might come back.)View Deal

Asus ROG Strix GL503GE: $1,039 $769 at Walmart
This stacked gaming laptop – with a 15.6-inch, 1080p display at 120Hz, a 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD combo, and Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti graphics – can be had for $270 off the list price.View Deal

MSI GF63: $999 $669 on Newegg
This mid-range gaming laptop is packed with a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and competent GTX 1050 Ti graphics can be yours for a massive $330 off after rebate on Newegg.View Deal

Dell G3 Gaming 15.6-inch Laptop $999 $729 at Walmart
Walmart is offering the Dell G3 15 Gaming Laptop 1500 Series for $729. That's $270 off and the best price we've seen for this laptop. This gaming laptop offers a Core i7-8750H CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD, and a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU.View Deal

Overpowered Gaming Laptop with Core i7, GeForce GTX 1060, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD: $1,399 will be $1,199 at Walmart
This Walmart Cyber Monday deal offers up a saving of $200, take the price to a buck under $1,200 which is a great price for the specs inside this gaming machine.View Deal

Dell G3 17 Gaming: $1,259 $749 at Walmart
Here's another deal we've found with extra digging. You can grab this budget-oriented 17-inch gaming laptop featuring an Intel Core i5 processor, Nvidia GTX 1050 and an Intel Optane memory enhanced hard drive.View Deal

MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro: $1,449 $979 at Newegg
This budget-minded behemoth rocks a 7th-generation Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a GTX 1060. Plus, you can save a whopping $470 on Newegg after a $150 rebate.View Deal

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S: $1,999 $1,799 on Amazon
This high-powered gaming laptop comes packed with an 8th-generation Coffee Lake processor, a GTX 1070, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD – it'll power through everything. And, it can be yours for $200 off on Amazon.View Deal

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II: $1,999 $1,589 on Newegg
This thin and light gaming laptop is packed with a hexa-core processor, 8GB of RAM and a GTX 1070 – it'll destroy any game you throw at it. And, at $410 off on Newegg with a promo code, it's a bargain.View Deal

Gigabyte Aero 15X: $2,299 $1,749 at Newegg
Not only is the Gigabyte Aero 15X one of the best well-equipped, thin-and-light gaming laptops on the market, it's also getting a great price discounted by $550 this Cyber Monday. View Deal

HP Omen Gaming Laptops up to $300 off w/ CoD: Black Ops 4 bundled
These sweet gaming laptops from HP grant you crisp 1080p displays  driven by Intel Core i7 processors and Nvidia GTX 10 series graphics – with a copy of the latest Call of Duty.View Deal

Gigabyte Aero 15W: $1,999 $1,569
With a promo code, you can grab this gaming laptop with an Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card inside driving a 144Hz, 15.6-inch 1080p display with a 512GB SSD for $400 off the list price on Newegg. Also promo code EMCEERV36 will save you an additional $30 off.View Deal

Acer Predator Helios 300: $1,299 $999 at Amazon
This $300 off gaming laptop deal scores you not only a new Intel Core i7 CPU and GTX 1060 graphics behind a 15.6-inch, 144Hz 1080p display, but a free copy of the new Call of Duty.View Deal

HP Pavilion 15.6: $749 $599 at Walmart
If you're looking for a laptop that doesn't bring the added grunt of the HP Pavilion Gaming 15.6 that you simply don't need, then the 15-CX0056WM is a choice that still offers plenty of spec and a decent amount of RAM too. (Selling out fast!)
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How to get the best laptop deals on Cyber Monday

In the lead up to Cyber Monday 2018, we'll show you how you can be sure you get the best laptop for your needs for the best price.

One thing you should consider is that, with all the manufacturers, like Dell, Cyber Monday deals are going to be everywhere, so there’s bound to be a massive amount of jargon out there. While some laptops may seem like a steal, they may be old, low-powered laptops that’ll end up falling short of your needs.

To avoid this, check out our advice below to help you make an informed decision and score yourself a fantastic laptop deal on Cyber Monday 2018.

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The features to look out for 

So, what specifically should you be seeking when you’re buying a laptop on Cyber Monday weekend?

Firstly, consider the brand name. Something like the Surface Book from Microsoft itself is a quite pricey option, and there are many other, more affordable 2-in-1 laptops to be found by looking around.

On the other hand, you don’t want to run into the dark with a brand name you neither know nor trust – simply because it’s offering a cheap device.

For long-term satisfaction, quality and technical support, you should buy from a well-known PC manufacturer whose brand you’ll recognize, such as Acer, Asus, Dell, HP or indeed Microsoft.

If you want to dig a bit deeper into the individual brands and the products they sell, our extensive library of laptop reviews is a fine resource, as is our constantly-updated list of the best laptops.

It's also worth looking into the websites you're purchasing from. Many websites will have customer reviews, so you can steer clear of stores that take a long time to ship orders. Remember to avoid any websites you're not too sure about giving your credit card information as well – if in doubt, shop elsewhere. 

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Check the specs

Taking a long look at the configuration of the laptop before you buy can provide a clear idea of whether the deal is worth considering. If the specifications point to an old or low-power laptop, then the deal may not be as decent as you first thought.

On the other hand, if the specifications point towards a strong laptop that comes with features you'll seldom – if ever – use, then you may be better off saving your cash and searching elsewhere.

As far as performance is concerned, what is most important consider are the core parts inside the machine. That’s your processor, system memory, storage and – to a lesser extent – the graphics processor. 

When it comes to the main processor, most of the CPUs you’ll find will be manufactured by Intel. While the Intel Core i5 is a decently powerful model, the Core i7 is the most powerful choice in every case.

Most folks won’t need the kind of oomph the Core i7 offers unless you're deep into gaming, video editing or other heavy-duty tasks. So, the Core i5 is the ideal mid-range option. There’s also the entry-level Core i3 processor, if you’re looking for an affordable machine that you don’t mean to use for anything more demanding than browsing the internet or drafting up documents.

Very slim laptops are likely to house a Y series Intel processor, as they can run without any fans to cool them. The trade-off here is that they're not nearly as performant – an example is the Core m3-7Y30. Note that the Y series chips feature ‘Core m’ models (m3/m5/m7), which is simply another way of labelling these as lower-power CPUs. 

Intel Atom processors are widely found in the truly affordable portables and, shockingly, don’t run all that smoothly. If you’re only looking to use the laptop for basic web surfing, you’ll manage okay, but this isn’t a limitation that will be tolerable to most users.

Intel isn’t you’re only choice, however – you could easily opt for an AMD APU, an Accelerated Processing unit, which has a CPU and a GPU (graphics processor) on the same chip. A growing number of devices are coming with AMD hardware, which gives you more options and can generally be found for cheaper than Intel-toting laptops while offering similar levels of performance.

Sizing things up 

You also need to consider the overall size of the laptop you’re buying. The most common sizes are 13-inch, 14-inch, 15-inch laptops, with 17-inch models growing less and less popular these days. (There are also somewhat smaller and larger devices out there, but you’re less likely to run into those).

Smaller laptops tend to not only be more portable but more affordable, too. Larger laptops, inversely, will offer a wider screen and, because there’s more space inside, you’re more likely to find more powerful processors and a larger battery. 

If you’re looking for something to take on the go frequently, you’ll want to opt for a more compact laptop which is light (less than 4 pounds, ideally less than 3 pounds).

Storage selection 

Today, you’ll find that many notebooks use an SSD (solid-state drive) for storage. SSDs offer speedy and responsive performance, which translates to apps and programs that load swiftly.

More affordable models are more likely to have eMMC drives and, though these use flash memory just like an SSD, they’re markedly more sluggish.

eMMC is an effective means of laptop manufacturers cutting corners and costs, which is precisely why you’ll often find it in budget laptops.

If you seek to save some scratch, an eMMC drive is often a trade-off worth making, though, as these drives are still quicker than standard hard disks – if only slightly. 

Traditional hard drives (which you’ll often find referred to as an HDD or hard disk drive) are the slowest, but cheapest and most capacious, medium of storage. Their strength lies in that they usually have far bigger capacity – you can find storage of up to 1TB even in affordable hardware.

A speed in rotations per minute (rpm) is always quoted with a hard drive, and the faster ones run at 7,200 rpm, with slower drives pitched at 5,400 rpm. The latter may be rather slow as a rule of thumb but, once again, bear in mind that, as with SSDs, performance will vary across individual drives.

Reviews are your buddy here, so don’t be afraid to Google a particular model and look for an evaluation or two (and again, you can check out TechRadar’s review section).

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RAM counts

The next piece to mull over is system memory, or RAM. Ideally, you want at least 4GB, though 8GB is the preferable option for future-proofing and any type of gaming. Some more affordable laptops still run with 2GB of RAM, but these days that really is not enough to run Windows 10 well – even though it’s technically within the system requirements for the OS. 

Sometimes, the speed of the RAM is denoted in MHz, but don’t fret about that too much; it’s the amount of RAM that’s more important than speed in terms of performance.

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Graphics and display 

Most laptops will have integrated graphics, meaning the GPU is hardwired to the CPU, and you’ll usually find that visual performance is rather limited as a result. With integrated graphics – referred to as Intel HD Graphics or Intel Iris, when it comes to Intel chips – you’ll be able to play casual games, but nothing more than that.

This will be OK for the average laptop user, but those who want to play some more heavy-duty games will need a discrete GPU – a graphics processing solution that sits separate from the general processor.

As an example, the GeForce MX150 is Nvidia’s current (Pascal-based) ground-level mobile GPU, but you may need to fork out for something a little more powerful than that for really strong performance. An example of a more powerful GPU would be the GeForce GTX 1060, but it should be noted that prices can soar swiftly when it comes to stronger and stronger GPUs.

As far as screens are concerned: most mid-level laptops will offer a Full HD display as standard, which is a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080.

However, when you move down the price spectrum towards more affordable models, you’ll still find there are plenty of products which only offer a resolution of 1,366 x 768. Don’t let this scare you, though.

This resolution is actually perfectly fine, especially on smaller-screened laptops. Indeed, a smaller resolution is often a benefit to a laptop with less powerful hardware driving it, as it means there are fewer pixels for the CPU and GPU to shift, making things more likely to run smoothly.

This is something gamers might want to keep in mind as well. Though a 4K display looks and sounds like an amazing idea, it’ll take a major toll on your machine’s core components. Sometimes, it’s worth sacrificing a bit of image quality for a smoother frame rate. 

High-resolution 4K displays will also use your laptop's battery much faster. Given this is an area in which gaming laptops already struggle, you may want to consider what you’re losing to gain 4K.

Know what you want before Cyber Monday

Before Cyber Monday, draft up a list of what you want from your notebook, and any models or brands that have caught your fancy. This means your deal-hunting can be focused and more successful.

This will also help to keep you from blowing cash on impulse buys that you may regret later – especially if a deal for a product you actually do want crops up later, and you've already spent your budget.

Keep the receipts

Make sure you maintain your receipts in case you're not pleased with any of your purchases and want a refund – it's also worth checking the refund policy of websites before buying on Cyber Monday. 

Some retailers will also offer longer warranties than others, which could be a deciding factor when purchasing a laptop or MacBook on Cyber Monday. Having a three- or- five-year warranty on your laptop will give you peace of mind, knowing that if anything goes wrong you'll be covered.

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Stick with TechRadar to get the best Cyber Monday deals

On Cyber Monday, the day itself can be a bit overwhelming as so many online retailers vie for your hard-earned dollar. While this means there are very competitive deals to enjoy, it also unfortunately means there are some deals that aren't as decent as they first appear.

That's why you should stick with TechRadar to guarantee you get the best Cyber Monday deals. We track all of the top retailer's Cyber Monday deals, and highlight the very best savings on the top laptops.

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