Looking for a laptop deal? Don't bother with the Amazon Spring Sale - these deals from Best Buy and Walmart are way better

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The big news for bargain hunters this week is Amazon's Big Spring Sale - an online event that's serving up thousands of discounts on everything from own-brand devices to big-screen TVs. There is one category that's conspicuously lacking in quality deals, however, and that's laptops.

In my opinion (as TechRadar's deals editor), you're way better served by heading on over to other retailers this week - notably Best Buy, Dell, and Walmart. All three of these retailers are offering exceptional discounts today on some of our favorite models with prices that are reaching Black Friday levels.

For example, over at Walmart right now you can bag the Apple MacBook Air M1 for just $699 (was $999) - a record-breaking discount on this superb laptop. Sure, it's a little older now but the MacBook Air M1 is still an exceptionally capable machine for everyday use - and incredibly light too.

I'd also recommend Dell's superb deals on its range of XPS 13 Ultrabooks. For example, the baseline 2022 model starts at just $599 (was $799) and there's also an option to get an upgraded Core i7 model for $799 (was $999). These aren't as cheap as some of the options out there right now (notably at Best Buy), but these are Black Friday-level deals that are well worth considering.

For comparison's sake, most of Amazon's laptop deals in the Big Spring Sale are on budget machines like this Asus Vivobook Go for $279.99 (was $329) or this Lenovo IdeaPad 1 for $269 (was $299)

These deals are 'Okay' but they're nowhere near as good as something like this HP 15 for $349 at Best Buy or this Inspiron 15 at Dell for $399. The best deal I've found at Amazon is this HP 15 for $699 (was $839), but again I wouldn't recommend it over the MacBook Air M1 at Walmart - which is superb value.

A record-low price on one of our favorites

Apple MacBook Air M1: $999$699 at Walmart
Processor: RAM:SSD:

Apple MacBook Air M1: <a href="https://goto.walmart.com/c/1943169/565706/9383?subId1=hawk-custom-tracking&sharedId=hawk&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.walmart.com%2Fip%2FMacBook-Air-13-3-Laptop-Apple-M1-chip-8GB-Memory-256GB-SSD-Space-Gray%2F609040889" data-link-merchant="walmart.com"">was $999 now $699 at Walmart
Apple M1
SSD: 256GB

Record low price: while we've seen the Air M1 go for as little as $749 previously, Walmart has just beaten that already-excellent discount by a whole $50 today. Not only is this an outstanding price for such a powerful laptop that still holds up great for 2024, but this could be the last chance to pick one up now that it's officially discontinued. Don't miss this awesome deal if you're looking for a great bang for the buck MacBook!

Best Buy has great budget laptops right now

HP 14-inch laptop: $179$159 at Best Buy

HP 14-inch laptop: <a href="https://shop-links.co/link?skuId=6499749&publisher_slug=future&exclusive=1&u1=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2Fhp-14-laptop-intel-celeron-4gb-memory-64gb-emmc-snowflake-white%2F6499749.p%3FskuId%3D6499749&article_name=hawk-article-name&article_url=hawk-article-url" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"">was $179 now $159 at Best Buy
Intel Celeron N4120
Storage: 64GB eMMC

This 14-inch laptop won't blow anyone away with its modest Intel Celeron processor, but it's cheaper than similarly specced options at Amazon right now. If you're looking for something to cover the basics - like answering emails or online shopping - then this budget-friendly HP is one of the best deals right now - just don't plan to take on anything too intensive with this machine.

HP 15 laptop: $629 $349.99 at Best Buy

HP 15 laptop: <a href="https://shop-links.co/link?skuId=6554442&publisher_slug=future&exclusive=1&u1=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2Fhp-15-6-full-hd-laptop-amd-ryzen-5-7520u-16gb-memory-256gb-ssd-natural-silver%2F6554442.p%3FskuId%3D6554442&article_name=hawk-article-name&article_url=hawk-article-url" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"">was $629 now $349.99 at Best Buy
AMD Ryzen 5 7520U
SSD: 256GB

Another great bang-for-the-buck option at Best Buy right now is this 15-inch HP. This one could be a good choice if you want a cost-effective everyday laptop that's relatively quick since it features not only an up-to-date Ryzen 5 chipset but a full 16GB kit of RAM. 

Dell Inspiron 15 laptop: $649 $399.99 at Dell

Dell Inspiron 15 laptop: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-6361382-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/inspiron-15-laptop/spd/inspiron-15-3525-laptop/nn3525ghhvs" data-link-merchant="dell.com"">was $649 now $399.99 at Dell
AMD Ryzen 7-5700U 

Recommended: We're sneaking this deal from Dell into our list because it's absolutely fantastic value. For just shy of $400 you get yourself a powerful Ryzen 7 chipset, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. While it's not a high-end laptop by any means, this Dell Inspiron is just about the best bang for the buck option you can get right now. If you need a reliable work-from-home laptop, this one is a particularly strong choice currently. 

Asus Vivobook 16 laptop: $749 $419.99 at Best Buy

Asus Vivobook 16 laptop: <a href="https://shop-links.co/link?skuId=6535990&publisher_slug=future&exclusive=1&u1=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2Fasus-vivobook-16-laptop-amd-ryzen-7-5800hs-with-12gb-memory-512gb-ssd-quiet-blue%2F6535990.p%3FskuId%3D6535990&article_name=hawk-article-name&article_url=hawk-article-url" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"">was $749 now $419.99 at Best Buy
AMD Ryzen 7-5800HS
SSD: 512GB

Another very strong mid-range laptop deal from Best Buy, this 16-inch Vivobook is a great allrounder with its Ryzen 7 chipset, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD. It doesn't quite match the Dell above when it comes to outright specs but the overall design of this Asus Vivobook, which also has a slightly larger display.

For high-end Windows laptops - check out Dell

Dell XPS 13 laptop: $799  $599 at DellProcessor:&nbsp;RAM:SSD:

Dell XPS 13 laptop: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-6361382-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/xps-13-laptop/spd/xps-13-9315-laptop/xn9315gmmks" data-link-merchant="dell.com"">was $799 now $599 at Dell<a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-6361382-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/xps-13-laptop/spd/xps-13-9315-laptop/xn9315fqrxs" data-link-merchant="dell.com"" data-link-merchant="dell.com"">
Processor: Intel Core i5-1230U
SSD: 256GB

The cheapest Dell XPS 13 you can buy right now is a third of the price of the latest 14-inch model. In fact, at $599, this deal is the cheapest XPS 13 we've ever seen. There are some trade-offs, of course, in the fact that you get a relatively small 256GB SSD and an older 12th gen Intel Core i5, but this machine still features a premium high-end design. If you're just looking for a machine to cover the basics this one is a great choice. 

Dell XPS 13 laptop: $1,099  $799 at DellProcessor:&nbsp;RAM:SSD:

Dell XPS 13 laptop: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-6361382-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/xps-13-laptop/spd/xps-13-9315-laptop/xn9315fqrxs" data-link-merchant="dell.com"">was $1,099 now $799 at Dell
Processor: Intel Core i7-1250U
SSD: 512GB

This mid-range Dell XPS 13 might just be one of the best buys out there if you're looking for a reasonably powerful lightweight Windows laptop. At $300 off, this one is a steal considering you get a powerful combination of a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. While not as cheap as the model above, this one is a better buy if you need a machine to handle more intensive applications - not least because this is a Black Friday-level deal.

Dell XPS 13 Plus: $1,499$999 at Dell

Dell XPS 13 Plus: <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-6361382-12578053?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/xps-13-plus-laptop/spd/xps-13-9320-laptop/usexchbts9320ghhw" data-link-merchant="dell.com"">was $1,499 now $999 at Dell
Intel Core i7-1360P
SSD: 512GB

Price cut: we originally singled out this Dell XPS 13 Plus as a fantastic buy at its original sales price of $1,099 but now it's been reduced even further to a record-low of just $999. The Dell XPS 13 Plus is the closest in design and specs to the latest XPS 14, although it doesn't have the option to bundle in a GPU. Still, this laptop is a great performer with its Core i7 chipset - and it looks absolutely gorgeous with its sleek, trackpad-less design. At $999, this one is currently a massive $700 cheaper than the new 14-inch model so it could be a good option if you want a stylish lightweight laptop without completely breaking the bank. Check out our <a href="https://www.techradar.com/computing/laptops/dell-xps-13-plus-2023-review-still-the-odd-one-out-in-the-xps-family" data-link-merchant="techradar.com"" data-link-merchant="dell.com"">Dell XPS 13 Plus (2023) review for a full rundown of this model.

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Alex Whitelock
Deals Editor

Alex is deals editor at TechRadar. With over three years of experience on-site and eight years working in e-commerce, Alex has made it his personal mission to share all his favorite tips, bargains, and deals with our readers here at TechRadar. At work, he specializes in computing, phones, and covering huge sales events like Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day. Outside of work, you'll find him indulging his keen love of photography and PC gaming, or down at the local climbing gym hanging off boulders far too difficult for his abilities. His editorial bylines also include contributions to T3 and GamesRadar.