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Labor Day laptop sales 2021: deals now live on Apple, Dell, HP, and more

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The big day is here and this year's Labor Day laptop sales are in full swing. Dell, HP, Best Buy, and Amazon are just some of the top retailers offering a ton of great deals across a range of machines today - all of which we've neatly rounded up just below.

While not 'traditionally' a large component of the larger Labor Day sales, laptops have become an increasing staple at many retailers. Coinciding with the back-to-school period, Labor Day laptop sales tend to be the best chance to bag a bargain before Black Friday rolls around in November. Luckily, this year's event has plenty of options for all sorts of budgets.

So far, HP and Dell are the forerunners in mid-range value, with the latter having quite a few deals being staggered throughout the day. Strictly on a budget? There are a ton of great cheap Chromebooks at Best Buy right now that are perfect for the basics or school work. Finally, Amazon has just posted the lowest price yet on the stunning Apple MacBook Air M1 at just $849.99. Currently ranked #1 on our best laptops buyer's guide, this one's an easy recommendation from us if you're looking for a premium ultrabook.

At the bottom of the article, we've also included some information to really help you find the best machine for your requirements, as well as links to the top Labor Day laptop sales retailers - should you want to check out their full listings by yourself. 

One last thing - this article is a living list of recommendations and we'll be updating it regularly with more picks as we spot them. We'd recommend bookmarking this page if you don't spot something right away and checking in throughout the day for more. Note - most of these deals will be expiring tonight, so don't hang around if you're interested!

Today's best Labor Day laptop sales - our top picks

1. HP Laptop 15t: $599.99

1. HP Laptop 15t: $599.99 $449.99 at HP
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HP always makes great value mid-range laptops, case in point - this HP 15T. With an 11th gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD you'll be hard-pressed to find a more powerful machine in the sub-$500 range right now. The processor and boosted RAM are particularly good here if you need something that's going to handle multi-tasking applications or a lot of browser tabs running at once. 

2. Apple MacBook Air (2020, M1): $999

2. Apple MacBook Air (2020, M1): $999 $849 at Amazon
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Apple's stunning 2020 MacBook Air M1 is at its lowest ever price right now at Amazon - a discount we've only seen before on two very short occasions. With 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and that incredibly powerful M1 chip inside, the MacBook Air M1 is a great buy if you're looking for a machine that not only looks fantastic and is portable, but has plenty of grunt for heavy applications. It's a favorite here at TechRadar (rated #1 on our buyer's guide), so it's an easy recommendation.

3. Gateway 14.1-inch laptop: $499

3. Gateway 14.1-inch laptop: $499 $279 at Walmart
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This 14-inch Gateway at Walmart might not be the sleekest looking laptop on our list, but it's great bang for the buck if you're on a budget. A combination of a 10th gen Intel Core i3, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD, make this machine a very capable runner indeed for under $300 - perfect if you want a machine that can handle both work and casual tasks.

Labor Day laptop sales under $300

$229.99

HP Chromebook 11a: $229.99 $129.99 at HP
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This 11-inch HP Chromebook is almost half-price in today's Labor Day sale, bringing it down to a cost that's more in line with a tablet than a laptop. With a MediaTek processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage, this one's going to be strictly for the basics. However, if you need that highly portable machine for browsing on the go, it'll get the job done.

Lenovo 14-inch Chromebook 3: $289

Lenovo 14-inch Chromebook 3: $289 $179 at Best Buy
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Chromebooks are a great choice if you're simply looking for a machine that can cover all those basic, browser-based tasks. This 14-inch Lenovo not only features a hefty discount, but a rather sleek aluminum design, Mediatek processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage - specs which are absolutely fantastic for the money here. 

Lenovo C340 11-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook: $309.99

Lenovo C340 11-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook: $309.99 $199 at Walmart
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– Not many 2-in-1 laptops can be had for under $200 so this Lenovo C340 is a terrific deal if you like having the option to switch to tablet mode. Specs are about as you'd expect in this price range – with an 11-inch screen, 4GB RAM and 32GB storage – so this will serve well enough for work or light tasks.

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 laptop: $349.99

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 laptop: $349.99 $249.99 at Dell
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A combination of an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD makes this Dell Inspiron 15 3000 a great inexpensive Windows-based option for casual use and a light spot of work too. For spreadsheets, it's not the speediest, but for browsing, typing, and shopping it's more than enough for most users - plus, a big price cut makes it a great value pick.
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Gateway 14.1-inch laptop: $499

Gateway 14.1-inch laptop: $499 $279 at Walmart
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This 14-inch Gateway at Walmart might not be the sleekest looking laptop on our list, but it's great bang for the buck if you're on a budget. A combination of a 10th gen Intel Core i3, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD, make this machine a very capable runner indeed for under $300 - perfect if you want a machine that can handle both work and casual tasks.

Samsung 15.6-inch Chromebook: $379

Samsung 15.6-inch Chromebook: $379 $299 at Best Buy
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This 15.6-inch Samsung is a really powerful machine for a Chromebook. Specifically, an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD will see you zipping through all those Chrome browser-based tasks in no time and it features a really nice modern aesthetic too. While a bit pricier than some options, a nice discount from Best Buy this week brings it right into budget.

Labor Day laptop sales under $600

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 laptop: $529.99

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 laptop: $529.99 $391.99 at Dell
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You're bumping up to 8GB of RAM with this Dell Inspiron 15 3000, which also features an 11th gen Intel Core i3 processor and 128GB SSD. This one's a great little mid-range machine that's going to be more capable at handling things like big spreadsheets than some of the more basic choices above. While still not high-end, it's fairly capable and features very recent components.

HP Chromebook 14b: $469.99

HP Chromebook 14b: $469.99 $359.99 at HP
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HP doesn't just do super-cheap Chromebooks, it also has great mid-range options like this 14-inch machine. In particular, this one's featuring a much more premium chassis, AMD Athlon processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. If you're looking for that back to school machine for the kids that's not super-cheap, this one could be a good option. 

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15.6-inch laptop: $399.99

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15.6-inch laptop: $399.99 $399.99 at Best Buy
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A combination of a 10th gen Intel Core i3, 256GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM makes this Lenovo IdeaPad a great mid-range pick for work or school. It's not super high-end, as you'd expect, but it is a highly portable, fairly powerful option from a reliable brand. Plus, this particular chassis features a rather fetching dark blue color you don't see on many machines. 

HP Laptop 15t: $599.99

HP Laptop 15t: $599.99 $449.99 at HP
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HP always makes great value mid-range laptops, case in point - this HP 15T. With an 11th gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD you'll be hard-pressed to find a more powerful machine in the sub-$500 range right now. The processor and boosted RAM are particularly good here if you need something that's going to handle multi-tasking applications or a lot of browser tabs running at once. 

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 laptop: $599.99

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 laptop: $599.99 $449.99 at Dell
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While at this price point also consider this Dell Inspiron 15 - which also features an 11th gen Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Like the HP just above, these mid-range machines are going to be a worthwhile investment if you really need to focus on productivity and also would like a little more space on those drives.
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HP Pavilion x360 2-in-1 15.6-inch laptop: $749.99

HP Pavilion x360 2-in-1 15.6-inch laptop: $749.99 $569.99 at HP
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The HP Pavilion x360 range not only features a gorgeous aesthetic, but also a really handy 2-in-1 design that allows you to use it as both a laptop or a tablet. This particular spec is no slouch either with an 11th gen Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD providing plenty of power. Equally capable with casual or work applications, this one's a great choice if you think you'll be able to make the most out of that touchscreen design.

HP Laptop 15t: $749.99

HP Laptop 15t: $749.99 $599.99 at HP
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You'll score an 11th gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD with this upgraded HP 15T laptop  - specs that will pretty much handle anything you'll throw at them, aside intensive gaming. While not quite as slick as a new MacBook or an XPS, this one's a fantastic choice for a budget machine that's able to handle music production and hefty design applications.
Use code: HP21LDS5 to get a further 5% off

Labor Day laptop sales under $1,000

$849.99

Lenovo Yoga 6 13-inch 2-in-1 laptop: $849.99 $659.99 at Lenovo
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This 13-inch Yoga 6 is the perfect compromise between a small form-factor laptop and a powerful tablet, having a handy 2-in-1 convertible design. With an AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD, it's got plenty of power too - more than enough for most casual and work-based applications.
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Dell Inspiron 15 3000 laptop: $849.99

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 laptop: $849.99 $695.79 at Dell
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A 512GB SSD, 12GB of RAM, and 11th gen Intel Core i7 processor gives this Dell Inspiron more than enough power for the vast majority of tasks - casual and work. A larger SSD is also particularly handy for storing all that work, media, and other files you may have. 

Dell XPS 13 laptop: $949.99

Dell XPS 13 laptop: $949.99 $749.99 at Dell
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Dell's XPS 13 range of ultrabooks are a great choice if you're looking for something stylish, powerful, and portable. Such things often come with a price but thankfully this entry-level spec is coming with a huge discount right now. An 11th gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD makes this one a great option for productivity on the go.
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Dell Inspiron 15 Touch laptop: $1,049.99

Dell Inspiron 15 Touch laptop: $1,049.99 $783.99 at Dell
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While not quite as premium as the XPS 13 above when it comes to design, this 15.6-inch touchscreen Inspiron easily has it beat on power. An AMD Ryzen 7-5700U processor, 16GB of RAM, and whopping 1TB SSD makes this Inspiron one specced-out machine indeed - perfect for design work or heavy multitasking.

Apple MacBook Air (2020, M1): $999

Apple MacBook Air (2020, M1): $999 $849 at Amazon
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Apple's stunning 2020 MacBook Air M1 is at its lowest ever price right now at Amazon - a discount we've only seen before on two very short occasions. With 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and that incredibly powerful M1 chip inside, the MacBook Air M1 is a great buy if you're looking for a machine that not only looks fantastic and is portable, but has plenty of grunt for heavy applications. It's a favorite here at TechRadar (rated #1 on our buyer's guide), so it's an easy recommendation.

HP Envy x360 touch-screen laptop: $1,119.99

HP Envy x360 touch-screen laptop: $1,119.99 $949.99 at HP
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Another heavily discounted premium touch-screen laptop in the Labor Day sales is this HP Envy x360. An 11th gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD means you're getting plenty of power here alongside that rather sleek aesthetic. Also available is HP's 'customize before you buy' feature, which allows you to upgrade this machine even further.
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Acer Swift X 14-inch laptop: $1,069.99

Acer Swift X 14-inch laptop: $1,069.99 $999.99 at Amazon
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Billed as a 'creator' laptop, this Acer Swift X ultrabook packs in an incredibly impressive line-up of specs into a rather svelte, slim package. A combination of an RTX 3050 Ti graphics card, AMD Ryzen 7-5800U processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD means you're going to have a ton of power for tasks like video rendering - and even a light spot of gaming too.  

Labor Day gaming laptop sales

$1,029.99

Dell G15 gaming laptop: $1,029.99 $749.99 at Dell
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$749 is a decent price to pay on the Dell G15 with an RTX 3050, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and Intel Core i5-10400H processor. These specs aren't super-crazy, but they'll get you going with 1080p gaming no problem - plus unlock all those latest graphical features like Ray-Tracing and DLSS. If you're looking for a no-thrills gaming laptop that gets the job done at a budget then this one's a good choice.

Asus TUF 15.6-inch gaming laptop: $799 at Walmart

Asus TUF 15.6-inch gaming laptop: $799 at Walmart
There's no upfront saving on this Asus TUF, but it's simply a fantastic mid-range choice for those looking for a decent gaming laptop on a budget. Inside its combination of an Intel Core i5-11260H, RTX 3050, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD give it a really well-rounded profile for 1080p gaming. Having that larger drive is particularly handy here as you'll have plenty of space for those big AAA game installs.

$999.99

Asus TUF 17.3-inch gaming laptop: $999.99 $849.99 at Best Buy
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You'll get more screen real-estate and a beefier RTX 3050 Ti graphics card with this 17-inch Asus TUF today in the Best Buy Labor Day sale. An Intel Core i5-11260H, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD round out the specs here for a machine that's capable of excellent performance. Note, this one has great performance for the price, but its larger size makes it much less portable than 15.6-inch machines, so bear that in mind.

Labor Day laptop sales: FAQ

Is Labor Day a good time to buy a laptop?

The Labor Day laptop sales are shaping up to be a great opportunity to bag a good deal on a laptop. In the past, the event's generally been associated with 'end-of-summer' sales but in recent year's it's tended to be a lot more online-focused. It also coincides with the larger 'Back to school' period, of which laptops are a major component.

Labor Day also happens to be the last big sales event of the year before the more well-known Black Friday and Cyber Monday events roll around in late November. If you're not looking to wait that long, then Labor Day laptop sales are definitely going to be worth considering.

Who has the best Labor Day laptop sales?

Amazon - excellent for sales on Apple MacBooks, plus Acer, Asus, Lenovo
Best Buy - great cheap Chromebooks and gaming laptop deals
Walmart - exclusive Gateway mid-range machines and cheap Chromebooks
Dell - XPS 13 sales, plus exceptional mid-range machines for work
HP - inexpensive touch-screen laptops, Chromebooks, mid-range laptops
Lenovo - ThinkPad business laptops, plus great Chromebook options

The best online retailers for Labor Day laptop sales are Dell, HP, Best Buy, Amazon, and Walmart, although the best one is going to depend heavily on what you're looking for exactly.

If you're strictly on a budget, then Best Buy and Walmart will have great sales on cheap Chromebooks and Windows laptops to consider in the $150 to $300 range. These are going to be perfect if you're looking for a machine for schoolwork or browser-based basics.

For those looking to spend a bit more, then Dell and HP offer really great own-brand mid-range workhorse laptops sold directly through their sites. Both brands also have excellent premium Windows laptops like the Dell XPS and HP Spectre, which often see big price cuts over sales events like Labor Day. 

Finally, if you're looking for Apple MacBook sales, then Amazon is probably going to be your destination for Labor Day laptop deals. This retailer has been offering the lowest prices all year round on the latest M1 machines and hopefully we'll see some particularly good discounts on Labor Day.

Labor Day laptop sales: buyers tips

First thing's first, we'd recommend setting yourself an upper limit for your budget right off the bat before considering any Labor Day laptop sales. If you're looking for a machine for simply the basics like schoolwork or browser tasks, then a Chromebook or basics Windows laptop of around $300 should suffice. For more intensive applications like everyday work use, we'd recommend bumping that budget up to around $550 for a machine with the latest 11th gen Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5-5000 series processors. For niche power-uses like design work, music production, or gaming, then you'll absolutely benefit from bumping that budget all the way up to around $1,000. Gaming laptops especially benefit from spending a bit more to secure those speedy RTX 3000 series graphics cards.

One other tip we have is to watch out for clearance on older machines. Amazon and Walmart in particular are full of third-party sellers trying to clear out old laptops featuring components that are several generations old. While many of these laptops can get the job done, as a rule of thumb we'd recommend going for the latest components if possible as you'll get better mileage in the long run. 

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Alex Whitelock

Alex is deals editor at Future PLC and an all-around expert at one thing - saving readers as much cash as possible while scoring them the best products for their needs. With content that's always packed full of helpful information, no-nonsense expertise, and of course deals, Alex has also written for other leading sites such as T3 and GamesRadar. At work, you'll find him mostly covering computing, gaming, and advising people on how to save on their cell phone plans. Outside of work, you'll find him playing guitar, indulging his love for music, or down at the local climbing gym mostly hanging off boulders far too difficult for his abilities.