The best cheap laptop deals in January 2019: prices start at just $149

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If you're in the market for a cheap laptop deal, now's a great time to find a good price, regardless of whether you're shopping for work, school, or home. To make finding the machine that's right for you easier, we’ve collected the cheapest prices and best deals of the week in addition to a selection of some of our perpetual cheap laptop favorites. This week features an assortment of workhorses, versatile machines, and basic configurations perfect for students.

We know that shopping for a new laptop can be an often arduous task of comparing storage, memory, processing power and features, but our guide below will help you find the best laptop deals and get the most for your money. From huge names like Dell to lesser known brands, you’re sure to come away happy with these bargains.

First up, you'll find our selection of the very latest and best cheap laptop deals of the week where one store in particular has come away with a standout price on a certain laptop. Beneath those laptop prices, we've rounded up some of our favourite budget-price laptops and compared prices from a range of stores so you can get the best deal. This section is well worth coming back to if something takes your fancy as the prices are automatically updating all the time and we're deep into discount season now too. If you're a gamer, you'd be better suited checking out our selection of cheap gaming laptop deals, as the models on this page are not usually built with gaming in mind.

The best cheap laptop deal of the week

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop | $565 at Walmart
With a high-definition touchscreen, DVD drive, a whopping 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage and Radeon Vega8 Graphics, this Dell laptop is a portable multimedia beast. Even better, Walmart has the cheapest price in the land.
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More top cheap laptop deals of the week

Evoo 11.6-inch touchscreen laptop $149 at Walmart
If you're after a cheap replacement laptop or just something for basic work tasks like document editing, web browsing and email then this very portable laptop should keep you going for an incredibly low price. It's even better value when you consider it's a convertible touchscreen too. 32GB of storage isn't ideal but you can pop in a USB drive to expand if you need more space.
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Lenovo IdeaPad 330 15.6-inch laptop $289 at Walmart
Need a cheap laptop for work or school? Lenovo IdeaPads are a reliable line of laptops that fit that criteria nicely. It's a full-size laptop with a 15.6-inch HD screen, i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD.
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Asus Chromebook C423: $268 at Newegg
This 14-inch Chromebook costs a little more than the smaller ones above, but it's still super cheap. There's  a HD display backed by a dual-core Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
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HP Chromebook 14-ak050nr $290 at Amazon
If you're after some extra power in your Chromebook experience, then this version comes with a Quad Core Celeron processor. This is great for a bit of extra multitasking. Look out for the 16GB of storage as you'll probably need a USB drive if you're wanting to store lots of big files.
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HP Notebook 15-bs121nr 15.6-inch laptop: $519 $349.99 at HP
This laptop comes packing an older Intel Core i3 processor and a 128GB SSD which makes it a cost a little more than standard hard drives, but the speed might be worth it for you. A $170 discount is an excellent deal too.
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Lenovo IdeaPad 15.6-inch laptop $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 $170 off the list price on Amazon.View Deal

Asus VivoBook Flip convertible laptop $499 $418.95 at Walmart
Getting a cheap 2-in-1 convertible laptop with a touchscreen doesn't mean you have to compromise on performance. This one comes with an 8th-gen i3 processor and a 128GB SSD. 4GB of RAM is plnety for basic multitasking and you get to enjoy it all on a Full HD screen too. Excellent value under $500, especially when it's discounted even more today.
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Acer Aspire 5 17.3-inch laptop | $579 at B&H Photo and Video
If you need a computer for work that can also handle a bit of play, this Acer Aspire is just the answer. It has an i5 quad-core processor for handling works tasks, while its 17-inch display and Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card are perfect for light gaming and streaming videos.
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Dell Inspiron 13 7000 13.3-inch laptop: $745 at Walmart
If you're looking for a versatile and powerful laptop, look no further. This is a well equipped laptop as you're getting 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, i5 processor and a Full HD display.
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Dell Inspiron 15 5566 15-inch laptop | $749.99 at Dell
Another versatile machine, this 15-inch laptop from Dell comes equipped with an i7 processor to handle your most arduous tasks. It also has 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD.
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Asus VivoBook 15.6-inch laptop: $1039 $799 at Newegg
This VivoBook might be part of Asus mid-range laptop lineup, but it features some crazy specs including a hexa-core Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, discrete Nvidia graphics and a 1TB storage drive. Best of all, it's going for $240 off in this Christmas offer.
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Acer Swift 7 13.3-inch laptop | $1299.99 $799.99 | Adorama
Another ultra-portable laptop, this Acer machine weighs less than 2.5 pounds, while still packing a powerful i7 processor, 8GB RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Better yet, it's dropped by $500 for in Adorama's laptop sale today.
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Where to find the best laptop deals in the US:

We've compared prices on some of our favourite cheap laptops  and run through the details on why we recommend them further down this page. But if you'd like to browse the latest laptop deals directly from your favorite retailers we've included a list of the most-recommended stores directly below. 

The best cheap laptops of 2018

Acer Swift 3

The bigger, better value proposition

CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB | Screen: 14-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) ComfyView IPS | Storage: 128GB – 256GB SSD

Powerful for the price
Stellar battery life
Boring looks
Down-firing speakers

Here we have one of the few budget laptops with a processor nearly equivalent to the MacBook Pro, that is, if you opt for the Intel Core i5 configuration. The best part? It’s roughly half the cost of its Apple-branded rival. Now given that it sells at a range of different prices, the Acer Swift 3 can be an obtuse purchase, but lucky for you, the midrange model will get you by just fine.

Read the full review: Acer Swift 3

Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

Small, portable and flexible

CPU: Intel Atom x5-Z8350 | Graphics: Integrated Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 10.1-inch HD (1,280 x 800) LED touch display | Storage: 64GB

Tablet and laptop in one
Sizable hard drive
Tiny size could be tough

Its name is alphabet soup to the average reader, but then again this convertible laptop has always been about function over form. For one minuscule transaction, you’re getting a tablet equipped with an included keyboard and even a fingerprint scanner for more secure logins. Along with reliable performance and a magnesium-alloy chassis, it’s built to last.

Read the full review: Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

acer chromebook 15

Acer Chromebook 15

Battery life like no other

CPU: 1.5GHz Intel Celeron 3205U | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 15.59-inch, HD (1,920 x 1,080) touchscreen | Storage: 32GB SSD

 Stunning battery life 
 Attractive, fanless design 
Trackpad feels clunky 

While it may be outclassed by the Pixelbook and the Samsung Chromebook in terms of sheer power, the Acer Chromebook 15 can still pack a wallop while providing battery life that is frankly out of this world. It’s rare that a laptop can truly provide all-day battery, but in our independent battery tests, Acer’s Chromebook lasted an astonishing 17 hours – on top of providing enough power to get your work done online. If you’re looking for a 15 inch Chromebook that will give you the most bang for your buck, look no further.

Read the full review: Acer Chromebook 15 

Lenovo Yoga Book

Lenovo Yoga Book (Windows 10)

The netbook of the future – the ultra netbook?

CPU: 1.44GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8550 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 10.1-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,200 resolution), IPS touchscreen | Storage: 64GB flash storage (plus 128GB with microSD)

Insanely thin and light
Keyboard surprisingly accurate
Woefully underpowered
Dated microUSB port

The Lenovo Yoga Book, and the Windows 10 version of it in particular, is the sort of futuristic fodder you would find in an episode of Black Mirror. It has a keyboard that doubles as a Wacom touch panel and, best of all, it’s cheap as hell. Now, of course, that comes with the caveat of a weak Intel Atom processor, but the rest of the Lenovo Yoga Book should go down in the history books.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga Book

Asus X102BA

Acer Chromebook 14

Meet the anti-MacBook Air

CPU: Intel Celeron N3160 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 14-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) display | Storage: 32GB SSD

Top-notch build quality
Solid keyboard and touchpad
Full HD display
Flaky HD video playback

With its slick lines and a slim silhouette, the Acer Chromebook 14 makes for a subtle, snazzy laptop. Although its display isn't the most attractive we've seen, it’s still acceptable for full HD. On top of that, the keyboard and trackpad adhere to the principle of ‘it just works.’ The battery life is satisfactory as well despite falling a bit south of Acer's 12-hour claim in real-world use.

Read the full review: Acer Chromebook 14

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