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Best cheap laptop deals in May 2022

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Looking for all of the best cheap laptop deals available right? You're in the right place. We've searched through all the top retailers and major manufacturers to gather together all of today's top offers in one place. No matter whether your budget is just $100 or goes all the way to $1000, we can find you a cheap laptop to suit your work or everyday needs at an affordable price.

Cheap laptop deals by price

To save you the effort of searching, we've picked out the best budget Chromebooks, good value laptops and high-end ultrabooks that are worth spending your money on right now. Many of these also come fully recommended from TechRadar reviewers who've assembled our best laptops guide so you know you're getting a quality device. Have a scroll through all the options below to get an idea of everything that's available or use the links to jump down to a specific price range if you have a figure to spend in mind already. 

We've got some terrific cheap laptops that can be bought from major retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart. In fact, the budget-friendly Dell Inspiron 15 3000 gets the nod as the best cheap laptop deal this week, so do check it out below. There are also some fantastic laptop deals when you buy direct from other manufacturers such as HP. We're also on the lookout for more bargains as we approach this year's Memorial Day sales and Amazon Prime Day.

If after your search you think you want more inexpensive machines that are fixed to the Chrome OS, you should check out even more cheap Chromebooks available today. There are also many more cheap MacBook deals for those after a discounted Apple device. And, if you're a gamer, you'd be better suited to check out our selection of cheap gaming laptop deals as the models on this page are built with browsing, work and general use in mind - not gaming.

Cheap laptop deal of the week

Dell Inspiron 15 3000: $449.99 $349.99 at Dell
Save $100
– The Dell Summer Sale may now be over, but there's still a good price on this budget-friendly Inspiron 15 3000. It's a good choice for light work and general everyday use, thanks to the decent processor and 8GB RAM - something we don't always see in cheap laptops around $350. Storage is good at 256GB, too, which is enough for your most important files and applications.

Cheap laptop deals under $200

Asus 11.6-inch Chromebook: $219 $99 at Best Buy
Save $120
– The Asus Chromebook is back again at Best Buy - and is the cheapest laptop deal this week once more. It's simply the best option out there if you want to spend the least amount possible on a new device. Of course, this Asus Chromebook is very basic, but it has an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage - all fine for light use and schoolwork.

Samsung Chromebook 4: $229.99 $118 at Walmart
Save $110
– The Samsung Chromebook is usually a lot pricier compared to similar models so we tend to avoid it. However, it's well worth considering now it has a huge $110 discount at Walmart - that's just $20 off the record low. It's still a basic machine but one that's ideal for school work and light use. It's the 12.5-hour battery life that impresses most, though, so great if you're always on the go.

Asus 14-inch laptop: $259.99 $169.99 at Best Buy
Save $90
– We've picked out this Asus as the best value laptop deal you can buy for under $200 this week. It's ideal as a budget-friendly laptop for light work and browsing thanks to the large 14-inch screen, 4GB RAM and Intel Celeron processor. Compared to the other cheap laptops in this price range it has a huge amount of storage, too, at 128GB. That's significantly extra space for all your most important files and applications.

Cheap laptop deals from $200 to $400

HP 11-inch Chromebook: $599 $299 at Best Buy
Save $300
– This HP 11-inch Chromebook is a whopping 50% off right now at Best Buy. What makes it an even better deal is the fact it's a 2-in-1 device so can swap between laptop and tablet mode with ease. For the price, you get an 11-inch touchscreen, Snapdragon processor and 64GB storage - that's good for general everyday use and light work. There's also 8GB RAM, too, which will give it a solid performance boost.

Acer Aspire 5: $399.99 $329.99 at Amazon
Save $70
– This Acer Aspire 5 continues to be one of the most popular laptop deals at Amazon. It's easy to see why as it's an affordable everyday device that can handle all general tasks you want to throw at it. The 4GB of RAM is a small compromise, but the AMD Ryzen 3 processor and 128GB SSD are good for performance, meaning it's a compromise worth making for the saving and if you're happy with a more basic machine.

Cheap laptop deals from $400 to $600

HP 15 laptop: $679.99 $519.99 at HP
Save $160
– Here's a decent $160 saving on a premium HP Pavilion 15 laptop. As well as the latest generation Intel i5 processor and 8GB of RAM you also get loads of superfast storage with a huge 512GB SSD. As an excellent value all-around multi-purpose laptop, it doesn't get much better than this from HP.

Lenovo Flex 5: $849.99 $599.99 at Amazon
Save $250
– This Lenovo Flex 5 is terrific value for money at Amazon. The standout feature is the whopping 16GB of RAM which will ensure excellent performance across all tasks. It's also well-built for a 2-in-1 device, with a clear and crisp 14-inch full HD IPS touchscreen. Overall, you get a lot for your money here.

Asus VivoBook Pro 14 OLED: $749 $599 at Walmart
Save $150
– Walmart still has this impressive bargain price on the Asus VivoBook Pro in its laptop deals. It has the trio of main components we like to see in a powerful all-purpose laptop at this price: namely an Intel i5 processor, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD. The real value, though, is in the gorgeous 14-inch OLED screen. This is a rarity for so cheap and massively improves the picture quality for general use, but will truly shine when streaming films, TV and other videos.

Best laptop deals over $600

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 laptop: $829.99 $685.99 at Dell
Save $144
– Looking for a more premium device? This Dell Inspiron 15 has everything you need at a great price. The top-end components include the latest-generation Intel i7 processor, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD. That's a whole lot of power, performance and storage for the price that will handle anything you want to throw at it. It even features an entry-level graphics card if you want to do some light gaming on the side.

MacBook Air M1 (256GB): $999 $849 at Amazon
Save $150 -
Thanks to an extra $100 discount that's applied at the checkout you can now get a MacBook Air for its lowest price since Black Friday. It's only $50 away from that record low, too. This top-of-the-line device features Apple's powerful M1 chip and premium chassis - and sits as TechRadar's number one pick for best laptop. If you've had your eye on one it's worth getting at this price.

This week's best store-wide laptop sales

Amazon: Best prices for MacBooks and cheap Chromebooks
Amazon is the place to go if you're looking for a MacBook this week. Of course, Apple's premium ultrabooks aren't exactly cheap, but this is where you can get one for the lowest price. Need something cheaper? There are big discounts on Chromebooks mid-range devices, too.

Best Buy: massive range of laptops now under $500
Best Buy still has a massive selection of cheap laptop deals under $500 this week. All the major manufacturers are involved too, with offers available across HP, Dell, Acer and Asus devices - to name just a few.

Dell: laptop deals starting from $249.99
Dell sales are often tough to keep on top of as the laptop deals are regularly expired but then exactly the same offer is brought back on a different link. Right now, there's an emphasis on Inspiron deals - great if you need a general everyday laptop. Check for regular discounts on the premium XPS line, too, if you'd like a Windows alternative to the MacBook Air.

HP: Save up to 45% on laptops, all-in-one PCs, monitors and more
HP has moved on from its Presidents' Day sale but still has many laptops on offer at the same prices. We've picked out some of the best laptop deals right above, but you can also browse the full sale yourself for many more options.

Which stores have cheap laptop sales?

If you're looking for the best budget laptop to see you through everyday browsing, we'd recommend heading over to the generalist retailers - Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon, for example. If you're after something a little more specialist, Dell, Lenovo and HP will offer far more configuration options with their own discounts as well.

The best cheap laptops

The best budget laptops are usually the ones offering decent entry level specs (32 or 64GB of storage in a Chromebook or a 4GB / 8GB RAM, i3 processor, 128GB  storage in a Windows machine) at a reduced price. However, you'll sometimes find mid-range specs offering a step up at similar prices on cheaper machines. Below you'll find our top picks of cheap laptops that do exactly that during busy sales periods. 

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook

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1. Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook

A cheap grab and go 2-in-1 laptop

CPU: MediaTek Helio P60T | Graphics: ARM G72 MP3 800GHz | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 10.1" FHD (1920 x 1200) IPS touchscreen | Storage: 64 - 128GB

Incredibly versatile
High value 
Performs well for the price
Older components

If you're shopping for cheap laptops, chances are you're not going to spend too long poring over spec sheets or want to splash out on the latest processors and graphics. You might be looking for a simple everyday web browsing machine light enough to throw into a backpack and flexible enough for comfortable streaming. That's where the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook comes in - it's technically a tablet, but far more powerful than you'd expect from such a small machine.

Acer Chromebook 14

2. 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.

Asus VivoBook

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3. Asus Vivobook 15

Mid-range specs for entry level prices

CPU: Up to Intel i7 | Graphics: Nvidia | RAM: Up to 16GB | Screen: FHD (1920x1080) | Storage: 128GB SSD – 1TB HDD

Versatile and powerful
Full HD screen
Regularly discounted

You're shopping in the $399 - $599 range when looking at an Asus Vivobook, with entry-level specs outperforming the vast majority of Chromebooks you'd usually find at this price. Plus, you're getting some pretty premium features in this cheap laptop. A Nano-Edge display keeps everything looking sharp, the option for Intel Optane memory makes sure all your most-used programs and files are well within reach, and a 1.6kg weight on a full-sized 15.6-inch laptop is nothing to sniff at either.

Acer Swift 3

4. 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 a MacBook Pro from a couple of years back, that is if you opt for the Intel Core i5 configuration. The best part? Among the best Acer laptops right now, 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. There are often plenty of cheap laptop deals on Acer products so you'll always be in a good position to grab a discount.

Cheap laptop deals: Tips and Tricks

One of the first things we often check when shopping for cheap laptops is the amount of storage on offer. As shoppers, we've become accustomed to comparing prices and models based on the number of gigabytes next to the model name. However, there may be more to it than that, especially when you're browsing the cheaper shelves. You may also need to pay attention to your operating system when picking up a budget laptop deal under $200. 

Some cheap laptops are more worthy of your cash than others, and many simply need to be avoided. For example, you'll easily find a Windows machine that offers just 16 or 32GB of storage, but with update file and software sizes increasing, you may quickly find that insufficient. However, finding a Chromebook with 16 or 32GB of storage for under $200 makes for a great cheap laptop deal. That's because these machines run on Chrome OS which doesn't require updates and operates largely through your browser. 

Similarly, a lot of laptops hold incredibly low price tags because they are labelled as 'FreeDOS'. This means they don't have an operating system on them already, so you will need to buy Windows 10 to get them set up. 

How much are the best laptop deals? 

Shopping for the best budget laptop deals between $50 and $200 will usually have you looking at the excellent range of Chromebooks on sale right now. Running Chrome OS, these budget laptop deals will see you through everyday web browsing, emails, and some light streaming for eye wateringly low prices. You'll be picking up anything from a 16GB SSD to a 64GB hard drive, but you'll also be looking to utilize the cloud for more storage.

If you're punting a bit higher than $200, you'll be opening yourself up to more RAM, moving from 4GB to 8GB in most models, meaning your cheap laptop will be able to open programs faster, generally retrieving information and multi-task in a more streamlined manner. You'll also be picking up far more storage for your cash, with prices this week including either a 128GB or 256GB SSD. This SSD further streamlines your storage, acting as a lightning-fast drive to keep everything you need instantly attainable.

Once you search for laptop deals above $400, you may well start to find 16GB of RAM on offer as well as a few models with a 512GB SSD. Along with improved processors, that means exceedingly fast storage potential, keeping your cheap laptop zippy however many programs you have open. Laptops above this price range are also better suited to media editing than cheaper models.

James Pickard is a Deals Editor at TechRadar. After many years of scouring the net for the cheapest games and tech for his own personal use, he decided to make it his job to share those bargains with you. James also has over five years of experience covering some of the biggest sales events of the year at Eurogamer and VG247, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime Day. When not deals hunting, James can be found on the PS5, watching a classic film noir or cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.