The best laptop deals in January 2023

We've searched across the web to bring you all the best laptop deals available right now. There may be fewer offers following the recent end-of-year sales, but there are still some savings to be found if you look in the right place - and we've gathered them all up for you here.

Best laptop deals by price

It doesn't matter if you've got $100 to spend on a cheap Chromebook, a few hundred dollars for a budget-friendly mid-range machine or $1,000 for a powerful premium device, you can find a laptop that suits your budget just below.

Many of the laptops listed here also come fully recommended by TechRadar's expert reviewers who assembled our best laptops guide, too, so know you're getting a quality device.

If you take a look at this week's best laptop deals and find you need a few more specific options, you can check out more Chromebook deals for cheap devices running the Chrome OS. We've also got an eye on all the latest MacBook deals for those after a discounted Apple device. 

And for the gamers, you'd be better suited over on our guide to this week's cheap gaming laptop deals as the models on this page are built with browsing, work and general use in mind - not gaming.

Laptop deal of the week

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i: was (opens in new tab)

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i: was $429.99 now $299.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
2-in-1 devices usually come at a premium, but this is an excellent price for the versatile Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i. This Chromebook sports some powerful entry-level components, too, including an Intel i3 processor and 8GB of RAM to ensure strong performance for all everyday tasks. That means this is a great device for general browsing, video streaming and light life admin or office work.

Laptop deals under $200

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 Chromebook: was (opens in new tab)

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 Chromebook: was $219.99 now $119 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This Lenovo Chromebook is the cheapest laptop we've seen that's worth buying. It's a very basic device but if you need something for light use, school work or everyday browsing then it's up to the task. Plus, it's an excellent portable option at just 11 inches in size and with a 10-hour battery life.

Lenovo IdeaPad 1i: was (opens in new tab)

Lenovo IdeaPad 1i: was $179 now $129 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
If you'd prefer a traditional Windows machine over a Chromebook, then this is a great price for a budget-friendly Lenovo IdeaPad 1i at Walmart. It's an excellent choice for light use, school work, browsing or simple admin tasks. There's a large 128GB hard drive, too, which is not often seen for under $150. That's loads of room for your key files, applications, videos and photos.

Laptop deals from $200 to $400

HP Chromebook 15: was (opens in new tab)

HP Chromebook 15: was $349 now $249 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
We're fans of the HP Chromebook 14 here at TechRadar so we definitely want to give a shoutout to this deal on a slightly larger version of the same laptop at Best Buy. It's a relatively basic device, but for general everyday use and light work, it's up to the task. Highlights include the 8GB of RAM for a good performance boost and a long-lasting battery life which makes it a great option for those on the go.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i: was (opens in new tab)

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i: was $429.99 now $299.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
2-in-1 devices usually come at a premium, but this is an excellent price for the versatile Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i. This Chromebook sports some powerful entry-level components, too, including an Intel i3 processor and 8GB of RAM to ensure strong performance for all everyday tasks. That means this is a great device for general browsing, video streaming and light life admin or office work.

Lenovo IdeaPad 3: was (opens in new tab)

Lenovo IdeaPad 3: was $499.99 now $349.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
If you're on a budget and would prefer a reasonably powerful Windows machine then this is one of the most affordable laptop deals available right now. With a $150 saving, this Lenovo IdeaPad 3 offers excellent performance at a terrific low price with a large 15.6-inch screen. It also includes an Intel i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD that offers lightning-fast load times and speedy access to your files. Get it to comfortably handle all your everyday computing needs, work, streaming and more.

Dell Inspiron 15: was (opens in new tab)

Dell Inspiron 15: was $549.99 now $399.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Dell makes some of the best laptops you can buy and this is an excellent offer on an entry-level Inspiron 15 device. It has everything you need inside to power a laptop for everyday use, including 8GB of RAM to boost performance, a solid AMD Ryzen 5 processor and a decent 256GB SSD for storage. It's a solid laptop deal if you want something capable of all everyday tasks but also slightly more powerful than the Lenovo above.

Laptop deals from $400 to $600

Acer VivoBook Pro 14 OLED: was (opens in new tab)

Acer VivoBook Pro 14 OLED: was $529.99 now $449.99 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
This Acer VivoBook Pro 14 OLED was awarded four stars out of five in our review and is a solid option for the money. It offers strong levels of performance thanks to an Intel i5 processor and 8GB of RAM. Plus, there are some more modern features including WiFi 6 for a more reliable wireless internet connection and a sharper OLED display for superior image and video quality. Both are excellent inclusions at this price.

HP laptop 15: was (opens in new tab)

HP laptop 15: was $699.99 now $499.99 at HP (opens in new tab)
This HP laptop is near-identical in terms of spec compared to the Acer above, but it comes with the latest generation Intel i5 processor instead and a larger 15.6-inch screen. It's not an OLED display, though, so image quality takes a small hit, but that's fine if your main needs are work, browsing and streaming the odd video. Overall, it's a solid all-around performer at a good price.

HP Pavilion 14: was (opens in new tab)

HP Pavilion 14: was $829.99 now $579.99 at HP (opens in new tab)
The big upgrade here is the jump to 16GB of RAM, which ensures this laptop will be able to keep up with more intense work and multitasking. It's worth it if you have the budget as it'll also future-proof you for a little longer. Plus, there's a decent AMD Ryzen 7 inside too. Overall, it's a good price for a powerful and modern machine with a smaller 14-inch display for easier portability.

Laptop deals from $600 to $800

HP Pavilion 15: was (opens in new tab)

HP Pavilion 15: was $999.99 now $649.99 at HP (opens in new tab)
If your budget stretches a little further you can get this high-spec HP Pavilion 15 laptop that we've awarded four stars out of five. It comes packed with a trio of top-end components, including an Intel i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. That's everything you need to power a device for all-around use – from general browsing to more demanding work and multitasking.

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Apple MacBook Air (M1): was $999 now $799 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The 2020 Apple MacBook Air with an M1 chip is one of the best laptops ever made and it's now back down to its lowest-ever price at Best Buy. This is the same deal on the top-rated laptop over Black Friday, so we're very pleased to see it again so soon. This is your best option if you're looking to buy Apple's premium device ahead of the next big sales event.

Laptop deals over $800

MacBook Pro 13-inch M2: was (opens in new tab)

MacBook Pro 13-inch M2: was $1,299 now $1,099 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
This is the lowest price we've ever seen for the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro - it beats the previous record low by $200. Powered by the almighty M2 chip, we found the performance and battery life terrific in our MacBook Pro 13-inch (2022) review. The only issue was the launch price, but that's remedied following this $200 discount at Best Buy.

This week's best store-wide laptop sales

Amazon: regular discounts on Chromebooks and laptops, plus the best MacBook prices (opens in new tab)

Amazon: regular discounts on Chromebooks and laptops, plus the best MacBook prices (opens in new tab)
Amazon has a regularly rotating selection of laptop deals. It's often the best place to go for cheap Chromebooks and mid-range devices, so worth a look if your budget is around $500 or less. For those after a more premium device, Amazon regularly has the best prices available across the Apple MacBook range but these do regularly sell out quickly.

Best Buy: daily deals and regular weekend sales on Apple, Dell, Microsoft and HP (opens in new tab)

Best Buy: daily deals and regular weekend sales on Apple, Dell, Microsoft and HP (opens in new tab)
It's worth checking in on Best Buy regularly as there are often strong laptop deals each day and over the weekend. And offers only increase during major sales events. To give you an idea of what to expect, we've seen Chromebooks from just $99 if you need a more budget-friendly option, while you can also find dozens of savings on devices from HP, Dell, Microsoft, Acer, Asus and Apple.

Dell: New year sale live now (opens in new tab)

Dell: New year sale live now (opens in new tab)
Dell's latest laptop sale features a brand new selection of its most popular Inspiron and XPS devices at discounted prices. The offers aren't as strong or as comprehensive as we saw in the Black Friday sale that's now over, but it's a good chance to bag a bargain on a number of top machines where the savings are up to 45% off.

HP: get up to 65% off in the Back to Business sale (opens in new tab)

HP: get up to 65% off in the Back to Business sale (opens in new tab)
There's a new selection of laptop deals available at HP each week so no matter when you check in there's always a sale running. The current HP sale features savings of up to 65% on business-focused laptops, as well as a handful of price cuts on PCs, monitors and other computing peripherals. This means the devices are generally more expensive, but the price cuts on some of the high-end machines are more substantial.

Microsoft: up to $500 off Surface devices (opens in new tab)

Microsoft: up to $500 off Surface devices (opens in new tab)
Going direct to Microsoft is usually the best option if you're interested in one of the manufacturer's popular Surface devices. As well as some of the biggest discounts on the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop ranges, there are sometimes discounted bundles with vital accessories such as the Keyboard Cover and trade-in offers so you can get an even better deal on a new laptop.

Laptop deals: our buying advice

It can be overwhelming looking for laptop deals if you're not sure where to start. You may have an idea of how much you want to spend, what you need the device for or what key features you want included, but how do convert that information into the right laptop and ensure you pay the right price?

Well, that's what we're here for. We hunt down the best laptop deals each week and share them with your right here so you can bag exactly what you're after at a good price.

Here are a few words of advice from us based on our experience hunting down the best laptop deals and a little explainer on the process we go through to ensure we surface only the best offers on this page.

How we choose the best laptop deals

It all comes down to what's included in the price. We've been tracking all the best laptop deals for a number of years now, so we have a solid idea of what level of performance and components you can get for your money. Using that as a baseline, we can pick out the treasures from the trash.

We also take into consideration what you might need a laptop for based on the money you have to spend. So, if it's just a basic device for some light work, general browsing and media streaming, there's no point recommending a $1,000 laptop as it would be completely unnecessary. Instead, we look at devices between $100 - $300 that could handle those tasks and recommend some laptop deals accordingly.

However, if there's a particularly good reason to spend a little extra money (maybe for some extra performance-boosting RAM or a healthy storage upgrade) then we'll mention that too for your consideration. Sometimes it's worth that investment to better future-proof yourself and end up with a noticeably better device.

Our search takes us across all the major and specialist retailers, so you can be sure we've taken a comprehensive look across the web to pick out the best laptop deals. All the laptops you see here are hand-picked and judged by a real human, too, so each one is given a proper and detailed assessment before it gets added.

How much should I spend on a laptop?

The answer to this really comes down to what you need the laptop to do. 

If you just need a very basic device to check your emails, do a bit of light admin and generally browse the internet, then you should be fine to spend anywhere less than $300 on a laptop. Devices in this price range usually come with lower-end components, but they will handle these light tasks without issue, have a good amount of in-built storage for all your key files and applications, and offer solid battery life in case you're on the move.

If it's a device for a youngster for their school work, you can go even cheaper at $200 or less. Look out for a Chromebook in particular. These run the Chrome OS which is less demanding than Windows, plus, they often boast the best battery life so are good if you need a device that lasts all day without the need for charging.

For those after a general all-purpose device with a bit more power behind it, you're looking at spending around $400 - $600. Laptops in this range come with more powerful processors and more RAM to give you a considerable performance boost over cheaper models that run faster and load programs quicker. 

Look for at least an Intel i5 / AMD Ryzen 5 and 8GB of RAM, here. If you're at the upper end of that bracket, it's worth paying extra to get 16GB RAM if you can to dramatically improve the device's multitasking capabilities and overall performance.

Next, is the high-end devices of $600 or more. Here is where you can find premium laptops from the likes of HP, Dell and Apple. These are good for users with more demanding workloads, including video and photo editing, as well as more intensive tasks. 

Machines like the Apple MacBook Air and Dell XPS 13 are big investments, but will usually last you a long time compared to cheaper devices so could work out as better value for money in the end, too.

Whatever you're after, our weekly guide to the best laptop deals features a range of devices to suit every budget from $100 to $1,000. You should be able to find something that fits your specific needs while also sticking to your chosen price range.

James Pickard
Deals Editor

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.