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The best cheap laptop deals in December 2021

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Now that this year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales have been and gone, things are a lot less exciting when it comes to the best cheap laptop deals. It's not all doom and gloom, though, as you can still find some good savings on bargain Chromebooks, budget-friendly mid-range machines or powerful ultrabooks. We've scoured through every that's still available to bring you all the very best laptops deals available today.

While it may not be the best time to buy at some stores, we are expecting another uptick of discounts when the Christmas sales get underway in the weeks ahead. With that in mind, you can choose to take advantage of one of these offers below, but do be aware that there could be a wider selection of deals later in December and into January.

Still, many of this week's top picks feature laptops and Chromebooks at excellent prices. We've got a few that are from the last-minute sales being run by major retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart. Going direct to a manufacturer like HP can also get you a better deal, with the added bonus of some extra discounts on accessories, too.

If you're after more web-based machines, check out even more Chromebook deals. If you're a gamer, you'd be better suited to check out our selection of gaming laptop deals as the models on this page are not usually built with gaming in mind.

This week's best cheap laptop deals

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HP 15t laptop: $599

HP 15t laptop: $599 $399 at HP
Save $200
– Here's one of the best value laptops that you can still buy in the HP Cyber Week sale and our pick for the best cheap laptop deal of the week. It has an i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD - all three components that we look for in a well-performing laptop. It's difficult to find all three for under $400 so don't miss this offer while it's available.

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Lenovo Chromebook 3: $219

Lenovo Chromebook 3: $219 $119 at Best Buy
Save $100
– After the $87 and $99 Chromebook deals in the early Black Friday sales both sold out, this is the cheapest laptop deal available right now. It's a basic machine with an AMD processor, 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage that's fine for work and school tasks on a budget.

Samsung Chromebook 4:  $199.99

Samsung Chromebook 4: $199.99 $179 at Amazon
Save $70
 – The usually more expensive Samsung Chromebook has been given a decent discount this week. It's very similar to the Lenovo above, but you do get an Intel processor and double the amount of storage at 64GB instead. The longer battery life of up to 12.5 hours may also suit those who are more on the go.

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HP 15.6-inch laptop:  $319

HP 15.6-inch laptop: $319 $249 at Walmart
Save $60
 – This all-purpose laptop is now $60 less at Walmart. With an AMD Athlon processor, 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD you get a well-performing machine for light work or browsing. It's one of the cheapest laptops we've seen this week with that fast storage which is very useful for loading applications and accessing files quickly. Plus, you get a free mouse and laptop sleeve included in the price.

HP Laptop 14z: $429.99

HP Laptop 14z: $429.99 $349.99 at HP
Save $70
– This HP laptop with a Ryzen 3 processor, 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD has just been discounted by an extra $30. All are good value at this price and ideal in a general-purpose machine for light work and everyday tasks.

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Laptop: $568.99

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Laptop: $568.99 $399.99 at Dell
Save $160
– If the spec of the HP above is exactly what you're after but you'd prefer a larger screen for added readability, this Dell is worth a look. It was slightly cheaper last week but it's still a great price for a solid all-purpose device that features a fast i3 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. You can use it for general home or work tasks without compromising on any components.

HP 15t laptop: $599

HP 15t laptop: $599 $399.99 at HP
Save $200
– Here's one of the best value laptops that you can still buy in the HP Cyber Week sale and our pick for the best cheap laptop deal of the week. It has an i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD - all three components that we look for in a well-performing laptop. It's difficult to find all three for under $400 so don't miss this offer while it's available.

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Asus 2-in-1 Chromebook: $569

Asus 2-in-1 Chromebook: $569 $469 at Best Buy
Save $100
– There's some serious power in this 2-in-1 Chromebook at Best Buy. It features an Intel i3 processor, 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. That amount of RAM is a huge bonus as it'll improve the performance of the laptop dramatically. It's a shame the price has jumped up by $70 now Black Friday has passed but this is still reasonably good value for a hybrid machine that's able to handle all kinds of tasks.

HP 15t laptop: $799.99

HP 15t laptop: $799.99 $549.99 at HP
Save $150
– If you need a bit more power than the $399.99 HP laptop in the previous price bracket then you can spend a little extra here to come away with a big performance boost. For those who want to do more demanding jobs or multitask with even more ease then you'll appreciate the jump to an i7 processor and 16GB of RAM here.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 7: $899

Microsoft Surface Pro 7: $899 $699 at Best Buy
Save $200
– This is the only Microsoft Surface Pro 7 device that's still discounted following the end of the Best Buy Black Friday sale. It includes an i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD but sadly no Type Cover. Expect to drop an extra $150 for one of these. Still, this spec is very strong for work and everyday browsing if you want the added portability and flexibility of a Surface device.

MacBook Air M1 (256GB): $999

MacBook Air M1 (256GB): $999 $929 at Amazon
Save $70 -
After a big drop to $799 over Black Friday, the  256GB M1 MacBook Air is sadly no longer at its lowest ever price this week at Amazon. There's now only a $70 saving on the new machine featuring Apple's powerful M1 chip and premium chassis. It's unlikely we'll see such a big discount again for some time, so this is the best price today.

This week's best store-wide laptop sales

HP: Save up to 45% on laptops, all-in-one PCs, monitors and more

HP: Save up to 45% on laptops, all-in-one PCs, monitors and more
You'll find savings across a range of HP Pavilion and Envy laptops this week, as well as HP's budget entry level models as well. Not only that, but desktop towers, all-in-one bundles and other accessories are also discounted right now.

Dell: cyber sale with limited-time Black Friday prices

Dell: cyber sale with limited-time Black Friday prices
Dell is offering some major savings across its range of XPS and Inspiron laptops this week, with up to $700 off some of its more premium machines. You'll find plenty of discounts across the price range, though.

Best Buy: massive range of laptops now under $500

Best Buy: massive range of laptops now under $500
Best Buy has a strong selection of cheap laptop deals under $500 this week, with everything from HP to Dell, Acer to Asus either taking a price cut to fit or already available for less.

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 cheap laptops of 2021

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. 

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1. Lenovo Chromebook Duet

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 be spending too long poring over spec sheets or looking forward to splashing out on the latest processors and graphics. You might be looking for a simple every day web browsing machine light enough to throw into a backpack and flexible enough for comfortable streaming. That's where the Lenovo Duet comes in - a Chromebook that's technically a tablet, but far more powerful than you'd expect it to be. 

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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. 

Read the full review: Acer Chromebook 14

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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. 

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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. 

Read the full review: Acer Swift 3

Cheap laptops: Spotting the best laptop deals under $200

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.

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James Pickard

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.