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Computers live at the heart of our working days and keep us entertained and connected when we've left the office. If you spend hours a day typing away in front of a screen, it's important to make sure you’re not spending a lot of money on a suboptimal piece of junk.
A good laptop can be the difference between efficiently getting your work done and struggling to type a coherent sentence as your battery dwindles. That’s why we check every corner of the internet to help you find big savings on Wirecutter-approved laptops and accessories. Ranging from cheap and capable to pricey and powerful, we’ve uncovered nine great deals on laptops and computers as well as a couple deals on SSDs. Just remember to keep things in perspective: If you’re worried you’re spending too much, at least it isn’t as expensive as an RTX 4090.
Acer Aspire 5 A514-54-5819 14″ Laptop (Intel i5-1135G7, 12 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD)
Deal price: $450; street price: $650
What we like: More RAM and a larger SSD than our regular model. Decent display and solid battery life. Solid value for price.
Other things to know: Slight variant of our pick. Comes with Intel i5-1135G7 processor, 12 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, a 14-inch 1920×1080 display, and Windows 11 Home.
Read our review of the best laptops under $500.
Apple MacBook Air (2020, M1, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD)
Deal price: $850 at checkout; street price: $925
What we like: Has a comfortable keyboard and enough speed, memory, and storage for most day-to-day computer tasks. 14-hour battery life. Light weight, solid construction, and industry-leading support.
Other things to know: Apple M1 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD. 13.3-inch retina display. One 3.5 mm jack and two Thunderbolt 4 ports.
Read our review of the best MacBooks.
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (refurbished, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD)
Deal price: $380 at checkout; street price: $500
What we like: Reliable keyboard and trackpad. Tall 3:2 screen ratio with a 360-degree hinge. Good number of ports and long battery life.
Other things to know: Heavier and bulkier than our top pick. Certified refurbished with two-year Allstate warranty. Discount shows in cart.
Read our review of the best Chromebooks.
Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook (13.3-inch, 8 GB RAM, 256 NVMe SSD, Intel i3-1115G4)
Deal price: $415; street price: $500
What we like: It’s more expensive than previous deals but has more RAM and a larger SSD. 11th-generation Intel processor. Great keyboard and trackpad with a decent number of ports.
Other things to know: 8 GB of RAM, 256 NVMe SSD, Intel i3-1115G4, 13.3-inch 1920×1080 touchscreen, 8 hour and 23 minute battery life. Has one less year of update support than the Flex 5i.
Read our review of the best Chromebooks.
Acer Aspire 5 A514-54-501Z laptop (refurbished, i5-1135G7, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD)
Deal price: $290; street price: $380
What we like: Fast, light, and compact enough for most people’s daily computing needs. Solid battery life and a decent 14-inch 1080p IPS display.
Other things to know: Close cousin of one of the current picks in our laptops under $500 guide. Has 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD, and integrated Iris Xe graphics. Comes with a lot of bloatware, which you can remove by following these steps. Comes with a two-year Allstate warranty.
Read our review of the best laptops under $500.
HP Slim Desktop PC (S01-pF1048xt)
Deal price: $550; street price: $650
What we like: Double the memory and more solid-state storage than the base model of our cheap desktop computer pick for browsing, working from home, and remote schooling. Can easily handle web browsing, daily computing tasks, media streaming, Zoom calls, and light gaming.
Other things to know: Deal matches low. Comes with one-year warranty. Intel Core i5 processor, 16 GB memory, 1 TB HDD storage, and 256 GB SSD storage.
Read our review of the best cheap desktop computers.
Western Digital My Passport SSD (1 TB)
Deal price: $110; street price: $130
What we like: Offers the best mix of affordability, speed, and lengthy warranty for most people. Compact enough to tuck in almost any pocket. USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port supports transfer speeds up to 10 Gbps.
Other things to know: Five-year warranty. Included USB-C cable measures about 6 inches including both connectors. Deal is a couple dollars more than the previous low.
Read our review of the best portable SSDs.
SK Hynix Gold P31 SSD (1 TB NVMe)
Deal price: $86; street price: $110
What we like: Reviewers praise its good performance and low power consumption. A good fit for laptops. A step up in speed from our top pick.
Other things to know: A lesser-known manufacturer. Comes with barebones software. Five-year warranty. Matches low for 1 TB size. 2 TB size is on sale for $159.
Read our review of the best SSDs.
SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2 (2 TB)
Deal price: $200; street price: $235
What we like: Features a shock-, water-, and dust-resistant design. Pocket-size. Fast transfer speeds.
Other things to know: Can move files via USB-C or USB-3.2. Features a carabiner loop.
Read our review of the best portable SSDs.
This article was edited by Ignacia Fulcher.
Dan Kim
Senior Staff Writer, Deals
Dan Kim is a senior staff writer for the Deals Team at Wirecutter and has been covering everything related to deals since 2016. When he’s not hip-deep in the trenches combing through deals on our picks, he enjoys writing about video games, computers, gaming accessories, and tech that he can't afford.
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