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New laptop models are starting to roll out, and you know what that means: You don’t have to wait for Black Friday or Amazon Prime Day to save money on a new laptop. Top brands such as Apple, Samsung and HP tend to clear out their inventories when they debut new models, and that’s good news for folks looking for a laptop deal right now. 
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Best Apple MacBook deal: Apple MacBook Air (Apple M1, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD), $950 (reduced from $1,000)
Best Samsung Galaxy Book deal: 15.6″ Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey (Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD), $1,200 (reduced from $1,400)
Best gaming laptop deal: 15.6″ MSI GF65 Thin (Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD), $1,135 (reduced from $1,500)
With new models coming in, there are deals being offered on many older models so retailers can clear their stock. Some previous years’ top releases are seeing price cuts such as the MacBook and Galaxy Book. This means that you can get a fairly new model without paying full price.
CBS Essentials has gathered the best laptop deals below, including discounts on gaming laptops. No matter if you’re looking to replace your aging notebook or it’s just time to upgrade, you can save money on your brand-new laptop now with these discounts. 
If you’re looking to save some money on a laptop, the biggest online retailers have quite a selection of laptop deals right now — as do laptop manufacturers. 
A great option for business and creative professionals, the Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey ticks many vital boxes: It has a good keyboard, reliable touchpad, long battery life and power under the hood, thanks to its i7 chip and RTX 3050 Ti graphics inside. While on the pricey side, this specific configuration with 8 GB of memory and 512 GB of storage space is on sale for $200 off.
15.6″ Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey (Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD), $1,200 (reduced from $1,400)
Looking for an even more budget-friendly option? No problem. The Samsung Galaxy Book (minus the exotic-sounding “Odyssey”) will get the job done for most basic tasks. It has a slightly slower i7 processor, but 8 GB RAM more than the Odyssey model above.
15.6″ Samsung Galaxy Book (Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD), $799 (reduced from $999)
Thin, light and powerful, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro is a good MacBook alternative for Windows users, especially with its smooth integration with Samsung smartphones and battery life of up to 16 hours. This is considered a mid-range configuration that gives you 16 GB of memory, 512 GB storage and an Intel i5 processor inside.
Right now, Samsung is offering a $100 instant credit to spend on accessories when you buy a Samsung Galaxy Book Pro.
15.6″ Samsung Galaxy Book Pro (Intel Core i, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD), $1,100
Looking for a highly-rated convertible laptop that won’t break the bank? The HP Envy x360 should be at the top of your list. Reviewers praise this 2-in-1 device for its sleek profile, good performance and great implementation of its convertible feature. What’s more, it’s one of HP’s more affordable hybrid laptops. 
15″ HP ENVY x360 (AMD Ryzen 7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD), $1,050 (reduced from $1,100)
If you don’t need a ton of storage, and you don’t like lugging a decently powerful laptop around, here’s a deal for you. Unlike similar laptops in its class, which can weight in at closer to five or six pounds, this one is only 3.55 pounds.  Its 4.5 GHz CPU speed is also more than respectable for its class.
HP Pavilion x360 Convertible 14″ laptop (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD)
Nope, your eyes do not deceive you; if you’re on a tight budget, note that this model nonetheless offers a decently sized screen and a respectable 64 GB of storage.
14″ HP 14 (Intel Celeron N4020, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB Storage, $200 (reduced from $260)
The award-winning LG Gram 17 is not just the lightest 17-inch laptop out there. At less than three pounds, it’s also among the lightest laptops, period — without sacrificing performance. If you’re looking for a 17-inch laptop that won’t feel like a burden while you’re commuting, this configuration, available on Amazon, will save you a bundle.
LG Gram 17 (Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD), $1,396 (reduced from $1,850)
2-in-1 fans won’t have to pay a lot for a new hybrid laptop with the well-received Lenovo Flex 5 now sitting at a sub-$800 price point. Highly rated by reviewers, this notebook from Lenovo is praised for its combination of great performance and equally great features such as Dolby Audio speakers, responsive keyboard and up to 14 hours of battery life. Its mid-range configuration touting Ryzen 5 5500U, 16 GB memory and 256 GB of storage is $250 off on Amazon, giving you more bang for your buck.
14″ Lenovo Flex 5 (AMD Ryzen 5, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD), $600 (reduced from $850)
Some laptops are getting decent price cuts at Walmart. Take a look at this Microsoft Surface Laptop Go, for example. This notebook from Microsoft boasts a lightweight design and 13 hours of battery life, making it great for digital nomads and students, especially now that it’s $150 off at Walmart.
12.4″ Microsoft Surface Laptop Go (Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD), $549 (reduced from $700)
Some popular gaming laptops are also on sale right now, especially at Walmart and Amazon.
If you’re looking for a thin and light gaming laptop, the MSI GF65 Thin is a good one to consider. At 0.85 inches thick, it’s only a bit thicker than a 14-inch MacBook Pro. And that’s with an RTX 3060 inside. More for 1080p gaming at modest settings, this is better suited for gamers who prefer speed over ultra high-resolution visuals, especially with its 144Hz display and RTX 3060 GPU. With this deal, it also falls well under $1,500.
15.6″ MSI GF65 Thin (Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD), $1,135 (reduced from $1,500)
Dell’s Alienware gaming laptops are among the most premium in their category, and it shows in the build quality, design and power. This particular configuration, for example, gives you an RTX 3080 and 32 GB of memory – just the stuff you need for smooth 4K gaming with the right 4K monitor (as the laptop itself only comes with a 1440p display). Right now, it’s $181 off, bringing the price under $2,400.
15.6″ Alienware M15 R6 (Intel Core i7, 32 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD), $2,369 (reduced from $2,550)
The following highly-rated laptops from Samsung, HP and Apple are not currently on sale, but they’re definitely worth considering.
Deals on older MacBook Air models aren’t always easy to find, but at under $1,000, this is worth a look. This M1-powered model gives you 8 GB memory, 256 GB of storage and up to 18 hours of battery life. And because it has Apple’s powerful M1 chip inside, it’ll see you through the more demanding workloads like photo editing and graphic design.
Apple MacBook Air (Apple M1, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD), $997
If you don’t need a lot of power, take a look at the 14-inch HP Pavilion x360. You get some prime features, including an HD touch display and a 2-in-1 form factor.
14″ HP Pavilion x360 (Intel Core i3, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD), $690
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