The Labor Day laptop deals are going fast. But if you’re on the hunt for a new laptop this fall, whether for work or college, it’s still possible to find great price cuts on Best Buy, Amazon and NewEgg. And since your three-day weekend plans likely involve activities that are more entertaining than shopping for a new laptop, I’ve done the legwork for you.
Here are the best Labor Day laptop deals I found, from budget models to sleek two-in-one convertibles. I’ll keep this list updated as more deals appear and others expire. All but one of the laptops feature roomy 15.6-inch displays since you will probably spend more time at home this year than commuting or traveling for work or pleasure, making screen real estate more valuable than portability.
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And if you’re a college student or are buying for a college student and eyeing the deals below from Best Buy, you should note that Best Buy’s Student Deals program provides additional savings — usually $100 or $150 — on top of any current discounts Best Buy is offering. To qualify for Student Deals, you need to be in college and have a My Best Buy membership (it’s free to sign up). The fine print for college eligibility says you must be “a college student actively enrolled in at least one course at a post-secondary educational institution or a parent or legal guardian (‘Parent’) of a student actively enrolled at primary, secondary or post-secondary educational institution.”
This budget laptop features a full HD (1,920×1,080-pixel) display powered by an eighth-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics. For storage, it supplies a 512GB SSD. Missing out on a current, 10th-gen Intel CPU is a bit disappointing, but getting a full HD display at this price is a boon when many budget models offer only 1,366×768-pixel resolution. And while the MX250 doesn’t turn this laptop into a gaming machine, it does offer a boost from the integrated Intel graphics that most budget laptops offer. Lastly, getting 512GB of solid-state storage is a pleasant surprise when 256GB is usually on offer at this price.
This sleek two-in-one convertible from HP features an AMD Ryzen 7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. With a full HD (1,920×1,080-pixel) resolution, the 15.6-inch touchscreen can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode.
Dell’s top-end Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 convertible boasts an all-aluminum chassis that’s thinner, lighter and sturdier than the midrange Inspiron 5000 that feature metal lids and keyboard decks but flimsy plastic bottom panels. This model supplies a 10th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD with 32GB of fast Optane memory.
Microsoft’s MacBook clone is thin and light with a fantastic trackpad and keyboard combo and offers a notable power boost over 2018’s Surface Laptop 2. At 2,496×1,6644 pixels, the 15-inch touch display offers a resolution above the usual full HD. This Surface Laptop 3 model features an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The biggest downside we found in our full review was a comparably short battery life, but that’s less of an issue when you can’t leave your home.
For only $99 more than the above Asus model, you get some gaming capability and increased durability. This 15.6-inch laptop features a ninth-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, GeForce GTX 1650 graphics and a 512 GB SSD. The GTX 1650 GPU has enough muscle to power casual games such as Fortnite and CS:GO at full HD resolution. The laptop passed MIL-STD-810G tests to prove it can withstand environmental hazards including extreme temperatures, rain, humidity, sand and dust.
The only laptop with a screen smaller than 15.6 inches on this list is this two-in-one convertible from Acer because it serves up a high-res display powered by a modern CPU and ample RAM along with ample storage. The 13.5-inch touchscreen has a 2K (2,256×1,504-pixel) resolution. Inside, you get a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
This is one of the least expensive RTX-based gaming laptops you’ll find. This 15.6-inch gaming laptop features a ninth-gen Core i7 CPU, an ample 16GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. The SSD is a bit on the small size at 256GB. Still, the RTX 2060 graphics will power AAA titles at full HD resolution on the speedy 144Hz display.