Apple’s M2 MacBook Air just returned to a record-low price, plus more of the week’s best laptop deals

Apple’s M2 MacBook Air just returned to a record-low price, plus more of the week’s best laptop deals

UPDATE: Feb. 24, 2023, 5:05 a.m. EST This story has been updated with the latest and greatest laptop deals. Here’s a quick look:

What’s better than a great laptop? A great laptop that’s within your budget. Nowadays, even cheap PCs pack the specs to help you tackle whatever’s on your to-do list, whether it’s work, school assignments, watching Netflix, or just endlessly browsing social media. If you’re looking to pick up a new laptop (but don’t necessarily want to wipe your savings account in one go), we’re compiling a weekly list of the best deals on laptops across major retailers right here. Read on for our top picks as of Feb. 24.

Laptop deals under $300

This is prime territory for entry-level Chromebooks with Intel Celeron N Series processors, embedded MultiMediaCard (eMMC) flash storage, and 11- to 14-inch displays that are geared toward light multitasking.

Why we like it

One of our favorite Chromebooks for kids, this lightweight 2-in-1 laptop features a 14-inch touchscreen NanoEdge display and a 10-hour battery life. It’s a pretty bare-bones machine overall, but it’s plenty capable of handling basic tasks like web browsing, word processing, and sending emails. Amazon(Opens in a new tab) just put it on sale for $258, which is 49% off its suggested retail price of $504.99 and its best deal(Opens in a new tab) to date.

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Laptop deals under $600

A bit of a catch-all, this price range includes bare-bones gaming laptops, upgraded Chromebooks, and 2-in-1 PCs with solid-state drive (SSD) storage and 15- to 17-inch displays.

Why we like it

Our friends at PCMag(Opens in a new tab) (which is owned by Mashable’s publisher, Ziff Davis) gave the 16-inch Lenovo Yoga 7i from 2022 an “Excellent” 4/5 rating, praising its “impressive” performance, comfortable keyboard, and fantastic touchscreen display with ultra-slim bezels. The brand’s website has this Intel configuration on sale for $599.99 (an impressive 40% savings), but we’d recommend buying it from Best Buy(Opens in a new tab) instead: You get free trials of Xbox Game Pass and Trend Micro Internet Security there on top of a price match.

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Laptop deals under $900

Think Samsung Galaxy Books, Microsoft Surface Laptops, and older-generation Apple MacBook Airs on sale.

Why we like it

Last year’s Acer Nitro 5 is a decent mid-range gaming laptop for PC players on a budget, offering GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics, a 144Hz display, and a keyboard with RBG backlighting. The 512GB configuration with 16GB of RAM typically retails for $999.99, but you can snag it on sale at Best Buy(Opens in a new tab) for $849.99 — a nice little 15% savings. That also includes a free one-month trial of Xbox Game Pass and a six-month Trend Micro Internet Security subscription.

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Laptop deals over $900

Here’s where you’ll find souped-up gaming laptops from Dell and ASUS, newer Apple MacBooks, and other workhorses with couple-hundred-dollar discounts.

Why we like it

The latest MacBook Air took home a coveted Mashable’s Choice Award for its sleek redesign, lightning-fast M2 chip, and exceptional keyboard (no more butterfly!), with tech reporter Alex Perry deeming it “a no-brainer” upgrade for anyone still using an older Apple machine. The base configuration with 256GB sold out on Amazon(Opens in a new tab) after dipping to its all-time-low price of $1,049 this week (a 13% savings), but Best Buy(Opens in a new tab) still had it in stock at the time of writing.

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Dylan Haas, Haley Henschel

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