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Best laptop deals in August 2022

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We've taken another look around the major retailers to bring you all the best laptop deals available right now. There are some big reductions on mid-range and high-end devices this week, as well as some cheap Chromebooks if your needs are less intensive.

No matter whether you've got $100 or $1,000 to spend, we've got a variety of options that suit your budget and requirements. There are many more standout bargains this week now the back to school sales are fully underway at places such as Best Buy, Amazon and HP. Also, we've answered some common questions further down the page and shared some of the best laptop sales happening today if you want to browse retailers for yourself.

Just because something is cheap doesn't mean it's a good deal as many discounted laptops actually offer poor value for money or rubbish performance for the price. We've skipped the cheap devices here that include inferior components so you don't end up with an underperforming machine. Many of these also come fully recommended from TechRadar reviewers who've assembled our best laptops guide, too, so know you're getting a quality device.

If you take a look at this week's best laptop deals and find you need a few more specific options, you can check out more Chromebook deals for cheap devices running the Chrome OS. We've also got an eye on all the latest MacBook deals for those after a discounted Apple device. And for the gamers, you'd be better suited over on our guide to this week's cheap gaming laptop deals as the models on this page are built with browsing, work and general use in mind - not gaming.

Laptop deal of the week

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HP 14-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook: $699 $399 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $300
– After vanishing for a couple of weeks, the huge $300 discount is back again on this HP 2-in-1 Chromebook. When you start paying this much Chromebooks usually lose their value-for-money edge, but this is a terrific price considering the spec. Performance is good for general everyday use and work tasks, plus it's a 2-in-1 device so you can flip it around and use it as a tablet with the 14-inch touchscreen. A bargain for a reasonably powerful and versatile laptop.

Laptop deals under $200

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Lenovo Chromebook 3: $139 $99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $40
– The Lenovo Chromebook 3 was $20 less last week but this is still a good price for one of the cheapest laptop deals that we recommend buying. You might find a device for less, but you seriously compromise on performance if you go any cheaper. This is still a very basic laptop, but it's fine for light use and school work for those on an extremely tight budget.

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Lenovo Chromebook 14e: $299.99 $149.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $150
– If you'd prefer a larger screen then consider upgrading to this Lenovo Chromebook that comes with a 14-inch display. Aside from that, it's a similar basic device to the option above, so it's an affordable pick for school work and light use. It's also tough and light, so a good choice if you're carrying it around with you all day.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 311: $249.99 $199.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $50
– If you're looking for the best cheap 2-in-1 laptop deal this week then you can't go wrong with the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 for under $200 at Amazon. It's an affordable device that covers your basic computing needs and also offers the flexibility of a tablet. That's great for those who prefer the usability of the 11.6-inch touchscreen or the better viewing experience when streaming media. It also has a decent battery life of 10 hours.

Laptop deals from $200 to $400

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Lenovo Chromebook Duet: $299 $249 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $50
– We really like this compact little device, as you can tell from our Lenovo Chromebook Duet review (opens in new tab). Sure, it's a little fiddly due to its 11-inch size, but this is a low price for a lightweight and portable laptop/tablet hybrid. Where it really excels, though, is battery life - it lasted over 21 hours in our testing. Amazing if you're always on the go and don't want to worry about recharging.

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HP Pavilion 15: $369.99 $269.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $100
– Here's a big $100 saving on an entry-level laptop from HP. It comes with a large 15.6-inch display, which you may prefer over the smaller 11 and 14-inch screens on most cheap laptops. It also comes with a 128GB SSD, which is a good amount of fast storage so you can quickly access your important files and load key applications.

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Dell Inspiron 15 3000: $399.99 $329.99 at Dell (opens in new tab)
Save $70
– If you need a bit more performance out of your laptop then it's worth an upgrade to this Dell Inspiron 15 3000. It comes with a boost to 8GB of RAM, which will help load programs faster and prevent slowdown when you're multitasking. An upgrade like this isn't always available so close to $300, so it's worth grabbing while you can in Dell's latest round of laptop deals.

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HP 14-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook: $699 $399 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $300
– After vanishing for a couple of weeks, the huge $300 discount is back again on this HP 2-in-1 Chromebook. When you start paying this much Chromebooks usually lose their value-for-money edge, but this is a terrific price considering the spec. Performance is good for general everyday use and work tasks, plus it's a 2-in-1 device so you can flip it around and use it as a tablet with the 14-inch touchscreen. A bargain for a reasonably powerful and versatile laptop.

Laptop deals from $400 to $600

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Dell Inspiron 3515: $599.99 $429.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $170
– If you have around $400 to spend and would prefer a Windows machine over the Chromebook above, then this is a good price for a Dell Inspiron 3515 at Best Buy. In terms of components, it has everything you want in a mid-range machine, including an Intel i5 processor, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD. It's a smart buy if you need a simple and affordable all-purpose laptop.

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HP Pavilion x360: $829.99 $529.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $300
– What stands out about this laptop deal amongst all the others currently at Best Buy is not only the huge discount but also the fact it's on a 2-in-1 device. These usually come at a huge markup, but with the $300 saving this HP Pavilion x360 is an excellent value buy. It doesn't skimp on components either: there's an Intel i5 processor, 8GB RAM and a large 512GB SSD - all good to power an all-purpose everyday laptop.

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HP Pavilion 15t: $799.99 $549.99 at HP (opens in new tab)
Save $250
– This is easily the best value for money option in HP's latest batch of laptop deals. It comes with some high-end components that offer a serious performance boost to handle more demanding work and multitasking, including an Intel i7 process and 16GB RAM. The 256GB SSD is a little underwhelming at this price but it's still a decent amount of storage in a laptop that's otherwise a huge bargain.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5: $899.99 $569.99 at Lenovo (opens in new tab)
Save $330
– Here's a massive reduction on a powerful 2-in-1 laptop from Lenovo. The IdeaPad Flex 5 features an Intel i5 processor and 512GB SSD - both solid inclusions at this price. The fact there's only 8GB RAM is a little disappointing, but for general use, most everyday tasks and light work it's enough.

Laptop deals from $600 to $800

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HP Pavilion 14: $829.99 $619.99 at HP (opens in new tab)
Save $210
– What we like most about this HP Pavilion 14 is the inclusion of 16GB RAM. That extra bump will give you a solid performance boost for more advanced work such as photo and video editing. That's paired with a high-end AMD Ryzen 7 processor and 256GB SSD for a solid all-around device. Altogether, with this current $230 discount, it's up there as one of the week's best laptop deals.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 7+: $1,029,99 $699.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $330
– What makes this offer on the Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ one of the week's best laptop deals is the inclusion of the expensive Type Cover as part of the price. Usually, you'd have to buy this near-essential keyboard accessory on top. So, the fact it's included in a bundle that costs $700 is a steal if you've had an eye on Microsoft's laptop and tablet hybrid.

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Samsung Galaxy Book2 360: $1,149.99 $799.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $350
– This is the largest price cut we've seen so far on Samsung's latest range of high-end 2-in-1 laptops. It's pricey, but you do get a lot for your money, including the latest generation Intel i7 processor, 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD that will power through demanding work tasks and all your computing needs. The 13.3-inch AMOLED screen is a highlight, too, that will deliver a sharp, clear and bright image.

Laptop deals over $800

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MacBook Air M1 (256GB): $999 $899 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
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The MacBook Air M1 is now $50 more than it was last week in the back-to-school sale at Best Buy, but this is the best price available today. This top-of-the-line device features Apple's powerful M1 chip and premium chassis – and sits as TechRadar's best value for money pick in our best laptop guide. Had an eye on this since the launch of the more expensive M2 model? Well, now's an OK time to buy, but it could be cheaper closer to Black Friday.

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Dell XPS 13: $1,599.99 $1,149.99 at Dell (opens in new tab)
Save $450
– This is a huge discount on the Dell XPS 13 in the manufacturer's current sale. We have seen this high-end ultrabook for around $200-$300 less before, but this version comes with a touchscreen, a more powerful i7 processor and a larger 512GB SSD. Those are all handy extra features that are worth investing in if this laptop is going to see daily use for all of your computing needs.

This week's best store-wide laptop sales

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Amazon: regular discounts on Chromebooks and laptops, plus the best MacBook prices (opens in new tab)
Amazon has a regularly rotating selection of laptop deals. It's often the best place to go for cheap Chromebooks and mid-range devices, so worth a look if your budget is around $500 or less. For those after a more premium device, Amazon regularly has the best prices available across the Apple MacBook range but these do regularly sell out quickly.

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Best Buy: back to school deals live now (opens in new tab)
Now is a good time to check out the back to school sale at Best Buy for a wide range of laptop deals. There are Chromebooks from just $99, while you can also find discounts of up to $300 on MacBooks. Then there are dozens of savings in between on devices from HP, Dell, Acer and Asus.

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Dell: discounts on Inspiron and clearance XPS devices (opens in new tab)
Dell's latest laptop sale features a small selection of its newest Inspiron devices with discounts of up to $200. You can also find some massive clearance deals on its premium XPS laptops, where the savings are up to a massive $700.

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HP: get up to 77% off in the back-to-school sale (opens in new tab)
There's a new selection of laptop deals available at HP each week so no matter when you check in there's always a sale running. This week it's the manufacturer's 'Back to School sale' with savings of up to 77% on laptops, as well as a handful of savings on PCs, monitors and other computing peripherals.

Laptop deals: What to know

When you start looking for laptop deals it can be overwhelming if you're not sure where to start. You may have an idea of how much you want to spend, what you need the device for or what key features you want included. But what else should you consider before hitting that buy button to be sure you've got the best deal possible?

Here's a few words of advice from us based on our experience hunting down the best laptop deals.

How much should I spend on a laptop?

The answer to this really comes down to what you need the laptop to do. 

If you just need a very basic device to check your emails, do a bit of light admin and generally browse the internet, then you should be find to spend anywhere less than $300 on a laptop. Devices in this price range usually come with lower-end components, but they will handle these light tasks without issue and have a good amount of in-built storage for all your key files and applications.

If it's a device for a youngster for their school work, you can go even cheaper at $200 or less. Look out for a Chromebook in particular. These run the Chrome OS which is less demanding that Windows, plus, they often boast the best battery life so are good if you need a device that lasts all day without the need for charging.

For those after a general all-purpose device with a bit more power behind it, you're looking at spending around $400 - $600. Laptops in this range come with more powerful processors and more RAM to give you a considerable performance boost over cheaper models that run faster and load programs quicker. Look for at least an Intel i5 / AMD Ryzen 5 and 8GB of RAM, here. If you're at the upper end of that bracket, it's worth paying extra to get 16GB RAM if you can to dramatically improve the device's multitasking capabilities and overall performance.

Next, is the high-end devices of $600 or more. Here is where you can find premium laptops from the likes of HP, Dell and Apple. These are good for users with more demanding workloads, including video and photo editing, as well as more intensive tasks. Machines like the MacBook Air and XPS 13 are big investments, but will usually last you a long time compared to cheaper devices so could work out as better value for money in the end, too.

Our weekly guide to the best laptop deals features a range of devices to suit every budget from $100 to $1,000, so you should be able to find something that fits your specific needs while also sticking to your chosen price range.

How do you decide what's a good laptop deal?

That comes down to what's included in the price. As we've been tracking all the best laptop deals for a number of years now, we have a solid idea of what level of performance and components you can get for your money. Using that as a baseline, we can pick out the treasures from the trash.

We also take into consideration what you might need a laptop for based on the money you have to spend. So, if it's just a basic device for some light work, general browsing and media streaming, there's no point recommending a $1,000 laptop for that as it would be completely unnecessary. Instead, we look at devices between $100 - $300 that could handle those tasks and recommend some laptop deals accordingly.

However, if there's a particularly good reason to spend a little extra money (maybe for some extra performance-boosting RAM or a healthy storage upgrade) then we'll mention that too for your consideration. Sometimes it's worth that investment to better future-proof yourself and end up with a noticeably better device.

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.