Surface Laptop 3 13-inch for $899 ($300 off)
The Surface Laptop is a premium piece of Windows hardware (7/10, WIRED Review). The all-aluminum construction makes for a lightweight machine, and the 3:2 ratio screen affords plenty of room for working on documents. Note that we tested the 15-inch model, and this sale is for the 13-inch, but aside from size they’re very similar.
HP Pavilion 15-Inch Laptop 15Z Touch—Ryzen 5, 16 GB RAM—for $450 ($850 off)
This is a suspiciously awesome deal on a laptop that should do just about anything short of heavy video editing or serious gaming. This AMD Ryzen processor is a good mid-range chip. It comes with 256 GB of SSD file storage.
Microsoft Surface Go for $299 ($100 off)
The Surface Go is a quirky little machine, but we like it (7/10 WIRED Review). It’s an accessible size and very well designed. Its screen is nice and sharp, and there’s a MicroSD slot for storage expansion. The cover is surprisingly nice to type on and has a good trackpad. The only downside is that Go can be a little on the slow side, and if want to do any drawing, you’ll want the Surface Pen (not included).
Surface Pro 7—i5, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB—With Type Cover for $799 ($230 off)
The Surface Pro 7 is one of our favorite laptop-tablet hybrids from this year (8/10 WIRED Recommends). There are cheaper Surfaces, but this is a good price on the best hybrid model. Be sure to grab the pen if you want to use tablet mode for notes or drawing.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon—i5, 256 GB—for $999 ($1,150 off)
I’m a ThinkPad fan and the X1 is definitely the sleekest of the bunch (8/10 WIRED Recommends). This configuration uses the Intel Core i5, offers 8 gigabytes of RAM, a 256-gigabyte SSD, and Windows 10 Pro. The 14-inch IPS (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) display is bright and helps cut power use. If you can afford it, I suggest upgrading to the 10th Generation i7 chip and 16 gigabytes of RAM for a machine that’s going to last much longer.
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S for $299 ($149 off)
Lenovo’s 15-inch IdeaPad offers a good value for your money. At this price you aren’t going to be editing video, but you will get a solid laptop capable of the tasks most people use laptops for: browsing the web, handling email, and streaming media. This model has an AMD Ryzen 5 quad-core processor, 8 gigabytes of RAM, and a 256-gigabyte hard drive, all in a 4-pound package.
Acer Chromebook 715—15-inch Touchscreen—for $299 ($100 off)
This is one of the best Chromebooks I’ve used. It’s plenty powerful, with an Intel Core i3, and you get a 128 GB drive for storing files offline. The 15-inch screen isn’t the sharpest, but the touch features work well. It also has great battery life; about 13 hours.
MSI GL Series Gaming Laptop for $1,249 ($150 off)
(You also get a $100 rebate card.) This MSI laptop is a great option for portable gaming. It’s got a ninth-generation Intel Core i7 chip and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. With 16 gigabytes of RAM and a large 512-GB SSD drive you’ll have room for all your images and videos too. You can even get the per-key RGB backlight version to tailor your keyboard to your games. There are quite a few other configurations on sale as well.
HP Spectre x360 i7 for $950 ($450 off)
The 13-inch HP Spectre x360 is one of our favorite high-end laptops (9/10, WIRED Recommends). The base model offers an eighth-generation Intel i7 chip with 8-gigabytes of RAM and a 512-gigabyte SSD. The 15-inch version, with a newer i7 chip and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 (4GB) graphics card is also on sale for $1,250 ($400 off).