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Amazon Prime Day 2020: The 15 Best Laptop Deals (Updated)

Note: Prime Day is over. Check our list of remaining Prime Day deals and deals from the final day of Walmart's sale for the deals that remain. Or read our package of amazing retro tech. As always, we hope we helped you sift through the discounts and find good products.

Buying a new laptop is a big decision. It's a sizable chunk of change, but right now there are some good deals to be found during Amazon's Prime Day sale. Still, there are a ton of different models, chip configurations, screen sizes, and other specs to choose from. To help you decide, we hunted through the deals at Amazon and other competing retailers.

To learn more about the many laptops on the market, read through some of our guides, including Best Laptops, Best MacBooks, Best Chromebooks, Best Gaming Laptops, and Best Cheap Laptops.

Updated October 14: We've added a couple of deals from Dell and HP, and some new accessories.

Note: We strike through items that sell out or rise in price as we update this guide. Discounts sometimes return quickly, so check for yourself. You'll need a subscription to Amazon Prime to get most of these deals.

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Deals on Powerful Laptops

Need a ton of processing power and the most RAM you can get? Check out these laptops.

  • Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch for $850 ($150 off)—Last $50 Applied at Checkout: If you strictly want a MacBook, the 2020 Air model is your most affordable pick right now. You can read more about it in our review. There's a chance it could go on sale again during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but that's just speculation on our part.

  • Surface Pro 7 Convertible Tablet/Laptop Hybrid for $1,100 ($300 off) at Microsoft's Store: This is a good deal on Microsoft's best hybrid tablet/laptop. It offers the Core i5 chip, 16 gigabytes of RAM, and a 256-gigabyte SSD. You can also get $30 off a Type Cover in the options on the page, and you definitely want a Type Cover if you're getting a Surface.

  • Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Laptop for $1,500 ($450 off) at Dell: Dell's XPS 13 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of our favorite laptops. This 2-in-1 model has higher end specs with an Intel i7 processor, 16 gigabytes of RAM, a 256-gigabyte SSD, and the 4K display. Use the code 50OFF699 to get the deal.

  • Google Pixelbook Go for $1,199 ($200 off): The Pixelbook Go is one of our favorite Chromebooks. It’s lightweight at 2 pounds, has a fantastic keyboard, and the battery easily lasts through a full day of work. The deal is on the high-end model, which gets you an Intel Core i7 with 16 gigabytes of RAM and a 256-gigabyte hard drive—enough power to really make Google's lightweight ChromeOS sing.

  • Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 13 for $939 ($61 off): It's not a huge savings, but the Galaxy Chromebook (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is currently our favorite luxury Chromebook. The solid, lightweight aluminum body has a build quality that surpasses most of the Windows laptops I've tested, and it has the nicest (4K!) display of any Chromebook you can buy.

  • Razer Blade 15 for $1,300 ($300 off): Razer's name is synonymous with gaming, but its machines are powerful for pro-grade tasks, too. This is one of the company's budget models. It's still powerful though, with an Intel i7 chip, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card, 18-gigabytes of RAM, a 256-gigabyte SSD, and a 15.6-inch Full HD 144-Hz display.

  • HP Spectre x360 for $1,400 ($100 off) at HP: This HP Spectre packs in a 10th-generation Intel i7 chip with an Nvidia GeForce MX330 graphics card, 16 gigabytes of RAM, a 256-gigabyte SSD, and 15-inch 4K display.

  • Lenovo Legion Y540 for $1,079 at Target ($420 off): Want a gaming machine without breaking the bank? The Legion Y540 offers ninth-generation Intel chips, Nvidia GeForce graphics, and up to 16 gigabytes of RAM. All that fits in an attractively slim package with a 15-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS screen that has a 144-Hz refresh rate.

  • Acer Spin 5 Convertible Laptop for $900 ($200 off): The best thing about the 13-inch Acer Spin is the 2,256 x 1,504 IPS display. It's wonderfully bright and sharp. This one also packs a good amount of power for this price. It's got a 10th-generation Intel Core i7 chip, 16 gigabytes of RAM, and a 512-gigabyte SSD. It also supports the nascent Wi-Fi 6 standard.

  • Dell XPS 15 for $1,529 ($120 off): Dell's XPS 15 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is a great Windows alternative to high-end MacBooks. The tiny bezels and massive 4K screen look amazing. It also has a large, responsive trackpad. This deal is not the latest model, but the only real difference is the 9th-generation Intel chip (versus 10th-gen in newer one). This configuration also has the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, 16 gigabytes of RAM, and a 256-gigabyte SSD.

Deals on Mid-Range Laptops

If you're not editing video, gaming, or otherwise maxing out your hardware, these cheaper laptops are good options.

  • LG Gram for $900 ($300 off): LG is best known for its TVs and appliances, but it also makes one of the smallest, lightest laptops on the market. It shares many of the best qualities of Dell's XPS 13 in that it's thin, light, and has great battery life. There's no 4K screen, but LG does manage to pack in more ports. You get two USB-A ports, one USB-C, a MicroSD card slot, and even HDMI. This model features a 10th-generation Intel Core i5 chip, 8 gigabytes of RAM, and a 512-gigabyte SSD.

  • Acer Chromebook 714 for $540 ($60 off): Acer's Chromebook 714 has an 8th-generation Core i3 chip, which is more powerful than Celeron or Mediatek-based Chromebooks. The display isn't the best, but you do get 8 gigabytes of RAM and a 64-gigabyte SSD. It's not amazing value these days, but it's still a good machine.

  • HP Pavilion 15T for $750 ($250 off) at HP: The HP Pavilion isn't the most exciting laptop on the market, but it'll get the job done. This model has a 10th-generation Intel i7 processor, Intel Iris graphics, 16 gigabytes of RAM, and a 512-gigabyte SSD. Be sure to opt for the IPS 1920 x 1080 touch screen as the other screen options are dismal. Also, note that this model won't ship until November 11.

  • HP Pavilion x360 for $646 ($95 off): This 14-inch 2-in-1 comes with a 10th-generation Intel Core i5, 8 gigabytes of RAM, and a 512-gigabyte SSD. The thin side bezels and sharp, bright display give this machine a more premium feel. Battery life isn't the best though (8-9 hours depending on use).

Deals on Accessories

  • LaCie Rugged Portable 4-TB External Hard Drive for $110 ($40 off): This rugged drive from LaCie can stand up to a bumpy life in your bag, and it makes a great way to back up your data. You are backing up your data right? Grab one of these and get to it. Be sure to read our complete guide to backing up your digital life.

  • Seagate 10-TB External Hard Drive for $170 ($30 off): This massive external drive is perfect for storing your raw video files, backing up libraries of DVDs, or anything else that requires a ton of disk space.

  • Dell Wireless Mouse with Bluetooth for $27 ($13 off): The trackpad on my laptop stopped working for the first time in years, so I pulled out a mouse again. And you know what? I really think these mouse things are going to catch on. This Dell mouse is nice because you can use Bluetooth and not lose a USB port to the mouse.

  • LG 34-Inch Ultrawide Monitor for $450 ($100 off): An external monitor is nice sometimes. Several of the writers on WIRED's Gear team use ultrawide monitors with 21:9 aspect ratios because they're better for multitasking. They're wide enough to fit two sizable browsers side-by-side, effectively getting you close to the real estate of two computer monitors for one. This one has a high resolution with a high refresh rate and low latency. It's HDR10 compatible too for a more color-accurate movie-watching experience.

Retailer Sale Pages

If you'd like to peruse the deals yourself, here are some links to all the sales going on this week.

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