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Consumers hoping for a laptop deal on Cyber Monday have lots of great choices.

Several retailers, including eBay, Office Depot, and Newegg, are advertising appealing Cyber Monday laptop deals, with highly rated models from companies including Apple and Microsoft. Some of these models are holdovers from Black Friday, so if you didn’t jump on an earlier sale for, say, a previous-generation MacBook Air, it’s not too late.

And you aren’t missing out if you choose to avoid the weekend’s bruising scrums down at the mall.

“Initially Cyber Monday was for people who didn’t want to go out to retail stores,” says Dustin Downs, an analyst at Gap Intelligence, a research firm. “But right now, a lot of sales are online anyway." 

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Most Cyber Monday laptop deals are for models that sit squarely in the middle of the pricing spectrum. If your computing needs consist mostly of browsing the web, or perhaps editing the occasional photo, any of these models should do the job—even midtier laptops have become very powerful in recent years.

However, you’ll also find a handful of deals on higher-end models, especially gaming laptops.

In addition to the deals outlined below, Apple fans can check out the company’s own sales event, which runs online and in-store through Monday. You get free gift cards with the purchase of select items. For example, buy a previous generation MacBook Air for $1,000 or a 12-inch MacBook for $1,300 and you get a $200 gift card to be used online or at a walk-in Apple Store. You can apply the gift card to this purchase or use it for a purchase in the future.

Here are some of the best Cyber Monday laptop deals you can find this year, arranged by retailer. We list the date each sale begins, as well as the time if the retailer specifies one. Please note that pricing can change, so check before you click Buy.

Best Buy Laptop Deals

HP 15.6, $250, Live Nov. 26
Best Buy will have several Cyber Monday deals beginning Nov. 26, but the one that caught our eye was this 15.6-inch HP model that will be available for $250, down from the usual price of $280—a modest but welcome discount. The specs here are also on the modest side—you’ll find a so-so AMD processor and a slightly skimpy 4GB of memory—but the hardware is more than adequate for everyday tasks such as browsing the web and using productivity apps such as Microsoft Word and Google Docs. You also get a 500GB hard drive—that’s plenty of storage for most people, but in a more expensive laptop you might expect to get a faster solid-state drive. A variant that we tested (ours had a bigger hard drive) did okay in our tests, with somewhat slow performance and short battery life (5.25 hours) being our testers’ chief criticisms.

eBay Laptop Deals

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Bundle, $800, Live at 8 a.m. ET Nov. 25
Cyber Monday deals on eBay will go live Nov. 25. This bundle starts with the new Microsoft Surface Pro 6, a 12.3-inch detachable laptop that was released in mid-October and typically goes for $900. In addition to the savings of $100, eBay is including a silver (or “platinum”) external keyboard cover (itself worth $160), a wireless mouse ($35), and a year of Office 365 ($70 per year) as part of this $800 bundle. This deal is for the Intel Core i5 version, which we recently reviewed and gave high marks. Our only quibble with the model we purchased is that 128GB is a little on the small side; you need to pay about $200 extra to step up to 256GB. Beyond that, Microsoft’s latest detachable could be a good option for consumers who want the flexibility of a laptop that can also be used as a tablet if you remove the keyboard.

Apple MacBook Air, $750, Live at 8 a.m. ET Nov. 26 
This isn’t the first time the older 13.3-inch MacBook Air has been put on sale during this holiday shopping season, but this is the lowest price we’ve seen. (To find the deal once the sale starts Nov. 26, check eBay’s Cyber Monday page.) The MacBook Air would normally retail for $1,000, but the holiday season and the recent release of a newer model (which we’ve tested) seem to be combining to push prices down—hence this $750 deal, which should be visible at ebay.com/deals in the morning of Nov. 26. When our testers first rated it in 2015 they gave the MacBook Air high marks. By today’s standards, the display is on the low-res side and 128GB of solid-state storage is somewhat scant, but this is still a solid laptop for many consumers.

Go to Consumer Reports' 2018 Holiday Central for updates on deals, expert product reviews, insider tips on shopping, and much more.

Jet Laptop Deals

Apple MacBook Pro, $2,200, Live at 12:01 a.m. ET Nov. 26
The online-only retailer Jet will have the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro on sale for around $2,200, or about $200 less than its regular price, beginning at 12:01 am Nov. 26. Even at the sale price, this is an expensive laptop, but it’s rare for brand-new Apple laptops to be discounted at all. This MacBook Pro is one of the highest-rated laptops we’ve seen all year, with top-of-the-line hardware including the latest Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of memory, and 256GB of solid-state storage. There’s even a dedicated AMD Radeon graphics chip, so you can play games at high settings, in addition to getting actual work done with Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. Steep price aside, about the only quibble our testers had with this laptop was the lack of a memory card reader. You’ll need to buy an adapter if you want to easily transfer photos or videos.

Newegg

Acer Aspire 7, $950, Live Nov. 26
One of the larger laptops we’ve seen on sale for either Black Friday or Cyber Monday is this 17-inch Acer Aspire 7, which will be available from online-only retailer Newegg for $950 (down from $1,200) on Nov. 26. That’s on the expensive side of laptops we’ve featured, but could be a good choice for someone who wants a large laptop with high-end specs including an Intel Core i7, 16GB of memory, and 256GB of solid-state storage. A powerful Nvidia graphics chip is part of the laptop’s arsenal, good news if you want to play newer games at high graphics settings. We tested a 15-inch version of this laptop, and about the only negative mark is the weight of more than 5 pounds—but that’s part of the trade-off if you want a 17-inch screen.

Office Depot/Office Max Laptop Deals

Dell Inspiron 2-in-1, $280, Live Nov. 25
Office Depot/OfficeMax has an 11.6-inch 2-in-1 Dell Inspiron for $280, down from its regular price of $400, for its in-store and online Cyber Monday sale that begins Nov. 25. That’s a good deal for this laptop, especially because it can double as a tablet by bending the display behind the keyboard. The specs here—an AMD A9 processor, 4GB of memory, and a 500GB hard drive—are modest, but unless you plan to do things like regularly edit high-res video or play the latest games you should be fine. We recently tested a similar model, and our testers were somewhat unimpressed with the shorter-than-average battery life (a little bit less than 7 hours) and somewhat slow processing speeds. But this Dell could be a good choice for someone with modest computing needs and a hankering for a low price.

Lenovo Flex 5, $780, Live Nov. 25
Office Depot/OfficeMax also has a higher-end Lenovo, the 15.6-inch Lenovo Flex 5, on sale for $780 (down from $1,000). That’s a great price. For significantly less than $1,000 you’re getting an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of solid state storage. There’s even a dedicated Nvidia graphics chip, which should put popular games, such as Fortnite, within reach. We recently tested a similar model (though ours had the slower Intel Core i5 processor), and our testers praised the performance and long battery life (11.25 hours). This laptop is a two-in-one (as implied by the Flex name), so it can be folded into a tablet configuration to watch movies or take notes.