Though Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now firmly in the rearview mirror, you can still get a quality laptop at a reasonable price in time for the holidays.

While you may not come across the absolute best bargains from now until the end of the year, there are some compelling deals at several popular retailers, including heavy hitters such as Amazon.com, Best Buy, and Newegg.

As always, the best advice when it comes to shopping for big-ticket items such as laptops or televisions is to compare prices before you click the “Buy” button. After all, it takes almost no time to open an extra browser tab or two (or three) to make sure you’re not paying more for the same item.


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Mac Deals

13-inch MacBook Pro (Intel Core i7 at 2.5 GHz, 16 gigabytes of memory, 512GB SSD), $2,049 at Best Buy
Best Buy now has the latest model of the MacBook Pro for $150 less than what you find at Apple itself, but do keep in mind that this model does not have the interactive Touch Bar or the Touch ID fingerprint reader—a model our testers still rated highly. We’d hardly consider a price north of $2,000 to fall into “impulse buy” territory, but if someone on your shopping list is desperate for a well-equipped MacBook Pro, saving $150 doesn’t hurt.

Windows Deals

15-inch Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 (Intel Core i7 at 1.8 GHz, 16GB of memory, 512GB SSD), $1,199 at Best Buy
This is Dell’s latest 2-in-1 Inspiron, complete with Intel’s latest eighth-generation processor, for $200 less than what Dell itself charges. For $1,200 you’re getting top-of-the-line specs, including a graphics card (an Nvidia GeForce 940 MX) that opens up the possibility of playing current mainstream games. We have not rated this exact model, but our testers have rated previous Inspiron 2-in-1 models highly.

More on Computers

15-inch Acer Swift 5 (Intel Core i5 at 2.5 GHz, 8GB of memory, 256GB SSD), $599 at Amazon.com
Shopping at Amazon will save you about $150 on this Acer Swift. It doesn’t have quite the level of computational oomph as the above Dell, but it’s more than capable of handling everyday tasks such as writing in Microsoft Word, scrolling (and scrolling) through Facebook and Gmail, and binging on YouTube. And while we have not rated this specific model, our testers have in the past rated other Acer Swift models highly.

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 (Intel Celeron at 1.8 GHz, 4GB of memory, 256GB SSD), $570 via Lenovo’s website
The lower-end Celeron processor in this Lenovo laptop probably won’t break any records, and 4GB of memory will limit the number of apps you can have open at any one time. But at $570, or about $100 off its normal price, it may still be worth a look, especially if you only plan to use the laptop for everyday activities like making family budgets in Excel or doing some online shopping; you probably won’t be rendering 4K video on this thing. Consumer Reports generally rates Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptops highly, though we haven’t yet rated this specific model.

Chromebook Deals

HP Chromebook 14 (Intel Celeron at 2.58 GHz, 4GB of memory, 16GB SSD), $227 at Amazon.com
Chromebooks are generally less expensive than Mac or Windows-based laptops, and while that may mean some compromises (including slower processors and less onboard storage), consumers who are comfortable with the trade-off can save some serious money. Take this HP Chromebook: While we haven’t tested this specific model, our testers have found a lot to like about similar HP Chromebooks, including high-quality displays and comfortable keyboards. This model, which is going for just shy of $230 on Amazon (down from a regular price of around $300), sports decent enough specs to make use of the litany of web-based productivity tools, including Google’s own G Suite of apps like Gmail and Google Docs.

Acer Chromebook R11 (Intel Celeron at 1.6 GHz, 4GB of memory, 32GB eMMC flash storage), $250 at Best Buy
You can save about $50 on this Chromebook R11, which our testers rated highly, by shopping at Best Buy. As with many Chromebooks, the specs here are modest: 4GB of memory will limit the number of apps and browser tabs you can have open at any one time, and the eMMC storage used here isn’t the fastest you’ll come across (though that may me mitigated by the fact that you’ll primarily be using web apps). Beyond these concerns, $50 off a highly regarded Chromebook could make for a compelling last-minute gift.