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Laptops on display at an electronics store.

If you're shopping for a new laptop, you're in luck. Many retailers and manufacturers plan to celebrate the holiday weekend with Presidents Day laptop deals, including a variety of models that scored well in our testing.

Among the early offers we've reviewed, the best seem to feature devices in the lower to middle tiers.

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They're not particularly fast or powerful, but they do have enough oomph to handle Microsoft Office and Google Docs, stream videos on the web, and maybe even edit the odd photo or two in apps like Adobe Photoshop or Gimp, a popular free and open source photo editor.

Consumer Reports rates dozens of laptops every year, evaluating them on criteria such as how well they perform routine tasks, how long the battery lasts, and how comfortable the keyboard is to use. We also factor in predicted brand reliability and owner satisfaction ratings derived from surveys of CR members.

With all of that in mind, here’s a look at some of the best laptop deals you’ll find this Presidents Day weekend, organized by price. We expect to see even more deals pop up in the days ahead, so be sure to check back here before you start to shop.

14-Inch HP Laptop
The deal: $270 at Walmart
CR’s test results: HP 14
This is a basic laptop at a compelling price (thanks to about $200 in savings), and the deal is live right now. The modest specs include an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of memory, and 128GB of solid-state storage. That won't help you tackle tough tasks like photo and video editing, but it's sufficient for routine chores such as checking email, browsing the web, streaming video, and editing office documents.

15-Inch Dell Inspiron 3000 Laptop
The deal: $300 at Dell.com
CR’s test results: Dell Inspiron 17 3000
This deal, which saves you about $90, is live now. It features the 15-inch version of Dell’s midrange notebook. We tested the 17-inch model, but they’re largely similar. The model on sale has an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of memory, and 128GB of solid-state storage, just like the HP laptop above. So the limitations are the same. But our testing revealed lean battery life, too.

15-Inch Lenovo Flex Laptop
The deal: $500 at OfficeDepot
CR’s test results: Lenovo Flex 15
This 2-in-1 laptop usually sells for closer to $800. It has decent, midrange specs—an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, 256GB of solid-state storage—and performed well in our tests. That puts everything but, say, taxing high-res video editing at your fingertips. The model on sale doesn't have a dedicated Nvidia graphics card like the model we tested, which means it's not optimized for playing video games.

13-Inch Dell XPS Laptop
The deal: $800 from Dell.com
CR’s test results: Dell XPS 13
This is the rare situation where a new and powerful laptop goes on sale—here, for about $400 less than the regular price. The model features an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of solid-state storage, making it well-suited for ordinary tasks and more demanding jobs such as photo and video editing. Once again, though, there's no dedicated graphics card.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
The deal: $800 at Best Buy
CR’s test results: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
You’re saving about $200 with this deal, which is also noteworthy because this model has been available for only a few months. It has an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, and 128GB of solid-state storage—all of which are sufficient for everyday computing. But users with digital photo and video archives will find that storage space limiting. The laptop we tested had twice that amount.

13-Inch Apple MacBook Pro Laptop
The deal: $1,200 at Walmart
CR’s test results: Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch
This deal will save you about $700. For a professional-grade laptop, though, the specs—an Intel Core i5, 8GB of memory, and 128GB of solid-state storage—are somewhat lacking. But if your needs are confined mostly to using office productivity apps and browsing the web, you’ll be fine.