Best Cyber Monday Deals on Laptops, Chromebooks, and Tablets
The holiday shopping season is a great time to buy a new computer or tablet. Here's what's still on sale.
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, retailers are extending Cyber Monday deals for laptops, Chromebooks, and tablets.
Given the volume of deals, it can be hard to figure out which ones are worthwhile. Here are some of the Cyber Monday deals on well-rated models from such companies as Apple, Dell, HP, and Microsoft. Many of these devices have been tested in CR’s labs, and others are very similar to models we’ve tried.
We’ll continue to update the list, so be sure to check back often.
Released late in 2019, this 12.3-inch laptop has solid specs: a previous-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 gigabytes of memory, and 128GB of solid state storage. Our testers note strong performance for everything from browsing the web to editing office documents to watching high-resolution streaming video. If there’s one “but” here, it’s that the battery life is nothing special, coming in between 6 and 11 hours per charge, depending on how hard you push it. Lighter tasks, such as browsing the web, will sip the battery; watching 4K videos will deplete it roughly twice as fast.
CR’s test results: Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Core i5 Laptop
This is a higher-end, 14-inch 2-in-1 convertible, which means you can fold the display behind the keyboard via a 360-degree hinge and use the device like a tablet. It has an AMD Ryzen 7 processor, 16 gigabytes of memory, and 512GB of solid state storage. We tested a model with an AMD processor, and it performed well in our labs.
This is a higher-end notebook with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16 gigabytes of memory, 512GB of solid state storage, and the new Windows 11 operating system. We tested a model with a Core i5 and it performed well in our labs, so this is a good all-around choice, though gamers may want to look elsewhere because it doesn’t have a dedicated graphics card.
This is a typical Chromebook: modest specs for a modest price. The model has an Intel Celeron processor, 4 gigabytes of memory, and 32GB of flash storage, which is similar to but slower than solid state. We tested a model with 16GB of storage and it scored okay, landing in the middle of the pack. Though not particularly powerful, the Chromebook on sale could serve a nice role as a cheap secondary device.
This is another classic Chromebook: lower-end specs in exchange for a relatively inexpensive price. The model has a MediaTek processor, 4 gigabytes of memory, and 32GB of flash storage. If you put aside the pokey performance, you may still appreciate the lengthy battery life (12 hours) and decent display quality. The Chromebook has a 2-in-1 convertible hinge, too, that lets you fold the device into “tent mode” to prop up the screen for easy slide presentation or video viewing.
CR’s test results: Lenovo Chromebook Flex 3
Recently replaced by the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2, this 13.3-inch model still offers good value with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 gigabytes of memory, and a spacious 256GB solid state drive. That makes it fast and versatile, especially when you factor in the touch-screen display. The battery life is a modest 7 hours, though, so this model may be best suited for those who are fine with being tethered to a charging cable for part of the day.
CR’s test results: Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
This is a good deal on Amazon’s year-old 8-inch tablet with 32 gigabytes of storage. Think of it as a relatively low-cost media-consumption device, well-suited for streaming video, reading e-books, and web browsing. It’s not ideal for editing photos/videos or playing the latest video games, though.
CR’s test results: Amazon Fire HD 8
Apple’s high-end iPad Pro represents the ultimate in tablet design, earning admiration from professional users and strong scores from our testers for performance, display quality, and the 14-hour battery life. Once again, all that muscle is likely to go to waste if you merely want to read e-books and watch Netflix, but if you—or someone you know—love to edit photos and videos, this is a great choice. Just note that the 128 gigabytes of storage make it slightly limited for that sort of work.
CR’s test results: Apple iPad Pro (128GB) 2021 tablet
This is a good deal on a tablet that performed quite well in our labs. Think of it as the Android equivalent of the Apple iPad Mini, one with an 8-inch display, 32 gigabytes of storage, and a battery that lasted about 14 hours in our tests. Bottom line: If you’re looking for a reasonably priced Android tablet, this is good choice, especially at this price.
CR’s test results: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0