The Best Cheap Laptop Deals for October 2020

We’re more dependent on technology than ever before, and along with our smartphones, laptop computers are among the most important (if not the single most important) devices that we use on a daily basis for everything from work to staying connected with friends and family. That’s even more true this year with millions of people now working from home for the first time, and a laptop that’s a bad fit for your personal and professional life will quickly turn into an everyday headache.

Thankfully, you don’t have to pay out the nose for a good laptop — nor do you have to hold out for upcoming sales like Prime Day or Black Friday to find one at a discount — because we’ve got all the latest and greatest cheap laptop deals below. Our picks feature everything from MacBooks to Windows 2-in-1s, and all of them are available at a discount right now with each one ringing in at less than $1,000. If you’re a Prime member, the 2020 Prime Day laptop deals are here on Amazon’s Prime Day 2020.

Best laptop deals right now

  • Lenovo IdeaPad 3$429, was $499
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with Type Cover Keyboard$599, was $910
  • HP Pavilion x360 14t 2-in-1 Laptop$600, was $660
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T495 Laptop$700
  • Dell Inspiron 13 7000 4K 2-in-1 Laptop$830, was $1,055
  • Apple MacBook Air (2020)$950, was $1,000

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 — $429, was $499

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 Laptop (white background)

Lenovo built its name on affordable Windows PCs and still cranks out some of the best high-value work machines. This 15-inch IdeaPad 3 laptop is a great entry-level computer for anyone looking for a good work machine for less than $500: It runs on an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU with built-in Radeon Vega 8 graphics and a full 8GB of RAM, and it also sports a high-speed 256GB solid-state system drive. Solid specs for a cheap laptop and perfectly suited for those with basic needs (and the Vega graphics even give you some juice for light gaming).

At just $429 ($70 off), it’s around the same cost or even cheaper than many of the best Chromebooks out there and is arguably the best cheap laptop you’re going to find right now for less than 500 bucks. Its specs rival laptops that typically go for $550 or more — and since it’s packing pretty recent hardware for such a cheap laptop, it shouldn’t feel outdated any time soon despite its low price.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with Type Cover Keyboard — $599, was $910

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Resized

One of the best laptops on the market today — and in fact, for several years running — is actually a tablet. The Surface Pro line has sat among our favorite 2-in-1s for a while now and the new Surface Pro 7, while not a breathtaking update, is a very solid machine. It’s incredibly well-built, looks great, and performs well. It has a built-in kickstand, and when used with a Type Cover keyboard, makes for a fantastic 2-in-1 ultrabook. We’d also be remiss if we didn’t mention that gorgeous, productivity-friendly 3:2 touchscreen.

One of our few complaints was that the Type Cover still isn’t included by default, but this bundle solves that little hiccup: This configuration has a Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD, and comes with a black Type Cover keyboard so you can use it as a laptop right out of the box. And at just $599 ($310 off), the whole bundle falls well below our $1,000 budget limit.

HP Pavilion x360 14t 2-in-1 Laptop — $600, was $660

No Windows laptop roundup would be complete without at least one good 2-in-1, and the new HP Pavilion x360 is an unassuming one that you might have overlooked. Despite its plain appearance, it features just about everything you want in a modern workhorse right down to its solid hardware, great build quality, and generous battery life. The 14-inch HD display also offers a ton of versatility as a fold-flat multi-point touchscreen for entertainment and tablet-like use. In short, this thing is built for just about any type of work or other daily computing task, and it’s built to do it all day long. Audio designed by Bang & Olufsen is a nice little detail, too.

This configuration comes loaded with a 10th-gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Many 2-in-1s will set you back a grand or more, but this cutting-edge convertible can be yours for an eye-popping $600 right now.

Lenovo ThinkPad T495 Laptop — $700

Lenovo ThinkPad T495s 14-Inch Laptop

Any laptop roundup will almost feel naked without a ThinkPad, and although these iconic no-nonsense work machines might be overlooked in today’s age of 2-in-1 ultrabooks and touchscreen laptops, they still have a lot to offer in 2020. The ThinkPad T495 hearkens back to the glory days with its classic black-and-red aesthetics, mouse buttons placed above the touchpad, and the essential TrackPoint that all true ThinkPad fans know and love (and still insist they can’t live without).

But under the hood, the ThinkPad T495 is all modern with its AMD Ryzen 5 PRO CPU, Radeon Vega 8 graphics, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD. Those are perfect specs for work which is precisely what this thing is built for. This cheap laptop can be your work companion for just $700, one of the best prices we’ve seen for this configuration.

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 4K 2-in-1 Laptop — $830, was $1,055

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 4K Laptop (white background)

If you’re looking for a featherweight 2-in-1 laptop that’s as light as it is durable, then you need to look no further than the Dell Inspiron 13 7000, which has stood as one of the best ultrabooks money can buy in 2020. This unique laptop earned a spot among our recent favorites owing to its stunning looks, excellent performance, world-class build quality, and all-day battery life.

Right now, you can grab this 13-inch 4K 2-in-1 laptop with an Intel Core i5-10210U CPU, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD on sale $830 after a $225 discount, bringing the price well below our $1,000 budget mark. The Core i7 model with 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD is also on sale for $900 ($400 off), giving you a bundle of worthy upgrades for only $70 more. This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on any 2-in-1 boasting an Ultra HD display, which might make it our favorite laptop deal to be had for less than a grand right now.

Apple MacBook Air (2020) — $950, was $1,000

Deals on Apple products are hard to find, and so sometimes you need to grab them when you can. The MacBook Air, which was modernized and redesigned in 2018, is the best entry-level MacBook you can buy — perfect for a college student or businessperson. The latest 2020 refresh is just as great, and if you want the one with the latest and greatest hardware (that you can still find for less than 1,000 bucks), this is it.

Right now, you can score this deal on this 2020 MacBook Air at $950 ($50 off). This configuration comes with an Intel Core i3, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It also comes with a lovely display with a 2,560 by 1,600 resolution, giving you plenty of performance for productivity work. What’s not to like?

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