Best Labor Day laptop deals: Save $630 on an HP Pavilion 15, $350 on a MSI Prestige 14 and more – CNET

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Whether you’re in search of an easy-to-use laptop for going back to school or a powerful computer for your work-from-home grind, now is a great time to find an affordable device that suits your needs. Apple’s new M1-powered MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are each discounted by $150. You can save $350 on the sleek MSI Prestige 14 or $300 Dell’s premium Inspiron 7000 two-in-one convertible. And check out the loaded HP Pavilion laptop that’s discounted by a whopping $630 on Newegg right now.

We’ve rounded up the best laptop deals from Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg and Walmart. If you’re due for a laptop upgrade, check out these deals, which are regularly updated as sales expire and new deals emerge.

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Walmart

If you’re of a certain age, you may recall the Gateway name and its computers that shipped in black-and-white cow print boxes. Gateway now has a line of low-cost laptops and tablets at Walmart. This 14-inch Gateway laptop features a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU and 16GB of RAM. You get a 256GB solid-state drive for storage — average capacity for the price, but the amount of memory is double what is usually on offer. And you get a full HD (1,920×1,080-pixel) display, which is better than the 1,366×768-pixel panels found on other budget laptops. There’s also a fingerprint reader for easy, secure logins. If you don’t mind a pink laptop, you can save a whopping $249.

Walmart

Take the above model, expand the screen from 14.1 inches to 15.6 inches and get a massive $270 in savings. If you’re working or learning from home and commuting less, the added screen real estate outweighs the added heft and bulk. The discount applies to the black color option only.

Lenovo

This midrange laptop is currently on sale at a budget laptop price. It features a 15.6-inch full-HD touchscreen powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 3700U CPU, 12GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The CPU is a generation behind AMD’s current line but a member of the leading Ryzen 7 series — it should power through general tasks with its above-average memory allotment.

MSI

MSI’s version of the MacBook boasts a thin, sleek, all-aluminum enclosure and Intel’s Evo platform. This discounted model features an 11th-gen Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. You also get a pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports. It’s discounted by $250 and you can save another $100 via an MSI rebate.

Lenovo

This 13-inch two-in-one convertible offers a dash of style with an all-metal body and lid wrapped in blue stain-resistant fabric. This discounted model features an AMD Ryzen 77 5700U CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The 13.3-inch touch display features full HD resolution and can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode.

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The new, fanless MacBook Air features Apple’s M1 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. It’s currently selling at a $149 discount at Amazon — $49 off initially plus an additional $100 at checkout. The step-up model with a 512GB SSD is $149 off — $100 off up front and another $49 at checkout.

Read our M1 MacBook Air review.

Newegg

Tons of memory and solid-state storage are the highlights of this heavily discounted 15.6-inch HP Pavilion laptop. It boasts 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD along with a current AMD Ryzen 7 5700U CPU. It also includes a fingerprint reader for easy, secure logins and Windows 10 Pro.

Dell

Dell’s top-end Inspiron 7000 2-in1 convertible boasts an all-aluminum chassis that’s thinner, lighter and sturdier than the midrange Inspiron 5000, which features metal lids and keyboard decks but flimsy plastic bottom panels. This 13.3-inch model is discounted by $300 and  supplies a 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, Intel Xe graphics and a 512GB SSD with 32GB of fast Optane memory. The 13.3-inch touchscreen features full HD resolution and can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode.

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The new 13-inch MacBook Pro uses Apple’s new M1 processor, which is an eight-core CPU with four performance cores and four efficiency cores, an eight-core GPU and a 16-core Neural Engine. The step-up model with a 512GB SSD is currently $150 at Amazon, and nearly every MacBook Pro buyer will appreciate the added storage capacity over the baseline model that features a 256GB SSD.

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It’s thin and light and can run all day. And it’s on sale. The LG Gram 15 is impressively compact for a 15.6-inch laptop, weighing in at a svelte 2.5 pounds and measuring a mere 0.7 inch thick. The big 80 Watt-hour battery is rated to run for 19.5 hours. This display on this model lacks touch support but features a full HD (1,920×1,080-pixel) resolution. Inside, it offers an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Want to go bigger? The 17-inch LG Gram 17 is also on sale.

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