Looking for a laptop? TechBargains specializes in the best deals on laptops from all the major laptop makers Dell, Lenovo, HP, Apple and even retail electronics sites like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Newegg. We are familiar with the best coupon codes & promos for all of these stores to save you the most money on your notebook purchase. Some buying tips below:
How to find the best laptop deals?
You will find laptop discounts throughout the year with many of the best discounts and deals showing up during the weekday or during Black Friday. In a typical week, we might see new Dell direct discounts on Mondays and Thursdays with many of their hottest deals selling out within a few hours. Lenovo also likes to release new deals on Thursdays to get a head start on the weekend. Most major retailers will offer their strongest laptops deals around major holidays such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Amazon Prime Day, 4th of July and more. If you’re a few days away from a Black Friday, it might be worth seeing if there is an early sale being offered because some vendors start their sale early.
What to look for when buying a laptop?
It depends what you are planning to do with your laptop and what your budget is. We recommend investing in newer technology with higher specs or build quality so the purchase will last you through the years. For example, I personally prefer the pricier Lenovo Thinkpad laptops over their cheaper Lenovo Ideapad laptops as the former offers better upgradability, business grade build quality and parts, and is typically lighter overall. For those on a budget though, an IdeaPad laptop is still one of the best budget laptop options under $400.
A decent midrange laptop might be a current generation Intel Core i5 Laptop with 1080p panel display, at least 8GB of RAM, at least 128GB or 256GB of storage. We would expect this to be starting $500-$600 depending on brand, form factor, and extras.
Which processor is better: Intel or AMD? What is an Apple M1 Silicon Chip? Do you have any buying tips?
Intel has been the king for laptop processors but AMD Ryzen series have seriously stepped up their game in the past few years. You can not go wrong with either, for those who are more budget minded Ryzen Processors are a decent option. Before you choose either, ask yourself what you’re going to do with your laptop? A Ryzen 5 or Intel Core i5 should be fine for YouTube, simple spreadsheets and word processing, and web browsing. If you plan on gaming, definitely try to get a Core i7 or Ryzen 7 or 9 processor with discrete graphics like NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060. Obviously, the higher you go up in specs, the more capable the machine will be but so will the price.
One of the tips I have is a base Intel Core i3 laptop is decently priced around $300, a base Intel Core i5 Laptop should be priced around $500, a base Intel Core i7 should be priced around $700. Do you see the trend? Adding premium features like 1080p touch display, 16GB RAM, 1TB solid state drive, thin and light form factor, higher operating system will add to that base cost. Which is why you see premium laptops like Apple MacBook Pro, Dell XPS, Lenovo ThinkPad go for higher than budget PCs with similar specs.
The Apple M1 Silicon is Apple’s newest processor specifically designed for their MacBook line up of computers. These new processors are reportedly very fast and priced way below comparable performing Intel processors. One disadvantage of using the M1 silicon processor is that software built for Intel processors requires emulation., which means not everything will run at peak performance. As of January 2021, many reviewers and users report that Apple has been doing a very well emulating software meant for Intel. We expect this to get even better in the future. Considering its performance to cost ratio, you definitely get your bang for your buck with Apple Macbook Air laptops start at $999.
Which laptops should I buy?
Just like jeans, there is no real one size fits all. Even though we try our best to find the best deals on the net, not all deals and laptops will be for everyone. Everyone has unique needs so knowing what you want and need in a laptop will differ person to person. For most, a laptop is an investment since they will spend a decent amount of their time on it. You can actually reach out to us and we can try our best to point you in the right direction. Email us at [email protected] and we should be able to contact you within a business day or sooner.
How do I get the best price on my laptop?
Waiting for major holidays like Black Friday or Cyber Monday is one way to find the best prices but the problem with waiting around is that there will always be something better and newer right around the corner.
I recommend knowing what you are specifically looking for in a computer and knowing how much you want to spend. A budget gamer might want an AMD Ryzen 5 processor with 8GB RAM and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 at under $1100. Narrowing down your search and researching laptops around your price range really gives you an idea on what is a hot deal and what is a luke-warm deal.
Should I get a Mac or Windows laptop?
Both Windows and Mac laptops are capable of surfing the web, watching YouTube videos, sending out emails. I personally love the Apple ecosystem where it syncs your calendar, notes, iPhone together but a Windows 10 operating system has also won me over. I use a Windows 10 laptop for work and MacBook Pro for leisure. You honestly cannot go wrong with either choice but just keep in mind that the cost of entry for Apple is going to be higher than a lot of budget laptops.
If you have an Apple iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and want your iMessages, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, sync’d together a MacBook might be a good choice. Apple really does a really good job ensuring that everything is connected and they offer a good amount of major operating system updates whereas Windows may require you pay for the next iteration of Windows.
What are your top picks?
These are our current top laptop picks as of 1/20/21. We recommend checking review sites like PCMag or IGN to see what their top picks are. In no particular order:
- Dell XPS Series Laptops: This is Dell’s flagship line and winner of multiple awards and is highly reviewed, Latitude, Vostro, Precision Business Grade Laptops, Inspiron Laptops
- Lenovo ThinkPad Series Laptops, IdeaPad, Yoga Series, Legion Gaming Series
- Apple MacBook Air, Macbook Pro
- HP OMEN, Envy X360, Pavilion
- ASUS Vivobook, ZenBook, ROG Zephyrus