The best laptop deals of May 2023: Save up to $700 on Chromebooks, MacBooks and more
Whether you're a hardcore gamer, a work-from-home parent, a student with too many classes or, you know, a sentient human living in the 21st century, everyone needs a laptop. Not to mention those people who have a laptop but need a new laptop. Or a second laptop. The point is: laptops! Memorial Day just ended, but you can still score fab deals on a new machine.
There are tons of great deals on every possible make and model at any given moment. Let us point you toward some of this month's best, including this popular Samsung Chromebook for $139 — at almost 40% off, it's less than the cost of a nice dinner — or a MacBook Air for only $800 (from $999). And how about almost 60% off a Lenovo IdeaPad 3? Let's go!
The best Chromebook deals of May 2023
Samsung Chromebook 4 (2021 Model)
This Samsung Chromebook 4 is a couple of years old, but it's still a great option (for a backup, a bedroom or a kitchen) if you don't need something with a ton of power. Chromebooks are ideal for browsing the web, hanging out on social media and handling a light workload, especially if you use Google's suite of tools (such as Sheets or Docs). We're hard-pressed to find a higher compliment than this shopper's: "Best computer I ever used."
Acer Chromebook 311 Laptop
Asus Chromebook C403 Rugged Laptop
HP Chromebook Laptop (Renewed)$164 $247Save $83
Lenovo 14-inch Chromebook$180 $330Save $150
Asus Vivobook Laptop$190 $250Save $60
Acer Chromebook Spin 311 Convertible Laptop$228 $290Save $62
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i$390 $430Save $40
The best laptop deals of May 2023
Lenovo Ideapad 3 Laptop
With 256GB of onboard storage, 8GB of RAM and Windows 11 pre-installed, this IdeaPad 3 is a true workhorse. It can handle major Excel spreadsheets and more work-intensive tasks than a Chromebook, which makes it perfect for a new home-office machine. And though hardcore gamers will want to look elsewhere (due to its lack of a dedicated GPU), you won't find a more dreamy marriage of performance and budget-friendliness than this.
One five-star reviewer said, "I needed a laptop to take the bar exam because I couldn’t download the exam software on my work laptop. I’d purchased a Microsoft Surface laptop in the past, and while they’re super sleek, light and the screen quality is great, twice I’ve had the laptops break down and malfunction. And those are, like, $1,000. This laptop is a bit heavy and the screen resolution isn’t the best, but it appears to be a reliable machine — and for the money, a total steal. I actually love the feeling of the keyboard and track pad. Great laptop."
Acer Aspire 5
Gateway Notebook 11.6-inch Laptop$180 $199Save $19
Gateway 15.6-inch Ultra Slim Notebook$179 $450Save $271
HP 14 Series 14-inch Touchscreen Laptop$250 $290Save $40
HP Stream 14-inch Laptop$260 $289Save $29
Sgin 15.6-inch Laptop$335 $1,334Save $999 with coupon
Asus VivoBook 13 2-in-1 Laptop$347 $600Save $253
Sgin 17-inch Laptop$370 $1,500Save $1,130 with coupon
HP Envy x360 Convertible 15-inch Laptop$580 $700Save $120
HP 17-inch Laptop$580 $640Save $60
Asus Vivobook Pro 15 Laptop$586 $800Save $214
Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 16-inch Laptop$900 $1,250Save $350
LG Gram Laptop$1,149 $1,850Save $701
The best MacBook deals of May 2023
Apple 2020 MacBook Air Laptop
The 2020 MacBook Air is impressive. Powered by Apple's M1 chip, it has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage — plenty of space to keep your photos and videos. It's got enough punch to edit videos on the go, plus an all-day battery that means you don't have to worry about running out of juice. At $799, this is the lowest price this laptop has ever been.
One user said this machine trumps anything Windows: "This is the best laptop I've ever owned, and I've owned about 20 or more. For most folks, this 2020 model will be more than enough: great battery life, excellent display, excellent Mac OS and UI, robust build quality, easy portability ... and I love the aluminum case. I own four Windows 11 laptops too, which are great laptops as well, but this Mac tops them."
Refurbished Apple MacBook Air$229 $305Save $76
The best gaming laptop deals of May 2023
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 Gaming Laptop
Gaming laptops generally come in one of two camps: affordable but weak, or powerful and way over budget. This ROG Strix Scar 15 finds the sweet spot between the two. It packs a state-of-the-art RTX 3080 graphics card as well as 16GB of RAM and a 1TB solid-state drive to store your entire Steam library on — and it's on major sale.
"This can run any game you throw at it. Now, I will mention that the cooling could probably be better; this thing does tend to run a little hot. But I built a laptop table with fans in it for this thing to sit on, and it drastically helps the overheating issue, if you even want to call it that. That's me trying to find something to complain about, though," one five-star reviewer said. "This machine was built to last, and the fact that it has empty slots to add more RAM and extra storage? Pffft, no-brainer. Best ~$1,500 purchase I've ever made."
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 Gaming Laptop
HP Victus 15.6" Gaming Laptop$829 $1,100Save $271
MSI Katana GF66 15.6" 144Hz FHD Gaming Laptop$1,069 $1,149Save $80
Asus ROG Zephyrus 16-inch$1,700 $1,965Save $265
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.