If you’ve made it this far through the pandemic working from home using your current laptop, then perhaps it’s time to upgrade to a new model for the new year. With Intel announcing new 12th-gen Core processors and AMD rolling out new Ryzen chips at CES last month, we should start seeing discounts on current laptops as vendors make way for upcoming models with the new chips.
The best deals I see this week are a pair of Asus laptops with OLED displays. Check out the 15-inch Asus VivoBook at Amazon for only $720 or the smaller but more powerful 13-inch ZenBook at Best Buy for $800. Both models are on sale and deliver OLED displays for higher contrast and brighter colors. I’ve also highlighted other strong deals I found at Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg.
Check out the options below, which are regularly updated as sales expire and new deals emerge.
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OLED for the masses! This midrange laptop from Asus boasts a 15.6-inch OLED display with a full HD (1,920×1,080-pixel) resolution. Not only is it a step up from budget models that make you get by with a 720p screen, but it’s also an OLED panel that delivers stellar contrast. It’s also thinner and lighter than any 15-inch budget model. Based on an 11th-gen Core i5 CPU and featuring 12GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, it features more memory and double the solid-state storage capacity than you’ll find with most budget laptops. It also supplies both Type-A and Type-C USB ports, saving you from having to carry around an adapter. It’s a good deal at its $800 list price and even better at its current discounted price of $720.
This 13-inch ultraportable laptop boasts an all-metal enclosure, a rarity at this price where plastic lids or bottom panels are common. It also serves up an OLED display that delivers a dynamic image with deep blacks and bright whites. AMD’s powerful octo-core AMD Ryzen 7 5700U powers the display along with 8GB of RAM. I would have liked to have 16GB of RAM for speedier performance, but at least it provides a 512GB SSD rather than the 256GB capacity often found at this price.
This 13.3-inch, two-in-one laptop features a black aluminum chassis and Samsung’s QLED touch display with a full HD 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution for a crisp image with accurate color. Inside, it supplies an 1th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
Lenovo’s latest premium two-in-one convertible delivers the Intel Evo platform inside a thin yet durable all-metal chassis. This discounted model features an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, Intel Iris Xe graphics and a 512GB SSD. A leather lid helps protect the 14-inch touchscreen, which has 4K resolution and can be tapped and drawn on with the included active pen.
Most 17-inch laptops are gaming monsters. The LG Gram 17 is neither a gaming laptop nor a monster. It lacks dedicated graphics to drive 3D games but is only 0.7-inch thick and weighs less than three pounds, making this 17.3-inch desktop replacement roughly the same weight as your typical 13.3-inch ultraportable. The spacious 2K (2,560×1,600-pixel) display is powered by an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and integrated Intel Iris Plus graphics. You also get a roomy 1TB SSD for storage. You can pick it up at a discount at either Amazon or Best Buy.