Best laptop deals: Save $300 on a Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360, $400 on a Lenovo Yoga 9i – CNET

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As laptop manufacturers being rolling out 2022 models, now is a good time to scoop up a model from last year at a discount. With Intel announcing new 12th-gen Core processors and AMD rolling out new Ryzen chips at CES last month, retailers are slashing prices on current models to make way for upcoming models with the new chips. 

The best deals I see this week are two-in-one convertible laptops from Samsung and Lenovo at Best Buy. You can save $300 on Samsung’s stylish Galaxy Book Pro 360 or $400 on Lenovo’s premium Yoga 9i. And check out the pair of Asus laptops with OLED displays at surprisingly approachable prices at Amazon and Newegg. If you are looking to spend more for a do-it-all OLED laptop, the Dell XPS 9510 boasts a stellar design and a loaded configuration and is $400 off right now at Best Buy. 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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Acer knows how to put together good laptops at low prices. The Aspire 5 is one of my favorites for the home, and it’s also portable enough for the occasional trip. It’s a 15.6-inch laptop but it’s thin and light. Inside this model, you get AMD’s octo-core Ryzen 7 5700U CPU that’s more powerful than the quad-core Intel chips found on many midrange laptops. In addition, many laptops at this price serve up only 8GB of RAM or a 256GB SSD, but this Aspire 5 config provides ample memory and solid-state storage capacity with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The 15.6-inch display provides a full HD (1,920×1,080-pixel) resolution.

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OLED for the masses! This midrange laptop from Asus boasts a 15.6-inch OLED display with a full HD 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 when it’s discounted; it can frequently be found at Amazon for $720.

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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.

Samsung

Co-engineered by Samsung and Intel, this premium Intel Evo two-in-one boasts a 13.3-inch AMOLED display powered by an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. It includes Samsung’s S Pen for drawing and jotting down notes, and the Galaxy Book Pro works seamlessly with Galaxy phones.

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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.

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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.

Read our LG Gram 16 review.

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Dell’s 15-inch XPS laptop isn’t necessarily geared toward gamers, but this configuration certainly can handle AAA titles with its 11th-gen Core i7-11800H  CPU and GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics. You also get 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. The 15-inch OLED display features what Dell calls a 3.5K resolution — 3,456 by 2,160 pixels. The display also has a 16:10 aspect ratio for more vertical space and less scrolling and is rated for a bright 400 nits. It’s $400 off right now at Best Buy.

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