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As laptop manufacturers begin to roll out their 2022 models, now is a good time to scoop up a model from last year at a discount. Withand at CES in January, retailers are slashing prices on current models to make way for upcoming computers with the latest chips.
A pair of Dell laptops bookend this week’s deals. At the top, you’ll see a budget Inspiron 3000 that’s a whopping $330 off at Newegg and offers a surprisingly robust configuration for the price. And at the end is a fully loaded Dell XPS that’s $300 off at Best Buy right now. It features a roomy 15-inch display with a 16:10 aspect ratio powered by an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics. In between the two Dells are other strong deals I found at Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg.
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Dell’s entry-level Inspiron may have an uninspired plastic enclosure, but if you care more about performance and storage space than you do about a sleek design, then this model, currently on sale at Newegg, is worth checking out. It serves up a modern CPU and twice the RAM and four times the solid-state storage than nearly every other laptop at this price. It has an 11th-gen Core i3 chip along with 16GB of RAM and a huge 1TB SSD. You usually find 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD on offer in a budget laptop, so the 16GB of memory is a welcome surprise and the 1TB SSD is downright thrilling. Many budget laptops also feature lower-resolution displays, but this Inspiron 3000 model has a 15.6-inch display with a Full HD (1,920×1,080-pixel) resolution.
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 11th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
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 AMD’s stellar eight-core Ryzen 7 5700U CPU along with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The 13.3-inch touchscreen has full-HD resolution and can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode.
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 eight-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.
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.
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, FHD touchscreen, which can be tapped, swiped 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 3 pounds, making this 17.3-inch desktop replacement roughly the same weight as your typical 13.3-inch ultraportable. The spacious 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.
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 512GB SSD. The 15-inch display has a 1,920×1,200-pixel resolution in a 16:10 aspect ratio for more vertical space and less scrolling. It’s rated for an impressively bright 500 nits. It’s $300 off right now at Best Buy.