Best Laptop Deals: Save $330 on a Budget Dell Inspiron 3000, $300 on a Loaded Dell XPS – CNET




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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. With Intel announcing new 12th-gen Core processors and AMD rolling out new Ryzen chips 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.

Check out the options below, which are regularly updated as sales expire and new deals emerge.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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, FHD touchscreen, which can be tapped, swiped and drawn on with the included active pen.

Read our Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2-in-1 review.

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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 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.

Read our LG Gram 16 review.


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.

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