Surface Pro 7—i5, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB—With Type Cover for $599 ($330 off)
The Surface Pro 7 is one of our favorite laptop-tablet hybrids (8/10 WIRED Recommends). There are cheaper Surfaces, but this is a good price on the best hybrid model. Be sure to grab the pen if you want to use tablet mode for notes or drawing.
Dell XPS 15 Laptop for $1,400 ($300 off)
The Dell XPS 15 is larger version of one of our favorite ultrabooks, the Dell XPS 13 (8/10 WIRED Recommends). The 15-inch version isn’t quite as portable, but it’s still light at four pounds and you get more power: a 9th generation i7 chip paired with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512 GB SSD.
Dell Inspiron 11 2-in-1 Laptop for $279 ($120 off)
Dell’s Inspiron 11 2-in-1 convertible laptop is great choice for the high schooler in your life. It’s got an AMD A9-9420e processor, which is step up from the Intel Celeron often found at this price. It’s well designed and manages to hit the sub-$400 price range without sacrificing too much. At this price it’s an even better deal.
Lenovo Thinkpad X1—i5, 256 GB—for $999 ($200 off)
I’m a Thinkpad fan and the X1 is definitely the sleekest of the bunch (8/10 WIRED Recommends). This configuration uses the Intel Core i5, offers 8-gigabytes of RAM, a 256-gigabyte SSD, and Windows 10 Pro. The 14-inch IPS (1920 x 1080) display is bright and helps cut power use. If you can afford it, I suggest upgrading to the 10th Generation i7 chip and 16-gigabytes of RAM for a machine that’s going to last much longer.
Lenovo ThinkPad T470—i5, 256 GB—for $549 ($300 off)
The T470 is roughly the opposite of an ultrabook. It’s not heavy, but it’s definitely thicker and offers ports galore—HDMI, Ethernet, SD card, Micro sim, they’re all here. This is workhorse of a laptop and boasts good battery life as well.
Lenovo Ideapad 330s for $299 ($149 off)
Lenovo’s 15-inch Ideapad offers a good value for your money. At this price you aren’t going to be editing video, but you will get a solid laptop capable of the tasks most people use laptops for: browsing the web, handling email, and streaming media. This model has an AMD Ryzen 5 quad-core processor, 8-gigabytes of RAM, and a 256-gigabyte hard drive, all in a 4 pound package.
Acer Chromebook 715—15-inch, Touch—for $300 ($100 off)
This is one of the best Chromebooks I’ve used. It’s plenty powerful, with an Intel Core i3, and you get a 128 GB drive for storing files offline. The 15-inch screen isn’t the sharpest, but the touch features work well. It also has great battery life for those on the go.
MSI GL Series Gaming Laptop for $1,250 ($150 off)
This MSI laptop is a great option for portable gaming. It’s got a ninth-generation i7 chip and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. With 16-gigabytes of RAM and a large 512-GB SSD drive you’ll have room for all your images and videos too. You can even get the per-key RGB backlight version to tailor your keyboard to your games. There are quite a few other configurations on sale as well.
HP Spectre x360 for $720 ($430 off)
The HP Spectre x360 is one of our favorite high-end laptops (9/10 WIRED Recommends). The base model offers an eighth-generation Intel i5 chip, with 256-gigabytes of solid state drive space and 8-gigabytes of RAM. You can upgrade from there (we suggest an i7-based system), and the 15-inch Spectre x360 is also available starting at $1,200 ($300 off).
HP Envy 13 Laptop for $630 ($320 off)
We have not tried this exact model, but we did find the convertible, AMD-based version to be a solid value (6/10, WIRED Review), although the battery life is nothing to rave about. If you start with this deal and add a 4K screen, and a 512-gigabyte drive, you’ll have get a much better machine for only $250 more. The 15-inch version of the Envy is also on sale, starting at $700 ($300 off).