If you're broke, I know what you're thinking. "Even though I have less than $600 to spend, I want to buy the best laptop I can get!" Well, you've come to the right place. As Prime Day 2022 kicks off, we're using our expertise to curate a list of the best cheap laptops for broke folks.
We've reviewed all types of laptops across the price spectrum, from ultra-cheap devices to shockingly expensive gaming laptops. As such, we have the scoop on the best wallet-friendly laptops for budget-conscious consumers.
No, you may not be able to snag a top-of-the-line processor with a discrete GPU, but we'll make sure that the laptop has just enough, battery life included, to make you a satisfied owner of a cheap, yet powerful laptop.
Although it's Prime Day, we'll also be looking at other retailers who will be rivaling Amazon with their own steep discounts. Without further blathering, he's our roundup of the best Prime Day laptop deals for broke folks.
Prime Day laptop deals — quick links
- Amazon: Prime Day deals and back-to-school savings
- Best Buy: save up to $250 on Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro
- Dell: Black Friday in July sale — save up to $500 on select PCs
- Walmart: save on laptops
- HP: save up to 70% on laptops
- Lenovo: save up to 57% on laptops
- Microsoft: save up to $454 on Surface Laptop 4, up to $300 on Surface Pro 8
Prime Day laptop deals for broke folks
HP Envy x360 2-in-1: was $799, now $499 @ Best Buy
Wow! You're saving $300! The HP Envy x360 2-in-1 is one of our favorite laptops. In fact, when we reviewed it, it earned an Editor's Choice badge for its stylishness and speediness. This HP Envy comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 5625U CPU, AMD Radeon graphics, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, a 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel display, and Windows 11 Home. You won't be disappointed with this discounted device!
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5: was $729, now $499 @ Lenovo
Lenovo slashed its IdeaPad Flex 5, a convertible that can transform into a number of different postures (e.g., tablet mode and tent mode), by 31%! In other words, it was once valued at $729.99, but now it's only $499.99. This flexible bad boy comes equipped with an AMD Ryzen 3 5300U GPU, integrated AMD Radeon Graphics, 8GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD storage, a 14-inch, 1920 x 1200-pixel display, and a fingerprint reader. Make sure to use the eCoupon code: JULYDOORBUSTER.
Acer Swift 3: was $849, now $562 @ Amazon
You'll be saving $288! The Acer Swift 3 is Intel Evo-certified, which means is just a fancy way of saying this laptop doesn't suck! It comes with an Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of
SSD storage, and a 14-inch, 1929 x 1080-pixel display. Oh, and it comes with a fingerprint reader, too, for extra security. As a bonus, it's super thin; it has a height of only 0.63 inches. It's pretty lightweight, too, at just 2.65 pounds. The Acer Swift 3 was once $849; now it's 562. Nice!
Lenovo Chromebook Duet was $299, now $149 @ Best Buy
After reviewing the Lenovo Chromebook duet, we dropped this 2-in-1 Chrome OS device into our best cheap laptops and best Chromebooks page. Why? We were enamored with its super long battery life. It lasted nearly 13 hours on our in-house battery test. Wow! The Chromebook Duet is beneficial for anyone seeking lightweight productivity, especially for one-the-go travelers. This 10.1-inch tablet comes with 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and a MediaTek Helio P60T. Since this is a Chrome OS device, lots of data will be stored in the cloud, so there's less of a demand for memory and storage.
MSI Modern 15A: was $849, now $574 @ Amazon
You wanted more bang for you buck? Here it is! This laptop is $275 off its original price. The MSI Modern 15A comes with an Intel Core i5-1155G7, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel display. If you're a student needs a laptop for writing a ton of essays and browsing the web for research, this is the machine for you. If you're an office worker who works with a lot of productivity apps, including Microsoft Word, Excel and Google Docs, this MSI should be at the top of your list.
ASUS VivoBook 15.6'' Touchscreen Thin and Light Laptop: was $494, now $454 @ Amazon
Save $40! This VivoBook is a thin-and-light laptop that comes with an Intel Core 15-1135G7 CPU, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and a 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel touchscreen. This laptop boasts ultra-wide viewing angles and a wide variety of ports, including a microSD card reader, which many content creators will appreciate.
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Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master's degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire's business beat in 2013. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her time on the business beat, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the latest tablets. After eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she's finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!