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Best Prime Day laptop deals: What to expect in 2024

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Big news is coming if you’re looking for a laptop. It’s Prime Day 2024, or at least the first one, and it is coming in July. Here, we’re collecting everything we know about the event, how to shop it for laptops, and what laptop deals are going on at the present. This page will be ever evolving (bookmark it!) as we know more, the event approaches, and more deals become available. Looking for something beyond laptops? Deals exist beyond laptops, of course, and we’ll be covering all of the big categories and items you want in our main Prime Day deals coverage.

Contents

  • Today’s best laptop deals
  • When do the Prime Day laptop deals start?
  • Is Prime Day a good time to buy a laptop?
  • How to Choose a Laptop on Prime Day 2024

Today’s best laptop deals

Prime Day isn’t happening until an as-of-yet unspecified day in July. If you want the most options in your deals, you should wait until then to buy a laptop. But, if you’re struggling to keep that new laptop itch at bay, there are great laptop deals all year round. While we encourage you to wait until next month to get the widest selection, there’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of a deal right now, so long as it suits you.

Here are the best laptop deals going on right now, from Amazon and elsewhere:

  • HP Chromebook 14 (4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC storage) —
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) —
  • Asus TUF Gaming F15 (RTX 3050, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) —
  • Apple MacBook Air 13 (M2 chip, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) —
  • Apple MacBook Air 13 (M3 chip, 8GG RAM, 256GB SSD) —
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 9 (16GB RAM, 256GB SSD) —
  • Dell XPS 13 OLED (16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) —
  • Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (RTX 4060, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) —
  • Samsung Galaxy Book3 Pro (16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) —
  • Razer Blade 15 (RTX 4070, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) —

When do the Prime Day laptop deals start?

There’s no official word on when Amazon’s July Prime Day will officially start, yet. Fortunately, laptop deals start way before Prime Day. These come in two forms, as well. For one, other retailers don’t live in a bubble where Prime Day does not exist. As such, the very valid strategy of getting a leg up on Amazon and announcing deals early is perfectly good. We also see official ‘Early Prime Day Deals’ pop up on Amazon every year.

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  • Best Prime Day Apple deals: What to expect in 2024

  • Lenovo dropped the price of this ThinkPad laptop from $2,429 to $954

  • This Dell XPS 17 laptop with RTX 4080 is over $1,000 off

We’ll be sure to highlight the best of these deals — both official ones from Amazon and those of competitors — as well, whenever they pop up. While checking the site often is encouraged, if you’re all about laptops, giving this page a bookmark and checking it often as Prime Day approaches is even more encouraged if all you’re gunning for this year is a quality discounted laptop.

Is Prime Day a good time to buy a laptop?

If you’re a bargain hunter, there are three good times a year to buy a laptop.

Two of them are Prime Day.

It’s a sort of a jest, but after the summer’s Prime Day the only two major sales holidays left in the year are Black Friday and possibly a second Prime Day. Lately, we’ve been seeing two Prime Days (one summer, one fall) but this is not a guaranteed trend.

The bottom line: If you want a laptop now, we suggest you hold out for one more month to buy it. But don’t hold out much longer, it’ll be at least until the fall before you get deals at this scale again.

How to Choose a Laptop on Prime Day 2024

There are two ways to go about laptop shopping on Prime Day. The first is making a detailed list of specific laptops that you want ahead of time and then checking deals on those laptops later. That can mean looking at the best laptops overall, or even the best gaming laptops if you’re specifically about play, and choosing a selection to keep in mind. If you’re career-oriented and know you need something to help you out in your studies or work, you can also use lists like our best laptops for engineers and best laptops for photo editing and photographers to brainstorm your idea list. Take note of the prices now and then see how they fall later. This method helps us keep laser focused on picking out something that will actually be good for us over being enticed by big percentage drop-off.

Unfortunately, getting too laser focused can make us miss the forest for the trees. If you’re willing to get in the weeds of it, you can also make a “must haves” list to gatekeep your shopping and get the things you really want. Our laptop buying guide suggests to start by figuring out what operating system you want first. Windows gives you the most flexibility in brand and purchasing options, Apple’s Mac products are surprisingly easy to use and good for developers, and laptops running on Google’s Chrome OS tend to be more affordable browser-oriented machines. It’s also worth noting that Apple tends to be a bit less open to giving deals on their products — people spring to buy them at full price, year round — so when Apple deals are offered, they are often worthy of a second look.

Next, know about the types of laptops and if you want something more traditional or a 360-degree hinge that turns your laptop into a table (i.e. a 2-in-1 laptop)? If you do go for a 2-in-1, there’s a big chance you’ll aim for a Microsoft Surface Pro 9, considered to be one of the best models. Notably, it has a detachable keyboard, called its “Type Cover”. It is very important to note if you’ll need to get the Type Cover separately or if it comes with the “laptop” (it is more of a tablet without it) as part of the deal or if you’ll need to buy it separately. Buying them separately is not a problem, of course, but if you’re not aware of what to look for ahead of time it could lead to frustration.

For hardware, decide on how much RAM you need (8GB is fairly standard, but you’ll want 16GB or more for more intense work), and physical storage on the device. If you plan on mostly using Google Drive or the cloud, you won’t need as much on-device storage. Gamers will also want to spend some time picking out what graphics card to buy to play the games they want to play in the settings they want to play them in. Here, it is important to do your research, as numbers alone won’t be able to completely help you, especially when comparing AMD vs Nvidia.

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