The best Cyber Monday laptop deals for 2022 that we could find

If you're still searching for the ideal machine to be your next laptop, you're in luck. Cyber Monday laptop deals have discounted a number of our favorite notebooks, including those from Apple, Microsoft, ASUS and others. Shopping directly with these brands will give you the best customization options, so that's the best option if you're very particular about the amount of memory you want in your next laptop or you absolutely want a specific kind of display panel on the thing. But if you're willing to pick up a pre-configured notebook, you'll have even more discount options available from Amazon, Walmart and other retailers. Here are the best Cyber Monday laptop deals we found for 2022.

Apple MacBook Air M1

Apple MacBook Air M1
Devindra Hardawar/Engadget

Apple's M1-powered MacBook Air is down to $799 for Cyber Monday which is the best price we've seen. Although the M2 laptop is available now, the M1 machine remains a good option if you're upgrading from an aging Intel model. We gave it a score of 94 for its blazing fast performance, lovely Retina display and lack of fan noise.

Buy MacBook Air M1 at Amazon - $799

Apple MacBook Air M2

MacBook Air (M2, 2022)
Devindra Hardawar/Engadget

The latest MacBook Air with the M2 chipset is down to $1,049 for Cyber Monday. While we still like the M1 air, the M2 is the notebook to get if you want the best performance possible in Apple's thinnest and lightest laptop. We gave it a score of 96 for its updated, even sleeker design, gorgeous 13.6-inch display, excellent performance and lack of fan noise.

Buy MacBook Air M2 at Amazon - $1,049

Apple MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch sitting on a table(2021)
Devindra Hardawar/Engadget

The 14-inch MacBook Pro is on sale for $1,600 right now, or $400 off its usual price. There's an even steeper discount on the 16-inch MacBook Pro — $500 off, bringing it down to $2,000. Both of these are powered by Apple's M1 Pro chipset, and we gave them both scores of 92 for their powerful performance, stunning Liquid Retina XDR displays, numerous ports and solid battery lives. 

Buy 14-inch MacBook Pro at Amazon - $1,600Buy 16-inch MacBook Pro at Amazon - $2,000

ASUS ZenBook Duo

ASUS ZenBook Duo (2021)
Devindra Hardawar/Engadget

The 14-inch ZenBook Duo is $300 off for Cyber Monday, bringing the model with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SDD down to $800. This laptop is unique because it has a secondary 12.6-inch touchscreen above its keyboard that offers new ways to multitask while you also use its main, 14-inch FHD touch display. We gave this model a score of 84 for its improved dual-screen software, excellent build quality and strong performance. If you like this design and want something a bit more powerful, the ZenBook Pro Duo with a 15-inch OLED display, a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage is $670 off and down to $1,730 for Cyber Monday.

Buy ZenBook Duo at Amazon - $800Buy ZenBook Pro Duo at Amazon - $1,730

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2

Starting at just $600, the new Surface Laptop Go 2 is a great travel-friendly and affrodable notebook.
Sam Rutherford/Engadget

Microsoft's Surface Laptop Go 2 is back down to $600 for Cyber Monday for a configuration with a Core i5-1135G7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. We gave this 12.4-inch notebook a score of 86 earlier this year, and it earned a spot in our guide to the best cheap Windows laptops. It impressed us with its slick design, bright screen, good battery life and USB-C charging.

Buy Surface Laptop Go 2 at Amazon - $600

Microsoft Surface Laptop 5

While the Surface Laptop 5 hasn’t gotten a lot of updates on the outside aside from a fresh sage green color option, support for faster 12th-gen Intel CPUs and a new Thunderbolt 4 port give it a big bump in speed and versatility.
Sam Rutherford/Engadget

The 13-inch Surface Laptop 5 with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage is on sale for $1,000, which is the best price we've seen. We gave this machine a score of 83 for its elegant design, bright display, Thunderbolt 4 support and solid performance. We weren't as impressed by its 720p webcam and its non-backlit keyboard, but this notebook is definitely a step up from the Surface Laptop Go 2 and the better pick if you want a stronger machine as a daily driver.

Buy Surface Laptop 5 at Amazon - $1,000

Samsung Cyber Monday deals

Samsung Galaxy Book 2
Samsung

Samsung has extended its Black Friday deals into Cyber Monday, so you can still save hundreds on some of the brand's newest laptops. Machines in the Galaxy Book 2 series are up to $500 off depending on the model you choose, with one of the most affordable configurations being the 13-inch Galaxy Book 2 360 with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for only $650.

Shop Samsung Cyber Monday deals

Microsoft Cyber Monday deals

Surface Pro 9 with 5G
Devindra Hardawar/Engadget

A number of Surface laptops and bundles are on sale for Cyber Monday direct from Microsoft. The new Surface Pro 9 and the Surface Laptop 5 are up to $200 and $300 off, respectively, while you can save more than $600 on Surface Laptop 4 bundles. We recommend checking out all of Microsoft's discounted bundles, because they are some of the best ways to get all of the things you'd need — like keyboard attachments, styluses and more — to make a Surface machine truly your own.

Shop Microsoft Cyber Monday deals

HP Cyber Monday deals

HP Chromebook x360
HP

HP's Cyber Monday offerings knock up to 71 percent off its doorbuster deals on laptops and other devices, plus you'll get free shipping sitewide. A number of solid laptops have been discounted, including the HP Pavilion 15 with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, which you can grab for only $580. There's also the HP Chromebook x360 with an Intel Pentium processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage that's only $290.

Shop HP Cyber Monday deals

Dell Cyber Monday deals

Dell XPS 13
Engadget

Dell has discounted a bunch of machines for Cyber Monday, including Alienware gaming gear and XPS laptops. Most of Dell's deals are available in "limited quantities," so it's a good idea to shop early today if you see something you like. This Alienware x15 R2 laptop with a Core i9 processor, NVIDIA RTX 3070 graphics, 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage is down to $2,500, while this XPS 13 laptop with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage is down to $999.

Shop Dell Cyber Monday deals

Your Cyber Week Shopping Guide: Get the latest Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers by following @EngadgetDeals on Twitter and subscribing to the Engadget Deals newsletter. Also, shop the top Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals on Yahoo Life. Learn about Black Friday trends on In the Know, and our car experts at Autoblog are covering must-shop Black Friday and Cyber Monday auto deals.

The best Cyber Monday laptop deals for 2022 that we could find

If you're still searching for the ideal machine to be your next laptop, you're in luck. Cyber Monday laptop deals have discounted a number of our favorite notebooks, including those from Apple, Microsoft, ASUS and others. Shopping directly with these brands will give you the best customization options, so that's the best option if you're very particular about the amount of memory you want in your next laptop or you absolutely want a specific kind of display panel on the thing. But if you're willing to pick up a pre-configured notebook, you'll have even more discount options available from Amazon, Walmart and other retailers. Here are the best Cyber Monday laptop deals we found for 2022.

Apple MacBook Air M1

Apple MacBook Air M1
Devindra Hardawar/Engadget

Apple's M1-powered MacBook Air is down to $799 for Cyber Monday which is the best price we've seen. Although the M2 laptop is available now, the M1 machine remains a good option if you're upgrading from an aging Intel model. We gave it a score of 94 for its blazing fast performance, lovely Retina display and lack of fan noise.

Buy MacBook Air M1 at Amazon - $799

Apple MacBook Air M2

MacBook Air (M2, 2022)
Devindra Hardawar/Engadget

The latest MacBook Air with the M2 chipset is down to $1,049 for Cyber Monday. While we still like the M1 air, the M2 is the notebook to get if you want the best performance possible in Apple's thinnest and lightest laptop. We gave it a score of 96 for its updated, even sleeker design, gorgeous 13.6-inch display, excellent performance and lack of fan noise.

Buy MacBook Air M2 at Amazon - $1,049

Apple MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch sitting on a table(2021)
Devindra Hardawar/Engadget

The 14-inch MacBook Pro is on sale for $1,600 right now, or $400 off its usual price. There's an even steeper discount on the 16-inch MacBook Pro — $500 off, bringing it down to $2,000. Both of these are powered by Apple's M1 Pro chipset, and we gave them both scores of 92 for their powerful performance, stunning Liquid Retina XDR displays, numerous ports and solid battery lives. 

Buy 14-inch MacBook Pro at Amazon - $1,600Buy 16-inch MacBook Pro at Amazon - $2,000

ASUS ZenBook Duo

ASUS ZenBook Duo (2021)
Devindra Hardawar/Engadget

The 14-inch ZenBook Duo is $300 off for Cyber Monday, bringing the model with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SDD down to $800. This laptop is unique because it has a secondary 12.6-inch touchscreen above its keyboard that offers new ways to multitask while you also use its main, 14-inch FHD touch display. We gave this model a score of 84 for its improved dual-screen software, excellent build quality and strong performance. If you like this design and want something a bit more powerful, the ZenBook Pro Duo with a 15-inch OLED display, a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage is $670 off and down to $1,730 for Cyber Monday.

Buy ZenBook Duo at Amazon - $800Buy ZenBook Pro Duo at Amazon - $1,730

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2

Starting at just $600, the new Surface Laptop Go 2 is a great travel-friendly and affrodable notebook.
Sam Rutherford/Engadget

Microsoft's Surface Laptop Go 2 is back down to $600 for Cyber Monday for a configuration with a Core i5-1135G7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. We gave this 12.4-inch notebook a score of 86 earlier this year, and it earned a spot in our guide to the best cheap Windows laptops. It impressed us with its slick design, bright screen, good battery life and USB-C charging.

Buy Surface Laptop Go 2 at Amazon - $600

Microsoft Surface Laptop 5

While the Surface Laptop 5 hasn’t gotten a lot of updates on the outside aside from a fresh sage green color option, support for faster 12th-gen Intel CPUs and a new Thunderbolt 4 port give it a big bump in speed and versatility.
Sam Rutherford/Engadget

The 13-inch Surface Laptop 5 with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage is on sale for $1,000, which is the best price we've seen. We gave this machine a score of 83 for its elegant design, bright display, Thunderbolt 4 support and solid performance. We weren't as impressed by its 720p webcam and its non-backlit keyboard, but this notebook is definitely a step up from the Surface Laptop Go 2 and the better pick if you want a stronger machine as a daily driver.

Buy Surface Laptop 5 at Amazon - $1,000

Samsung Cyber Monday deals

Samsung Galaxy Book 2
Samsung

Samsung has extended its Black Friday deals into Cyber Monday, so you can still save hundreds on some of the brand's newest laptops. Machines in the Galaxy Book 2 series are up to $500 off depending on the model you choose, with one of the most affordable configurations being the 13-inch Galaxy Book 2 360 with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for only $650.

Shop Samsung Cyber Monday deals

Microsoft Cyber Monday deals

Surface Pro 9 with 5G
Devindra Hardawar/Engadget

A number of Surface laptops and bundles are on sale for Cyber Monday direct from Microsoft. The new Surface Pro 9 and the Surface Laptop 5 are up to $200 and $300 off, respectively, while you can save more than $600 on Surface Laptop 4 bundles. We recommend checking out all of Microsoft's discounted bundles, because they are some of the best ways to get all of the things you'd need — like keyboard attachments, styluses and more — to make a Surface machine truly your own.

Shop Microsoft Cyber Monday deals

HP Cyber Monday deals

HP Chromebook x360
HP

HP's Cyber Monday offerings knock up to 71 percent off its doorbuster deals on laptops and other devices, plus you'll get free shipping sitewide. A number of solid laptops have been discounted, including the HP Pavilion 15 with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, which you can grab for only $580. There's also the HP Chromebook x360 with an Intel Pentium processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage that's only $290.

Shop HP Cyber Monday deals

Dell Cyber Monday deals

Dell XPS 13
Engadget

Dell has discounted a bunch of machines for Cyber Monday, including Alienware gaming gear and XPS laptops. Most of Dell's deals are available in "limited quantities," so it's a good idea to shop early today if you see something you like. This Alienware x15 R2 laptop with a Core i9 processor, NVIDIA RTX 3070 graphics, 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage is down to $2,500, while this XPS 13 laptop with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage is down to $999.

Shop Dell Cyber Monday deals

Your Cyber Week Shopping Guide: Get the latest Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers by following @EngadgetDeals on Twitter and subscribing to the Engadget Deals newsletter. Also, shop the top Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals on Yahoo Life. Learn about Black Friday trends on In the Know, and our car experts at Autoblog are covering must-shop Black Friday and Cyber Monday auto deals.

PS5 Customized Into Miniature Dwarven Kingdom

The Playstation 5 console has a certain design aesthetic to it. One that doesn’t really match the rest of my interior design motif. Now, a dwarven kingdom-themed PS5? That will fit right into my rumpus room! Customized by Martina of YouTube channel Nerdforge, this PS5 console features a miniature diorama of a dwarven kingdom/forge, complete with lava and light effects. My own PS5 has never looked so lackluster.

If you look closely, you can see the Sony logo and lips of the PS5 at the top, with the lava flow passing between them. It’s a thing of beauty, isn’t it? Martina says she had to experiment with making silicone molds for the lava flow, then making a resin cast of it, but she’s pleased with the result. Probably because it looks so good.

Will I be trying something similar? Of course not, I recognize the limit of my own capabilities, and they’re certainly far from being able to produce something of this caliber or anywhere close. No, the closest I’m going to come to customizing my PS5 is scratching the 5 into a 6, then trying to sell it on eBay for a million dollars.

[via TechEBlog]

The best Black Friday 2022 laptop deals we could find

It's Black Friday, and that means lots of laptops have gone on sale with little indication as to which are actually worth your time. As always, we recommend shopping directly at retailers like Microsoft, Samsung, Dell and others if you want to spec out your next machine. But if you're willing to get a pre-configured device, there are plenty of great laptop deals to be had for Black Friday. To help you sort through the noise, we've highlighted a few deals on laptops we like at prices that are genuinely lower than normal. Here are the best Black Friday laptop deals we've been able to find thus far.

Apple MacBook Air M2

MacBook Air (M2, 2022)
Devindra Hardawar/Engadget

Apple's latest and greatest MacBook Air is back down to $1,049 at multiple retailers, which matches the lowest price we've tracked. This is $150 off Apple's MSRP and about $55 off the notebook's typical going rate online in recent months. 

The M2 MacBook Air is the top pick in our guide to the best laptops. We gave it a review score of 96 earlier this year thanks to its revamped design, powerful M2 chip, vibrant 13.6-inch display and long battery life, among other perks. Note that the entry-level configuration here does have slower storage performance than the higher-priced SKUs, but if you aren't looking to do more involved work like editing high-resolution media, that shouldn't be a significant hindrance in day-to-day use.

Buy MacBook Air M2 at Amazon - $1,049Buy MacBook Air M2 at B&H - $1,049

Apple MacBook Air M1

Apple MacBook Air M1
Devindra Hardawar/Engadget

If you want a more affordable way into macOS, the 2020 MacBook Air with Apple's M1 SoC is on sale for $799 at Amazon and Best Buy. We've seen this deal a handful of times in recent months, but it still ties the best price we've seen and comes in about $90 below this entry-level config's usual going rate. 

We gave the M1 Air a review score of 94 back in 2020. To be clear, paying up for the M2 model will get you thinner bezels, fuller speakers, a better webcam, faster charging and slightly faster raw performance. But the M1 chip is still far from slow for everyday tasks, and the older design still gets you a comfortable keyboard and trackpad, an accurate display and more than enough battery to last a full work day. At this price, it remains an excellent value.

Buy MacBook Air M1 at Amazon - $799

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook

Lenovo's IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook
Lenovo

Lenovo's IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook is on sale for $270 at Amazon, which is a new all-time low and roughly $120 below this 13.3-inch notebook's typical street price in recent months. We recently named the Flex 5i the top pick in our guide to the best Chromebooks. The Core i3-1115G4 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD included in this config offers more than enough performance for Chrome OS, and in general the device's backlit keyboard, bright 1080p touchscreen, mix of USB-C and USB-A ports and eight-hour battery life impress for the price. 

Buy Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook at Amazon - $270

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2

Starting at just $600, the new Surface Laptop Go 2 is a great travel-friendly and affrodable notebook.
Sam Rutherford/Engadget

Microsoft's Surface Laptop Go 2 is back down to $600 for a configuration with a Core i5-1135G7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. That's $100 off Microsoft's MSRP, about $50 off the usual street price and tied for the best price we've tracked. We gave this 12.4-inch notebook a review score of 86 earlier this year, and we've since included it in our guide to the best cheap Windows laptops. You can get a sharper display and more performance for the money, and the lack of keyboard backlighting is a bummer, but the lightweight build has a more premium feel than most options in this price range, and the notebook itself is still fast and long-lasting for casual work on the go. 

Buy Surface Laptop Go 2 at Amazon - $600Buy Surface Laptop Go 2 at Microsoft - $600

Razer Blade 14

A configuration of Razer's Blade 14 with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX chip, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and an RTX 3080 GPU is currently down to $2,000 at Amazon. That's about $300 off its typical street price and tied for the best price we've tracked. We gave the Blade 14 a review score of 84 last year, and we've recommended the similar Blade 15 in recent buying guides and gift guides. It can run a bit hot, and you can still get similarly powerful gaming laptops for less, but it still puts enough power to play demanding games at higher settings in a slim and slick-feeling design that weighs less than four pounds.

Buy Razer Blade 14 at Amazon - $2,000

Microsoft Surface Laptop 5

While the Surface Laptop 5 hasn’t gotten a lot of updates on the outside aside from a fresh sage green color option, support for faster 12th-gen Intel CPUs and a new Thunderbolt 4 port give it a big bump in speed and versatility.
Sam Rutherford/Engadget

The 8GB RAM/512GB SSD version of Microsoft's 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 5 is now on sale for $1,000, which is $300 off Microsoft's MSRP and tied for the best price we've seen. We gave this one a review score of 83 earlier this year, praising its elegant chassis, bright 3:2 display, Thunderbolt 4 port and competent performance. The 720p webcam is passable at best, and there are definitely more performant laptops for the money, but if you're partial to the Surface design language, this is a step up from the Surface Laptop Go 2 above. A configuration with 256GB of storage was briefly available for $700 earlier this week, but that's now priced at $900.

Buy Surface Laptop 5 at Amazon - $1,000Buy Surface Laptop 5 at Microsoft - $1,000

HP Spectre x360 13.5-inch

HP's Spectre x360 laptop
HP

A version of HP's 13.5-inch Spectre x360 with a Core i5-1235U processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD is currently available for $912 at HP's online store, which is about $250 off its usual going rate and one of the better prices we've tracked. Just note that you'll have to manually configure the RAM and SSD and use the coupon code STOCKING5 before checkout. This isn't a formal pick of ours in any guides, but it's a fine 2-in-1 option with a thin and light design, a comfortable keyboard and trackpad and strong battery life. It does come with a good chunk of bloatware, though, and the 1920x1280 IPS display in this config could stand to be sharper and brighter.

Buy HP Spectre x360 13.5-inch at HP - $912

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro

A configuration of Samsung's 13.3-inch Galaxy Book 2 Pro with a Core i5-1240P CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD is down to $750, which is another all-time low and $200 off the device's typical street price. While not a top pick of ours, this is a decent alternative if you're looking for a vibrant OLED panel and a particularly thin and light design. Its keyboard isn't the best, though, and the display's 16:9 aspect ratio isn't as convenient for work and web browsing as a 3:2 panel. If you want a similar model in a 2-in-1 design, Samsung's Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 is available for the same price with twice the RAM and storage — though that model has a lower-quality 720p webcam.

Buy Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro at Amazon - $750Buy Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro at B&H - $750

Your Cyber Week Shopping Guide: Get the latest Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers by following @EngadgetDeals on Twitter and subscribing to the Engadget Deals newsletter. Also, shop the top Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals on Yahoo Life. Learn about Black Friday trends on In the Know, and our car experts at Autoblog are covering must-shop Black Friday and Cyber Monday auto deals.

The best Black Friday 2022 laptop deals we could find

It's Black Friday, and that means lots of laptops have gone on sale with little indication as to which are actually worth your time. As always, we recommend shopping directly at retailers like Microsoft, Samsung, Dell and others if you want to spec out your next machine. But if you're willing to get a pre-configured device, there are plenty of great laptop deals to be had for Black Friday. To help you sort through the noise, we've highlighted a few deals on laptops we like at prices that are genuinely lower than normal. Here are the best Black Friday laptop deals we've been able to find thus far.

Apple MacBook Air M2

MacBook Air (M2, 2022)
Devindra Hardawar/Engadget

Apple's latest and greatest MacBook Air is back down to $1,049 at multiple retailers, which matches the lowest price we've tracked. This is $150 off Apple's MSRP and about $55 off the notebook's typical going rate online in recent months. 

The M2 MacBook Air is the top pick in our guide to the best laptops. We gave it a review score of 96 earlier this year thanks to its revamped design, powerful M2 chip, vibrant 13.6-inch display and long battery life, among other perks. Note that the entry-level configuration here does have slower storage performance than the higher-priced SKUs, but if you aren't looking to do more involved work like editing high-resolution media, that shouldn't be a significant hindrance in day-to-day use.

Buy MacBook Air M2 at Amazon - $1,049Buy MacBook Air M2 at B&H - $1,049

Apple MacBook Air M1

Apple MacBook Air M1
Devindra Hardawar/Engadget

If you want a more affordable way into macOS, the 2020 MacBook Air with Apple's M1 SoC is on sale for $799 at Amazon and Best Buy. We've seen this deal a handful of times in recent months, but it still ties the best price we've seen and comes in about $90 below this entry-level config's usual going rate. 

We gave the M1 Air a review score of 94 back in 2020. To be clear, paying up for the M2 model will get you thinner bezels, fuller speakers, a better webcam, faster charging and slightly faster raw performance. But the M1 chip is still far from slow for everyday tasks, and the older design still gets you a comfortable keyboard and trackpad, an accurate display and more than enough battery to last a full work day. At this price, it remains an excellent value.

Buy MacBook Air M1 at Amazon - $799

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook

Lenovo's IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook
Lenovo

Lenovo's IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook is on sale for $270 at Amazon, which is a new all-time low and roughly $120 below this 13.3-inch notebook's typical street price in recent months. We recently named the Flex 5i the top pick in our guide to the best Chromebooks. The Core i3-1115G4 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD included in this config offers more than enough performance for Chrome OS, and in general the device's backlit keyboard, bright 1080p touchscreen, mix of USB-C and USB-A ports and eight-hour battery life impress for the price. 

Buy Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook at Amazon - $270

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2

Starting at just $600, the new Surface Laptop Go 2 is a great travel-friendly and affrodable notebook.
Sam Rutherford/Engadget

Microsoft's Surface Laptop Go 2 is back down to $600 for a configuration with a Core i5-1135G7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. That's $100 off Microsoft's MSRP, about $50 off the usual street price and tied for the best price we've tracked. We gave this 12.4-inch notebook a review score of 86 earlier this year, and we've since included it in our guide to the best cheap Windows laptops. You can get a sharper display and more performance for the money, and the lack of keyboard backlighting is a bummer, but the lightweight build has a more premium feel than most options in this price range, and the notebook itself is still fast and long-lasting for casual work on the go. 

Buy Surface Laptop Go 2 at Amazon - $600Buy Surface Laptop Go 2 at Microsoft - $600

Razer Blade 14

A configuration of Razer's Blade 14 with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX chip, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and an RTX 3080 GPU is currently down to $2,000 at Amazon. That's about $300 off its typical street price and tied for the best price we've tracked. We gave the Blade 14 a review score of 84 last year, and we've recommended the similar Blade 15 in recent buying guides and gift guides. It can run a bit hot, and you can still get similarly powerful gaming laptops for less, but it still puts enough power to play demanding games at higher settings in a slim and slick-feeling design that weighs less than four pounds.

Buy Razer Blade 14 at Amazon - $2,000

Microsoft Surface Laptop 5

While the Surface Laptop 5 hasn’t gotten a lot of updates on the outside aside from a fresh sage green color option, support for faster 12th-gen Intel CPUs and a new Thunderbolt 4 port give it a big bump in speed and versatility.
Sam Rutherford/Engadget

The 8GB RAM/512GB SSD version of Microsoft's 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 5 is now on sale for $1,000, which is $300 off Microsoft's MSRP and tied for the best price we've seen. We gave this one a review score of 83 earlier this year, praising its elegant chassis, bright 3:2 display, Thunderbolt 4 port and competent performance. The 720p webcam is passable at best, and there are definitely more performant laptops for the money, but if you're partial to the Surface design language, this is a step up from the Surface Laptop Go 2 above. A configuration with 256GB of storage was briefly available for $700 earlier this week, but that's now priced at $900.

Buy Surface Laptop 5 at Amazon - $1,000Buy Surface Laptop 5 at Microsoft - $1,000

HP Spectre x360 13.5-inch

HP's Spectre x360 laptop
HP

A version of HP's 13.5-inch Spectre x360 with a Core i5-1235U processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD is currently available for $912 at HP's online store, which is about $250 off its usual going rate and one of the better prices we've tracked. Just note that you'll have to manually configure the RAM and SSD and use the coupon code STOCKING5 before checkout. This isn't a formal pick of ours in any guides, but it's a fine 2-in-1 option with a thin and light design, a comfortable keyboard and trackpad and strong battery life. It does come with a good chunk of bloatware, though, and the 1920x1280 IPS display in this config could stand to be sharper and brighter.

Buy HP Spectre x360 13.5-inch at HP - $912

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro

A configuration of Samsung's 13.3-inch Galaxy Book 2 Pro with a Core i5-1240P CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD is down to $750, which is another all-time low and $200 off the device's typical street price. While not a top pick of ours, this is a decent alternative if you're looking for a vibrant OLED panel and a particularly thin and light design. Its keyboard isn't the best, though, and the display's 16:9 aspect ratio isn't as convenient for work and web browsing as a 3:2 panel. If you want a similar model in a 2-in-1 design, Samsung's Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 is available for the same price with twice the RAM and storage — though that model has a lower-quality 720p webcam.

Buy Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro at Amazon - $750Buy Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro at B&H - $750

Your Cyber Week Shopping Guide: Get the latest Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers by following @EngadgetDeals on Twitter and subscribing to the Engadget Deals newsletter. Also, shop the top Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals on Yahoo Life. Learn about Black Friday trends on In the Know, and our car experts at Autoblog are covering must-shop Black Friday and Cyber Monday auto deals.

Razer’s Black Friday deals knock $800 off the Blade 14 gaming laptop

Anyone looking for a portable, high-performance gaming laptop might want to move on this Black Friday deal from Razer. Right now this configuration of the Blade 14, normally $2,800, is down to $2,000. This Blade runs on an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 8 Core processor, and while that's AMD's previous generation chip, it's still plenty fast to handle the latest titles. 

Graphics-wise, it's got NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3080 GPU and a 14-inch QHD screen with a 165Hz refresh rate. You get 1TB of SSD storage and 16GB of soldered (non-upgradable) RAM, plus 8GB of video RAM. While that non-upgradable issue might hold some people back, this is still a solid deal on a gaming laptop with a good amount of ports, that also happens to be easy to bring along anywhere you go.  

The laptop deal is part of a larger Black Friday sale from Razer, which also includes discounts on peripherals like the Razer Huntsman Mini keyboard. This quiet and smooth gaming deck is our current favorite 60 percent keyboard and the deal takes 42 percent off the list price, bringing it down to $70. It's the lowest price we've seen so far, making this a good time to snag a responsive, RGB-lit deck that takes up minimal space. 

If space isn't an issue and you prefer the prowess of a full-sized deck complete with direction keys, a number pad and even a wrist rest, check out the company's BlackWidow V3. It's $50 off, bringing it to $90, which is the lowest it's ever gone outside of last year's Black Friday sale. The mechanical keys produce that satisfying clack, and the BlackWidow offers customization for a unique dial above the number pad, a media button and the individually backlit keys. 

When we set out to find the best productivity mouse, Razer's Viper Ultimate was our top pick for a gaming mouse that could handle everyday use. Normally a steep $150, it's now down to a more palatable $75. In addition to being ambidextrous and super light, we called it "a pleasure to use for extended periods."

The Razer Seiren Mini condenser microphone is down to $38 from its usual $50. The USB-based mic follows a supercardioid pickup pattern to focus on your voice instead of ambient background noise, and its compact size doesn't dominate your desktop. 

Check out the entire Razer sale at Amazon for Black Friday deals on more of the company's gear, including headsets, controllers, and more. 

Buy Razer Huntsman Mini at Amazon - $70Razer BlackWidow V3 at Amazon - $90Buy Razer Viper Ultimate Hyperspeed at Amazon - $75Buy Razer Seiren Mini at Amazon - $38Shop the Razer Black Friday sale at Amazon

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The best MacBook deals we found for Black Friday

You're not alone if you've waited until Black Friday to scope out deals on the latest MacBooks. Considering these are some of the best (and most expensive) laptops out there right now, plenty of people will be looking for the best MacBook deals over the holiday shopping period. We me be still one week out from Black Friday proper, but we're already seeing some solid deals on machines like the new MacBook Air M2, and even the high-powered 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros.

While you'll likely get the best deal by shopping at a retailer like Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama and others, Apple does have it's own holiday sales as well. However, you'll have to wait until Black Friday for those, plus they give you up to a $250 Apple gift card with purchase rather than a discounted price. If you know you'll use that gift card, that may be the best option for you. But if you'd rather the instant gratification of a couple hundred dollars off, we've collected the best MacBook deals here so you don't have to go searching for them.

MacBook Air M1

The 2020 MacBook Air with Apple's M1 chipset is at an all-time low right now — only $800 for the base model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. While, yes, the M2 chip in the latest model will give you a slight performance boost, the M1 processor is still quite powerful. It'll certainly be an upgrade for anyone coming from an older, Intel-powered MacBook. We gave the M1 Air a score of 94 when it first came out for its incredibly fast performance, excellent keyboard and trackpad, lovely Retina display and its lack of fan noise.

MacBook Air M2

The latest and greatest MacBook Air, the 2022 model with the M2 chipset, is $150 off and down to a record low of $1,050. This laptop looks and feels quite different from the 2020 version thanks to Apple redesigning the machine to have a uniformly thing frame all around (no more wedge) and its screen is slightly larger at 13.6-inches. We also appreciated its quad-speaker setup and its excellent performance overall, so much so that we called it Apple's "near-perfect" Mac.

13-inch MacBook Pro

Apple's most compact Pro laptop, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, is on sale for $1,149 right now, or 12 percent off its normal rate. It sits, somewhat confusingly, in the middle of the company's notebook lineup. While it has solid performance thanks to the M2 chipset, a long battery life and stellar build quality, it's hard for us to recommend outright. Most people would be better served by the M2 MacBook Air, or jumping up to the 14-inch MacBook Pro for even more power. But if you're set on the 13-inch size and want the efficiency provided by an internal fan (which the Air doesn't have), this MacBook Pro is your best bet.

14-inch MacBook Pro

The 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 Pro processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage is a whopping $400 off and down to a record low of $1,600. This machine has the most advanced features of any Apple laptop (aside from its larger, 16-inch sibling), including a Liquid Retina XDR display, remarkable performance using that Pro chipset, excellent battery life and a bevy of ports that make connecting all of your peripherals and accessories much easier. Apple is overdue for a MacBook Pro refresh, though, but it's likely that those machines won't launch until early 2023.

16-inch MacBook Pro

The biggest of Apple's laptops, the 16-inch MacBook Pro, is cheaper than ever at $2,000 thanks to a $500 discount. That still-hefty price gets you an M1 Pro chipset, a 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. This model is essentially an enlarged version of the 14-inch Pro, sharing most of the same features with it. You're getting a Liquid Retina XDR display, a bunch of ports including an SD card slot, a fantastic keyboard and great battery life.

Get the latest Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers by following @EngadgetDeals on Twitter and subscribing to the Engadget Deals newsletter.

The best MacBook deals we found for Black Friday

You're not alone if you've waited until Black Friday to scope out deals on the latest MacBooks. Considering these are some of the best (and most expensive) laptops out there right now, plenty of people will be looking for the best MacBook deals over the holiday shopping period. We me be still one week out from Black Friday proper, but we're already seeing some solid deals on machines like the new MacBook Air M2, and even the high-powered 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros.

While you'll likely get the best deal by shopping at a retailer like Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama and others, Apple does have it's own holiday sales as well. However, you'll have to wait until Black Friday for those, plus they give you up to a $250 Apple gift card with purchase rather than a discounted price. If you know you'll use that gift card, that may be the best option for you. But if you'd rather the instant gratification of a couple hundred dollars off, we've collected the best MacBook deals here so you don't have to go searching for them.

MacBook Air M1

The 2020 MacBook Air with Apple's M1 chipset is at an all-time low right now — only $800 for the base model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. While, yes, the M2 chip in the latest model will give you a slight performance boost, the M1 processor is still quite powerful. It'll certainly be an upgrade for anyone coming from an older, Intel-powered MacBook. We gave the M1 Air a score of 94 when it first came out for its incredibly fast performance, excellent keyboard and trackpad, lovely Retina display and its lack of fan noise.

MacBook Air M2

The latest and greatest MacBook Air, the 2022 model with the M2 chipset, is $150 off and down to a record low of $1,050. This laptop looks and feels quite different from the 2020 version thanks to Apple redesigning the machine to have a uniformly thing frame all around (no more wedge) and its screen is slightly larger at 13.6-inches. We also appreciated its quad-speaker setup and its excellent performance overall, so much so that we called it Apple's "near-perfect" Mac.

13-inch MacBook Pro

Apple's most compact Pro laptop, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, is on sale for $1,149 right now, or 12 percent off its normal rate. It sits, somewhat confusingly, in the middle of the company's notebook lineup. While it has solid performance thanks to the M2 chipset, a long battery life and stellar build quality, it's hard for us to recommend outright. Most people would be better served by the M2 MacBook Air, or jumping up to the 14-inch MacBook Pro for even more power. But if you're set on the 13-inch size and want the efficiency provided by an internal fan (which the Air doesn't have), this MacBook Pro is your best bet.

14-inch MacBook Pro

The 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 Pro processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage is a whopping $400 off and down to a record low of $1,600. This machine has the most advanced features of any Apple laptop (aside from its larger, 16-inch sibling), including a Liquid Retina XDR display, remarkable performance using that Pro chipset, excellent battery life and a bevy of ports that make connecting all of your peripherals and accessories much easier. Apple is overdue for a MacBook Pro refresh, though, but it's likely that those machines won't launch until early 2023.

16-inch MacBook Pro

The biggest of Apple's laptops, the 16-inch MacBook Pro, is cheaper than ever at $2,000 thanks to a $500 discount. That still-hefty price gets you an M1 Pro chipset, a 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. This model is essentially an enlarged version of the 14-inch Pro, sharing most of the same features with it. You're getting a Liquid Retina XDR display, a bunch of ports including an SD card slot, a fantastic keyboard and great battery life.

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Apple’s M2 MacBook Air is $150 off and back to its all-time low

A quick PSA for anyone looking to pick up a new laptop ahead of the holidays: The base model of Apple's newest MacBook Air is back down to $1,049 at various retailers, including Amazon and B&H. That matches the best price we've seen for what is currently the top pick in our guide to the best laptops. The notebook has hit this price a couple of times over the last month or so, but the discount still comes in $150 below Apple's MSRP and roughly $85 off the average street price we've tracked online in recent months. 

We gave the new MacBook Air a review score of 96 earlier this year, praising its thin and typically well-crafted design, vibrant 13.6-inch display, lengthy battery life, reliable keyboard and trackpad, and fast performance aided by Apple's M2 system-on-a-chip. It's a good ways pricier than the M1-based Air even with this discount, and you'll have to get onboard with an iPhone-like display notch, but the extra cash gets you a sharper 1080p webcam (compared to a 720p unit before), much-improved speakers, slimmer display bezels and faster charging support with a dedicated MagSafe connector, alongside the slightly larger display. The M1 Air is still a fine laptop for everyday use if you're looking to spend less — it's currently available for $899 — but the M2 model is a clear upgrade.

The big caveat to note is specific to this entry-level configuration, which includes 8GB of memory and 256GB of SSD storage. On this model (as well as the base 13-inch MacBook Pro), Apple uses a single NAND chip to hold all 256GB of storage. Higher-capacity SKUs and even the M1 MacBook Air, meanwhile, are equipped with multiple flash storage chips they can use in parallel. This means the base version of the M2 Air is markedly slower in benchmarks when it comes to read and write speeds. If you're looking to do more involved tasks like high-res media editing, it's likely worth stepping up to 512GB version, which is currently $150 off its MSRP as well.

However, for streaming 4K video, web browsing across a bunch of Chrome tabs, word processing, email, lighter editing, and other more common tasks, the real-world differences with this configuration shouldn't be hugely noticeable. The bigger issue might be whether 256GB is enough space for you in the first place. If it is, this deal should still be a good value. 

In other Mac deals, the base 13-inch MacBook Pro is down to $1,149, which is within $50 of the lowest price we've seen. We have a harder time recommending that model over the M2 Air given its more dated design and similar storage limitations, but its battery lasts a little longer, and its built-in fan makes it a bit more performant for heavier tasks. If you can't afford to step up to the more powerful 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, it may be worth considering.

Get the latest Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers by following @EngadgetDeals on Twitter and subscribing to the Engadget Deals newsletter.

Apple’s M2 MacBook Air is $150 off and back to its all-time low

A quick PSA for anyone looking to pick up a new laptop ahead of the holidays: The base model of Apple's newest MacBook Air is back down to $1,049 at various retailers, including Amazon and B&H. That matches the best price we've seen for what is currently the top pick in our guide to the best laptops. The notebook has hit this price a couple of times over the last month or so, but the discount still comes in $150 below Apple's MSRP and roughly $85 off the average street price we've tracked online in recent months. 

We gave the new MacBook Air a review score of 96 earlier this year, praising its thin and typically well-crafted design, vibrant 13.6-inch display, lengthy battery life, reliable keyboard and trackpad, and fast performance aided by Apple's M2 system-on-a-chip. It's a good ways pricier than the M1-based Air even with this discount, and you'll have to get onboard with an iPhone-like display notch, but the extra cash gets you a sharper 1080p webcam (compared to a 720p unit before), much-improved speakers, slimmer display bezels and faster charging support with a dedicated MagSafe connector, alongside the slightly larger display. The M1 Air is still a fine laptop for everyday use if you're looking to spend less — it's currently available for $899 — but the M2 model is a clear upgrade.

The big caveat to note is specific to this entry-level configuration, which includes 8GB of memory and 256GB of SSD storage. On this model (as well as the base 13-inch MacBook Pro), Apple uses a single NAND chip to hold all 256GB of storage. Higher-capacity SKUs and even the M1 MacBook Air, meanwhile, are equipped with multiple flash storage chips they can use in parallel. This means the base version of the M2 Air is markedly slower in benchmarks when it comes to read and write speeds. If you're looking to do more involved tasks like high-res media editing, it's likely worth stepping up to 512GB version, which is currently $150 off its MSRP as well.

However, for streaming 4K video, web browsing across a bunch of Chrome tabs, word processing, email, lighter editing, and other more common tasks, the real-world differences with this configuration shouldn't be hugely noticeable. The bigger issue might be whether 256GB is enough space for you in the first place. If it is, this deal should still be a good value. 

In other Mac deals, the base 13-inch MacBook Pro is down to $1,149, which is within $50 of the lowest price we've seen. We have a harder time recommending that model over the M2 Air given its more dated design and similar storage limitations, but its battery lasts a little longer, and its built-in fan makes it a bit more performant for heavier tasks. If you can't afford to step up to the more powerful 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, it may be worth considering.

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