If anyone knows January is the hottest time for laptop deals it’s us, but this year Best Buy got the memo. There’s a three-day special sale going on as we speak, which includes some pretty awesome deals you should take advantage of. Unfortunately, those flash sales can bombard you with everything from 2-in-1 deals to gaming laptop deals and everything in between. Instead of letting you wade through all the offers on your own, we decided to help you and select the products you really should be looking at. In the end we came to a list of seven worthy contenders:
- ASUS E410 – $150, was $250
- HP 2-in-1 Touch Screen Chromebook – $279, up from $419
- HP Laptop 15 – $380, was $500
- Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 – $801, was $1,300
- Microsoft Surface Pro 8 – $900, was $1,350
- MacBook Pro 13-inch (2022) – $1,149, was $1,300
- ASUS TUF Dash Gaming Laptop – $1,200, was $1,500
ASUS E410 – $150, was $250
Let’s start with the incredibly affordable ASUS E410. With a 14-inch screen, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage, you get a lot more than you expected for the price where you’d typically expect smaller, slower, and chunkier devices. In reality, this can be used for casual gaming, especially with its nice 14-inch screen and a month of Xbox Game Pass after purchase. While the resolution is a somewhat unusual 1360 x 768, the most interesting part of the ASUS E410 is actually its trackpad, which can also be used as a numpad calculator. If you’re looking for a bit more power but like the 14-inch screen, we recommend searching our library of 14-inch laptops to find the perfect model for you.
HP 2-in-1 Touch Screen Chromebook – $279, up from $419
Of the two HP laptop offerings we’d like to highlight, the HP 2-in-1 touchscreen Chromebook behaves more like an all-encompassing, versatile entertainment platform than a pure laptop. It has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and runs Chrome OS, so you know it’s going to work as a serviceable laptop. But what really makes the HP touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook shine is when you use it purely as an entertainment device. The two sound strips on the side of B&O can give you that wonderful stereo feeling even from a laptop. Then when you want to turn around and be the entertainer, the included HD webcam and dual microphones come in super handy.
HP Laptop 15 – $380, was $500
The other HP laptop we have for you today is a more traditional laptop and has a much larger screen. It also has what our laptop buying guide calls the “sweet spot” for RAM, 8GB, and this trend continues throughout the product. For example, it is equipped with an 11th generation Intel Core i3 processor, UHD graphics and 256 GB of internal SSD storage. Depending on how you use it, you can use between 9 and 11 hours on a single charge. It’s exactly what you expect from a laptop. The only thing not to expect is how cheap it is at this sweet retail price.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 – $801, was $1,300
While everyone is busy praising the Microsoft Surface Pro lineup, we wanted to take a step back and praise some Microsoft Surface Laptop offerings as well. Where Microsoft Surface Pro laptops are going transformers The standard Surface Pro gives you ironclad stability and premium hardware in its 2-in-1 presentation. For example, this Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 gives you an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, a really cool 2256 x 1504 PixelSense screen, 512GB of SSD storage, and all-day battery life. It’s just a super solid machine with a standard – and very sturdy – chassis, all of which comes to you at a great price.
Microsoft Surface Pro 8 – $900, was $1,350
Now we come to the Microsoft Surface Pro offerings, with the Surface Pro 8 taking the cake. It has the 2-in-1 sensibility that makes it a premium laptop and Tablet, two places where its slightly newer brother (the Microsoft Surface Pro 9) sits as king. When used as a tablet, it just feels superior with a 120Hz refresh rate on a 13.5-inch touchscreen and super-fast Wi-Fi 6 download speeds. If you sit back and relax, you can even enjoy the Surface Pro 8’s Dolby Atmos sound. If you then use it as a laptop, you’ll enjoy 8GB of RAM, an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 processor and 256GB of SSD storage. But what really makes everything click is the Thunderbolt connection, which makes it almost like an impromptu desktop!
MacBook Pro 13-inch (2022) – $1,149, was $1,300
It’s easy to forget that you can find MacBook deals in places that aren’t Apple, but don’t worry because Best Buy won’t let you down. You’ve got the latest MacBook Pro right here for you, and it’s got a cool design! You probably want the MacBook Pro for its Apple integration, or the Apple M2 chip, or maybe even the 8GB of memory or 256GB of SSD storage it will offer. And let’s face it, the 20-hour battery life is a big plus too. However, if you’re a long-time fan of the Apple ecosystem, the biggest draw will always be that it’s the latest Apple MacBook, and that inherently makes it worth checking out for you. So look. If you’re looking to upgrade, this is the time to do it.
ASUS TUF Dash Gaming Laptop – $1,200, was $1,500
Last but not least, we have the ASUS TUF Dash, a laptop that can be sold in a single set. RTX 3070. Some grammarians will deduct points for this, but those interested in gaming laptops will surely let it slide. In addition to the RTX 3070, the ASUS TUF Dash comes with 16GB of memory and 512GB of storage, allowing you to run and store all your favorite games on the same laptop. But how do games look on it? Pretty great, with a large 15.6-inch screen and a fast 144Hz refresh rate. It also uses Adaptive-Sync to keep lag and stuttering to a minimum. ASUS also boasts “Military Grade Toughness” for the TUF Dash, saying it’s able to “withstand the accidental bumps and bumps of everyday life.” Translation: This device is ready to handle your next temper tantrum.