As laptop manufacturers begin to roll out their 2022 models, now is a good time to scoop up a model from last year at a discount. With Intel announcing new 12th-gen Core processors and AMD rolling out new Ryzen chips at CES in January, retailers are slashing prices on current models to make way for upcoming computers with the latest chips.
A pair of OLED laptops highlight this week’s deals. At the top, you’ll see the Asus VivoBook 15 OLED based on an Intel Core i5 CPU and 12GB of RAM. If you are looking to spend more for a do-it-all OLED laptop, the Dell XPS 15 OLED boasts a stellar design and a loaded configuration with a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics. In addition to the pair of OLED laptops on sale are other strong deals I found at Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg on laptops from Acer, Dell, Lenovo and LG.
Check out the options below, which are regularly updated as sales expire and new deals emerge.
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Dell’s entry-level Inspiron may have an uninspired plastic enclosure, but if you care more about performance and storage space than you do about a sleek design, then this model, currently on sale at Newegg, is worth checking out. It serves up a modern CPU and twice the RAM and four times the solid-state storage of nearly every other laptop at this price. It has an 11th-gen Core i3 chip along with 16GB of RAM and a huge 1TB SSD. You usually find 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD on offer in a budget laptop, so the 16GB of memory is a welcome surprise and the 1TB SSD is downright thrilling. Many budget laptops also feature lower-resolution displays, but this Inspiron 3000 model has a 15.6-inch display with a Full HD (1,920×1,080-pixel) resolution.
OLED for the masses! This midrange laptop from Asus boasts a 15.6-inch OLED display with a full HD resolution. Not only is it a step up from budget models that make you get by with a 720p screen, but it’s also got an OLED panel that delivers stellar contrast. It’s also thinner and lighter than any 15-inch budget model. Based on an 11th-gen Core i5 CPU and featuring 12GB of RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive, it features more memory and double the storage capacity than you’ll find with most budget laptops. It also has both Type-A and Type-C USB ports, saving you from having to carry around an adapter. It’s a good deal at its $800 list price and even better when it’s $80 off like it is right now.
Dell’s top-end Inspiron 7000 2-in1 convertible boasts an all-aluminum chassis that’s thinner, lighter and sturdier than the midrange Inspiron 5000, which features metal lids and keyboard decks but flimsy plastic bottom panels. This 14-inch model is discounted by $150 and supplies AMD’s powerful eight-core Ryzen 7 5700U CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The 14-inch touchscreen has full HD resolution and can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode.
This 13-inch ultraportable laptop boasts an all-metal enclosure, a rarity at this price where plastic lids or bottom panels are common. It also serves up an OLED display that delivers a dynamic image with deep blacks and bright whites. AMD’s powerful eight-core AMD Ryzen 7 5700U powers the display along with 8GB of RAM. I would have liked to have 16GB of RAM for speedier performance, but at least it provides a 512GB SSD rather than the 256GB capacity often found at this price.
Lenovo’s midrange two-in-one convertible laptop is based on 11th-gen Intel Core processors and boasts the Intel Evo badge and an all-metal body. This discounted model features a 15.6-inch full HD touchscreen powered by an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 12GB of RAM, Intel Iris Xe graphics and a 512GB SSD.
This 14-inch Acer laptop offers a well-rounded mix of components for the price inside a sturdy and sleek all-metal chassis. It features an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics and a roomy 1TB SSD. The 14-inch display supplies a Full HD resolution and touch support.
Lenovo’s latest premium two-in-one convertible delivers the Intel Evo platform inside a thin yet durable all-metal chassis. This discounted model features an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, Intel Iris Xe graphics and a 512GB SSD. A leather lid helps protect the 14-inch FHD touchscreen, which can be tapped, swiped and drawn on with the included active pen.
Most 17-inch laptops are gaming monsters. The LG Gram 17 is neither a gaming laptop nor a monster. It lacks dedicated graphics to drive 3D games but is only 0.7 inch thick and weighs less than 3 pounds, making this 17.3-inch desktop replacement roughly the same weight as your typical 13.3-inch ultraportable. The spacious 2,560×1,600-pixel display is powered by an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and integrated Intel Iris Plus graphics. You also get a roomy 1TB SSD for storage.
Dell’s 15-inch XPS OLED laptop isn’t necessarily geared toward gamers, but this configuration certainly can handle AAA titles with its 11th-gen Core i7-11800H CPU and GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics. You also get 16GB of RAM and a roomy 1TB SSD. The OLED touch display has a fine 3,456×2,160-pixel resolution in a 16:10 aspect ratio for more vertical space and less scrolling. It’s rated for a bright 400 nits and should offer stellar contrast. It’s $300 off right now at Best Buy.