If you’ve been waiting to grab a brand-new laptop, Prime Day is a great time to save a few bucks. So far, Amazon has only confirmed that the yearly sale will happen in July, but we’re getting ready by tracking down discounts on Dell, Lenovo, Acer, and Alienware machines you can buy now. Since Apple just announced some new additions to its MacBook lineup, you could conceivably see discounts on older Mac models, too.
The Best Amazon Prime Day 2022 Laptop Deals
When you’re looking to buy a new laptop, there are a few things to consider. Most new machines start with 8GB to 16GB of RAM and at least a 256GB hard drive (SSD is generally preferred for a device that’s going to be bounced around a lot, but there are plenty of adequate HDD models still out there). Gamers will want a display with a good refresh rate (165Hz or higher), while getting a machine with a built-in Nvidia GeForce graphics card is a nice perk (even if GPU prices have dropped).
Take a look at our Prime Day 2022 deals page for more information on this major deal event, including our tips on saving more money on your purchases. If you want to check out more laptop offers, our best laptop deals roundup has a wide range of our top laptop discount picks from major retailers, including Dell and Walmart.
If you are not a Prime member yet, Amazon offers a 30-day free trial(Opens in a new window) for new users, but we recommend waiting for the official date to be announced before signing up.
Lenovo Flex 5 2-in-1 Ryzen 5
Two-in-one laptops include a touch screen and a 360-degree hinge, allowing them to straddle the line between laptop and tablet. The Lenovo Flex 5 makes it easy to watch and work, and its low-profile design and up to 12-hour battery life makes it an excellent travel companion. Whether you’re using the “tablet” mode and included pen to create your next masterpiece or flipping it into “stand” mode to watch your favorite shows and movies on your chosen streaming platform, the Lenovo Flex 5 can handle the task with ease and even manage some light multitasking if you’re mixing business with pleasure.
Gigabyte A5 K1 Ryzen 7 RTX 3060 or A5 X1 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
Gaming on a budget? Whichever Gigabyte A5 series laptop you decide to get, you won’t be disappointed. The first A5 K1 model features the eight-core AMD Ryzen 7 5000 series processor, a 6GB GDDR6 GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, 16GB of DDR4 RAM memory, and a 1TB solid state drive. Its 1080p IPS-panel display offers up to 240Hz support for smooth fluid movement on select games. The Ryzen 7 configuration should be capable of running most current-generation AAA titles like Fortnite, Call of Duty: Vanguard, and God of War easily.
If you want something faster and have the budget for it, we would recommend the A5 X1 model with the quick AMD Ryzen 9 8-core processor with an 8GB GDDR6 GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card. The Ryzen 9 model should perform well with higher-resolution textures and should be capable of running most current-generation AAA titles.
M1 Apple MacBook Air
Even though the M2 redesign from Apple will be available in late June, the retail price of the M2 MacBook Air starts at a hefty $1,199. The M1 8-core 13-inch MacBook Pro configuration offers 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state storage. It’s an Editors’ Choice award winner(Opens in a new window) and our analysts noted its solid M1 performance, high-quality materials, and great value. The MacBook Air is a solid travel companion considering its 18-hour battery life, thin 0.63-inch form factor, and 2.8-pound weight for easy mobility. We recommend changing the color if this is out of stock.
Lenovo Chromebook 3 Intel Celeron
Chromebooks are cheaper, more secure, and usually have better battery life than their laptop counterparts. The main difference between the two is that Chromebooks run on web-based Chrome OS and rely heavily on cloud services, which is a plus if you’re trying to access your work across different machines, whether you’re in the office or remote. While laptops may be more powerful and offer more programs, Chromebooks easily handle basic document editing and internet surfing. The Lenovo Chromebook 3 includes a Celeron N3450 CPU, which is suitable for daily tasks and moderate multitasking, 64GB of storage, and built-in antivirus software. Setup is as simple as logging in with your Google account, placing all the programs you need right at your fingertips. With 10 hours of battery life and a lightweight design (less than an inch thick and only 2.5 pounds), this device will be your go-to travel companion.