Specs: Intel Core i7 CPU, GeForce GPU, 32 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD
The 15-inch XPS isn’t as svelte and portable as the 13-inch, but along with the larger, heavier form factor comes a discrete video card (Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650, 4GB) and 32-gigabytes of RAM. The 2020 XPS 15 impressed me (8/10, WIRED Recommends), but that was with the 4K screen. I have not tested the 1080p screen found in this deal. There’s also a cheaper version available with 8GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage for $1,349.
MacBook Pro 13-Inch for $1,300 ($200 off)
Specs: Apple’s new M1 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD
This brand-new MacBook Pro isn’t heavily discounted, but you can save a little money. It features Apple’s latest M1 chip, which is significantly more powerful than previous Intel-powered Macs.
Dell G5 15-inch for $850 ($200 off)
Specs: AMD Ryzen 7, Radeon RX 5600M GPU, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD
This bargain gaming rig pairs one of AMD’s fastest chips with the Radeon RX 5600 graphics card. Combine that with the 15-inch screen, which has a 144 Hz refresh rate, and you should be good to go with even the most graphically-demanding games. Dell also has the same machine, but with an Intel chip and Nvidia graphics on sale for $900 ($140 off).
Asus Chromebook Flip C434 for $479 ($91 off)
Specs: Intel Core M3 CPU, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB SSD
This is our favorite Chromebook. It strikes a good balance between price, power, and features. The 2-in-1 design allows for a tablet mode when you’re watching movies (or using Android apps), but you can simply stick to the traditional laptop mode too. The screen is sharp compared with other Chromebooks, and the battery lasts all day.
HP Envy 13T 13-inch for $600 ($200 off)
Specs: Intel Core i5 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD
The 13-inch Envy, paired in this config with an 11th-generation Intel i5 processor and 8 gigabytes of RAM, is one of WIRED laptop reviewer Scott Gilbertson’s favorite mid-range laptops. It’s a no-frills machine, but it will handle typical tasks like browsing the web, editing documents, and even editing photos.
★ Luxury Chromebook—Samsung 13-Inch Galaxy Chromebook for $799 ($200 off)