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Amazon Prime Day brings some of the best deals on laptops on an annual basis. This year’s deal event was set back a bit due to supply chain issues related to the novel coronavirus pandemic. In recent years, Prime Day laptop deals have rivaled those on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and this year’s event looks like it will be no exception.
This year, however, there may be fewer laptop deals than usual, as CNN reports there has been a shortage of laptops produced in 2020 due to manufacturing delays and a sharp increase in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
So, we’ll all have to be that much more diligent in finding the very best laptop deals for Amazon Prime Day 2020. Several of the laptops below are limited in stock, and some models only have a single unit left at the time of writing.
Laptop deals should be available across brands, from Acer, Dell, Lenovo, Apple, and more. We’re anticipating at least some sweet deals on Windows laptops and Chromebooks alike — so prepare with us. If you don’t want to wait for more deals, you can snap up a MacBook Air for $150 less than usual right now, check out that deal below.
If you don’t have a Prime subscription yet, you can sign up below and get a 30-day free trial to shop Amazon Prime Day deals.
Apple MacBook Prime Day 2020 deals are available now
While a rare sight in the deal world, the 2020 MacBook Air is on sale again for Prime Day 2020 for the lowest price we’ve seen, thanks to a $150 discount. The newest MacBook Air has a new Intel processor, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and now the improved Magic Keyboard.
When is Amazon Prime Day 2020?
Amazon Prime Day 2020 will start on October 13 and will last through October 14. We’ll be hunting for laptop deals that go live on both days of the event, so come back often for the laptop sales you’re searching for.
Regardless, to enjoy these discounts, you will need an Amazon Prime subscription. A Prime subscription is available for $13 a month or $120 a year. Amazon Prime subscribers get access to a lot of perks, including free two-day shipping on many products, access to Amazon’s Prime video streaming service, and a lot more.
Those who haven’t yet subscribed can give the service a test drive with a free 30-day trial. If you haven’t signed up before, you’ll have to at least activate your free trial in order to take advantage of the deals on offer. Most Prime Day laptop deals have yet to start, but you can see the discounts we expect based on past sales below.
Windows laptop deals we expect to see on Prime Day 2020
The laptop market is largely dominated by devices running on Windows 10, the latest desktop and laptop operating system from Microsoft. Below, you’ll find some of the laptops that were on sale last year, which are more than likely to be discounted again. We’ll also share some laptops we’re most hopeful will receive a discount on Prime Day 2020.
Gaming laptop deals we expect to see on Prime Day 2020
Since both Microsoft and Sony are launching new game consoles this shopping season, we should count on gaming laptop makers to try and compete with those devices with appealing deals to draw potential customers away. This is especially likely due to the age of Nvidia RTX 20 Series mobile graphics bringing production prices down. Here are the gaming laptop deals we’re anticipating on Prime Day 2020:
Chromebook deals we expect to see on Prime Day 2020
The most reliably affordable laptops are Chromebooks running on Google’s Chrome OS, which is based around its Chrome web browser and online tools, such as Gmail and Google Docs. They even include the Google Play Store and are compatible with most Android apps. Here are the Chromebooks we’re anticipating to go on sale come Prime Day 2020:
How to shop for a laptop
There are many things to consider when buying a new laptop, since there are so many different kinds designed for different use cases. So, first, you should determine what it is you need from the laptop, whether that be web browsing, word processing, digital design, PC gaming, or any of the other myriad uses for a laptop.
Second, you should determine your price point, as that will ultimately dictate what you’re able to afford. Some combinations of laptop type and price point don’t really add up, such as an “affordable” gaming laptop – the cheapest gaming laptop we’ve seen was about $700. While all things are relative, $700 isn’t objectively “cheap” no matter how you slice it.
Finally, determine your must-have features. Should your laptop have an excellent webcam, or lots of graphics processing power, or the most comfortable keyboard possible? Narrowing down your most essential needs will help narrow your list of potential laptops.
Protip: make sure to double-check the laptop maker’s suggested price with the deal price – pay close attention to the hardware specifications – and also affirm your choices with editorial reviews rather than user reviews on Amazon or other retailers. They’re often cooked by the retailer or product maker to drive sales.
As a team of product experts who review and write about the best tech you can buy for a living, we humbly recommend that you search for a Business Insider review or guide for any product you’re looking at to see if we’ve had the chance to test it out personally. Here are the absolute best laptops we recommend in every category: