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The best laptop deals of May 2023: Chromebooks, MacBooks and more up to $700 off

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May heralds the oncoming summer — but who wants to get all hot and sweaty outside? Hunker down in the A/C with one of these instead. (Photo: Amazon)

Whether you're a hardcore gamer, a work-from-home parent, a student with too many classes or, you know, a sentient human living in the 21st century, everyone needs a laptop. Not to mention those people who have a laptop but need a new laptop. Or a second laptop. The point is: laptops!

There are tons of great deals on every possible make and model at any given moment. Let us point you toward some of this month's best, including this popular Samsung Chromebook for $129 — at over 40% off, it's less than the cost of a nice dinner — or a MacBook Air for only $800 (from $999). And how about 60% off a Lenovo IdeaPad 3? Let's go!

The best Chromebook deals of May 2023

This little worker bee of a laptop is ideal for those who are always on the go — and it's almost 50% off.
$139 at Amazon

This Samsung Chromebook 4 is a couple of years old, but it's still a great option (for a backup, a bedroom or a kitchen) if you don't need something with a ton of power. Chromebooks are ideal for browsing the web, hanging out on social media and handling a light workload, especially if you use Google's suite of tools (such as Sheets or Docs). We're hard-pressed to find a higher compliment than this shopper's: "Best computer I ever used."

This comes with Google Docs, Sheets and Slides pre-installed, plus access to more than 2 million Android apps from the Google Play store.
$157 at Amazon
Ideal for use in classrooms or anywhere something might be spilled or dropped.
$106 at Amazon
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 311 Convertible Laptop

    $219 $290
    Save $71

The best laptop deals of May 2023


Lenovo Ideapad 3 Laptop

$379$959Save $580
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 is one of Amazon's most popular laptops — and one of the most beloved among Yahoo readers, too.
$379 at Amazon

With 256GB of onboard storage, 8GB of RAM and Windows 11 pre-installed, this IdeaPad 3 is a true workhorse. It can handle major Excel spreadsheets and more work-intensive tasks than a Chromebook, which makes it perfect for a new home-office machine. And though hardcore gamers will want to look elsewhere (due to its lack of a dedicated GPU), you won't find a more dreamy marriage of performance and budget-friendliness than this.

One five-star reviewer said, "I needed a laptop to take the bar exam because I couldn’t download the exam software on my work laptop. I’d purchased a Microsoft Surface laptop in the past, and while they’re super sleek, light and the screen quality is great, twice I’ve had the laptops break down and malfunction. And those are, like, $1,000. This laptop is a bit heavy and the screen resolution isn’t the best, but it appears to be a reliable machine — and for the money, a total steal. I actually love the feeling of the keyboard and track pad. Great laptop."


Acer Aspire 5

$300$380Save $80
With 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, as well as built-in Amazon Alexa, this laptop is a great lightweight, everyday machine.
$300 at Amazon
  • HP 14 Series 14-inch Touchscreen Laptop

    $263 $290
    Save $27
  • HP Envy x360 Convertible 15-inch Laptop

    $580 $700
    Save $120

The best MacBook deals of May 2023

Lightweight, portable and powerful, this Air is over $100 off. Though it's an older machine, it still holds up against many modern Windows laptops.
$800 at Amazon

The 2020 MacBook Air is an impressive machine. Powered by Apple's M1 chip, it has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage — plenty of space to keep your photos and videos. It's got enough punch to edit videos on the go, plus an all-day battery that means you don't have to worry about running out of juice. At $799, this is the lowest price this laptop has ever been.

One user said this machine trumps anything Windows: "This is the best laptop I've ever owned, and I've owned about 20 or more. For most folks, this 2020 model will be more than enough: great battery life, excellent display, excellent Mac OS and UI, robust build quality, easy portability ... and I love the aluminum case. I own four Windows 11 laptops too, which are great laptops as well, but this Mac tops them."

The best gaming laptop deals of May 2023

This machine is beastly enough to run even the newest games with maxed-out settings — and it's more affordable than ever.
$1,700 at Amazon

Gaming laptops generally come in one of two camps: affordable but weak, or powerful and way over budget. This ROG Strix Scar 15 finds the sweet spot between the two. It packs a state-of-the-art RTX 3080 graphics card as well as 16GB of RAM and a 1TB solid-state drive to store your entire Steam library on — and it's $500 off. We never have, and likely never will, see this laptop at such a steal of a price.

"This can run any game you throw at it. Now, I will mention that the cooling could probably be better; this thing does tend to run a little hot. But I built a laptop table with fans in it for this thing to sit on, and it drastically helps the overheating issue, if you even want to call it that. That's me trying to find something to complain about, though," one five-star reviewer said. "This machine was built to last, and the fact that it has empty slots to add more RAM and extra storage? Pffft, no-brainer. Best ~$1,500 purchase I've ever made."

  • MSI Katana GF66 15.6" 144Hz FHD Gaming Laptop

    $1,069 $1,149
    Save $80

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.