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If you buy one thing today, make it this Lenovo laptop for $412 — it's nearly 60% off

What is it?

Lenovo is synonymous with great laptops, whether you're looking for something that can handle a beefy Excel spreadsheet or you want to play the latest and greatest video game. Right now, the 2022 IdeaPad 3, a true workhorse, is on sale for just $412 — that's nearly 60% off. I've recommended this deal to everyone I know, including my own mother. These are going fast, though (almost as fast as that 4.1GHz processor boost), so if you want one (and, trust us, you do), you'd better move now.

With its 8GB of RAM, you can actually make use of the multiple Chrome tabs you always have open. The 265GB SSD will store plenty of photos, documents and videos, and the 15-inch screen makes it easy to work (or play) in multiple windows at once.

$412 at Amazon

Why is this a good deal?

This beast of a laptop is a Yahoo reader favorite, and at nearly 60% off it's also a no-brainer. Don't miss this epic sale.

Why do I need this?

The 3.0GHz Intel Core i3 processor means the IdeaPad 3 can pull a lot of power when it needs it, especially for more work-intensive projects like a large Excel spreadsheet. It can also be boosted up to 4.1GHz, which puts it on par with a number of gaming machines. The 8GB of RAM lets you take full advantage of resource-hungry applications like Google Suite while also maintaining a solid level of speed and performance for day-to-day tasks.

Here's an example: When you have multiple programs running at once — like Microsoft Word, Outlook, Slack and Spotify (because who doesn't listen to music while they work?) — your computer is under strain. Each task requires a certain amount of power. The faster your processor and the more RAM you have, the better your computer will operate, even under strain.

This isn't a gaming PC, but it is game. It lacks a powerful GPU, and the battery life isn't designed to sustain intensive processes, but it will let you play lighter games just fine. It can probably even stand up to a bit of Counter-Strike: GO or Factorio, but you might run into trouble with something that needs more graphical power, like Cyberpunk 2077. But if you want to use it to play Solitaire on your break? You're golden.

One problem presented by a lot of modern laptops is a lack of accessory ports, but not this Lenovo. It not only has two high-speed USB 3.2 ports but also a standard USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, an SD card reader and even a 3.5mm audio jack (something you won't find on a much more expensive MacBook). Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality are also built-in, so you don't need a separate adapter for those.

This means you'll be able to plug in a keyboard and/or mouse if you want, or use an external monitor to extend your screen. Of course, the 3.5mm jack means you can use traditional, wired headphones instead of relying on Bluetooth.

Lenovo IdeaPad
Work from home or play a few video games on this powerful IdeaPad (or do both at the same time — we won't tell). (Amazon)

What reviewers say

"Easy to set up, processes fast with good battery life, and nice-looking. All positives so far and no negatives," one shopper shared.

"I really like it. I use it for online teaching. It is great [and] the HDMI access is easy," said one educator.

"Bought this for my son to use for his academics, and it is a solid machine. No hang-ups, quite fast, smooth action, crystal-clear screen resolution ... this machine is good!" reported a parent. "I will be ordering this for the people in my office for field and desk use ... we've struck gold with this machine!"

"Perfect laptop!" one customer proclaimed. "My husband got me this laptop for my birthday, and I absolutely love it. I had an HP laptop before this, and the battery life sucked, but with this laptop my battery lasts for hours without needing to be charged, and I’m always so happy about it." They go on to talk about the great privacy features. "This laptop provides a slider where you can literally hide your camera lens. I would 10/10 recommend this laptop to anyone."

"The only thing I don't like about this computer is that it is installed in S Mode which requires you to create a Microsoft Account to opt out. But overall this is a great notebook for the price. Nice and compact," said one user.

For more great options, check out the best laptops of 2023.

Double your productivity with a large touchscreen display and 8GB of RAM so you can quickly select and navigate among multiple programs.

$412 at Amazon

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

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