The best laptop deals for August 2023: Apple, ASUS, Alienware, HP, and more

With back-to-school laptop sales in full swing, now is a great time to upgrade your laptop.
By Haley Henschel  on 
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UPDATE: Aug. 18, 2023, 12:00 p.m. EDT This story has been updated with the latest laptop deals, pricing, and availability.

Featured picks:

Best laptop deal under $300
the ASUS Vivobook 14 X412

Best laptop deal under $600
the HP Pavilion Aero Laptop 13z-be200

Best laptop deal under $900
Apple MacBook Air, 13-inch (Apple M1, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)
$749.99 at Amazon and Best Buy (save $249.01)
the m1 macbook air

Best laptop deal under $1,200
the 13-inch m2 macbook air

The only thing better than a great laptop is a great laptop that fits your budget — and the back-to-school season from late July to mid-August is a fantastic time to find one on sale. To help Mashable readers find their next computer, we're compiling a running list of the best laptop deals across major retailers right here every week. From the latest Apple MacBooks to cheap Chromebooks for homework, versatile 2-in-1s for streaming and drawing, and premium gaming machines with a ton of horsepower, this week's deals are better than usual.

Read on for our top picks as of Aug. 18 (categorized by price).

Best laptop deals under $300

Our pick: ASUS Vivobook 14 X412
$299 in the ASUS Store (save $100)

Why we like it

This 14-inch ASUS laptop has a sleek NanoEdge display, a backlit keyboard, an AMD Ryzen 3 processor with 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. It's not a super impressive spec sheet, but it's very solid within the context of its current sale price of $299 and worthwhile for everyday multitasking. (Most cheap, entry-level PCs under $300 have pokey Intel Core N Series CPUs, 4GB of RAM, and sluggish eMMC flash storage that caps out at 128GB.)

More laptop deals under $300

Best laptop deals under $600

Why we like it

Coming in at just under 2.2 pounds, HP's 13-inch Pavilion Aero is an ultra-portable pick for school or travel. This particular configuration packs a 2023 AMD Ryzen 5 processor with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and it's currently 46% off during the brand's Last Chance Back to School Sale. (That the second-highest laptop discount featured in the event.)

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Best laptop deals under $900

Our pick: Apple MacBook Air, 13-inch (M1)
$749.99 at Amazon and Best Buy (save $249.01)

Why we like it

This is the famous 13-inch MacBook Air with an M1 chip, an award-winning laptop. It has a sleek fanless design and an 18-hour battery life, which nabbed a Mashable's Choice Award upon release in late 2020. This laptop is so impressive that we're still recommending it three years later. The 256GB base configuration's current price of $749.99 (available at Amazon and Best Buy) is a lingering Prime Day discount and the cheapest it's ever been. You won't find a better MacBook deal anywhere.

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Laptop deals under $1,200

Why we like it

The M2-powered Apple MacBook Air from late 2022 offers a "[rock]-solid battery life, a larger 13.6-inch display than previous models, a keyboard that’s to die for, and enough horsepower to handle everyday tasks with ease," writes tech and games reporter Alex Perry. (It's our favorite MacBook on the market and also a Mashable's Choice Award-winner, for the record.) Best Buy's current $949 deal for the 256GB base configuration is a match of a record-low price on Amazon (where it's been sold out since late July). You can find more ultrabooks on sale below.

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Laptop deals over $1,200

Our pick: Dell Alienware m16
$1,599.99 on (save $400)

Why we like it

With a 13th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 graphics, 16GB of RAM, and a terabyte of storage, this new Alienware m16 is more than capable of handling heavy games like Baldur's Gate 3 and Diablo IV. It's now on sale for $1,599.99 during Dell's Back to School event, which is a $200 price drop since last week. For more gaming deals, you can also check out our guide to the best cheap gaming laptops.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are several times throughout the year when we see extra-low prices on laptops:

  • Around Amazon Prime Day (which happened on July 11 and 12 this year; another Prime event is scheduled for October)

  • During back-to-school sales in July and August

  • When retailers' Black Friday and holiday deals are in full swing from October to December

  • Whenever manufacturers announce next-generation models

Best Buy tends to be the best major retailer for laptop deals, followed by Amazon and Walmart. That said, all three sell a lot of discontinued models and often inflate original list prices, making their deals look better than they actually are. As such, we always cross-check model numbers and prices with manufacturers' direct websites. Most of them are usually running sales of their own, too.

During special sales events such as back-to-school or Labor Day, you can also find discounts by shopping directly with laptop manufacturers. Specifically, we recommend checking HP, LG, and Lenovo.

We're partial to Acer, Apple, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG, Microsoft, MSI, Razer, and Samsung: They're reputable brands that typically tick most (or all) of the right boxes when it comes to innovative features, durable build quality, and overall value.

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Haley Henschel

Haley is a Mashable shopping reporter based in Chicago. Before joining the team, she covered politics for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, wrote about exotic pet ownership for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, and blogged for several Jersey Shore stars. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games and hanging out with her parrot (Melon) and dog (Pierogi). You can follow her on Twitter at @haleyhenschel or reach her via email at [email protected].

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