As laptop manufacturers begin to roll out their 2022 models, now is a good time to scoop up a model from last year at a discount. Withand at CES in January, retailers are slashing prices on current models to make way for upcoming computers with the latest chips.
A number of OLED laptops highlight this week’s deals. An OLED display offers stellar contrast with deep blacks along with beautifully saturated colors. They can also result in longer laptop battery life and thinner designs. On the low end of the price scale are the HP Envy x360 13 and Asus VivoBook 15 OLED — both are priced at less than $800 with their current discounts. On the high end, check the pricier HP Spectre x360 14 and Dell XPS 15 OLED — both are heavyweight configurations and lightweight, thin designs. I’ve also included other strong deals I found at Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg.
Check out the options below, which are regularly updated as sales expire and new deals emerge.
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Dell’s entry-level Inspiron may have an uninspired plastic enclosure, but if you care more about performance and storage space than you do about a sleek design, then this model is worth checking out. It serves up a modern CPU and twice the RAM and four times the solid-state storage of nearly every other laptop at this price. It has an 11th-gen Core i3 chip along with 16GB of RAM and a huge 1TB solid-state drive. You usually find 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD on offer in a budget laptop, so the 16GB of memory is a welcome surprise and the 1TB SSD is downright thrilling. Many budget laptops also feature lower-resolution displays, but this Inspiron 3000 model has a 15.6-inch display with a 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution.
HP’s premium thin-and-light, two-in-one convertible laptop boasts a compact, all-metal design and this model features an OLED touch display. Powering the 13.5-inch, 1,920×1,080-pixel OLED panel is an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics and a 512GB SSD. It also includes Thunderbolt 4 support and a wide-angle webcam. Getting an OLED for this price is a boon, but we still wish the system had 16GB of RAM instead of only 8GB, which would turn this machine into an everyday workhorse laptop.
OLED for the masses! This midrange laptop from Asus boasts a 15.6-inch OLED display with 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution. Not only is it a step up from budget models that make you get by with a 720p screen, but it’s also got an OLED panel that delivers stellar contrast. It’s also thinner and lighter than any 15-inch budget model. Based on an 11th-gen Core i5 CPU and featuring 12GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, it features more memory and double the storage capacity than you’ll find with most budget laptops. It also has both Type-A and Type-C USB ports, saving you from having to carry around an adapter. It’s a good deal near its $800 list price but even better when it’s $80 off, as it was last week. This is one to keep an eye on if you’re looking for an OLED laptop on the cheap and pounce on the next price dip.
This 13-inch ultraportable laptop boasts an all-metal enclosure, a rarity at this price where plastic lids or bottom panels are common. It also serves up an OLED display that delivers a dynamic image with deep blacks and bright whites. AMD’s powerful eight-core AMD Ryzen 7 5700U powers the display along with 8GB of RAM. I would have liked to have 16GB of RAM for speedier performance, but at least it provides a 512GB SSD rather than the 256GB capacity often found at this price.
Most 17-inch laptops are gaming monsters. The LG Gram 17 is neither a gaming laptop nor a monster. It lacks dedicated graphics to drive 3D games but is only 0.7 inch thick and weighs less than 3 pounds, making this 17.3-inch desktop replacement roughly the same weight as your typical 13.3-inch ultraportable. The spacious 2,560×1,600-pixel display is powered by an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and integrated Intel Iris Plus graphics. You also get a roomy 1TB SSD for storage.
The Spectre x360 14 is one of CNET’s favorite two-in-one convertibles for its premium styling, light weight and long battery life. This model features an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a roomy 1TB SSD with 32GB of speedy Optane memory. In addition to Intel Evo goodness, the 13.5-inch display is the standout here. It’s an OLED touchscreen with what HP calls a 3K2K resolution — that is, 3,000×2,000 pixels. The display also has a tall 3:2 aspect ratio, providing more vertical space than wider screens for less scrolling through web pages and documents.
Dell’s 15-inch XPS OLED laptop isn’t necessarily geared toward gamers, but this configuration certainly can handle AAA titles with its 11th-gen Core i7-11800H CPU and GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics. You also get 16GB of RAM and a roomy 1TB SSD. The OLED touchscreen has a fine 3,456×2,160-pixel resolution in a 16:10 aspect ratio for more vertical space and less scrolling. It’s rated for a bright 400 nits and should offer stellar contrast. It’s $300 off right now at Best Buy.