Cyber Monday laptop deals 2021: what to expect

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Cyber Monday laptop deals 2021: what to expect

This year’s Cyber Monday laptop deals will definitely be worth waiting for if you’re looking for that perfect price cut on your next machine. These sales, alongside those during Black Friday, offer some of the lowest prices (if not the lowest) on laptops of all specs and budgets. 

Once things kick off, we’ll be rounding up the very best Cyber Monday laptop deals right here on this page, so bookmark it ahead of the event. In the meantime, we’ll be sharing everything we’ve learned from covering previous Cyber Monday events. We’re here to let you know when deals will start to crop up, which retailers you’ll want to watch and how to find the best machine for your needs.

And, for good measure, we’ve also preserved a number of last year’s best Cyber Monday laptop deals to check out at the bottom of the page. These include deals from top retailers in both the US and UK. Check them out to gauge what to expect come this November. 

Of course, we’re keeping an eye out for plenty of new releases on sale this year, including new MacBooks, the new Dell XPS 13 and plenty of cheap Chromebooks. Don’t expect to see prices any lower than what we see during this years sale.

When will the best Cyber Monday laptop deals start in 2021?

Cyber Monday falls on Monday, 29 November this year, but we’ll see good deals well before that date. 

Cyber Monday laptop deals tend to be the final blow-out sale in a string of sales starting at the beginning of Thanksgiving week. Generally speaking, prices will start to fall as early as late October / early November, although we expect the best deals to be concentrated around the week prior to Cyber Monday and Black Friday – with potential flash sales and one-day-only deals.

This is our anecdotal observation from covering last year’s event, but it’s also backed up by a 2020 holiday season report from Adobe Analytics. In short, Adobe reported that laptops, as a category, had sharp price cuts averaging 30% beginning the week prior to Cyber Monday (Nov 22nd). If things follow that trend again this year, then that’s those are the dates you’ll want to be on your toes for. It is worth noting, however, that last year may have been somewhat of an outlier thanks to the pandemic.

In practical terms, this could mean that a laptop you’ve had your eye on will receive a price cut well before Cyber Monday, but then an additional sales price on the big day itself. In some cases, a laptop may be reduced on Black Friday then retain its sales price throughout the weekend and into Cyber Monday – both are fairly common occurrences. 

Where will the best Cyber Monday laptop deals be?

We’ll be updating this page with all the best Cyber Monday deals as soon as they land, so definitely don’t hesitate to bookmark this page and revisit closer to the date itself. In the meantime, however, if you’d like a quick list of which retailers will offer the best deals here’s a quick list of the ones we’re expecting to be the top destinations. If you’re really interested in getting the best deal possible then it’s a great idea to browse ahead of time, find some machines you’re interested in, and then jot down their pre-sale prices to help for yourselves whether its Cyber Monday price is really worth it.

Top US retailers
Amazon:
great for cheap Chromebooks and gaming laptops
Best Buy: cheap to mid-range laptops from HP, Lenovo, and more
Dell: basic Inspiron laptops, plus great sales on XPS 13 ultrabooks
HP: cheap HP Pavilion machines, plus excellent Spectre ultrabooks
Lenovo: business and gaming laptops from $500
Walmart: laptop deals often starting at around $199

Top UK retailers
Amazon
often the cheapest laptops in the UK
Argos: home delivery or pick up a cheap laptop locally today
Currysfree delivery, plus a wide selection of laptops
Dell: get a great laptop deal direct from Dell
John Lewisextended warranties on premium laptops

What specs should I look for when buying a laptop on Cyber Monday?

Laptops in 2021 have shiny exteriors that attract a lot of attention, built with beautiful aluminum and magnesium alloys, high-resolution displays, and trackpads that are way bigger than they really need to be. But, it’s what’s inside that counts.  

When you’re browsing through all the Cyber Monday laptop deals, you should be aware that a lot of laptop manufacturers and retailers are trying to get rid of old stock. You’ll see a laptop deal that cuts a huge chunk off the original price, only to find that it has a processor that’s three years old. That’s not necessarily a dealbreaker – even with an Intel Core i7-8500U, you should be able to get some work done.

Either way,  just keep in mind the current generations of laptop hardware. On most laptops, the latest Intel processors are 11th gen Intel Core chips, while AMD processors are 5th generation Ryzen chips. It’s worth checking to see whether the processor in the machine you’re looking at has either an 11 or 5 in the model name (such as an Intel Core i5-11300H, or AMD Ryzen 5-5600H). Slightly older chips like the 10th gen Intel Core processors or AMD Ryzen 4-series will still very much get the job done – although you’ll definitely want to get something up to date if you can. We wouldn’t go any older than these chips unless the sales price is really significant.

For gaming laptops, you’ll want to try and aim to score a machine with the latest appropriate graphics card for your uses too. Most machines feature Nvidia GPUs, with the latest being the RTX 3000 series of cards. If you’re on a budget you’ll want to aim for the RTX 3050 or RTX 3050 Ti, although a GTX 1650 or GTX 1660 Ti will still handle games at modest 1080p settings. If you’re looking for more performance then definitely consider an RTX 3060 and upwards. We wouldn’t go for an RTX 2060 or older unless it’s a really, really significant saving. For more specific information, please head on over to our main Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals guide. 

Finally, a lot of Cyber Monday laptop deals will try to sell you a laptop without enough RAM. As a general rule of thumb, you should shoot for at least 8GB of RAM on a Windows laptop, and 16GB if you plan on doing any heavy work on it. If you’re buying one of the best Chromebooks, you can get away with 4GB, but even there 8GB is definitely a boon. 

And, if this is too much to take in, just keep this page bookmarked. We’ll browse through the Cyber Monday laptop deals that pop up, and we’ll update this page with the best of the best.  We use all kinds of different laptops every day, so you can trust that you’ll get a laptop that’s worth your time and money. 

Of course, we’re still a way off from this year’s Cyber Monday laptop deals. If you’re heading back to school then you definitely won’t want to wait around until November to get yourself a new machine. There’s bound to be something worth picking up in this week’s best Amazon deals as well.

Just below is a quick roundup of today’s best prices on a range of selections from our best laptop guide. We’d recommend heading on over to that page to check out our latest favorites, plus a detailed review on each machine including a full specs and price breakdown. Whether you’re looking for an ultrabook, on a budget, or simply researching ahead of Cyber Monday then that’s a great page to check out.

One of the best ways to gauge what to expect with this year’s Cyber Monday laptop deals is to check out what was on sale over the last event. We’ve preserved just a few of the top deals just down below so you can get a feel of what sort of things go on sale.

Last year’s event saw the lowest prices yet on the new MacBook Air M1, as well as some awesome mid-range choices from HP. Walmart and Best Buy both had stellar cheap Chromebook options, and we saw some particularly good cheap gaming laptop deals from Dell.  

Cyber Monday laptop deals under $500

Lenovo Chromebook 3 11.6-inch laptop: $199 at Best Buy
You’ll also find the Lenovo Chromebook 3 available for $199 at Best Buy right now. You’re getting 4GB RAM / 32GB storage under the hood, and picking up an Intel Celeron N4020 dual-core processor here as well.

HP Chromebook 14: $269.99 $199.99 at HP Direct
Save $70 –
This is a brilliant Chromebook for students thanks to its large 14-inch display, decent specs and low price. Its speakers are tuned by B&O sound specialist and its 47WHr battery will last ages.

Acer Chromebook 314: $299 $269 at Walmart
Save $30 –
this is a great Chromebook for browsing and working on, with a 14-inch screen, 4GB RAM and 32GB storage. That’s a little on the light side, so you may need to use Google Drive storage to save docs. The 12.5 hour battery life is superb, though.

HP Chromebook 14 x360: $399 $269 at Best Buy
If you’re after a cheap Chromebook that can double as an Android tablet, then the HP Chromebook x360 should be at the top of your list. It has a fast processor (for a Chromebook) and a sleek chassis. And, for Cyber Monday it can be yours for just $269. 

Samsung Chromebook 4+: $299 at Best Buy
If you want a Chromebook with a difference, then check out the Chromebook 4+ which has a large 15.6-inch full HD display that provides a viewing surface area almost twice as big as some of its much smaller rivals and a comfortable keyboard.

HP 14t 14-inch laptop: $459.99 $359.99 at HP
Save $100 –
This 14-inch HP laptop is sporting 8GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 10th generation i3 processor. That’s a fine spec sheet for a sub-$500 laptop ready for working from home.

HP 17z 17.3-inch laptop: $659.99 $439.99 at HP
Save $220 –
HP’s latest laptop deals are offering up a massive display for a great display in this HP 17z. That’s a full 17.3-inch screen – perfect for streaming and multi-tasking. Inside, you’ll find a Ryzen 5 processor, 12GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and Radeon Vega 8 graphics as well, and the price of this deal has dropped further!

Gateway 14.1-inch Ultra Slim: $699 $479 at Walmart
Save $230 – Gateway is back, with some super-budget-friendly laptops. Right now, you can get this laptop with an Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for just $449. Now, we don’t know about you, but that’s what we’d call a bargain.

HP Pavilion 15.6-inch: $699.99 $449.99 at Best Buy
Save $250 –
If you’re looking for a gaming laptop for less than $500, one of your best bets is this HP Pavilion 15.6-inch FHD gaming laptop over at Best Buy. For just $450, you’ll get a third-gen AMD Ryzen 5 4600H CPU, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with 4GB of dedicated VRAM, 8GB RAM (expandable to 32GB), and 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD.

Cyber Monday laptop deals over $500

HP Envy Convertible Laptop: $799 $579.99 at HP
Save $220
– Get this powerful HP Envy Convertible laptop with an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U CPU with AMD Radeon graphics, 16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, and 15.6-inch full HD touchscreen display. Want some different specs? Save $250 regardless of the configuration – while this deal lasts. 

Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i3, 128GB, 4GB RAM, Type Cover: $959 $599 at Best Buy
Save $350 –
If you want the absolute cheapest Surface Pro 7 Cyber Monday deal, then this is it. For just under $600, you get this great little tablet. It’s not the most powerful, but the Type Cover is included for free, turning it into a great little laptop.

Samsung Galaxy Book 13.3-inch Flex 2-in-1 laptop: $849.99 $649.99 at Best Buy
Save $200 –
This impressive touchscreen laptop comes with a 10th gen Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of PCI-e SSD storage, making it a fantastic work machine for students or professionals alike.

HP Envy x360: $999 $799 at Best Buy
The HP Envy x360 is one of the laptops we recommend to friends and colleagues the most. As HP’s mid-to-high-end product line, you’re getting both solid aesthetics and performance, along with a steady supply of features. And at just $799 with a Core i7 processor and 12GB of RAM,  you can’t go wrong here. 

Asus Zephyrus G14, 14-inch: $1,099.99 $899.99 at BestBuy
Save $200 –
Among our top-rated gaming laptops, the Zephyrus G14 combines power, portability, and the best battery life we’ve seen on a gaming laptop. This configuration comes with an AMD Ryzen 7, GTX 1650, 8GB memory, and 512GB SSD. Best yet, it’s $200 off, making its price tag drop well below $1000.

Lenovo Legion 5 Gaming Laptop, 15-inch: $1,099.99 $899.99 at Best Buy
Save $200 –
With a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 chip, GTX 1660 Ti graphics, and 8GB memory, this Lenovo gaming laptop will see you through your 1080p and 1440p gaming needs. It comes with a 512GB SSD storage so you should have enough to save those current games you’re playing in. The extras? How does being VR-ready and having Harman/Kardon speakers sound?

Dell G5 15 Gaming Laptop: $1,039.99 $899.99 at Dell
Save $140 –
The Dell G5 15-inch gaming laptop has dropped well below $1000 for its 10th-gen i5, GTX 1660 Ti, and 8GB memory configuration. It’s a powerful mid-range gaming laptop that will see you through all your 1440p gaming needs.

Apple MacBook Air (M1): $999 $899 at Adorama
You rarely find brand new Apple products on sale so soon after being released, but right now for Cyber Monday you can save $100 off the new Apple MacBook Air with M1 chip – while it lasts.

Microsoft Surface 3 13.5-inch laptop: $1,299.99 $999.99 at Best Buy
Save $300
Surface laptops have a fantastic reputation and for good reason. This latest generation is two times faster than the previous Microsoft Surface 2 and comes in a stylish ‘Sandstone’ chassis.

ASUS ZenBook 14: $899.99 $749.99 at Newegg
Save $150 –
If you’re tired of the same black or silver chassis on a laptop and want something different, this Utopia Blue shade on an Asus ZenBook 14 might be what you’re looking for. It’s powerful too, for a PC this light and thin and affordable, rocking a 10th-gen i7, NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8 GB RAM, and 512 GB PCIe SSD.

Cyber Monday laptop deals over $1,000

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020): $1,299.99 $1,199.99 at B&H Photo
B&H Photo is also offering the new MacBook Pro with M1 chip for $100 off if you don’t want to go with Amazon. Like with Amazon, this deal applies to both the 256GB and 512GB models, so you don’t have to compromise and still save some money. Normally not a saving worth talking about – but this is a hyper-new (and excellent) laptop.

HP Spectre x360 13: $1,699 $1,399 at Best Buy
The HP Spectre x360 is hands down one of our favorite laptops of all time. It’s sleek, fast, and makes for one of the best Windows Tablets when flipped. The best part is that you’re getting a brand new one with an Intel 11th-gen processor for just $1,399 on Cyber Monday. 

Gigabyte Aorus 15G: $2,199 $1,469 at Newegg
When we reviewed the Gigabyte Aorus 15G, we were blown away by how much this desktop replacement shoved in this laptop at its reasonable price. And, for Cyber Monday, you can get this RTX 2070-equipped laptop for just $1,469. 

Meanwhile, in the UK, last year’s Cyber Monday laptop deals had great choices for all budgets. Currys and Amazon in particular were great destinations if you were looking for something a little on the cheaper end last year with great options for Asus and Lenovo Chromebooks. In the mid-range, we saw some fantastic Asus Zenbook and HP machines being offered by Argos and Currys, who also lead the way with some great high-end gaming laptops. It was, however, a little quieter on the MacBook deals front last year, with only 2019 models being on sale (not the M1 chip versions).

Cyber Monday laptop deals under £500

Asus C523 15.6-inch Chromebook: £329 £279 at Currys
Save £50 –
it’s rare to find a cheap Chromebook that also offers a full 15.6-inch display, and it’s even rarer to find one with a step up from the usual 32GB of storage we see in entry level models. This Asus Chromebook, however, kits you out with 64GB of storage, an Intel N3350 processor and the usual 4GB RAM for just £279.

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 2-in-1 Chromebook + JBL Tune 600BTNC wireless noise cancelling headphones: £438.99 £329 at Currys
Save £109.99 –
This is an excellent deal for anyone looking to get up and running with a cheaper (but still powerful) 2-in-1 Chromebook and a nice set of headphones at the same time. You’re getting a fantastic dual-purpose machine here that easily switches between a laptop and a tablet and a pair of JBL’s wireless noise cancelling headphones at a great price.

Asus C523NA 15.6-inch Chromebook: £379.99 £354.43 at Amazon
Save £20 –
There’s a £20 discount on this excellent Asus Chromebook right now. That’s not a major saving, but there’s plenty to get excited about in here. A full-sized touchscreen display is a rarity in cheap Cyber Monday laptop deals and you’ll also find an Intel N4200 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB of storage inside.

Huawei MateBook D 15.6-inch, Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8GB RAM: £699 £499 at Currys PC World
Save £200 –
This laptop combines an Apple-like design with some powerful modern components, including a 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor, and a very competitive price.

Asus Zenbook 14-inch laptop: £599.99 £499.99 at Argos
Save £100 –
Save £100 on this 14-inch Asus Zenbook laptop at Argos this week – that’s an excellent final price for the 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD you’ll find under the hood. Add a quad-core Ryzen 5 processor, slim-bezel display, Radeon Vega 8 graphics and built in HD webcam and you’ve got yourself a winner.

HP 14-inch laptop: £699 £599 at Currys
Save £100 –
Sitting just a hair under £600, this 14-inch HP laptop is offering some great specs in Currys’Cyber Monday laptop deals. There’s a 10th generation i7 processor under the hood, accompanied by 8GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. Plus, you’re saving £100 with Currys right now – with a Cyber Monday price guarantee as well.

Asus TUF Gaming FX505, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, Nvidia GTX 1650: £699.97 £649.97 at Box
Save £50 –
This is a brilliant cheap gaming laptop deal. While you won’t be playing games at ultra-high definitions, it still offers great performance with most modern games, and the price is especially tempting.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i5, 128GB, 8GB RAM: £899 £659 at Currys
Save £240 –
Currys is leading the UK retailers with the best Surface Pro 7 deal, with the Core i5 version with 128GB SSD and 8GB RAM going for £659. This is a fantastic price, but doesn’t include the Type Cover.

Asus ZenBook 13 UX325JA: £899 £749 at John Lewis
Save £150 –
Asus’ ZenBook series of laptops are the pinnacles of thin and light Ultrabook designs, and this stylish laptop packs an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD, all for a great £150 off the usual asking price in the John Lewis Cyber Monday laptop deals.

Samsung Galaxy Book S 13.3-inch laptop: £999 £849 at Amazon
Save £150 –
This Galaxy Book S from Samsung rocks what has to be one of the most attractive notebook designs this side of any Apple computing. It’s thin, really thin, but still manages to pack a 10th gen Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD – great ultrabook-level specs for the money.

Cyber Monday laptop deals over £1,000

Samsung Galaxy Book Ion 13.3-inch laptop: £1,249 £1,049 at Amazon
Save £200 –
Another stunning design from Samsung, this Galaxy Book Ion also comes with something you normally don’t see on ultrabooks – a QLED HD display. Of course, it’s also got a 10th gen Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD rounding out the specs too.

Asus ROG Strix G15, Intel Core i7, Nvidia RTX 2060, 16GB RAM: £1,399.99 £1,099.97 at Box
Save £250 –
Save a hefty amount of money with this brilliant gaming laptop that offers plenty of power thanks to its 6-core Intel i7 processor, RTX 2060 GPU, and 16GB of RAM. You also get a free backpack with this deal as well.

Acer Predator Triton 300, Intel Core i7, RTX 2070, 1TB : £1,499 £1,299 at Currys
Save £200 –
This is one of the best Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals we’ve seen already, with a powerful combo of 10th gen Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia RTX 2070 MaxQ GPU, plus a super-fast 144Hz 15.6-inch display and huge 1TB SSD. All for £200 off!

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (13.5-inch): £1,549 £1,347 at Amazon
Save £202 –
All Microsoft Surface Laptop 3’s with 10th gen Intel Core i7 processors are on sale right now in the Amazon Cyber Monday sale giving you a great chance to bag an Ultrabook for £200 less. Displayed above is the price for the Core i7, 16GB of RAM, 256GB variant, but there are also savings to be had on the 512GB version too.

MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020): £1,499 £1,369 at Currys
Save £130
– The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is also discounted in the latest Currys Cyber Monday laptop deals. It comes loaded with the base Core i5 CPU with 8GB RAM and a 512GB SSD, making it a great deal if you’re not quite ready to make the jump to Apple’s new M1 chip just yet.

Dell XPS 15, Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB : £1,999 £1,699 at Currys
Save £300 –
The Dell XPS 15 is one of the best laptops in the world, and ahead of Cyber Monday, Currys has knocked a hefty £300 off the model with a 10th generation Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD and Nvidia GeForce 1650 Ti GPU. This is one heck of a laptop for the price.

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