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    If you’re in the market for a new laptop, tablet, or desktop, you can find a handful of worthwhile deals. There aren’t any major sales happening right now, but you can still find some nice discounts on select models.

    No matter what kind of device you’re looking for, it can be hard to find the best offers because you shouldn’t just look at the sale price. The quality of the product you buy makes all the difference. We’re constantly combing through the sales and Consumer Reports’ test results to help you find deals that will actually be worth your money, and we update this post regularly with the latest offers. So if you don’t see a model that fits your needs or budget, check back again soon for new ways to save.

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    This 13.3-inch notebook scored well in our ratings, earning praise for performance and display quality. It has an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 gigabytes of memory, and 256GB of solid-state storage. It’s also highly portable, weighing just 2 pounds and with a battery that lasts as long as 20 hours while browsing the web.

    We’ve seen this model sell for $849 in the last few weeks, so this is a particularly nice price drop.

    If you’re in the market for a lightweight laptop, this Apple MacBook Air is a great 13-inch option. The M2 MacBook Air is among the highest-rated models in our laptop ratings, combining fast performance with great battery life and a great display. And it’ll go just about anywhere, with battery life (around 14 hours) to spare.

    Apple just updated the MacBook Pro with its new M3 processor, and it (no surprise) does very well in our ratings, beating out its predecessor equipped with the M2. If you’re someone who plans to spend a lot of time using apps like Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve, or anything in the Adobe Creative Cloud, it’s hard to look past the MacBook Pro.

    The 2023 14-inch MSI Summit has a lot to offer, not least its battery, which lasts more than 17 hours in our web browsing tests and nearly 14 hours in our more demanding hi-res video test.

    The model we tested has an Intel Core i7 processor, 32 gigabytes of memory, and 1 terabyte of solid-state storage, all of which are high-end specs. It’s a 2-in-1 convertible, as well, giving you the flexibility to use it as a tablet. It weighs about 3.5 pounds, which is better than average figures for a laptop this size.

    This model was $200 more recently, so this is a great deal.

    Acer Nitro 5

    If someone in your life has “a gaming laptop” on the holiday wishlist, you may want to jump on this deal. The Acer Nitro 5 (including the last model we tested) has delivered solid performance at not-too-bad prices for years. This model has an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 gigabytes of memory, 256GB of solid-state storage, and a dedicated Nvidia RTX 3050 graphics card. That should be sufficient for playing the latest games, particularly on medium settings. It also helps that the laptop has a 1080p display, which requires less horsepower than a 4K display. 

    This laptop just dropped $15 from its previous sale price.

    The LG Gram 17 (2023) is a standout laptop, offering very good performance and outstanding features that make it an excellent choice for both work and entertainment. It handles complex tasks with ease, thanks to its powerful Intel Core i7-1360P 2.2-gigahertz processor, and it has 32 gigabytes of memory space. Its 17-inch display is stellar, producing clear, vibrant images, and its lightweight design, coupled with an impressive 2 terabytes of storage, makes it an ideal option for those who need a portable device with plenty of room for files.

    Not only is the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 among the best Windows-based laptops in our ratings, boasting powerful performance, a high-quality display, and generous battery life, but it also comes with its own stylus, which makes using the laptop in tablet mode more enjoyable. It allows you to take notes and doodle right on the screen.


    If you’re looking for a travel companion, this small Chromebook is worth considering. It not only weighs just 2.7 pounds but also boasts an above-average 16.25 hours of battery life for web browsing.

    The Acer Chromebook 511 has an Intel Celeron processor, 8 gigabytes of memory, and 32GB of flash storage, which is similar to but slower than solid-state storage. Testers say the model performs well for common web-based tasks such as browsing the internet, word processing, and casual online game play.

    And despite the small size, the Chromebook has a keyboard with comfortably sized keys, which should make working on the road more pleasant.

    As you might infer from the “Flex” in the name, this 13.3-inch model from Lenovo is a 2-in-1 convertible. It has modest specs—an Intel Celeron processor, 4 gigabytes of memory, and 64GB of flash storage—but is a good value for the price. The model offers middle-of-the-road performance: nothing terribly impressive, but nothing too slow, either. It weighs 3 pounds, and the battery lasts 11.5 hours for web browsing. If you try to push things, say, by watching high-res video, you get a bit more than 7 hours of battery life.

    This Chromebook just dropped about $15 from its previous sale price.

    HP Chromebook 11A-NA0021NR

    It doesn’t have a touchscreen, but otherwise this 11.6-inch Chromebook has the same specs as the HP Chromebook 11A-NA0040NR, which performed well in our labs. For just over $100, you get a lightweight (2.36 pounds) Chromebook with a MediaTek processor, 4 gigabytes of memory, and 32GB of flash storage. Those aren’t high-end specs, but this model is perfectly suitable for typical office work and web browsing.


    Apple’s entry-level iPad generally provides great bang for your buck, especially when you factor in the number of high-quality apps and services available for the iPad operating system. But it’s hard to top this price on the 9th generation model, which our testers admire for its performance speed, display quality, and generous battery life. If you’d prefer to go with a more recent model, you’ll be happy to know that Apple just dropped the price on the 10th generation option, too—from $449 to $349.

    The 8.3-inch iPad Mini has a bright, sharp display with a large viewing angle, meaning you don’t need to hold it dead center in front of your face to see it clearly. The new A15 Bionic chip is blazing fast, so web browsing and watching movies seem smooth and stutter-free. The battery life is impressive, too. Other updates include a USB-C port, upgraded cameras, and optional 5G compatibility. The smaller size and lighter weight make the tablet easier to hold for extended periods.

    Smaller size and lighter weight make this iPad Mini easier to hold for extended periods than its larger brethren. The model has a bright, sharp display with a large viewing angle, meaning you don’t need to hold it dead center in front of your face to see it clearly. The A15 Bionic chip is blazing fast, so web browsing and watching movies seem smooth and stutter-free. The battery life is impressive, too. Other features include a USB-C port and upgraded cameras.

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ is a workhorse, earning a spot among the top non-Apple tablets CR has tested. It’s a great option if you want a tablet with a large 12.4-inch screen. It does have a shorter battery life than most, at just 7.3 hours for web browsing. It also has expandable storage with a built-in micro SD reader, and it gets high scores for performance, convenience, and versatility.

    While this price is decent, we’ve seen the Galaxy Tab sell for just $715 in the recent past.

    Desktop Computers

    The Dell XPS desktop is a top performer all around, even for demanding video games. This model has an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card and a 1-terabyte solid-state drive. The one we tested had an AMD Radeon graphics card, a 512-gigabyte solid-state drive, plus the 1-terabyte hard-disk drive. But otherwise the specs are identical: an Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB of memory, and a DVD burner.

    This high-performing desktop computer is a great choice for both gamers and office software users. The model we tested packs an Intel Core i5 processor, 16 gigabytes of memory, and a 256GB solid-state drive, as well as a traditional 1-terabyte hard drive and a graphics card with 12GB of dedicated video memory. This is a similar version that has an AMD processor and a larger SSD.

    Our testers praised the IdeaCentre 5 for its zippy performance when working on spreadsheets, editing photos, and even running demanding video games. We expect this variation to perform just as well, if not a bit better.

    The desktop is bundled with a keyboard and mouse that are comfortable to use, although they’re not wireless. Other features include five free USB ports, support for the latest wireless standard (WiFi 6), and gigabit Ethernet.


    The Canon Color imageClass MF656Cdw sits near the top of our ratings for color printers. It’s relatively inexpensive for a color laser model, and the estimated toner cost of $46 is low for the category. Color laser printers are built with graphics professionals or maybe small businesses in mind; they’re expensive to buy and the toner isn’t cheap, at around $75 annually. But there’s a reason some people buy and love models like this. When it comes to graphics, they blow away both inkjets and black-and-white lasers with sharp, accurately saturated images. The text performance is stellar as well, though they do fall short when it comes to printing photos. Keep in mind that it’s quite large for a home printer.

    If you print in color frequently enough to justify buying an inkjet printer, consider a model that will save you money in the long run, especially when it’s on sale. The Epson ET-2800 tank printer has a reservoir you can refill with low-cost bottled ink instead of expensive ink cartridges. It uses only about $5 worth of ink a year, according to our estimates, instead of the $70 or more you might have to pay for a cartridge model. Those ongoing savings make the Epson’s purchase price far more palatable and give it a two-year cost of ownership that’s at the top of its class.

    The ET-2800’s overall performance isn’t strong enough to earn a CR recommendation. But the text quality and speed are decent and should be fine for home use. The model doesn’t excel at printing photos, charts, or graphics; it does those jobs about as well as any ink-stingy inkjet.

    Wireless Routers

    This is a good deal for a mesh router three-pack from Nest that did well in our ratings, providing fast speeds even across long distances inside larger homes. There are useful features like automatic firmware updates and app-based management. It’s a WiFi 5 model, which, yes, is the older standard, but it should still provide years of reliable service.

    If you don’t need (or want) a multi-router mesh setup, this single-unit WiFi 6 model from Netgear should be near the top of your list. It aced our throughput tests at all distances and was easy to set up via a smartphone app or an old-school, web-based wizard.

    This is a stellar price for this router; the last sale price was $329.99.

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