- 1 A reliable Lenovo ultrabook
- 2 A premium Chromebook for less
- 3 An upgrade business laptop on deep discount
- 4 An external hard drive with extra storage
- 5 A portable charger for work-from-home freedom
- 6 Affordable protection for 13-inch laptops
- 7 A mini PC that’s easy to upgrade and easy to use
- 8 A laptop backpack to protect your tech
- 9 What Not to Do on Your Work Computer
- 10 The Best Laptop Under $500
- 11 8 Cheap Alternatives to Pricey Home Office Gear (And You Probably Already Own Them)
- 12 The Best Laptops for College Students
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Computers and other screened devices have become more essential than ever this past year, which means your tech setup may be ready for an upgrade. This week, our Deals team has spotted several price drops on Wirecutter-approved laptops, laptop accessories and other computing products that can provide you with the best performance for less.
A reliable Lenovo ultrabook
Lenovo Yoga 7i (14″) Laptop – Slate Gray (Intel 11th Gen i7 2.8GHz, 12 GB RAM)
Deal price: $830; street price: $1030
Lenovo Yoga 7i (14″) Laptop – Dark Moss (Intel 11th Gen i5 2.4GHz, 12 GB RAM)
Deal price: $650; street price: $900
We believe that the Lenovo Yoga 7i is the most reliable and cost-effective laptop you can get for the price—and right now, two versions of our upgrade pick are available for less. Best Buy is offering a Yoga with the standard 11th generation Intel core i5 processor (the one that we recommend in our guide) in a “dark moss” green. If you’re not bothered by that curious colorway (our Deals Editor finds it “urpy,” a word you can look up on Urban Dictionary if you’re interested), you’ll be getting a huge value for the specs, which include more RAM (12 GB) and a larger SSD (512 GB) than the specifications we recommend in our Windows ultrabook guide. If you need something even more powerful, you can pick up the 7i with an 11th generation Intel Core i7 processor in an understated “slate gray” for roughly a couple hundred dollars more. . Though our guide writers weren’t too impressed with its keyboard and found its shorter battery life wanting, the Yoga 7i still provides enough power to get through a full day of work or classes and it comes with a fingerprint reader and a USB-C charger. Overall, this deal presents a great opportunity to purchase a whole lot of laptop for significantly less than our other picks.
Read our review of the best Windows ultrabooks.
If you’re torn between a pricey ultrabook and a cheaper Chromebook, the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 is a premium model that falls somewhere in the middle. A notable competitor to our upgrade pick (the Google Pixelbook Go), the Acer Spin 713 is a similarly priced Chromebook with a clear, bright touchscreen display, solid keyboard and trackpad, and a long battery life. This Chromebook, which has a 360-degree hinge which allows you to use it like a tablet, also has more ports and a taller screen. This does make it noticeably heavier and bulkier, but if you don’t mind the extra weight and wouldn’t mind saving $100 bucks compared to the Pixelbook Go, this is a good time to pick it up.
Read our review of the best Chromebooks.
An upgrade business laptop on deep discount
We’ve said before that the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is one of the best ultrabooks we’ve ever tested. Though its street price runs several hundred dollars above what we think an ultrabook should cost, now that it’s on sale for several hundred dollars less than its street price, consider this purchase a no-brainer. The X1 Carbon Gen 8, a better-specced version of our upgrade business laptop pick, features a bigger SSD (512 GB versus our recommended 256 GB build), yet it’s still lightweight. It also comes with outstanding battery life, a 14-inch screen, a fingerprint reader, a handy webcam cover, the best keyboard and trackpad you can get in any laptop, and more ports than our top pick—including two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, and an HDMI port. Select the second option from the left on the page for only $1,000 to get more for less.
Read our review of the best business laptops.
An external hard drive with extra storage
The precarity of 2020 and large-scale AWS outages may have you rethinking a lot of your usual computing habits, such as relying on “the cloud” for all of your storage needs. If you’re ready to embark on a safer storage system—or if you’re already an external hard drive devotee who’s running out of storage space—the reliable WD My Book is again being offered at the lowest price we’ve seen this year. The WD My Book 8TB, our upgrade pick, is best for folks looking for more space than our other picks can offer. Whether you’d like to free up space on your laptop by transferring old photos or just want to back them up for safekeeping, the WD My Book makes transferring your files quick and easy and has the capacity to store just about everything you throw at it. At its street price, we believe it’s the cheapest terabyte bang for your buck, so this discount is one you don’t want to pass up.
Read our review of the best external desktop hard drive.
A portable charger for work-from-home freedom
Though it’s designed to be used while traveling, we’ve been getting a lot out of the Mophie Powerstation AC at home to enjoy a little freedom from the tyranny of the wall outlet. Its 100-watt output can power up a dead MacBook Air to nearly full even as you’re playing video games with screen brightness cranked high; it’s also equipped with USB-C and USB-A ports for your smaller devices. Our testers likewise raved about this charger’s slim design, its handsome fabric exterior, and the magnetic rubber flap that securely protects the output port. Perhaps best of all, it’s currently at the lowest price we’ve ever seen for it.
Read our review of the best portable laptop chargers.
Affordable protection for 13-inch laptops
TomToc 360° Protective Laptop Sleeve (Black, 13-13.5 inches)
Deal price: $24; street price: $33
If you want a thick, tight-fitting laptop sleeve that protects against scuffs and spills, this briefcase-style budget pick is for you. The TomToc 360° offers a close fit around more 13- and 13.5-inch laptops—including new Microsoft Surface Books, Surface Laptops, 13.3″ MacBook Airs, 13-inch MacBook Pros, and 12.9 inch iPad Pros—than similarly priced options, keeping your device firmly locked inside an internal lining. It also comes with a front pocket that’ll come in handy if you’ve got small cords and notes you’d bring along with you. While it’s not the sleekest sleeve you’ll find, it boasts a simple silhouette and comes in a variety of attractive colors.
Read our review of our favorite laptop sleeves and MacBook Pro Cases.
A mini PC that’s easy to upgrade and easy to use
Why get a mini PC? According to Deals Editor Nathan Burrow, a mini PC offers several features that a laptop doesn’t, including “all the ports you need to connect multiple monitors and your favorite keyboard and mouse.” Mini PCs like the HP EliteDesk 800 G5 Mini Desktop PC, are also helpful because they’re usually easy to upgrade if you want to add more memory or storage. Virtually identical to our mini desktop PC top pick, this high-performing EliteDesk takes up very little space and offers lots of ports. With a fast processor, this mini PC can tackle most basic tasks, like surfing the web, photo and video editing, and working in Google Docs. With this deal from Newegg on this mini desktop PC, you’ll get a computer with 256 GB SSD, 8 GB of RAM, a i5-9500T (2.20 GHz) processor—plus hundreds of dollars left over to invest in any add-ons.
Read our review of the best mini desktop PCs.
A laptop backpack to protect your tech
These days, the only traveling you’re likely doing with your laptop is from the kitchen table to the living room couch. However, the holiday season is right around the corner, followed by (fingers crossed) vaccination season, so we think this is a good time to snag a great deal on this laptop backpack for you or your favorite techie on your holiday shopping list. The Timbuk2 Authority is our top laptop backpack pick for organizing all of your devices and cables. It has a professional look for whenever you finally return to the office and its 1,200-denier polyester exterior puts safety at a premium, while its shoulder sling received high marks for comfort from our testers. Use the promo code GET40 to get the deal price.
Read our review of the best laptop backpacks.
Source: The NY Times
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