With Amazon Prime Day just days away, it’s worth not buying a laptop right now.
In previous years, we’ve seen some really good laptop deals pop up during Prime Day – and not just from Amazon either. While the huge online retailer has a great selection of laptops, Dell and Walmart also hold their own sales to coincide with Amazon’s sales, so if you know where to look you can get yourself a great deal.
So in most cases, I’d recommend waiting a few days and seeing what type of laptop is on sale next week, because that can mean getting a great laptop for an even lower price.
I’ve been covering laptop deals for Prime Day for longer than I care to remember, so I’ve got some laptop deals predictions for what we might — and might not — see on Amazon. Prime Day.
1. Dell XPS 13 Deals
Dell’s laptops usually get deep price cuts on Prime Day, with the retailer often running its own sales, and I expect more great deals this time around.
The Dell XPS 13 is one of the best laptops ever made, offering great performance and a thin, light design that makes it a very desirable machine.
In previous years, we’ve seen the price drop nearly $600, making what is usually a very expensive and exclusive laptop much more affordable.
2. Cheap laptop deals from top brands
With the current cost of living crisis, many people just don’t want to spend a lot on a laptop. This makes Prime Day timing quite convenient, as you may be in a position where you need to buy a laptop, but can’t spend a lot of money on it.
Cheap laptops don’t necessarily mean they’re bad, and on Prime Day I have a feeling we’ll see big brands like Dell, Asus, Acer, and HP slash the prices of their laptops.
Beware of super cheap laptops from unknown brands, as you may find that these cheap laptops use old or underpowered components, which could leave you frustrated and looking to buy another laptop.
3. Chromebooks could (again) win Prime Day
If you’re looking for a budget laptop at the lowest possible price, consider a Chromebook. These shiny laptops run Chrome OS, a lightweight operating system based on Google’s Chrome web browser.
It’s not as demanding as Windows or macOS, which means Chromebooks are much cheaper than laptops, while still offering excellent performance and incredibly long battery life.
Many apps are available, including most Android apps, and Chromebooks are especially useful for students and children. We often see great deals on Chromebooks on Prime Day, and this year should be no different.
The past few years have been tough for PC gamers looking to get new hardware, mostly due to the pandemic and global chip shortages, which have made the best graphics cards incredibly rare. It also meant that getting good gaming laptops was a nightmare, with the best gaming laptops either selling out fast or not seeing any decent price drops.
Luckily, the inventory situation is much better this year, which means you should be able to expect some great deals on gaming laptops on Prime Day. There are rumors that Nvidia and AMD will release new GPUs soon later this year, and while they’re initially intended for desktop PCs, they’ll likely come to laptops later.
That means Amazon and other retailers could look to move older inventory in the works, which could lead to steep price drops.
5. Don’t expect new MacBook Air deals
If you’re hoping to buy the new MacBook Air cheap on Amazon Prime Day, I wouldn’t give you too high hopes. The laptop has only just gone on sale – and shipping doesn’t start until next week – which means it’s very unlikely there will be any Amazon Prime Day sales for this laptop.
However, that could mean we’re seeing price drops for the old – but still excellent – MacBook Air (M1, 2020). Other Apple devices, like the MacBook Pro and Mac mini, could also see their prices drop.