With Amazon Prime Day just a few days away, it’s worth holding back the fire in buying a laptop right now.
In previous years, we’ve seen some great laptop deals pop up during Prime Day – and not just from Amazon. While the big online retailer has a wide range of laptops on offer, companies like Dell and Walmart also host their own sales to coincide with Amazon sales; so if you know where to look, you can make an excellent bargain.
So in most cases I recommend waiting a few days and seeing what kind of laptop will go on sale next week, as that could mean buying a great laptop for an even lower price.
I’ve been covering Prime Day laptop deals for longer than I care to remember, so I have some laptop deal predictions for what we can – and can’t – see on Amazon Prime Day.
1. Dell XPS 13 Offerings
Dell laptops usually get big price reductions on Prime Day, with the retailer often doing their own sales, and I expect more great deals this time around.
The Dell XPS 13 is one of the best laptops ever made, offering excellent performance and a thin and light design that makes for a seriously desirable machine.
In previous years, we’ve seen the price reduced by almost $600, making what is usually a very expensive, exclusive laptop much more affordable.
2. Cheap laptop deals from big 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 useful as you might be in a position where you need to buy a laptop but can’t afford to spend a lot of money on it.
Cheap laptops don’t have to mean they’re no good, and on Prime Day I have a feeling we’re going to see big brands like Dell, Asus, Acer and HP slash their laptop prices.
However, be careful with super cheap laptops from unknown brands as you may find that these low priced laptops use old or underpowered components and this can leave you frustrated and looking for another laptop.
3. Chromebooks can win Prime Day (again)
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 browser.
It’s not as demanding as Windows or macOS, and that means Chromebooks are much cheaper than laptops, offering great performance and incredibly long battery life.
There are many apps available, including most Android apps, and Chromebooks are especially useful for students and kids. We often see great deals on Chromebooks on Prime Day, and this year should be no different.
It’s been a rough few years for PC gamers looking to get new hardware, particularly given the pandemic and global chip shortages, which have made the best graphics cards incredibly rare. It also meant getting good gaming laptops was a nightmare, with the best gaming laptops either selling out quickly or not seeing any decent price drops.
Fortunately, the stock situation is much better this year, and that means you can expect some tempting deals on gaming laptops on Prime Day. Rumor has it that Nvidia and AMD will soon release new GPUs later this year, and while they will initially be for desktop PCs, they will likely come to laptops later.
That means Amazon and other retailers may be looking to move older inventory in preparation, and that could lead to big price cuts.
5. Don’t expect new MacBook Air deals
If you’re hoping to get the new MacBook Air cheap on Amazon Prime Day, I wouldn’t get my hopes up. The laptop has just gone on sale – and delivery 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’ll see some price cuts for the older – but still excellent – MacBook Air (M1, 2020). Other Apple devices such as the MacBook Pro and Mac mini may also experience price drops.