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Looking for a great laptop? Be on the lookout for these notebooks
Need a new laptop? Good news: Amazon Prime Day has already started. Now’s the perfect time to save on a laptop that could last you for years to come.
Of course, when shopping for the best laptops there are several things to keep in mind. For most, the key factors are size, performance and battery life, along with design.  
I’ve reviewed many laptops for Tom’s Guide and have a knack for suggesting ideal notebooks for different users. Below are five of my personal recommendations for laptop deals to look out for during Prime Day.
Note that some of these prices could drop further. These are hot items to bookmark and keep an eye on if they suit your needs. Without further delay, here are 5 awesome Prime Day laptop deals to watch out for.2023 MacBook Air 15-inch M2 shown open on a surfaceThe MacBook Air 15-inch M2 might be a bigger version of the 13-inch MacBook Air M2 but it’s arguably the best 15-inch laptop for the money and certainly one of the best MacBooks released. Like its smaller sibling, the MacBook Air 15-inch packs the powerful Apple M2 chip, a gorgeous Liquid Retina display and the sleek design introduced with the MacBook Pro line in 2021. Though it’s not as powerful as those Pro laptops, the 15-inch MacBook Air packs enough punch for most people. Despite its larger size, this is still one of the lightest and thinnest laptops out there.
MacBook Air 15 (M2/256GB): was $1,299 now $1,199 @ Amazon
Lowest price! There’s a new MacBook Air in town. Apple’s biggest MacBook Air features a large 15.3-inch Liquid Retina display (2880 x 1864), Apple’s M2 chip w/ 10-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p FaceTime camera, four-speaker system with Spatial Audio, and MagSafe charging. In our MacBook Air 15 review, we called the Editor’s Choice laptop a super-sized version of the 13-inch model with excellent performance, epic battery life (15 hours in our testing), and a gorgeous display.
Check other retailers: $1,199 @ B&H Photo | $1,299 @ Best BuyDell XPS 15 OLEDThe Dell XPS 15 OLED (2023) is currently available but last year’s model is still a great purchase for anyone looking for one of the best Windows laptops out there. I used the Dell XPS 15 OLED (2022) as my primary work laptop for most of 2022 and well into this year because of its powerful performance and overall usability. Thanks to its 12th Gen Intel Core CPU, Nvidia 30-series GPU and 15-inch 3.5K OLED touch display, last year’s Dell XPS 15 is still a winner.
Dell XPS 15: was $2,049 now $1,499 @ Best Buy
We named the Dell XPS 15 one of the best laptops you can buy. It’s svelte and powerful enough for day-to-day work, with thin bezels that help the display shine. It’s also packed to the gills with raw horsepower. The config on sale features a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1200 LCD, Core i7-12700H CPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and a GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU. Watch for this one to go on sale.
Check other retailers: $1,509 @ AmazonAsus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) showing Halo Infinite runningLast year’s Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 tops our best gaming laptops list for a reason. This model has a better, brighter screen than its predecessor, with good speakers and an AMD CPU/Nvidia GPU combo that delivers solid gaming performance. It also sports a built-in webcam, something earlier models lacked. Though the webcam isn’t great and this laptop doesn’t last long on a single charge, its gaming performance is overall good.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022): was $1,399 now $799 @ Best Buy
For our money, last year’s Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is one of the best gaming laptops you can buy today. We love its sleek design and high portability. Plus, we appreciate its generous selection of ports and strong gaming performance credentials. This model comes packing an AMD Ryzen 7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
Check other retailers: $1,099 @ AmazonApple MacBook Air M1 (late 2020) reviewWhile the two M2-powered MacBook Air laptops are the latest (and greatest) Airs available, the humble MacBook Air M1 is still a solid laptop for folks looking to get into the Apple ecosystem without breaking the bank. Sure, it still has the old wedge shape we’ve known for years, but Apple silicon gives it plenty of power and battery life, making it one of the best 13-inch laptops out there. 
MacBook Air (M1) 256GB: was $999 now $749 @ Amazon
Lowest price! The M1 MacBook Air offers fantastic performance thanks to its Apple Silicon. The M1 CPU also helped the MacBook Air reach over 14 hours on our battery test. For a limited time, Amazon has it on sale for $799, which is its cheapest price ever. It features a 13.3-inch Retina display, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD.
Check other retailers: $999 @ Best Buy | $869 @ WalmartAsus Zenbook 13 OLED reviewIt’s not the latest and greatest, but this older model of Zenbook is still an all-around great deal for those who want a light and reliable laptop for work. At $800 you might worry that you’re sacrificing performance, battery life or build quality, but we can report that you have nothing to worry about. While there are a few drawbacks, overall this Asus Zenbook 13 OLED is an excellent laptop that should stand you in good stead for both work and play.
Asus Zenbook 13 OLED: currently $794 @ Amazon
The Asus Zenbook 13 OLED delivers excellent value, offering great performance, remarkable battery life, and a beautiful OLED screen for under $1k. This model packs a 13.3-inch OLED display, an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage.
Check other retailers: $944 @ Best Buy
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Tony is a computing writer at Tom’s Guide covering laptops, tablets, Windows, and iOS. During his off-hours, Tony enjoys reading comic books, playing video games, reading speculative fiction novels, and spending too much time on Twitter. His non-nerdy pursuits involve attending Hard Rock/Heavy Metal concerts and going to NYC bars with friends and colleagues. His work has appeared in publications such as Laptop Mag, PC Mag, and various independent gaming sites.

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