Steve Jobs once Comparing a computer to a truck. It’s the tool you reach for when it’s time to get the serious work done. If your current laptop needs more than just tuning, you’re in luck. We discovered some deals this week on laptops to tackle a range of needs, from basic web browsing to office tasks and beyond.
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This Chromebook has a 10.1-inch screen, which makes it more portable and convenient to hold for longer periods of time than larger convertibles. Great reviewer Scott Gilbertson gave the duo 8/10, WIRED RECOMMEND Excellent keyboard award, 13 hours of battery life, and higher-than-expected build quality at this price.
Lenovo Thinkpad C13 Yoga Chromebook (8/10, WIRED RECOMMENDOne of our favorite Chromebooks. It has everything ThinkPad fans love — there’s a great keyboard, a sturdy no-nonsense design, and yes, a small red TrackPoint in the middle — but instead of Windows or Linux, it runs Google’s Chrome OS.
We haven’t tested this Acer, but the 2-in-1 design is similar to the Acer Flip C434, which we love. The Spin 311 is a less powerful Chromebook. The Intel Celeron processor and 4GB of RAM won’t be enough for video editing, but they should be adequate for web browsing, email, and light document editing.
Whether you’re looking for a Chromebook for students or just an affordable device for light-duty needs, like web browsing and document editing, this Asus gets it done while weighing just 2.2 pounds and just 0.7 inches thick. The 11-inch screen can be cramped, and trying to do anything more than light web browsing with this would be a stretch, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a cheaper laptop.
The MacBook Pro got an update to the great Apple M1 chip in late 2020, but the short-lived mid-2020 version with a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor is still a great deal if you’re more into Apple hardware than apple prices.
Don’t get caught up in the ultra-thin bezels that you fail to notice an 11th-generation Intel i7 quad-core 2.8GHz processor and 16GB of RAM under the hood. Book 13 is a powerful machine well suited for tough tasks. It comes with Windows 10 but includes a free upgrade to Windows 11.
There’s a powerful 2GHz Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM, but the star of the spec sheet is the 512GB solid-state drive for storage. HP also introduced some security features in the Envy X360, including a task-sensitive fingerprint sensor and a physical switch to block the built-in wide-angle webcam.
Vostro is a business-grade laptop that eschews an ultra-thin case and solid-state drive for time-tested components, like a 1TB hard drive and an acre of ports for peripherals and accessories. Be sure to enter the code SAVE50 to get the last $50 off the $549 sale price. This configuration also comes with a free upgrade to Windows 11.
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These wireless earbuds offer active noise cancellation, IP5 sweat resistance, and 38 hours of battery when they bring the included charging case with them. Use code BUDS20 at checkout to receive the discounted price.
Not every room in the house needs a big, expensive hub device with a screen. For rooms where you only need to access the Google Assistant with your voice, the Nest Mini is an affordable way to extend your smart home to every nook and cranny.
Monitor your luggage, bike, or other devices with a Bluetooth tracker tucked inside. Augmented reality on a compatible Samsung phone (Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold 2) will help you get back to the things you misplaced. The bluetooth tracker has a range of up to 120 meters if there are no obstacles in the way.
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