Regardless of who you’re shopping for, now is the best time of year to buy a new laptop or tablet at a lower price.
During the holiday shopping season, most, if not all, of these laptops and tablets will be discounted.
Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
For those looking for a MacOS laptop for everyday use, this is our top recommendation. In the first half of 2020, the MacBook Air was updated with new Intel processors and, most importantly, a new keyboard.
Apple, on the other hand, recently announced that its new M1 processors would be replacing Intel’s CPUs in the Air. Using Apple’s M1, the company promises a more powerful operating system with up to 18 hours of battery life. The Intel-based models, on the other hand, will continue to be available, and regardless of which chip powers the Air, you’ll be getting a great little Mac laptop starting at $900.
Apple iPad (10.2-inch, 2021)
The new iPad’s entry-level model adds a few useful features over last year’s solid but uninspiring model: more storage for $329 (64GB instead of the ridiculously low 32GB of the previous model), a faster A13 chip, and better cameras (most importantly, a wider-angle higher-res front-facing Center Stage camera that tracks your face via digital pan and zoom).
It still uses the first-generation Apple Pencil, which is adequate for the price, and it works with a variety of keyboard cases. Its predecessors were frequently on sale for $299 or less during the holiday season, and the same should be true this year.
If you plan to do any kind of art on it or download a lot of videos to take with you, the 256GB model is a must-have. It desperately needs a 128GB option; it’s inconvenient that you’re forced to buy more than you need when 128GB would likely be the sweet spot in terms of price and storage.
HP Pavilion Aero 13
The Aero 13 offers a lot of value: an attractive magnesium-aluminum chassis, powerful processing performance, long battery life, a bright, colorful display, and a weight of around 2 pounds (0.91 kilograms). Despite everything it has to offer, it has a starting price of $670.
Dell G15 Gaming Laptop
Dell’s G-series gaming laptops have been streamlined from three to one, and it’s all for the better. There’s only one chassis available with a variety of configurations with an 11th-gen Intel processor or AMD Ryzen 5000 H-series processor, so there’s no need to decode the various feature and quality differences between them.
All of the processors support up to a 6GB Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics card, 8GB or 16GB of memory, and 1TB of storage. They’re essentially less expensive versions of the company’s Alienware laptops, but they’re still capable of playing the latest AAA games. Prices fluctuate due to availability issues, but they usually start under $1,000.