Specs: Intel Core i7 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD
Dell’s latest XPS 13 is one of our favorite laptops (9/10 WIRED Recommends). This model lacks the 4K screen that we tested, but it has considerably better battery life. The 11th-generation Intel i7 chip is plenty fast for most things (I edited 4K video on it with no issues), and the 16:10 display adds some welcome extra headroom when browsing the web and editing documents.
HP Spectre X360 13 for $950 ($350 off)
Specs: Intel Core i7 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD
This 13-inch convertible from HP offers Intel’s latest 11th-generation i7 chip with the new Iris integrated graphics that should give the i7 series a speed boost even without a dedicated graphics card. That’s been my experience, so far anyway. I have not tested this precise model, but it should be able to handle most anything you throw at it, short of more graphics-intensive games.
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga for $1,140 ($700 off)
Specs: Intel Core i7 CPU, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, 4K Screen
The X1 is Lenovo’s premiere 2-in-1 and there are a variety of configurations on sale. Because these sell out quickly, I’ve linked to the main X1 page. The specific configuration listed is part number 20QFS19Y00, which has an i7 chip. It’s a great deal for anyone wanting portability and power. If you want the 4K display, that model is also available for $1500 ($700 off). To add to the confusion Lenovo has separate coupon codes for each model, but automatically applies them, so you shouldn’t need to worry (but make sure you’re getting the discount).
Dell XPS 15 (2019) for $1,500 ($350 off)
Specs: Intel Core i7 CPU, GeForce GPU, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD
The 15-inch XPS isn’t as svelte and portable as the 13-inch, but along with the larger, heavier form factor comes a discrete video card (Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650, 4GB) and 8-gigabytes of RAM. The 2020 XPS 15 impressed me (8/10, WIRED Recommends), but that was with the 4K screen. I have not tested the 1080p screen found in this deal.
Gaming Laptop Deals
Check out our guide to the best video game deals for Black Friday.
HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop for $600 ($100 off)
Specs: Intel Core i5 CPU, GTX 1050 GPU, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD
With a 10th-generation Core i5 processor and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 (3 GB) graphics card, this laptop will handle popular games without breaking a sweat.
Dell G3 15-Inch for $850 ($110 off)
Specs: Intel Core i7 CPU, GTX 1650 GPU, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD
This bargain gaming rig gives you an Nvidia GXT 1650 graphics card and a dual-fan cooling system to keep the heat down when you’re playing. The 1080p panel offers a 144 Hz refresh rate for smooth video.
Razer Blade 15 15.6-Inch for $1,549 ($251 off)
Specs: Intel Core i7 10th Gen. CPU, RTX 260 GPU, 120 Hz HD Display, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD
The Razer Blade 15 continues to top our list of the Best Gaming Laptops. It has everything you need in a gaming laptop, including a fairly thin and light frame, and a display with a quick enough refresh rate to handle 120 fps when you’re playing.
Asus ROG Strix Scar III for $1,900 ($300 off)
Specs: Intel Core i7 CPU, RTX 2070 Super GPU, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD