Labor Day laptop sales are a great chance to bag a machine for less – particularly if you’re looking for that college PC or even a discount on a shiny new MacBook. Because we’re still a few months away from the big event itself, we’ve put together this handy guide to get our readers ready and prepped, should they be interested in getting their hands on the deals before anyone else.
We expect big names like Best Buy, Amazon, Dell, and HP to all run a seasonal sales event over Labor Day and that will of course include a ton of great laptop deals. Because we’ve covered this event for a few years now, we’ve got a wealth of information to share about what to expect for Labor Day laptop sales, and where to find the best deals on the day.
Speaking of previous events, we’ve kept pricing information for the five best Labor Day laptop deals on this page, which you can view just below your FAQ section. In short, we should see this year’s following a similar vein, but of course on more recent models.
If you’d like to see what else will be available come September, head on over to our main Labor Day sales page for information. If you don’t want to wait, then you can see this week’s cheap laptop deals as well here on TechRadar.
When will Labor Day laptop sales begin?
Labor Day this year falls on Monday, September 9th, although we expect most retailers will launch their sales a little earlier than that date. It’s likely we’ll see a few retailers begin upwards of a week in advance, and it’s likely we’ll see plenty of deals drop over the prior weekend too. Subsequently, it’s definitely worth checking in early if you don’t want to miss any deals.
Is Labor Day a good time to buy a laptop?
Labor Day should be a great time to bag a cheap laptop. In the past, the event’s generally been associated with ‘end-of-summer’ sales but in recent year’s it’s tended to be a lot more online-focused. It also coincides with the larger ‘Back to school’ period, of which laptops are a major component.
Labor Day also happens to be the last big sales event of the year before the more well-known Black Friday and Cyber Monday events roll around in late November. If you’re not looking to wait that long, then Labor Day laptop sales are definitely going to be worth considering.
Who has the best Labor Day laptop sales?
The best online retailers for Labor Day laptop sales are Dell, HP, Best Buy, Amazon, and Walmart, although the best one is going to depend heavily on what you’re looking for exactly.
If you’re strictly on a budget, then Best Buy and Walmart will have great sales on cheap Chromebooks and Windows laptops to consider in the $150 to $300 range. These are going to be perfect if you’re looking for a machine for schoolwork or browser-based basics.
For those looking to spend a bit more, then Dell and HP offer really great own-brand mid-range workhorse laptops sold directly through their sites. Both brands also have excellent premium Windows laptops like the Dell XPS and HP Spectre, which often see big price cuts over sales events like Labor Day.
Finally, if you’re looking for Apple MacBook sales, then Amazon is probably going to be your destination for Labor Day laptop deals. This retailer has been offering the lowest prices all year round on the latest M1 machines and hopefully we’ll see some particularly good discounts on Labor Day.
The 5 best Labor Day laptop sales from last year
Just below we’ve kept a selection of the very best Labor Day laptop sales from last year to give you an idea of what to expect come September. Last year’s event in particular had some really awesome discounts on Dell XPS 13 models as well as some great mid-range workhorse options from HP. We also saw a really nice promotion (and sale) on the 2020 Intel-based MaBook Air, which has obviously been superseded by the latest M1-chip models now, but could be a nice indicator of what to expect nonetheless.
1. Dell XPS 13 touchscreen laptop:
$849.99 $699.99 at Dell
This Dell XPS 13 is only $20 more than the cheapest price we’ve ever seen on an XPS 13. Sure, it’s the entry-level spec but inside you’re still getting the latest 10th gen Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD – good starting specs for people who want a premium ultrabook for casual tasks.
2. Asus 15.6-inch laptop:
$599.99 $499.99 at Best Buy
Speaking of cheap laptops, this $100 saving on an Asus Vivobook has to be one of the best bang for the buck laptop deals we’ve seen in a while. Inside is a Ryzen 5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB – a huge amount of fast storage for the price. Pick this one up if you want a light, fast machine that really punches above its weight.
3. 2020 MacBook Air | AirPods |
$999 $899 at Apple
Apple isn’t always known for its value, but this superb promotion on a 2020 MacBook Air is too good not to have on our Labor Day laptop sales list. There’s a $100 discount being offered right now, which means you can pick up the 256GB SSD baseline variant for just $899, plus, Apple will also throw in a free pair of AirPods right now.
4. HP 15.6-inch laptop:
$789.99 $549.99 at HP
When it comes to cramming in top-end specs into budget machines, HP pretty much has any other brand beat. This $230 saving on a 15-inch laptop is incredible value if you need a powerful machine for homework. Inside is a 10th gen Intel Core i5 processor, 12GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD – pretty unbeatable power at this price point.
5. Dell XPS 13:
$1,249 $1,049.99 at Dell
This stacked Dell XPS 13 is coming in at just over $1,000 in the Labor Day laptop sales – an excellent price considering you’re saving $200. There’s a 10th generation i7 processor here, with 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD to play with as well.