Best OLED Laptop Deals: Lowest Prices and Biggest Discounts at Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg

Not so long ago, laptops with OLED displays were high-priced affairs aimed at graphics professionals engaged in creative work. Now OLED displays are found on mainstream laptops for general users who might also enjoy excellent contrast and accurate, vibrant colors.

How does an OLED panel achieve this level of quality? A quick introduction: The pixels in an OLED display can be turned off entirely, meaning it can produce absolute black and contrast ratios superior to those of an LCD screen, where the liquid crystal only provides a portion of that produced by the backlight can block light. Even an LCD with local dimming cannot match an OLED’s ability to turn individual pixels on and off. OLED displays also offer a wide color gamut because primary colors can reach higher saturation, which allows the display to produce more colors. Higher levels of saturation result in more vivid colors, and with more colors on its palette, an OLED panel can produce colors that are more accurate.

Another advantage? OLED displays have thinner layers than LCD displays and do not require a backlight, allowing for thinner and lighter laptop designs.

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You might reasonably think that an OLED is more energy efficient than an LCD since it doesn’t need to power a backlight and can turn off individual pixels entirely. However, we’ve found that OLED displays tend to have a negative impact on battery life. However, OLED laptops still offer decent battery life. You just can’t expect a longer runtime from an OLED laptop alongside the higher image quality.

With a basic understanding of the benefits of an OLED laptop, let’s take a look at the best deals I see right now. I’ve included mainstream laptops with affordable prices as well as powerful laptops that are currently being sold at a discount. And a Chromebook. Yes, you can get a cheap Chromebook with an OLED display. Prices and discounts are as of the time of writing this article, and I’ll update this story as the sale ends and new offers surface.

Asus

This mainstream model from Asus is one of the cheapest OLED laptops currently sold. It has a 15.6-inch OLED display with a Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). Based on an 11th Gen Core i5 CPU and paired with 12GB RAM and a 512GB SSD, it has more RAM and twice the storage capacity that you’ll find in many laptops that cost under $1,000. It also has USB Type-A and Type-C ports, so you don’t have to carry an adapter around. It’s a good deal at its $800 list price and can often be found on Amazon at a $750 discount.

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HP’s top-of-the-line thin-and-light 2-in-1 convertible laptop is on sale right now at Best Buy, and costs even less than the aforementioned Asus. It has a smaller 13.3-inch OLED display and less RAM than the Asus, but is very powerful with an 11th Gen Core i7 processor in a sleek and thin all-metal body. It also includes Thunderbolt 4 support and a wide-angle webcam. Getting an OLED for this price is a boon, but we still wish the system had 16GB of RAM instead of 8GB, which would make this machine an everyday workhorse laptop.

Asus

A powerful AMD Ryzen 7 5800H CPU with eight cores and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics drive the high-resolution 14-inch display of this Asus VivoBook. The display has a resolution of 2.8K (2880 x 1800 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 16:10 for more vertical space and less scrolling. You also get ample 16GB of RAM and a roomy 1TB SSD.

MSI

This MSI model is currently heavily discounted on Amazon and features a 15.6-inch 4K OLED display powered by an 11th Gen Core i7 CPU and RTX 3060 graphics. It also offers 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The all-metal body is solid and thin, only 0.78 inches thick.

Asus

This 15.6-inch ZenBook has a durable all-metal body that’s less than 0.7 inches thick and weighs less than three pounds. It features AMD’s awesome eight-core Ryzen 7 5800H CPU with RTX 3050 Ti graphics, along with 16GB of RAM and a roomy 1TB SSD. The laptop features a unique hinge that raises the back edge of the laptop to allow for good airflow and some keyboard tilt to create a comfortable typing position. The Full HD OLED display offers touch support and is rated for a bright 400 nits. It currently costs $20 less than its already reasonable list price.

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The 13.5-inch Specter x360 is one of CNET’s most popular two-in-one convertibles for its premium design, light weight, and long battery life. This model features an 11th Gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a spacious 1TB SSD with 32GB of fast Optane storage. The 13.5-inch OLED display has a resolution of 3,000 x 2,000 pixels, which HP calls the 3K2K resolution. The display also has a boxy 3:2 aspect ratio, offering more vertical real estate than a 16:10 display for even less scrolling through webpages and documents.

Read our HP Specter x360 14 review.

Lenovo

Did you know you can get an OLED display on a Chromebook? Lenovo’s two-in-one Chromebook Duet 5 proves that this is possible. It features a detachable 13.5-inch OLED display with a Full HD resolution, powered by an eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon and 8 GB of RAM. It also offers a 128GB SSD, which is pretty roomy for a Chromebook. It’s on sale right now at Best Buy at a substantial $120 discount.

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