11 Best Early Prime Day Laptop Deals (October 2023)

More than a decade ago, Steve Jobs likened the computer to a truck, suitable for the heavy lifting of serious work and intensive tasks. It holds true, even in 2023. Most of us who work at an office for a living still need the computer’s keyboard and multitasking abilities. If you’re ready for a new laptop or a few upgrades to your at-work or home office setup, Amazon’s Prime Day events are a great time to buy.

Amazon has a new shopping event for Prime members coming on October 10 and 11. It’s called Prime Big Deals Days, and will feature 48 hours of discounts on pretty much everything you find for sale on Amazon. Check out a handful of early TV deals or come back here for frequent refreshes on laptop and home office deals. In the meantime, we’ve scoured around to find a few early discounts that are on par with Prime Day.

Updated September 21, 2023: We’ve refreshed this post in preparation for the Amazon Prime event on October 10 and 11. We checked prices on every deal and found a handful that are still going or are even better than what we saw on Prime Day in July.

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If you find your current machine chugging with lots of browser tabs open or just want a new gaming machine, then check out our Best Gaming Laptops, Best Laptops, Best Cheap Laptops, and Best MacBooks guides.

Never mind that there’s an 11th-generation (2021) Intel processor. The Surface Laptop Go 2 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) nabs our recommendation as the best affordable 13-inch laptop because it’s sleek, stylish, and sturdy. You can select from several colors if you want a splash of the rainbow on your Surface Laptop Go 2. The 12.4-inch touchscreen, wrapped up in a small frame, makes it ideal for light tasks such as writing and browsing, even though battery life could stand to be longer than (at most) eight hours.

2022 LG Gram 16Photograph: Amazon

This was a favorite deal that went dead on Prime Day in July but is now back (well, it’s $3 more now). Weighing in at a tick less than 3 pounds, this is a very light 16-inch laptop. We tested the similar LG Gram SuperSlim (7/10, WIRED Recommends) with the 2.2-GHz Intel Core i7-1360P processor, a step up from the 1260P process on this model, and found its performance middling. So don’t expect a heavy-lifting speed demon from the Gram 16, either, but do give it a look if you prize portability for lighter tasks, such as browsing and word processing.

Monoprice 4k

Photograph: Monoprice

This deal beats the Prime Day price by $50. Monoprice’s 28-inch CystralPro is a great 4K monitor. It supports HDR and its colors are suitably vibrant. WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu used it in both a Mac and Windows setup and says it worked great in both. He VESA mounted it, but do note that the mounting holes are recessed—you can use longer M3 screws to make it work. If you want the highest possible resolution on a monitor without spending a boatload of cash, then this is the best we’ve tested.

This matches the good deal we saw on Prime Day for our favorite portable display. It sticks to the back of a laptop screen via magnets, which means you do need to be comfortable with sticking and leaving adhesive magnets on the back of your machine, but you get a second screen that doesn’t take up any desk space. Slide it out!

For more context, take a look through our guides to the Best Mechanical Keyboards, Best MacBook Accessories, Best Portable Storage Drives, and Best Computer Mice.

This deal on a great keyboard is better than what we saw on Prime Day in July. Logitech makes some of our favorite keyboards, and the MX board is a great portable option. Its understated design fits in perfectly in an office, and it’s low-profile enough to be comfortable typing on all day.

There was a slightly better deal on Prime Day, but not by a lot. We love Cherry switches on our mechanical keyboards, but the company also makes keyboards themselves. This low-profile, detachable, and rechargeable keyboard gives you that Cherry typing experience while letting you move around your house.

Corsair’s K100 is one of our top picks for mechanical keyboards. It comes with a lot of the same gaming-focused features we like on other keyboards, like programmable macro keys and, naturally, RGB LEDs. But its most unique feature is a customizable wheel on the top left side of the board that can be used to scrub through media or control the lights on your keyboard.

This is one of the lowest prices we’ve tracked on this solid state drive. It works anywhere you can fit an M.2 drive, laptop, desktop, or even a PlayStation 5. It’s plenty fast for whatever you throw at it—we recommend it in our How to Build a PC guide. The 2-terabyte model is also on sale for $140 ($20 off), but this is the better per-gigabyte deal.

This is our favorite webcam for most people, and the sale is a match for what we saw on Prime Day in July. Its automatic white balance and color saturation are excellent right out of the box, and the image quality is sharp. It focuses quickly too. You can affix it on top of your laptop or monitor with the included mount. Too bad it doesn’t come with a privacy cover.

Apple 35W Dual USB-C Power Adapter

Photograph: Apple

We named this compact, two-port charger as our second-favorite charging adapter in our Best MacBook Accessories guide. Outlets are precious commodities in our electronics-choked homes and never mind about fighting for two outlets in an airport or café. Whether you’re packing a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, with this power adapter you can charge any two of them at the same time.

Anker’s 737 power bank is a lifesaver if you’re on the road and need to charge up multiple devices. Its 140W output is powerful enough to charge a laptop, phone, and almost any other device you have handy all at once. This is the same deal we saw in July.

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