AMD Ryzen laptops are still a rare breed, but right now, you can pick one up for less than $300. The Acer Aspire 3 is $280 at StaplesRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $460—a whopping $180 discount.
This 15.6-inch laptop features a Ryzen 2200U processor with two cores and four threads. The chip integrates AMD’s modest Radeon Vega 3 graphics, which should play a lot of PC games on this laptop’s 1366×768 screen if you crank the graphics settings down to low. You’ll probably want to avoid the most strenuous titles, though. The Acer Aspire 3 also features 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, as well as up to six hours of battery life.
Acer’s laptop isn’t perfect—its display is low-resolution and the hard drive has a disappointing 5400RPM speed—but for $280, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck.
If you don’t mind spending $100 more, an updated version of our favorite budget laptop, the Acer Aspire E 15, is $380 on Amazon. It has slightly less RAM, at 6GB, but comes with a 1080p screen. For more of our favorites, check out our guide to the best laptops.
[Today’s deal: Acer Aspire 3 for $280 at Staples.Remove non-product link]