Microsoft Surface Pro 7—i5, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB—With Type Cover for $799 ($230 off)
The Surface Pro 7 is one of our favorite laptop-tablet hybrids from this year (8/10 WIRED Recommends). There are cheaper Surfaces, but this is a good price on the best hybrid model. Be sure to grab the pen if you want to use tablet mode for notes or drawing.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon—i5, 256 GB—for $999 ($1,150 off)
I’m a ThinkPad fan, and the X1 is definitely the sleekest of the bunch (8/10 WIRED Recommends). This configuration uses the Intel Core i5, offers 8 gigabytes of RAM, a 256-gigabyte SSD, and Windows 10 Pro. The 14-inch IPS (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) display is bright and helps cut power use. If you can afford it, I suggest upgrading to the 10th Generation i7 chip and 16 gigabytes of RAM for a machine that’s going to last much longer.
HP Omen Gaming Laptop for $720 ($280 off)
The 15-inch Omen is HP’s gaming-style laptop, which starts with a ninth-generation i5 processor (we suggest upgrading to an i7 for better performance, though it will add $280 to the price) and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card with 4 gigabytes of video memory. The 8 gigabytes of RAM is adequate, but if you can swing it, 16 gigabytes will improve your life considerably.
HP Spectre x360 i7 for $1,000 ($400 off)
The 13-inch HP Spectre x360 is one of our favorite high-end laptops (9/10, WIRED Recommends). The base model offers an eighth-generation Intel i7 chip with 8 gigabytes of RAM and a 512-gigabyte SSD. The 15-inch version, with a newer i7 chip and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB) graphics card is also on sale for $1,250 ($400 off).