Don’t pay full price for a new laptop when you can easily get a deal and save loads of money. And we’re talking about some the latest models from the likes of Asus, Microsoft, Acer, HP and more.
Now that it’s autumn, most retailers will have also kicked off their back to school sales with discounts on mid-range laptops, notebooks, and Chromebooks. Don’t forget to check out deals directly from manufacturers. Lenovo for instance has hundreds of pounds off its laptops for back to school, while Apple has its Back to School sale which bundles free AirPods with purchases.
Some are plain discounts while others require a voucher or code – we’ll let you know what they are.
Note that Amazon Prime Day is coming up on 13 and 14 October and, of course, Black Friday is a date you’ll want to put in the diary for deals.
Best laptop deals right now
You’ll find some great laptop deals on sites including Amazon, Currys, and Argos. You can find a ton more good deals on all things tech on our main deals site. We do the shopping so you don’t have to spend hours trawling for the best price.
If you’re specifically looking for a cheap laptop deal, we’ve also rounded up the best laptop deals under £300.
What to look for in laptop deals
There are often decent savings on Microsoft’s Surface range at the moment, as the company is trying to shift older generation Intel models. The same is often true of other brands and a device that’s only the previous generation is still new enough to buy and will still last many years.
Retailers like Currys PC World, John Lewis, Argos and AO almost always have plenty of deals on laptops. With the right offer you’ll be able to pick up a half-decent machine for around £300 instead of £500, for example – not bad.
You might also see reductions on budget laptops but bear in mind that you are getting what you pay for here – they might be fine for web browsing and Netflix, but they’ll be slow and unreliable for anything more challenging than that. That’s especially true of Chromebooks, which pair low specs with a simple OS for wallet-friendly prices but a slightly more limited feature set.
Higher-ticket items like a Surface Pro or HP’s ultrabooks may still be expensive at around £800 or over a grand, but you might be able to save hundreds on the RRP. See our dedicated round-up of the best Microsoft Surface deals of the month.
Apple’s MacBooks are a little trickier to get discounts on, as offers are rare, but you can often pick up a model that’s a year or two old for less than the RRP (and still get great performance), and it’s also always worth checking out Apple’s official refurbished store.
Amazon usually has some of the biggest bargains. If you find that you’re missing out on Amazon’s Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we’d recommend signing up for Amazon’s 30 day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else.
Plus, you’ll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more. Sign up for Prime now.
Laptop Buying Guides
Tech Advisor has loads of content to help you find your way around buying a laptop, including advice on peripherals and accessories. We’ve put all these articles in one place here.
If you want to know what the best laptops are, see our dedicated round up of the top devices, all expertly reviewed.
If you don’t want to splash out too much on a premium machine, we also have a guide on the best budget laptops of the year. It goes through what to look out for in terms of screen, processor, software storage and memory and more.
While we’re on the topic of budget, students may also want to see our article on the best laptops for students and for studying.
Another popular option now laptop-tablet hybrid. We’ve also compiled a guide on the best 2-in-1 laptops, full with our expert reviews. In terms of peripherals, we’ve also created guides on the best Solid State Drives (SSD) and the best USB PD Power Banks for Laptops.
Best laptop deals
1. Honor 16in MagicBook Pro laptop (16GB RAM/512GB Storage)
Now: £849.99 (With free Router 3, MagicWatch 2 or Magic Watch or Earbuds bundle)
2. Huawei Huawei MateBook 13 (2020)
Now: £549.99 (£209.98 off)
Huawei is offering £150 off the Matebook 13 and throwing in a backpack and Bluetooth mouse for free. A perfect bundle for students!
3. Asus Metal VivoBook Laptop Sale
Was: From £699.99
Now: From £599.99 Up to £100 off
Amazon is knocking £100 off mid-range Asus laptops with Core i5 processors.
4. Apple Back to School Sale
Now: Up to £280 off Mac, £80 off iPads, 20% off AppleCare+ (Includes free AirPods)
Pick up a student discount on an Apple Mac or iPad device – and a free pair of Apple AirPods while you’re at it until 29 October.
5. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
Now: £879 (Up to £359 off)
The recently launched Surface Laptop 3 has up to £359 off at the official store depending on what model you choose.
6. Lenovo Back to School
Now: Up to £530 off (Up to 25% off for students and teachers)
Students and teachers can get up to 25% off Lenovo devices via Student Beans
7. Asus TUF FX505
Now: £829 (£170 off)
Asus is a reliable brand for gaming laptops and you can get already affordable gaming laptop even cheaper. It’s got an Intel Core i5 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4GB graphics card, making for a bargin if you need a gaming laptop without breaking the bank.
8. HP Back to School Sale
Now: Up to 35% off for students
HP launched its Back to School sale with off £150 off its laptops.
9. Apple MacBook Pro 16
Now: £2,149 (£250 off)
Get 10% off the MacBook Pro 16, meaning a whopping £300 off. This model comes with some of the latest tech including a 9th-gen Intel Core i7, Retina display with True Tone technology, Touch Bar and AMD Radeon Pro 5300M graphics.
10. Dell XPS 13 (2020)
Now: £1,429 (£219.99 off)
The latest edition of Dell’s flagship laptop has almost £220 off and will serve you well for many years. This model’s got a stunning design, 10th-gen Intel Core i7 and a huge 1TB SSD. Read our review.
11. Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Now: £307.81 (£138.86 off)
Chuwi’s latest 13.3in laptop comes with an Intel Core m3 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, all for just over £300.
12. Asus Vivobook 15
Now: £529.99 (£20 off)
This Asus laptop in a striking red colour comes with a well-rounded set of specs including an AMD Ryzen 5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. There’s also a free backpack case included.
13. Asus Chromebook C223NA
Now: £199.99 (£30 off)
With its 11.6in screen, this Chromebook is a bit of a bargain at under £200. Great if you just want to do basic tasks without breaking the bank.
When is Black Friday 2020 – should you wait for a better deal?
Black Friday will take place on Friday 27 November, immediately followed by Cyber Monday on 30 November. Traditionally the biggest sales event of the year, it may yet throw up some even greater tech deals – but with so much uncertainty around finance and retail, and no guarantees regarding what discounts we will see, we advise you not to wait: if you see a deal you like, on a product you need, and you can afford the outlay, buy it today.