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29 November 2021

Best Black Friday laptop deals 2021

Best laptop deals chosen by Which? computing experts. Our pick of the best laptop deals includes budget laptops, Ultrabooks and MacBooks.
Michael Passingham
best black friday laptop deals 2021

Looking for a Black Friday laptop bargain? We've rounded up the best Black Friday laptop deals you can find in the sales right now.

Big manufacturers launch their new range of laptops on an annual basis, even before last year’s stock has fully sold out. This, plus heavy competition between brands and retailers, means there are always deals to be had. So don't feel under pressure to buy right now, unless you need to.

Not all of the Black Friday laptop deals being advertised are as attractive as they appear. Read on for our expert pick of some genuine Black Friday laptop deals on models that score well in our tests.

Though do check our reviews, too, to make sure a model is right for you. As well as being able to see the results of our independent lab tests, our reviews also reveal which brands are the most (and least) reliable, and which ones owners would recommend, based on our annual laptop owners' survey.


Thinking of snapping up a Black Friday deal? Make sure you are up to date with the latest news and advice with our Black Friday insiders guide. Don't miss out on the latest Black Friday offers with our round up of the best Black Friday deals.


Best Black Friday laptop deals: cheap laptops under £200

Acer Chromebook 311 - £159.99

Acer Chromebook 311
Acer Chromebook 311 in the Black Friday sales
  • MediaTek MT8183
  • 4GB of Ram
  • 32GB SSD

We like: Portable, decent sound quality

We didn’t like: Poor keyboard, touchpad and webcam

This is a surprisingly good device for the price. It may not have all the bells and whistles of a more expensive model, but if you’re looking for a budget laptop and can live with the limitations of Chrome OS, it’s worth considering.

The Acer Chromebook 311 normally retails at around £249 but it's currently on offer at Argos for £159.99

Read our full Acer Chromebook 311 review to see if it meets your needs.

Acer Spin 311 CP311-3H - £199

Acer Spin 311 CP311-3H
Acer Spin 311 CP311-3H in the Black Friday sale

We like: Very portable, silent operation

We didn’t like: Cheap construction, poor speakers

Poor speakers and screen quality aside, there’s a lot to like about this low-cost laptop. This includes its portability (it weights barely more than a kilo and is extremely compact), as well as its two-in-one design. 

If you’re looking for flexibility over performance, this could be an option to consider.

It’s currently on offer at John Lewis for £199.99  Read our expert Acer Spin 311 CP311-3H review to see if it's the model for you.

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook - £199

Lenovo IDeaPad Duet Chromebook
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook in the Black Friday sale
  • 2GHz processor
  • 4GB Ram
  • 128GB

We like: Sharp and colourful screen

We didn’t like: Poor camera for video calls and weak sound

This Chromebook comes with a detachable keyboard, so you can also use it as a tablet. It runs Google's own ChromeOS, rather than Windows or MacOS, and it’s cheap, too. So it's not a bad option for shoppers looking for a budget laptop/tablet. 

Best Black Friday offer is currently at Amazon for £199.  Read our expert Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook review to see if it's the model for you.

Best Black Friday laptop deals: from £279 and under £400

HP Chromebook x360 12b - £279

HP Chromebook x360 12b
HP Chromebook x360 12b in the Black Friday sales
  • Intel Pentium N5000 processor
  • 4GB of Ram
  • 64GB SSD

We like: Compact, versatile

We didn’t like: Underwhelming screen, speakers and keyboard

The HP Chromebook x360 is a great buy If you’re looking for a small, versatile laptop for your child. However, if you have more specific demands like media editing or multi-tasking, then its dim screen, erratic touchpad and mediocre speakers might be off-putting.

As a compact (it's only 12-inches, diagonally), cheap 2-in-1, it’s an OK choice in a market without many similar rivals. And at the reduced price of £279 (from £349) you can't really go wrong. 

Still undecided? Take a look at our HP Chromebook x360 review to help you make your mind up, or buy it from Currys for £279. 

Acer Swift 1 SF114-34 - £279.99

Acer Swift 1 SF114-34
Acer Swift 1 SF114-34 in the Black Friday sale
  • Intel Pentium N6000 processor
  • 4GB of Ram
  • 128GB SSD

We like: Thin and light

We didn’t like: Narrow screen viewing angles, mediocre speakers

The Acer Swift SF114-34 is a brilliant budget laptop. It’s a great choice if you need a basic laptop with a decent screen that won’t baulk at getting some work done, rather than out-and-out speed. While it's not perfect, it's very impressive for the money.

The Acer Swift SF114-34 normally retails at £399 but it's currently on offer at John Lewis for £279.99 (two-year guarantee included). 

Read our full Acer Swift 1 SF114-34 review to see if it meets your needs.

Acer Chromebook Spin-513 - £299

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
  • 4GB of Ram
  • 64GB SSD

We like: Lightweight 2-in-1 with a good battery life

We didn’t like: Poor screen, disappointing speakers

It might cut a few corners in terms of build quality, and its touchpad leaves something to be desired, but the Acer Chromebook Spin 513 is a highly portable device that manages to offer a lot of versatility for your money. And for £299 (25% off the normal retail price) you can't go far wrong.

Check out our full Acer Chromebook Spin-513 review for a more in-depth look, or snap it up from John Lewis (two-year guarantee included), Argos or Currys in their Black Friday deals.

Samsung Galaxy Book Go LTE - £349

Samsung Galaxy Book Go LTE
Samsung Galaxy Book Go LTE in the Black Friday sales
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c processor
  • 8GB of Ram
  • 128GB storage

We like: Portable, SIM card slot for mobile internet

We didn’t like: Underwhelming sound and webcam

The Samsung Galaxy Book Go LTE is marketed at those who want to use a laptop on the go. And with its compact dimensions, this model seems to fit the bill. It has a Sim card slot, so if you buy one with a data plan you can hook it up to the internet when you’re away from a wi-fi router.

It has a 14-inch display with Full HD resolution and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 quad-core processor, coupled to a generous 8GB of Ram. It’s fine when handling basic office tasks and web browsing, but it's not as snappy as rival models.

It's now on offer for £349 from John Lewis  (including a three-year guarantee). Alternatively you can snap it up from Currys and Very

Have a look at our Samsung Galaxy Book Go Review to see if it meets your needs.

Wondering if your next computer can run Windows 11? Use our Windows 11 requirements checker to find out.

HP 14b-na0502na Chromebook - £399

HP 14b-na0502na Chromebook
HP 14b-na0502na Chromebook in the Black Friday sales
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3500C
  • 8GB of Ram
  • 128GB SSD

We like: Fast start up, decent keyboard and speakers

We didn’t like: Screen could be better

The HP 14b-na0502na has a respectable specs, compared with other Chromebooks. If you're looking for a mid-sized laptop with a premium feel, it won't disappoint. And the current price of £399 is a good one. 

However, if you need a laptop for more complex tasks, like batch photo processing or video editing, the HP 14b-na0502na Chromebook probably isn't the ideal choice. 

Check out our full HP 14b-na0502na Chromebook review for a more in-depth look, or snap it up from Currys for £399.


Best Black Friday laptop deals : £499 and above 

Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA - £499


  • Intel Core i5
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB storage

We like: Impressive performance, gorgeous display

We didn't like: Connecting wired headphones requires an adapter

The Asus ZenBook 14" UX425EA is designed to be an easily-transported powerhouse. Its 11-generation Intel CPU speeds up tasks and its generous battery life makes it a reliable machine. The 256GB model is on offer, so its best suited to non-data hoarders and people who prefer cloud-based storage. 

It's available from Currys for £499, which is £200 off its usual price. Read our Asus ZenBook 14" UX425EA review of the 512GB version of this laptop to see what we thought.

Asus Zenbook Flip - £599

Asus Zenbook Flip
Asus Zenbook Flip in the Black Friday sales
  • Intel Core i5
  • 8GB Ram 
  • 512GB storage

We like: Fast and versatile, decent screen and sound

We didn’t like: Poor webcam

The Asus ZenBook Flip 13 has a decent screen, good sound quality and can be used as a laptop or tablet, thanks to its 2-in-1 design. That's because its screen can rotate 360 degrees. Its good specs means it can handle multitasking and photo editing, as well as basic browsing and writing documents.

The fact that it's available from Very for £599 (saving you £200) makes it all the more appealing. Read our full Asus Zenbook Flip review to see if it meets your needs.

Samsung Galaxy Book 4G - £599

Samsung Galaxy Book S laptop
Samsung Galaxy Book 4G in the Black Friday sale
  • Intel Core i5
  • 8GB Ram 
  • 256GB storage

We like: Good screen and speakers, speedy for basic tasks.

We didn’t like: Inconsistent touch pad.

This is an impressive and light laptop with a lovely screen and great speakers. You’ll need to consider if it can run all the programs you want, or whether you’ll need a more conventional laptop to get your daily tasks done. 

The best Black Friday deal for this laptop is currently at Very for £599. It's also available at John Lewis (including a two-year guarantee) for £699. Read our full Samsung Galaxy Book review to see if it meets your needs.

Samsung Galaxy Book 15-Inch - £599


  • Intel Core i5
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB storage

We like: Fast performance, screen and speakers that are great for media

We didn't like: Keyboard is cramped 

With a 15.6-inch laptop screen, it's a great laptop for home, but it's lightweight enough for easy transportation. If you're looking for a big laptop that can handle tasks and give you a good screen and speakers for video streaming, it's a decent mid-range option.

It's currently reduced from £699 to £599 at Currys and Very.

If you want to see how it fared in our test lab, read our Samsung Galaxy Book 15-Inch review.

HP Pavillion 13-bb0003na - £699

  • Intel i7 processor
  • 8GB Ram 
  • 512GB SSD

We like: Good performance, portable, quick fingerprint ID login

We didn’t like: Screen lacks contrast and brightness, poor sound

The HP Pavilion 13 13-bb0003na is a good laptop that can handle a range of tasks well. It copes well with everything from basic office tasks and web browsing, through to more resource-heavy operations such as photo editing.

However, its sound quality is poor, and in other key areas we’d expect better from a model normally priced at £849. But with a £150 saving you might be happy to overlook its shortfalls.

Still undecided? Take a look at our full HP Pavillion 13-bb0003na review, or buy it now for £699 from HP or John Lewis (two-year guarantee included).

Microsoft Surface Book 4 (13.5" 8 GB) - £699

Microsoft Surface Book 4
Microsoft Surface Book 4 in the Black Friday sale
  • Core i5 processor
  • 8GB Ram 
  • 128GB SSD

We like: Light with excellent speakers

We didn’t like: Not many ports, underwhelming web-cam

This is a thin and light (1.27kg) laptop with a great screen. However, it doesn't have many ports - only a USB-C, headphone jack and a magnetic Surface Connect. Although you can buy and attach a dock with extra ports, if you need them. 

It's currently on offer at John Lewis for £699, which is a bit of a bargain - particularly as it comes with a John Lewis two-year guarantee. 

Read our full Microsoft Surface Book 4 13.5 Inch review to see if it meets your needs.

Google Pixelbook Go (13" 8 GB) - £729

Google Pixelbook Go
Google Pixelbook Go in the Black Friday sales
  • Core i5 processor
  • 8GB Ram 
  • 128GB SSD

We like: Fast and light, lovely to use

We didn’t like: Poor speakers

Google’s Pixelbook Go is a capable Chromebook that offers speedy performance and portability - it weights only 1.05kg and is very thin and compact. As it's a Chromebook, it runs ChromeOS. 

The only major downside are the shallow and tinny sounding speakers.

The Pixelbook Go is currently on offer at Argos for £729, but make sure it's right for you before you buy. Take a look at our Google Pixelbook Go review to see if it meets your needs.

Huawei Matebook X Pro 2021 - £1,199

Huawei Matebook X Pro 2021
Huawei Matebook X Pro 2021 in the Black Friday sales
  • Intel Core i7-1165G7
  • 16GB Ram
  • 1TB SSD Storage

We like: Light, great screen, decent touchpad, plenty of storage

We didn’t like: Pop-up webcam isn't great

The Huawei Matebook X Pro 2021 is a premium-priced small laptop that is powerful enough to take on more intensive tasks, such as photo editing. It has a great touchscreen with a 3,000 x 2,000-pixel resolution, so colours are bright and punchy. 

Inside it’s powered by a quad-core, hyper-threaded Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor, 16GB of Ram and a 1TB SSD, of which 814GB is available for use as storage.

The Huawei Matebook X Pro is normally pricey, retailing for £1,599. We found it for £1,199 from Argos, which is a pretty good deal.

That's still a lot of money, though, so read our full Huawei Matebook X Pro 2021 review to see if it meets your needs.

Samsung Galaxy Book Flex2 5G - £1,299

  • Intel Core i5, 1135G7
  • 8GB Ram
  • 246GB Storage

We like: Thin and light, adaptable 2-in-1 design, good sound

We didn’t like: The screen could be better at handling reflections

The Samsung Galaxy Book Flex2 5G has an unusual design, as the solid metal keyboard can be detached from the screen. This means you can use it as a big, powerful tablet.

It's lovely to use - and should be, for the price. Plus has some really useful features such as the excellent stylus-controlled touchscreen.  

It's normally an expensive purchase so is a bit of a bargain from Very for £1,299. That's still a lot of money, though, so read our full Samsung Galaxy Book Flex2 5G review to see if it meets your needs.

Best Black Friday laptop deals: Apple Macbooks

Apple MacBook Air13 (2020) - £889

Apple MacBook Air13 (2020)
Apple MacBook Air13 (2020) in the Black Friday sale
  • Apple M1 processor
  • 8GB Ram 
  • 256GB storage

We like: Light, great keyboard and touch pad

We didn’t like: Not many ports, expensive upgrades

This Macbook has an excellent screen and great speakers, as well as a thin and light design. 

Its screen isn’t quite as good as the one found on the MacBook Pro and it's not as good in other areas, too. But there are plenty of plus points. If your budget will only stretch as far as the MacBook Air, you won’t be disappointed. 

 Amazon and Very have it on offer for £889. John Lewis has it for £10 more, at £899, plus you get a two-year guarantee.

 Read our full Apple MacBook Air (2020) review to see if it meets your needs.

Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2020) - £1,159

Apple acBook Pro 13-inch 2020 laptop
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2020) in the Black Friday sale
  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • 8GB Ram 
  • 256GB storage

We like: Fantastic screen, rich-sounding speakers

We didn’t like: Only two ports

This lovely-looking Apple MacBook has a 13.3-inch screen and a robust, all-aluminium chassis. It's a touch heavier than similar-sized rivals, at just under 1.4kg, but that may not matter to you.

It doesn't have Apple's latest M1 processor, though. And you only get two USB-C ports, so you'll need to buy an adaptor to expand them if you want to plug more accessories in.

You can pick it up at Very for £1,159. Or if you want a two-year guarantee included in the price John Lewis have it on for £1,187. 

Read our full Apple MacBook Pro (2020) review to see if it meets your needs.

Apple MacBook Pro 13, 1TB (2020) - £1,187

  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • Touch Bar, Retina Display
  • 1000GB storage (1TB)

We like: Fantastic screen, loads of storage

We didn’t like: Only two ports

It may not have Apple's latest M1 processor, but you do get 1TB of storage - making it a must for anyone with a large film or picture archive. 

You only get two USB-C ports, so you'll need to buy an adaptor to expand them if you want to plug more accessories in.

The best deal for this MacBook Pro is currently at John Lewis, where it's on offer for £1,187. Read our full Apple MacBook Pro (2020) review to see if it meets your needs.

Looking to save money on all Apple products? See our round up of the best Apple Black Friday deals

Looking to save even more money on a laptop?

If the best laptop deals we feature here are still outside of your budget, don't worry as we can still help you. Take a look at our expert pick of the best cheap laptops - we feature models under £200, £300 and £500.

If you want to spend even less, or if you want something high-spec that won't bust the bank, consider a second-hand or refurbished model. To find out more, go to how to buy a second-hand or refurbished laptop.

Black Friday laptop deals: the best time to find a great cheap laptop deal?

While there are deals on laptops year round, the best time to nab a genuine bargain is usually around the Black Friday/Cyber Monday season. These days, this extends through most of November.

Take a look at the laptop market in the lead-up to the sale, though; it can be advantageous to understand how prices change so you can make a judgement on whether a deal is really as good as it looks.

It will also pay to make a list of a few laptops you'd be interested in if they went on discount. That way, when the deals start rolling in, you already know what it is you want and don't get tempted in by other deals on laptops you aren't familiar with.


For more deals, see our pick of the very best Black Friday deals. You can also check out our Black Friday Insider's Guide for our top Black Friday tips, including how to spot fake reviews.


Want to save even more money?

See our expert pick of the best cheap laptops - we have models at price points under £200, £300 and £500.

If you're prepared to buy a refurbished or second-hand laptop,  you can make even more of your money. But do your research before you buy, as otherwise you risk getting stuck with a model that won't meet your needs or won't receive security updates. 

To find out more, see how to buy a refurbished or second-hand laptop.

How to get the best deals on specific laptop brands

Laptop deals are available all year round, not only on Black Friday. If you have a particular brand in mind for your next laptop, you need to know where to look. Read our independent laptop reviews to ensure you get the best deal.  

Acer laptop deals

You can often find deals on Acer’s UK website that aren’t available elsewhere. The website also lists a wider range of specifications on certain models that you won’t find on the high street, so it’s always worth checking here as well as the usual online stores.

Check out our Acer laptop reviews.

Apple laptop deals

We’ve found Apple laptops are very often cheaper and available for faster delivery when you don't buy direct from Apple. The main reason you’d buy directly is if you wanted a specification (such as a processor, Ram and storage) combination that isn’t available anywhere else - but be warned, this way you’re less likely to bag a bargain. 

Read all of our Apple laptop reviews

Asus laptop deals

Asus laptops are found in a wide range of retailers in various configurations, so it’s always worth shopping around. The company also sells directly on its website, but its prices are mostly higher than other retailers. 

If you’re a student, you can get 15% off if you buy direct. 

Read our Asus laptop reviews

Dell laptop deals

You’ll find the largest range of Dell laptops on the Dell website. If you’re thinking of buying a Dell laptop from a retailer, check whether there’s a cheaper (or better-specified model) available direct from Dell before you buy. 

Dell often has some kind of online voucher code or discount active, so it pays to wait for one before buying. 

Read our Dell laptop reviews

HP laptop deals

HP laptops are found in nearly every laptop retailer, but most of the ‘deals’ you’ll find are at Currys PC World, with dozens of models available. Most HP laptops go on sale at a higher price, and then are discounted by at least £100 after around a month. 

HP also sells directly through its website, so it’s always worth checking for discounts and voucher codes. 

Read our HP laptop reviews

Lenovo laptop deals

Like Asus laptops, Lenovo models are found scattered around the high street and at online-only retailers, so it’s worth doing your research. We’ve often found the best price can be found buying direct on Lenovo’s website, so always check there before you buy. 

Read our Lenovo laptop reviews


Looking for a laptop for less than £500? See our expert pick of the best cheap laptops


When and where are the best laptops on sale?

You should rarely consider paying full price for a laptop, but just because a deal exists doesn’t mean it’s special. Find out how to see through the tricks of the trade at key retailers.

Currys deals and ‘clearance’ sales

At certain times of year, Currys loads up its clearance pages with laptop deals. Despite what the term ‘clearance’ might suggest, discounts on these models can sometimes be very small. 

If you spot a discount, do double-check whether rival stores are selling it for less. We've seen laptops initially go on sale for a higher price and then drop to a more regular price. 

Currys also operates a price-matching scheme that may not always be as good as it seems. Many of the laptops the retailer sells are exclusive to the store; it might be an exclusive colour or a slight change in specification, but it’s enough to mean the model doesn’t quality for a price match.

Looking to save money in the Black Friday sales? Our experts have selected the best of the Currys Black Friday deals.

Amazon laptop deals

Amazon isn’t well known for its laptop deals, but it does have a wide variety of notebooks on sale at any given time. However, many of its best-sellers are actually quite old and some are even second-hand. It’s always worth double-checking Amazon in case it has a laptop you’re interested in on discount.

Also, be wary of small-brand laptops sold exclusively on Amazon. We’ve tested a few and none of them have impressed despite the seemingly overwhelming number of positive reviews from buyers.

Argos laptop deals

Argos often has good deals on individual laptops, so it’s always worth checking back there occasionally to see what’s new. Watch for ‘deals’ marked as ‘WOW’, as these can quite often not be deals at all and simply reflect Argos wanting you to pay attention to a product. Also look for pointers that say ‘Great new price’ as we’ve seen in the past that new price can actually be higher than the old one.

The best bet for Argos deals is to look for ‘clearance’ deals as these are normally genuine discounts.

Deals on laptops for students: sales in September

There are also sales in the ‘back-to-school season’ in August and September - look out for them at Currys PC World in particular. These are usually on the very latest models that will have launched earlier in the summer, with laptops from £200 to £600 getting some sort of discount. 

This is great if you’re after the very latest tech, although you’ll often find better deals on older models if you hold out until Black Friday. Of course, if you’re heading to uni and need a computer, this isn’t always possible.

See our best laptops for students guide for recommendations, including advice on picking the right model for your needs and budget.