MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020)
Looking for a laptop bargain? We've rounded up the top 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 good deals to be had. And if there's not something that catches your eye this month, there are always new deals around the corner.
Not all deals being advertised are as attractive as they may first appear, though. Read on for our expert pick of some genuine deals on models that score well in our tests and are on sale for a good price.
Although 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.
We like: Ultra portable
We don’t like: No memory card slot
This low-cost option has a two-in-one design: you can use it as a laptop or as a tablet-like device. It's easily portable, too. On the downside, there's no memory card slot. The laptop in this deal has 32GB of SSD versus 64GB in the model we tested. It's one to consider if you're after a basic model. Now with further price reductions this month, it's current available for the bargain price of just £179.
We like: Thin and lightweight
We don’t like: Narrow screen viewing angles
It has a Full HD screen, which you won't always get for a laptop of this price, plus two USB ports, a USB-C, HDMI and a headphone jack. This is a 2021-vintage Pentium, so it won’t be far off the speed of some Intel Core i3-powered laptops. Typically retailing for around £400, it can be had this month for £300, a further £49 reduction on last month's sale price.
We like: Very lightweight
We don’t like: Doesn't have very many ports
This is a small laptop with a 12.4-inch screen and weighing just 1.12kg. There aren’t many mid-range models this small, so it should appeal if you regularly need to travel.
The Core i5 processor has four cores, which is good for quickly opening webpages and programs. It typically sells for around £550, so this month's best price of £449 represents a decent saving.
We like: Quick performance
We don't like: The cramped keyboard
Because of its large screen size, this could be a good one to consider if you need a machine you can take on-the-go, but primarily use at home.
It supports the latest wi-fi standard – known as WiFi 6 – which can offer brilliant speeds if you have a router that supports it. Most supporting hardware only started to be released during 2020.
We like: Versatile hybrid design
We don’t like: Battery life could be better
This 14-inch model is from HP’s two-in-one hybrid range – you can use it like a standard laptop, but you can also twist the keyboard around the other way on its 360-degree hinge and use it like a touchscreen tablet. It even comes with a stylus accessory for jotting notes and drawing on-screen, making it a flexible, multi-purpose device
It's currently on sale for £599.99, which is a £120 saving on its typical price.
We like: Portable, versatile screen
We don’t like: Poor webcam
This laptop has a very versatile screen – it can be flipped 360 degrees, so you can also use it as a tablet. It also comes with a stylus and the sound is very good.
The webcam isn't great, though – Skype images in our tests had limited detail, and were dim and pale. Typically selling for around £1,500, it's currently being heavily discounted by Lenovo and can be had for £899.99 this month. This type of discount isn't uncommon for premium Lenovo laptops, but it's still a hefty saving.
We like: Light, great keyboard and touch pad
We don’t like: Not many ports, expensive upgrades
Its screen isn’t quite as hi tech as the one found on the MacBook Pro, but there are plenty of plus points, including its thin lightweight design. It's on sale at the moment for £887, a £62 discount compared to buying it direct from Apple.
We like: Fantastic screen, rich-sounding speakers
We don’t like: Only has 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 might not matter to you.
This version now includes Apple's latest M1 processor. However, you only get two USB-C ports, so you'll need to buy an adaptor to expand them if you want to plug in more accessories. Typically selling for around £1,299, it's now available for around £150 less.
If you're not looking to spend a lot on a new laptop, there are plenty of cheaper models that can handle day-to-day tasks well. Take a look at our expert pick of the – we feature models under £200, £300 and £500.
Laptop deals are available all year round, not just on Black Friday. If you have a particular brand in mind for your next model, you need to know where to look. Read our independent to ensure you get the best deal.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll find the largest range 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.
HP laptops are found in nearly every laptop retailer, but most of the ‘deals’ you’ll find are at Currys, with dozens of models available. Most HP laptops go on sale at a higher price, 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.
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.
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.
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 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 qualify for a price match.
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 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 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.
There are also sales in the back-to-school season in August and September – look out for them at Currys, 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.
While there are deals on laptops year round, a great time to nab a genuine bargain is 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 to check prices and weigh up your options – it's useful 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. 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 models you aren't familiar with.