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15 September 2021

Best laptop deals for 2021

Best laptop deals chosen by Which? computing experts, including budget laptops, Ultrabooks and MacBooks.
Michael Passingham
best laptop deals

Looking for a laptop bargain? We’ve rounded up some of the best deals you can find 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.

But not all price cuts are as attractive as they appear. Read on for our expert pick of some genuine bargains, and find out how to spot your own.

Looking for a laptop for less than £500? Read our guide on the best cheap laptops

Best laptop deals for September 2021

Here are the best deals we've found as of 15th September. 

Apple Macbook Pro 2020 (M1) - £1,167.87

  • £132 price drop 
  • 13.3-inch laptop
  • Apple M1 processor, 8GB of Ram and 256GB of storage.

We like: Fast, thin and light

We didn’t like: Only two ports, not everyone will like the Touch Bar

The Macbook Pro is currently available in John Lewis and Currys for £1,167.87 - which is the lowest price we've seen in several months from the big retailers. Usually this model is discounted to £1,187 if it's not at full price, so it's good to see a bigger discount in August.

Read our full MacBook Pro 2020 review.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5 inch - £750

  • £249 saving on launch price
  • 13.5-inch laptop
  • 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor

We like: Design and build, fast

We didn’t like: Lacks some basic ports, rivals have better battery life

The Microsoft Surface Laptop is currently on sale at Argos and John Lewis with an impressive £249 discount. It's interesting this model is still widely available, despite being superseded by the Surface Laptop 4 several months ago, but this is a cracking deal either way.

Read our full Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 review before you commit to buy.

Acer Chromebook Spin 513 - £349

Acer Chromebook Spin 513
  • £50 saving
  • 13-inch 2-in-1
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon processor

We like: Versatile design

We didn't like: Screen a bit drab

This low-cost Chromebook has got even cheaper, dropping from £399 to £349 at Currys. If you're after a useful 2-in-1 laptop but don't want to pay a premium, it's worth a look.

Read our full Acer Chromebook Spin 513 review to see how it fared in our tests.

Asus Chromebook Flip C433TA - £399

Asus Chromebook C433TA
  • Intel Core m3 processor
  • 8GB of Ram
  • 64GB storage

We like: Useful two-in-one design

We didn’t like: Storage could be larger

The Asus Chromebook Flip C433TA features a two-in-one design that lets you use it either like a standard laptop, or as a tablet-like touchscreen device. It’s currently cheapest at Currys and John Lewis where it can currently be had for £399.

Read our full Asus Chromebook Flip C433TA review to see if it meets your needs.

Dell Inspiron 14 5000 (5405) - £499

Dell Inspiron 14 5405
  • £50 cheaper than normal
  • 14-inch display
  • 256GB SSD storage

We like: Portable

We didn’t like: Poor webcam

This compact, mid-range laptop is powered by a six-core AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor coupled with a healthy 8GB of Ram. It’s currently best-priced at Currys where it’s on sale at £499.

Read our full Dell Inspiron 14 5000 review to see how it performs.

How to get the best deals on specific laptop brands

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.

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 looking at a Dell laptop at 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

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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 PC World deals and ‘clearance’ sales

At certain times of year, Currys PC World 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 PC World 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.

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.

Black Friday: 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.

You can get some great discounts if you're prepared to buy a refurbished or second-hand laptop. Find out how to get a bargain - see how to buy a second-hand or refurbished laptop

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.