Macbook Pro 13-inch 2020 (M1)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HP 14b-na0502na Chromebook - £399
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.