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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.
Here are the best deals we've found as of 15th September.
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 and 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.
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 and 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 It's interesting this model is still widely available, despite being superseded by the Surface Laptop 4 several months ago, but this is a cracking deal either way.
We like: Versatile design
We didn't like: Screen a bit drab
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 and where it can currently be had for £399.
We like: Portable
We didn’t like: Poor webcam
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.