Cheap laptops are easy to find throughout the year, but particularly around Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Boxing Day and beyond. But which deals really are the best? We wade through all the UK laptop offers we can find online to help you find the very best.
Best laptop deals right now
Apple 15in MacBook Pro, Touch Bar, 2.2GHz, 256GB, Space Grey (2018) [John Lewis]
From: John Lewis
Now: £2,055.00 £294 off
What to look for in laptop deals
There are often decent savings on Microsoft’s Surface range at the moment, as the company is trying to shift seventh generation Intel chip models as we see the eighth generation Coffee Lake replace Kaby Lake.
Retailers like Currys PC World, John Lewis, Argos and AO almost always have plenty of deals on laptops. With the right offer you’ll be able to pick up a half decent machine for around £300 instead of £500, for example - not bad.
You might also see reductions on budget laptops (below £200 or so) but bear in mind that you are getting what you pay for here - they might be fine for web browsing and Netflix, but they'll be slow and unreliable for anything more challenging than that. That's especially true of Chromebooks, which pair low specs with a simple OS for wallet-friendly prices but a slightly more limited feature set.
Higher-ticket items like a Surface Pro or HP’s ultrabooks may still be expensive at around £800, but you might be able to save a few hundred on the RRP. See our dedicated round-up of the best Microsoft Surface deals of the month.
Apple's MacBooks are a little trickier to get discounts on, as offers are rare, but you can often pick up a model that's a year or two old for less than the RRP (and still get great performance), and it's also always worth checking out Apple's official refurbished store.
Amazon usually has some of the biggest bargains. If you find that you’re missing out on Amazon’s Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we'd recommend signing up for Amazon's 30 day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else. Plus, you'll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more.
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Laptop Buying Guides
Tech Advisor has loads of content to help you find your way around buying a laptop, including advice on peripheries and accessories. We've put all these articles in one place here.
If you want to know what the best laptops of 2018 are, see our dedicated round up of the top most devices, includes expert reviews as well.
If you don't want to splash out too much on a new machine, we also have a guide on the best budget laptops of the year. It goes through what to look out for in terms of screen, processor, software storage and memory and more.
While we're on the topic of budget, students may also want to see our article on the best laptops for students and for studying in 2018.
Another popular option now laptop-tablet hybrid. We've also compiled a guide on the best 2 in 1 laptops, full with our expert reviews.
Best laptop deals 2018
1. Acer Aspire 3
Now: £349 (£150 off)
This laptop is full-size with a Core i3 processor and a whopping 1TB of storage.
2. Asus ZenBook 13
Now: £699 (£200 off)
The ZenBook 13 is classy laptop which combines performance and portability. Read our review to find our more.
3. HP Stream 14
Now: £179.99 (£50 off)
If you just need a basic laptop without breaking the bank then this is bargain. It's got what you need, plus includes a one-year subscription to Office 365 with 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage.
4. Apple 15in MacBook Pro, Touch Bar, 2.2GHz, 256GB, Space Grey (2018) [John Lewis]
From: John Lewis
Now: £2,055.00 £294 off
If it's the 2018 15in MacBook Pro you are after you can save a significant amount right now on the Space Grey version of the 256GB model at John Lewis.
5. Lenovo Yoga Book
Now: £408 (£141 off)
Hand write notes or draw when you need to, or use the halo keyboard when you with this touch screen
6. Very.co.uk MacBook Sale
Now: up to £150 off with Buy Now Pay Later
You can save tonnes right now at Very.co.uk on the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro (2017 models) when you buy on the Buy Now Pay Later scheme.
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