These days, laptop prices can go well into the thousands, from the new Microsoft netbooks to the latest Apple Mac, but if you’re after a speedy device to meet your university deadlines, surf the web, and catch up on Netflix, you don’t have to splash out to find gold.
If you’re shopping for a new laptop and are a student, don’t forget to ask for student discount – you’ll be surprised how many retailers offer it (including Apple!). For non-students, always try your luck for a freebie with your expensive purchase – whether it’s a complimentary USB stick or a laptop bag, there’s often something up for grabs.
To help you find a good deal, we’ve rounded up our pick of the best laptop deals going right now below.
1. HP 14″ Laptop, Intel Pentium 8Gb 1TB in Red, £289 (was £319)
Packed with all the features you need, this is the ideal gadget for doing all your daily tasks with ease. It has a battery life of around 8 hours, a huge 1TB of hard drive storage and a crisp 14-inch HD screen.
HP laptops also automatically come with unlimited access to music and exclusive content fr HP users only, meaning you also have access to a whole new world at your fingertips.
How much is it? £289 at Tesco - £30 off the usual price.
2. Lenovo Ideapad 11.6″ Laptop, £149.99 (was £179.99)
Super thin and lightweight, the Lenovo Ideapad is ideal for those after a portable device for work or university, or just to have around the house for the little ones.
With 8 hours of battery life, its not only super affordable but worth every penny, rated 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon’s customer reviews by over 250 people.
How much is it? £149.99 at Amazon
3. HP Stream 14” Laptop, £229.99
This bright blue HP laptop is lightweight and easy to lug around – efficient, and does what every laptop should do, fast.
It’s a compact all-in-one – and therefore has no disk drive, but it does come fully loaded with a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365. This gives you access to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Access, so you can get to work right-away without having to buy any other software.
How much is it? £229.99 at Currys PC World, with a one year warranty included.
4. Lenovo Yoga 300 11.6” Touchscreen 2 in 1, £235.79
The versatile Lenovo YOGA 300 is a 2 in one convertible laptop, lightweight to carry and ideal for commuters with a five-hour battery life, and the 360 degree hinge means you can position the screen any way you like, to turn it into a tablet, or a free standing table ideal for watching Youtube or on demand programs.
Use it as an on-the-go 11.6 inch tablet by swinging the keyboard to the back as you touch and swipe your way through all the menus.
The Intel® Celeron processor and 2Gb RAM can cope with your everyday computing jobs and for movies and music, it’s got inbuilt stereo speakers supported by Dolby Home Theatre audio.
How much is it? £235.79 from Tesco
Stuck on which Lenovo laptop is right for you? Find out in our guide.
5. Acer CB3-131 11.6″ Chromebook, £169.99
Small, light and easy to understand, the Acer Chromebook features up to 9 hours of battery life.
There’s also a built in webcam for clear, bright video calls to stay connected with friends and family.
This Chromebook also features a ComfyView display, so there’s less strain on your eyes.
How much is it? £169.99 at Currys.
6. Lenovo 15.6″ laptop plus bag and mouse, £384.99 (was £399.99)
With a vivid HD display and incredible battery life, this laptop is the perfect device for those who like to watch or produce videos and vlogs. It’s also well suited to uni go-ers, who can easily transport it between lectures and the library, as well as using it to watch their programmes when home.
Coming in a range of distinctive bold colours and customisation options, you can pick the perfect hue to suit you, and ensure your laptop is individual to everyone else’s.
How much is it? £384.99 at Argos, with a one year warranty included.
7. Medion Akoya 15.6″ laptop, £310 (was £349.97)
Looking for an incredibly powerful laptop without the hefty price tag? The Akoya brings an incredibly smooth performance which means you can get your tasks done, without the frustruation.
It also has a huge 1TB of hardrive space (twice the amount other laptops this price usually have), so whether you use your laptop to browse the web, work on important documents or to finish that uni project, you can rely on trusty Akoya to be by your side.
How much is it? £310 at Debenhams
8. APPLE Macbook 13″ white laptop, Certified Refurbished, £199.99 (was £349.99)
Amazon Certified Refurbished offers products that have been certified to look and work like new, with limited to no signs of wear. As they aren’t brand new, they are much cheaper than their straight-from-the-shop counterparts.
This vintage Apple Macbook is currently on deal and would make the ideal gift for those that are interested in an Apple laptop, but without as much of a hefty price tag.
The laptop runs on Yosemite and is fully ready to use – a Grade A refurbished product with 6 months warranty.
How much is it? £199.99 at Portable Universe
9. LINX 1010B 10.1″ Tablet & Keyboard, £149.99 (was £159.99)
Its lightweight build and touch screen make it the ideal gadget for every day computing, so you can stay more productive on the move. The keyboard can be attached or detached as you wish to transform it from laptop to tablet in no time at all.
As Office Mobile is pre-installed on the Linx 1010, you can keep up to date with all your important work files while you travel, and once all the hard work is over, just take off the keyboard and watch a program while you relax on the train home.
Do serious work in laptop mode â or flip into tent mode to share with your colleagues. Plus there’s 7 hours of battery life, so you’re not constantly on the hunt for plug sockets.
How much is it? £149.99 at Currys
10. Lenovo 10.1″ Tablet in silver, £229.99
Designed for on-the-go webaholics who need data all-day, every day, this is a handy tablet complete with keyboard.
10 hours of battery life means you can be productive anytime, anywhere, but is also great for people who need a one-device-fits-all, so they can seamlessly go from writing essays and reports, to laying in bed catching up on their favourite TV show.
How much is it? £229.99 at Argos.
2 laptops worth that little bit extra
Asus VivoBook A540 15.6″ Laptop, £379.99 (was £449.99)
If you’re in the market for a family laptop to suit homework and the odd working-from-home task, this Asus VivoBook laptop may be ideal, with its super quick i3 processor.
This Asus device features built in Asus SonicMaster technology to deliver quality multimedia sound and visuals through its 15.6 inch display and built-in speakers.
Its 1 Tb of storage space gives you storage space for up to 280,000 digital photos, 250,000 MP3s, 440 hours of DVD quality video or 120 hours of HD video.
How much is it? £379.99 at Argos.co.uk, (usually £449.99).
HP Pavilion 15.6″ laptop in red, £399 (was £599.99)
Work without a charger for up to nine and a half hours at a time with this HP Pavilion, which lets you watch videos and play games lag-free.
Complete with a state-of-the-art sound experience, a 1tb hard-drive and a super fast processor, this is great for travelling with for work or uni.
How much is it? £399.99 at Currys