You say laptops, we say deals, you say end of the month, we say pay day. Welcome to October, the fourth quarter of the year and shorter, colder days; good bye to some of the offers that graced our pages over the last few weeks, notably that from PC World/Currys.
The trickle of Skylake-based laptops is slowly accelerating the obsolescence of third and fourth generation Core models, causing older models to be discounted faster.
Next week's Microsoft event is likely to see a flurry of laptops, convertibles and tablets which are likely to be high on the selling list of retailers across the country.
This week however saw Dell and HP unveil a number of powerful workstations and business devices, with Fujitsu demonstrating Skylake-based laptops and Apple making OS X 10.11 El Capitan available for download.
Every Friday morning, we update this page to offer the freshest, latest and most up-to-date laptop bargains of the week and we're pretty sure we're the only mainstream UK technology website in the UK.
We will rotate our deals to offer you a wider variety and you will find our laptop deals archives simply by browsing to the next page.
Do you think that we have missed out on on a particularly attractive deal? If that is the case, feel free to leave a note in the comments section and we'll include it in our deal with a thank you note to the contributor.
1. TechRadar's laptop deal of the week
- Laptop: Acer E5-573
- Price: £249 at Tesco
Tesco is the last place you would usually expect to grab a laptop bargain but there we are with the Acer E5-573, a great looking model which costs only £249 and also earns you 249 Clubcard points (every little helps hey!). It packs a fourth-generation Core i3 processor, the 4005U which is a dual core model clocked at 1.7GHz. There's also 4GB of RAM, a massive 1TB hard disk drive, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a dedicated numeric keypad, Windows 10, up to five hours battery life and a 15.6-inch display. As expected on larger laptops, you do get an optical drive and more ports than on thinner ones; in this case three USB ports, an Ethernet connector and a HDMI one.
The Lenovo B40-30 (£148 at Ebuyer) is the cheapest new laptop in the UK and one that still manages to pack a lot for what it costs. Gone are the days of cramped netbook keyboards, this model delivers a full size one with an Intel Celeron N2840 dual-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, a spacious 500GB hard disk drive, a 14-inch HD display, Windows 8.1, support for Dolby Advanced Audio and up to five hours battery life. The laptop also provides with more connectors than you'd expect on an entry-level; there's two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, VGA and even an Ethernet port. A note of advice: it might be worth uninstalling bundled software in order to improve its performance.
2. Chromebook/Netbook deal of the week
- Laptop: HP Stream 11 Pro
- Price: £122.54 at Dabs
This is a variation of the Stream 11 Pro from HP which has been our deal of the week for quite a few weeks already. Available for £122.54 at Dabs, it comes without the free OneDrive storage while saving about 20% of the price, which is a worthy one in our view. The rest of the specification is identical to other Stream 11 Pro we've seen; a dual-core Intel Celeron N2840 dual-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB flash storage, an 11.6-inch HD display, Windows 8.1 and a cramped but still usable keyboard. Although it weighs a mere 1.3Kg, it still has an estimated eight-hour battery life which makes it a desirable purchase for those looking for an all-day machine.
The Asus X205TA can be purchased from Tesco Direct (again!) for £159 with 159 Clubcard points thrown in for free. It is unique amongst netbooks and chromebooks in that it runs on an Intel Atom Z3735F rather than the ubiquitous N2840 model. It is also much lighter than most of the competition at less than 1Kg. The specification list looks very familiar with 2GB of RAM, a HD display, 32GB flash storage and eight-hours battery life. Also noteworthy is the fact that it comes bundled with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal. Note that this model comes in red, has a microSD card slot with Windows 8.1.
3. Gaming laptop deal of the week
- Laptop: MSI PE60 2QE
- Price: £699.98 at CCLOnline
Last week's gaming laptop deal comes back courtesy of CCLonline but with a free bundle worth over £150 and a small but welcomed price cut. The MSI PE60 2QE Prestige can be had from the online-only retailer for a mere £669.98. The bundle includes a MSI Steelseries headset and a free one-year warranty extension. As a reminder, this is a laptop that comes with an Intel Core i5 fourth-generation processor, an Nvidia Geforce GTX960M GPU with 2GB GDDR5 memory, 8GB of RAM, a big 1TB hard disk drive and a number of MSI exclusives like a 2.1 speaker solution from Dynaudio, Nahimic Audio Enhancer and CoolerBoost 3.
If your budget can extend slightly more, then consider the Asus G751JL-T7003H, a beast of a laptop that weighs nearly 4Kg and houses a 17.3-inch full HD display. Compared to the MSI, it is £200 more expensive at £899.97 and packs a quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, the i7-4720HQ. There's also the GTX965M which is paired with 2GB of GDDR5 memory as well as a wide array of connectors/connectivity options: 802.11ac, VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort, four USB 3.0 ports and even a Thunderbolt one. Note that Asus has included a nifty overclocking feature called TurboMaster and this ROG laptop even sports an illuminated keyboard.
4. Ultrabook deal of the week
- Laptop: PCSpecialist Lafite II
- Price: £723 at PCSpecialist
Out with the old, in with the new. This week marks the debut of the new generation of Ultrabook at PC Specialist. The Lafite II features the all new Intel Core i7-6500U Skylake-based processor complete with the Intel HD Graphics 520 video solution. At £723 with 8GB of RAM and a 480GB Kingston V300 SSD, it is dearer than the model it replaces but still well worth it. Note that this model includes a USB 2.0, a USB 3.0 and even a USB 3.1 port plus a backlit keyboard. As for the model that it replaces, it does have an aluminium chassis and its 6300mAh battery should power it for more than seven hours.
If you want something with a form factor smaller than the usual 13.3-inch models but larger than the increasingly popular 11.6-inch ones, there are few options available. The Lenovo ThinkPad X240 is probably one of the best ones out there with a 12.5-inch display, one with a full HD resolution. At £749.97 at Saveonlaptops, it is not cheap but this is a Thinkpad, a business laptop whose ruggedness and durability should put consumer devices to shame. No surprise therefore that it comes with Windows 7 Professional (upgradable to Windows 8 or Windows 10), a 4th generation Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a fabulous three-year onsite warranty.
5. 2-in-1 hybrid deal of the week
- Laptop: HP Envy x2
- Price: £449.99 at Currys
You won't find a cheaper brand new Core M device on the market. The HP Envy X2 is now available from Currys just under £450; it is a tad more expensive than Microsoft's Surface 3 but comes with a keyboard and so much more. You have a powerful Intel Core M-5Y10 processor, 4GB of RAM, a spacious 128GB SSD, that removable Bluetooth Keyboard, a 13.3-inch full HD touchscreen display, Beats Audio and even two full size USB 3.0 ports, very rare on a tablet. Don't be fooled by its price though, this is a premium product, one that even comes with a one-year subscription to HP Music.
The Lenovo Yoga 500 is one of the many additions the Chinese manufacturer has done to its popular line up. You won't use this one as a bog standard, use-on-the-tube tablet as it is simply too big and too heavy. However, it should be perfect in a more laid-back, second screen situation in one of its four modes. At £379 at Very, it is surprisingly affordable as well given that it comes with a 14-inch full HD touchscreen display, a whopping 8GB of RAM and an impressive 1TB hard disk drive. The Pentium N3805U that powers it is not as powerful as any of the current Core processors but should hold its own nonetheless in most scenarios.
6. MacBook deal of the week
- Laptop: Apple MacBook Air 11"
- Price: £615.38 at Amazon
The MacBook Air is still one of Apple's finest laptops; the 2015 model comes with Intel's fifth generation Core i5 processor, a dual-core model, with 4GB of RAM and 128GB flash storage. Although the new MacBook is arguably thinner and better specced (bar the processor) than that model, the MBA is much cheaper at £615.38 and more powerful thanks to that Core i5 CPU. It is lightweight without being too cramped and thin without being too squashed. With a 10-hour battery life, it easily bests most ultra-portable laptops from the Windows camp. The only worry might be the relatively low resolution which is just slightly higher than the Apple's own smartphone, the iPhone 6.
In all honesty, there are not a lot of choices when it comes to Apple's MacBook range given that there are only three families. The new MacBook is the newest kid on the block and at £904 at Amazon, is cheaper than buying directly at Apple. It is beautifully designed with an even thinner chassis than the MacBook Air. Sure, it uses the slower Intel Core M processor but this allows for a longer battery life as well as the ability to get everything powered using a single USB Type C power connector. Add in 8GB of RAM, a massive 256GB flash storage and a gorgeous 12-inch 2304 x 1440 pixels resolution and you get one of the best laptops on the market if price is not an issue.
Below is a list of the best-selling laptop pages from reputable online retailers where you will be able to find more laptop deals.
Laptop deals: quick links
- Amazon UK - Laptop Store
- Currys/PCWorld - best selling laptops
- Ebuyer - laptop top sellers
- Dabs.com - hot deals on laptops and tablets
- Tesco - laptop best sellers
- Argos - laptops and netbooks
- John Lewis - most popular laptops
- Saveonlaptops - top 10 laptop deals
- Laptops Direct - main laptop deals page
- Very - top selling laptops