The best laptop deals for Christmas 2016: cheap laptops for every budget

All the UK's best cheap laptops all in one place

If you're looking for a great deal on a new laptop you've come to the right place! That's because every week we trawl through all of the biggest and best UK laptop retailers to find what look like the best deals on decent laptops.

Whether you're after a cheap laptop for browsing the web and doing other simple tasks, or you need a new laptop for school or work, or if you're after a really awesome laptop for as little money as possible, we have you covered.

At the top of the page you'll find our selection of the best cheap laptop deals of the week. We always focus on finding the best discounts, and try to avoid recommending a laptop we think you'll be disappointed with.

Underneath that you'll find our pick of the best laptops currently available and the best deals available for each one. Highlights this week include top discounts on all rounder laptops, a collection of the best priced 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrids and even some powerful Intel Core i5 models.

If you'd prefer to skip straight to the laptop deals section at the big retailers you can do so using the below links, otherwise here are our cheap laptops of the week...

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Acer ES1-571 laptop bundle: Tesco is offering a great deal on this laptop, which comes with an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive and a 15.6-inch LED display. This exclusive bundle also includes a mouse, carry case and McAfee Internet Security 2016 - now just £279 from Tesco Direct

Acer Aspire ES1: This is a very good deal for this laptop that excels at day-to-day tasks. It comes with a Celeron processor, 2GB RAM, a 14-inch screen and a 500GB hard drive - now £209 from

Dell Inspiron 17 5759: This powerful laptop comes with a gorgeous and large 17.3-inch screen, an Intel processor and lots more - starting at £429 from Dell

Lenovo IdeaPad 510: This 15.6-inch laptop has had £100 taken from its price. It comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a huge 1TB hard drive and Windows 10 - get it now for only £499.99 from Currys 

Lenovo IdeaPad 100s: This is another great deal for the IdeaPad 100s. These laptops aren't staying in stock for long at this price, so move fast - now just £149 from

HP 250 G5: This 15.6-inch laptop comes with a 15.6-inch screen, an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, pls a saving of £65 for Cyber Monday - £299.97 from Laptops Direct

HP 15-ay026na bundle: This powerful and versatile 15-inch laptop comes with a quad-core Intel processor, 8GB of RAM and a huge 2TB hard drive - ideal for storing all your photos, videos and files. This bundle also includes a carry bag, mouse and McAfee Internet Security, with £50 off the normal price - now £349.99 from Argos

HP 15-ba047na: This great 15.6-inch laptop from HP has dropped its price by £80 - a saving of 15%. It comes with an AMD Quad-Core processor, 8GB of RAM, a massive 2TB hard drive and AMD Radeon graphics - only £444.99 from Amazon

HP 15-ay167sa: This laptop doesn't have a catchy name, but it's a pretty good deal nonetheless, with a Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB storage and Windows 10, all for £200 less than usual - get it for just £399 while stocks last

HP 15-ay170sa: This is a fantastic Black Friday deal for an amazing laptop. You save a huge £200.99 of this 15.6-inch laptop with Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive - now just £349 from Currys

Asus X540SA: Now under £300, this laptop with an Intel Pentium processor, 8GB RAM, 15.6-inch screen and a 1TB hard drive. The price has dropped by £30, making it the perfect time to grab this machine - now £299.95 from John Lewis

Asus Zenbook 13.3-inch: Save £150 on this 13.3-inch slimline laptop with an Intel Core i5 processor, 128GB SSD and 8GB RAM - now £649.99 from Zavvi

The best convertible laptop Christmas 2016 deals

Acer Aspire Switch: This useful laptop can detach its keyboard and turn into a 10.1-inch Windows tablet. A quad-core processor keeps Windows 10 ticking over, and the price has been slashed by £20 - now just £179 from

HP Pavilion x2: This laptop features a detachable keyboard that turns it into a powerful tablet with an Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM and a 10.1-inch touchscreen - now £194.95 from John Lewis

Asus Transformer Mini T102HA: This Windows 10 laptop comes with an Intel Atom processor, 4GB of RAM and a 10.1-inch screen. The keyboard also detaches, turning the device into a powerful tablet and the price has dropped by £150 - now £349 from Currys

The best gaming laptop Christmas deals 2016

MSI Apache Pro: This beast of a laptop has a big 17.3-inch screen, an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, a speedy 128GB SSD, a 1TB hard drive and a GTX 1060 graphics card. Best of all, almost £105 has been chopped from its price but hurry as stocks are running low - now £1443.30 from Amazon

MSI Dominator Pro: This is another amazing deal for an MSI gaming laptop - this time with an even beefier GTX 1070 graphics card and a whopping £299 off the asking price. Again stocks are low so be quick - now just £1749.93 from Amazon

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1. Lenovo Ideapad 500

A powerful and stylish 15.6-inch laptop

8/12GB RAM
Windows 10
1TB HDD with 8GB SSD options

There have been some generous offers going of late for this popular Lenovo series. Both the 8GB or 12GB RAM options should run multiple reasonably-demanding standard applications at once. Drive sizes vary from 256GB to 1TB hard drives. There's a generous two year guarantee too if you buy from John Lewis.

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2. Asus Transformer Book T100CHI

A budget bargain

Build quality
Battery life

One of the cheapest brand new 2-in-1 laptops we've seen in a while and an ideal entry point to casual users wanting to try out the world of these higher function tablet/laptop hybrids. Specs include 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 10-inch 1080p screen, Windows 8.1 and an Intel Atom processor.

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3. HP 250 G4

Big specs, small cost

Windows 10
Intel Pentium processor

There's some hefty grunt under the shell of this HP 250 G4 and there are some great prices this week. The Intel Pentium processor and 4GB/8GB of RAM mean this laptop will whip through pretty much any day-to-day activity you can throw at it without the juddering performance of cheaper laptops. Hell, it'll even have a decent crack at playing a few of the less demanding games out there.

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4. Asus X555LA

A great all-rounder laptop

i3/i5 processors
1TB hard drive
Stylish finish

From afar, this laptop might be mistaken for a MacBook Pro which tells you a lot about its level of quality. Don't expect a full metal chassis at this price, but this is probably one of the best looking plastic bodies in its category. There are plenty of ports (old and new), 4GB of RAM and a massive 1TB hard drive. The cheapest models have a respectable i3 processor, but you can get the more powerful i5 versions for not much more if you need that extra kick. Asus saw it fit to include a DVD writer as well as a 15.6-inch full HD screen. Despite this large display and the presence of a numeric keypad, it's just a tad thicker and heavier than an Ultrabook.

5.  Lenovo B50-50

We're more to used to seeing these prices for an i3 processor, so we're pretty impressed to see this Lenovo 15-6-inch laptop rocking an i5. It gets better too, as you're also getting 4GB of RAM, a 128GB solid state drive and Windows 10 pre-installed.

View this deal: Lenovo B50-50 £349.97 @ Laptops Direct

Why not upgrade your storage with a cheap hard drive or SSD? See the best Black Friday hard drive and SSD deals.

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The best deals on our favourite laptops...

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We've reviewed loads of laptops over the years: we've seen the good ones, the great ones and the ones to avoid. Sometimes the best laptops pop up online at some truly deal-tastic prices. So in this section, we list the very best laptops out there and the best deals on each one.

Best laptops

1. Dell XPS 13

Dell's latest Ultrabook is simply the best laptop in the world

CPU: 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 128GB SSD

Gorgeous bezel-less display
Skylake processors
Lightweight, compact frame

The Dell XPS 13 is, bar none, the best laptop you can buy today. It features a revolutionary design that's astonishingly thin and light. Fitting a 13.3-inch screen into such a small frame means Dell has created a nearly borderless Infinity display. It's a powerful and long lasting machine even by today's Ultrabook standards. The XPS 13 comes outfitted with Intel's latest Skylake processors plus lighting, quick storage and memory, all while coming in at a very affordable starting price. For these reasons, it easily takes the top slot as the best Ultrabook, the best Windows laptop and the best overall laptop.

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2. Asus Zenbook UX305

A brilliant laptop that should cost a lot more than it does

CPU: 900MHz Intel Core M3-6Y30 (dual-core, 4MB cache, up to 2.2GHz) | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 8GB DDR3 | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 | Storage: 256GB SSD

Incredibly thin and light
Vibrant, glare-free screen
Excellent keyboard and trackpad

This is one of the best value Ultrabooks on the market and has been on our shortlist for a few months already. Its price has gone up marginally because of the exchange rate but with a gorgeous finish, a full HD display and a Core M CPU for under £600, it's the one to beat.

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3. HP Pavilion x2

The most affordable Windows 10 touchscreen convertible laptop

CPU: 1.44GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8300 | Graphics: Intel HD graphics | RAM: 2GB | Screen: 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 WXGA WLED IPS touchscreen display | Storage: 32GB eMMC

Long battery life
Absurdly affordable
Detachable keyboard

This 10-inch hybrid comes packing a surprising amount of goods considering its small size. It's outfitted with an HD screen and more than enough power to get you through a simple day of web browsing and even image editing. When you're ready kick back with some media streaming, you can pop off the 10-inch tablet.

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4. Dell Inspiron 15 7559

This is the best value-for-money laptop for gamers

Decent performance
Great price
Not the most powerful

It is expensive but this Inspiron 7559 absolutely nailed it when it comes to value for money especially for hardcore gamers. It is even out-prices Dell somehow and manages to beat laptops that costs a third more when it comes to specifications. A quad-core desktop-grade Core i7 CPU, full HD display, a GTX960M with 4GB of memory and a 1TB (models vary) hybrid drive.

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5. Lenovo Yoga Book

Is this the netbook of the future – the ultra netbook?

Insanely thin and light
Halo Keyboard surprisingly accurate
Excellent display
Clever Create Pad

Lenovo has crafted a brilliant, forward-thinking device that could very well create a subcategory in computing all of its own. The modest specs hold it back from taking on the big boys in terms of raw power, but the innovative digital touchpad keyboard and drawing surface look like trendsetters to us. The Android version is currently about £100 cheaper than the Windows one.

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6. Asus Chromebook Flip

A flipping premium Chromebook for almost nothing

CPU: Rockchip 3288-C | Graphics: ARM Mali T624 | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 10.1-inch, WXGA (1,280 x 800) IPS multi-touch | Storage: 16GB eMMC

Fully metal construction
Terrific value
Excellent battery life

The Asus Chromebook Flip isn't perfect, but it's an impressive little piece of kit. Plus, it's so affordable that you might want to pick one up just to have a Chromebook on hand – even if you already own a MacBook or Windows laptop. Aside from the budget price tag, the Flip is one of the best-built Chromebooks to blaze the trail onward for more convertibles. Touchscreen functionality feels more logical, with a screen that actually rotates. The Flip meets all the core tenants of an ideal Chrome OS device.

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7. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The tablet that can replace your laptop

Weight: 766g/786g | Dimensions: 292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45mm | OS: Windows 10 Pro | Screen size: 12.3-inch | Resolution: 2,736 x 1,824 | CPU: Various | RAM: 4GB/8GB/16GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: up to 9 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP

Larger, sharper screen
Vastly improved Type Cover
Built in kickstand

Can a tablet really replace your laptop or home PC? That's still up for debate, but the best tablet trying to make that happen is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - and it does a fine job with the full blown version of Windows 10, an integrated kickstand and optional keyboard attachment. Great for for creative professionals, students and everyday folks alike - it's only the premium price that push it down the list, but if you're willing to pay for it, you're getting a lot of power. A LOT.

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