The best laptop deals in August 2016: cheap laptops for every budget

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

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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, if you're after a new laptop for school or work, or if you're after a really awesome laptop for as little money as possible, we should 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 not to ever recommend 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.

We have an interesting voucher code deal to share with you too. Throughout August you can save 10% off the price of Lenovo's range of popular Yoga tablets by entering 10OFFYOGA. Here's a link straight to the Lenovo Yoga tablets sale.

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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1. Lenovo Ideapad 500

A powerful and stylish 15.6-inch laptop

Lenovo Ideapad 500

12GB RAM
Windows 10
1TB HDD and 8GB SSD

You're usually looking at a few hundred quid more than this to get a laptop of this spec, and this Lenovo model is currently much cheaper than the next best deal. 12GB of RAM should run multiple standard applications at once and in addition to 1TB hard drive you'ere also getting 8GB of the faster Solid State Drive. There's a generous two year guarantee too.

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2. Asus Transformer Book T100CHI

A budget bargain

Asus T100CHI

Build quality
Display
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 Pavilion Notebook 15-ab271sa

This all-rounder is great value for money

Pavilion 15-ab271sa

Looks fantastic
8GB RAM and 1TB storage
Modest gaming capabilities

With purple accents, this laptop will stand out of the crowd in a good way. Cramming a fifth-generation Intel Core i3 processor with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard disk drive, it hits all the right notes if you're looking for an affordable laptop within a reasonable budget. It's the Iris graphics sub-system that powers it which is the stand-out component of the lot however. It is even faster than some discrete graphics cards. Better yet, it's £50 cheaper than last week.

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4. HP 250 G4

Big specs, small cost

HP 250 G4

8GB RAM
Windows 10
Intel Core i3 processor

There's some serious grunt under the shell of this HP 250 G4 and £250 is a great price. The i3 processor and 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 and with a 1TB drive you'll be able to cram in plenty.

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5. Lenovo 22 Chromebook

Goodbye to Windows?

Lenovo N22

Semi-rugged design
14 hour battery life
Water-resistant keyboard

If you find yourself increasingly relying on Google's impressive array of programs and apps, then this super cheap Chromebook could be the perfect excuse to cut the cord with the world of Windows. The semi-rugged design makes this ideal for people on the go and the water-resistant keyboard protects against spills.

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6. HP 15-af156sa

A multi-faceted laptop

HP 15-af156sa

1TB hard drive
Stylish design
Quad-Core Processor

Available in stylish fingerprint-proof purple, red, blue or white/silver covers, the HP essential 15 uses a powerful, AMD Quad-Core A6-6310 processor with 4GB RAM memory, a DVD drive and a 1TB hard disk drive. Curiously, even if it is an entry level laptop, it still packs 802.11ac Wi-Fi and a 4-cell battery, rather than a 3-cell one found on many of its competitors. And while it is a 15.6-inch model, it weighs a mere 2.2Kg, making it almost as light as some Ultrabooks we've seen. This deal is £20 cheaper than last week's best price.

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7. Asus X555LA

Great all-rounder laptop

Deal price: £385
View this Asus X555LA deal from Amazon

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 though but this is probably one of the best looking plastic body in its category. There's plenty of ports (old and new), a powerful Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a massive 1TB hard disk drive. Asus saw it fit to include a DVD writer as well as a 15.6-inch full HD monitor. Despite this large display and the presence of a numeric keypad, it is just a tad thicker and heavier than a chubby Ultrabook.

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8. Toshiba CB30

One of the best Chromebook laptops around

Deal price: £170 (refurbished)
View this Toshiba CB30 deal at Laptops Direct

If you live most of your online life in Google land then there's plenty of reasons why you should get a Chromebook and this one from Toshiba, provides with a great experience at a great price. Chromebooks get automatic updates and are less prone to malware. It comes with a quad-core CPU, has 2GB of RAM and a full HD 13.3-inch display. A larger-than-average display and higher-than-average resolution means that it is equally at ease for gaming or productivity tasks. We love its MacBook Air-esque look, its 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity and its expandability options.

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The best deals on our favourite laptops...

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We've reviewed thousands 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

Asus Zenbook UX305

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 just under £530, it is 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 comes 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

Dell Inspiron 15 7559

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 hybrid drive.

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Best Chromebook

5. 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
Terriffic 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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6. 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 laptop-esque prices 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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