We trawl the web every week to get the best laptop deals in the UK for every taste and covering most budgets. This week has seen the launch of the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book by Microsoft alongside a number of laptops from the likes of HP (again).
While Microsoft's latest Surface Pro will be shipping on November 12, this didn't mean that prices of the Surface Pro 3 have been falling significantly. The Surface Pro 4 has a starting price of £749 while the Core i3-based Surface Pro 3 retails for a rather expensive £549.
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 rotate our laptop deals to offer you a broader variety and you will find our laptop deals archives simply by browsing to the next pages.
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1. TechRadar's laptop deal of the week
- Laptop: Lenovo Z51
- Price: £599 at Very
While I usually keep this spot for entry level, affordable laptop, this time around, it's a different ballgame. If you are after a real powerhouse, a computer that can deal with applications with a large memory footprint without any issue, then consider the Lenovo Z51. What makes it worthy of a spot is that it is the one of the cheapest laptops with 16GB RAM that we could find. You will need that amount of memory if you are serious about any sort of resource intensive tasks: Image manipulation, video editing or data analysis. The rest of the spec sheet is more than decent as well!
The Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series narrowly loses to the Z51 this week. At £699 at Dell, it is significantly more expensive than its Lenovo competitor. However, while it has a more powerful CPU (i7-6500U vs i7-5550U) and twice the storage capacity at 2TB, it loses out when it comes to the graphics card (R5 M335 vs R9 M375). Both are AMD Radeon cards with 4GB memory. Both laptops also feature a full size keyboard with a numeric keypad, an optical drive and a 15.6-inch full HD display. Oddly enough, Dell opted to have only a 10/100Mbps Ethernet connector and a single USB 3.0 port on this machine.
2. Chromebook/Netbook deal of the week
- Laptop: Acer Aspire CB5-311
- Price: £160 at Crampton and Moore
We highlighted a couple of Windows-based Netbooks last week and decided to switch to Chrome OS this week. One thing we immediately noticed was how expensive devices based on Google's OS were. The Acer Aspire CB5-311, which runs an Nvidia Tegra K1 quad core processor clocked at 2.1GHz costs just under £160 which is about a third costlier than the HP Stream 11 Pro we viewed last week. The CB5-311 has a full HD 13.3-inch display making it the cheapest device capable of running a remarkable 1920x1080-pixel resolution. What's more, Acer claims that it can run for up to 14 hours thanks to a massive 48Whr battery.
The Lenovo Yoga ThinkPad 11e (£335.77 at Lambda-tek) retails for more than twice the price of the Acer Aspire Chromebook but this is no ordinary Chromebook. It is one of the few models to offer 4GB of RAM and a multi touch display. What's more since it is a Yoga model, you can expect it to offer the signature feature of the range, the ability to rotate a full 360 degrees. The 11e is also more rugged than most laptops and even adheres to military specifications. The rest of the specification is fairly standard: an 11.6-inch IPS display with a 1366 x 768 resolution being the notable one.
3. Gaming laptop deal of the week
- Laptop: Medion Erazer X7831
- Price: £969 at Medion
Lenovo-owned Medion is clearing out the Erazer X7831 laptop which features a now-obsolete but still very capable Geforce GTX880M flanked with 4GB GDDR5 memory. It has little competition under £1000 (it costs £969) and packs a powerful punch for the price. There's a quad-core Intel Core i7-4710MQ processor with four cores and 6MB cache, 16GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD plus a 1TB HDD spinning at 7200RPM, a Blu-ray Drive, a 2.1 Dolby Home Theater setup and a 17-inch full HD display. Not surprisingly, it is a big, thick and heavy piece of technology, one that weighs a back-breaking 4Kg.
The MSI PE60 2QE (£669.98 at CCL Online) remains a solid mid-range gaming laptop. Other than the Geforce GTX960M graphics chip that powers it, the laptop also features a free MSI bundle which is worth over £150 according to the laptop maker. As a reminder, there's an Intel Core i5-4210H CPU clocked at 2.9GHz, 8GB of RAM, a 4.1 speaker system powered by Dynaudio a huge 1TB hard disk drive spinning at 7200RPM and, as expected on a gaming laptop of this price, a 15.6-inch full HD display. Also note that the laptop comes with a rare connector, a mini-DisplayPort out.
4. Ultrabook deal of the week
- Laptop: Lenovo Yoga 3 pro
- Price: £669.98 at PC World
The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro ultrabook was released almost a year ago and has attracted a number of comments over its poor performance, specifically with regards to its Intel Core M processor which, although running at a low 1.1GHz, can overclock to 2.9GHz. Note that the price of this deal, just under £670, includes a tidy £200 cashback to which an additional £100 cashback can be added if you trade in a working laptop or desktop PC that is less than six year old. A potential £569.98 for a Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro? Surely one of the best Ultrabook deals ever.
We have featured the Lenovo Yoga 3, the smaller sibling of the Yoga 3 Pro, as a hybrid but it is also a cable mini Ultrabook; yes, a mini Ultrabook. It's 11.6-inch full HD display means that its screen is significantly smaller than most Ultrabooks on the market. However, scratch the surface and it is an Ultrabook in disguise and one that can cost as little as £399. 99 if you trade in a working laptop or desktop PC released in 2009 or later. As a recap, it comes with the same CPU as the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.
5. 2-in-1 hybrid deal of the week
- Laptop: Lenovo Yoga 300
- Price: £279 at Very
The Yoga 300 is the cheapest 4-mode version laptop from Lenovo. Other than the traditional laptop mode and the tablet mode, it can also transform into a tent and a stand. An Intel Pentium N3540 processor powers it and paired with 4GB and 500GB hard disk drive, it provides with a decent platform for mundane tasks. Its 11.6-inch touchscreen monitor can display 1366x768 pixels and helps making the laptop even more portable; it weighs just 1.4Kg and is a tad bigger than an A4 sheet. Shame about the battery life though (at about 5 hours) and Lenovo engineers should have considered doubling the number of USB 3.0 ports.
The Lenovo Flex 2 14 shows that 2-in-1 laptops need not be expensive. At £299.97 at Saveonlaptops, it can be used as a standard laptop or ass a stand thanks to its touchscreen display. It actually packs quite a punch for such a device. There's an Intel Core i3-4030U processor clocked at 1.9GHz, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB Hybrid disk drive, a 14-inch 1366x768-pixel, 10-point multi-touch, touchscreen display but no optical drive, Gigabit Ethernet and Lenovo's award winning AccuType keyboard. The battery life could have been improved; Lenovo claims that it can lasts for up to six hours although it is likely to be less than that in reality.
6. MacBook deal of the week
- Laptop: Apple MacBook Air 2015
- Price: £678.26 at Amazon
We opted to list the slightly bigger MacBook Air this week; The 13-inch version is preferred by some because it sports a bigger display, has more finger-space on the keyboard and is also more expensive. The 2015 model comes with Intel's fifth generation, dual-core Core i5-5200U CPU clocked at 1.6GHz, 4GB of RAM and 128GB flash storage. The HD Graphics 6000 should be enough to power the 1.05 million onscreen pixels (that's 1366x768 pixels). Having a bigger display compared to its sibling means that its chassis can house a larger battery (84Whr) which translates into a much longer battery life (12 hours).
We covered Windows workstations at the beginning of this article. Apple as well makes fantastic workhorses as part of its MacBook Pro range. At £1347.37 on Amazon, the 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro (MJLQ2B/A) is quite some deal. The dual-core Intel Core i7-5557U processor that powers it strikes a great balance between performance (this fifth-generation model clocks to more than 3GHz) and power dissipation (its TDP is only 28W). Overall, it has one of the lowest ratio of system memory to flash storage (16:256) which means that while you will find the amount of RAM good enough for most tasks, the SSD is ludicrously small.
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