The best cheap laptop deals in the January sales 2018: prices start at just £145

A great cheap laptop deal can be hard to find with so many options on the net. That's where we come in. Our team of dedicated deal hunters are on the lookout every day to find the best laptop deals from the most reliable retailers on the net. So, for the best value cheap laptops, with genuine discounts over the trumped up fake 'deals' take a look below. 

We're looking for great laptop prices all year round so you don't necessarily have to wait for the sales. We've got the best up-to-date laptop voucher codes too.

If you're after a cheap laptop for web browsing and other simple tasks, or you need a new laptop for school or work, or you simply need a really powerful laptop for as little money as possible, we have options for you.

At the top of the page you'll find our selection of the very latest and best cheap laptop deals of the week followed by a selection of popular quality laptops that retailers like to discount on a regular basis. Underneath those laptop deals you'll find our pick of the latest best laptops and the best available prices.

If you're from the States or Down Under, be sure to check out our selection of the top laptop deals in the US or in Australia in our always-updated guides.

Cheap laptop deals of the week

Fusion 5 14.1-inch laptop £144.97 @ Amazon
This super cheap laptop deal packs one hell of a punch for under £150. 4GB with a quad core processor means it'll run much smoother than many other laptops around this price range. It may only have a 64GB hard drive, but that's plenty for work files and healthy amount of tunes and a few movies. And it's got a Full HD screen! An embarrassment of riches for a measly £144.97.
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Asus Chromebook C300SA £252 @ Amazon
This Chromebook comes with 4GB of RAM, that's double the memory of most cheap Chromebooks and will multitask much better. As it's a Chromebook, it uses the Chrome OS instead of Windows. If you're already a Chrome fan using Gmail, Google Docs and the like this is tempting at just £261.
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Asus C201PA Chromebook £185.99 @ Amazon
If you're happy to say goodbye to Windows and take advantage of the very capable Google/Android ecosystem services for basic laptop needs this 11.6-inch Chromebook comes with a 13-hour battery life.
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Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB 14-inch laptop £299 @ Currys
This is the lowest price Currys has ever had on the Lenovo IdeaPad 320s, and we've done some scouting around and it looks like it can't be beat elsewhere. There's a whopping £230 off the original price.
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Acer Aspire 15-inch laptop - now £299.99 @ Argos
This Acer laptop costs £299 at Argos. While it's not the most powerful laptop ever but with 1TB storage and 4GB RAM it will do the job for most of your average tasks.
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Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB 14-inch laptop - £329.99 @ Currys
We've already given a shout out to a similar, 14-inch Lenovo laptop for £30 than this model but you're getting an improved processor and a Full HD screen instead of the 720p one on the cheaper laptop. Combine that with a nippy 128GB solid state drive, 4GB of RAM and you're looking at a great all-rounder performer for work and enjoying HD media playback too. Well worth the extra £30 if you ask us.
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Lenovo 310 15.6-inch laptop - just £329 @ AO.com
This is a great deal for this laptop, which is now just £329 and £100 less than last month. It comes with a Core i3 processor, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and a HD 15.6-inch screen.
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HP 14-inch Intel Pentium laptop £319.99 @ Argos
Here's a value-packed laptop deal available in red, grey or gold and it's one of the best-selling laptop deals on Argos' site right now. Not only is the price cut for this decent machine with an Intel Pentium processor, 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD, but you also get a subscription to McAfee Internet Security and a carry case. All for just £319.99.
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Samsung Galaxy Book 10.6-inch laptop £349 @ John Lewis
You won't find a better deal on this two-in-one laptop, with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It boasts an incredible screen and great battery life, making it extremely versatile. Get £150 off today.
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Lenovo Yoga 520 2-in-1 laptop £379.99 @ Currys
If you can't quite decide between a laptop or a Windows tablet, why not get both? This 2-in-1 convertible laptop has a big discount today over at Currys and comes with a respectable 4GB of RAM, a super fast 128GB SSD and a full HD screen.
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Lenovo IdeaPad 320 laptop £379.97 @ Currys
Get this 14-inch laptop from the world's biggest laptop brand with a big saving. This one packs an Intel Core i5-7200U CPU, 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD with up to 6 hours battery life. Stock is low for delivery, but you might be able to pick one up from your local store instead via the stock checker online.
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HP 15-bs158sa 15.6-inch Laptop £399 @ Currys
This great-value HP laptop has a cool £200 slashed off of the original price. For that you get Windows 10, Intel Core i5-8250U Processor, 4 GB ram and 1 TB HDD storage. We've looked around and this price can't be bettered at the moment. Available in white, silver, red, blue and gold.
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HP 14-inch Intel Pentium £399.99 @ Argos
Available in silver, gold or red, this is similar to the other Argos laptop bundle above but comes with a larger 256GB SSD. With 4GB of RAM too, not to mention a subscription to McAfee Internet Security and a carry case you're looking at an excellent deal.
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Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15ABR laptop £449 @ Currys
The IdeaPads are the workhorse laptops behind many a business in the UK and one of the most reliable names around. This 15.6-inch version packs some serious punch too with 8GB of RAM and a 2TB hard drive. 2018 won't know what hit it when you're packing this. It's now £200 cheaper than usual at Currys.
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HP 250 G6 laptop £449.99 @ ebuyer
An i5 processor is more than enough for most users and big savings can be made over i7 laptops. You're still getting 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD making this laptop deal one of the best from ebuyer. All in all, a very tidy bundle at just £449.99 @ ebuyer.
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Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-14IKB 14-inch laptop £479.99 @ Currys
This high-end workplace Lenovo laptop comes packing an i5 prcessor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB solid state drive (SSD) at a price £200 cheaper than before. The full HD display will go nicely with the selection of free software and games mentioned in a free offer in the product description.
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HP 250 G5 i7 laptop £539.97 @ Laptops Direct
If the models in this list aren't quite packing enough spec for your liking, this one from specialists, Laptops Direct, comes with an i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.  If you're looking for a new uni laptop that will last a few years, we think this is a super choice for just under £540.
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Lenovo Ideapad IP320s-14IKB laptop £599 @ Currys
Looking to get something with a little extra kick? Good news, you don't have to spend £1000 to get a powerful laptop. The combination of an i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and a full HD display are more than a match for a world of tasks. This cheap laptop deal is also £50 less than last week.
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HP Omen Gaming laptop £699.99 @ Argos
This is a great time to get a deal on this 15.6-inch gaming laptop and HP's Omen range is one of the best around. You can save £100 on this model right now with an i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, Nvidea GTX 950m graphics and a 1TB hard drive.
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HP Pavilion 14-bf153sa laptop £699 @ Currys
Want something that looks like a professional laptop, but is actually a very capable gaming laptop on the side? This HP laptop is packed comes packing a Quad Core i7-8550U processor, 8GB RAM, a 256GB and a Nvidia GeForce GT 940MX graphics card for an incredibly low £699, which is £200 cheaper than the usual.
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Apple MacBook Air 2017 £773 (with voucher code) @ Argos
Use voucher code: MAC10. The newest Apple Macbook Air laptops can be frightfully expensive, but Argos has a belter of voucher code deal today on this 13-inch model with an i5 processor and 128GB SSD. Instead of £859, the voucher knocks it down to £773.10.
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Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 | i5 processor | 128GB | Inc. Type cover | £799 @ Microsoft (save £304)
The i5 processor version of the new Surface Pro is much faster than the cheaper m3 versions and the price typically reflects that. Not today though as Microsoft has knocked a huge £304 off and included a Type Cover. And considering that cover would cost you upwards of £130 usually, it's an astounding deal. This Microsoft Surface Pro deal also includes a free 3-month trial of Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan and 1TB of cloud storage.
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Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA laptop £979.97 @ Laptops Direct
This is one of our favorite looking laptops of 2017 with a distinctive blue with gold finish. The specs match the looks too with an i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB solid state drive. It's even cheaper than Amazon too.
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We'll continue adding the best laptop deals in the latest sales as we find them. Up next, you'll find the latest prices on some of the most popular laptops around, followed by the best deals on TechRadar's favourite laptops.

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1. Lenovo Ideapad 510

A powerful and stylish 15.6-inch laptop

Intel Core CPU
Optional Nvidia graphics
SSD and HDD options

There have been some generous offers lately for this popular Lenovo laptop series. Any choice between the 4GB and 12GB RAM options should run multiple applications at once. Hard drive sizes vary from 256GB SSD to 1TB in regular form. Some options also include dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 940MX graphics.

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2. HP Stream 14

Big and colorful for cheap

CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 14-inch HD (1,366 x 768) SVA BrightView WLED-backlit | Storage: 32GB eMMC

Larger than most budget options
Free 25GB of Dropbox for 1 year
Barely HD screen

At around £200, the HP Stream 14 is decent value if you're after something to cover the basics like web browsing or document editing. It's competitively priced again the cheaper Chromebooks out there despite the 14-inch screen and Windows 10 operating system.

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3. HP 250 G4 / G5

Big specs, small cost

4GB/8GB RAM
Windows 10
Intel Pentium processor

There's some hefty grunt under the shell of these HP 250 G4 and G5 models  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. HP Pavilion 15

The de facto learning laptop lives on

CPU: AMD dual-core A9 APU – Intel Core i7 | Graphics: AMD Radeon R5 – Nvidia GTX 1050 | RAM: 6GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) – FHD (1,920 x 1,080); touch optional | Storage: 512GB SSD – 1TB HDD

Thinner and lighter
Tons of options
Shallow, squishy keyboard

A sturdy choice for a study laptop for school/college/uni. The HP Pavilion 15 has more power that the average pupil needs while keeping the costs sensible. If you're not needing extra power of an expensive laptop for video/photo editing, this is more than enough for web browsing, playing some tunes on Spotify and editing coursework.

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5. 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.

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

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6. Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

A budget 2-in-1 bargain

Built-in fingerprint sensor
11-hour battery life
Stylish design

This is the newer version of the Asus Transformer Mini series. This upgrade includes a fingerprint sensor and double the RAM at 4GB for speedier performance. For your money, this is one of the most impressive two-in-one transformer models out there.

7. Acer Chromebook 15

This Chrome laptop is super cheap

CPU: Intel Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz (dual-core) | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels | Storage: 32GB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: 720p | Weight: 4.85 pounds | Dimensions: 15.08 x 9.65 x 0.95-inches

Very capable Chrome OS
Great display
Excellent battery

This is one of the larger Chromebook experience out there for someone looking for a full-sized laptop with an excellent screen at a super low cost. The 4GB of RAM running the Chrome OS is super fast and will allow you to really pile up tabs and apps without slowing down. The battery will easily last the best part of a day for most users too.

The best deals on our favourite laptops

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: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520-620 | RAM: 8GB-16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800) | Storage: 128GB-512GB SSD

Gorgeous bezel-less display
Faster than ever
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.

2. Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming

This gaming that doesn't cost a fortune

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 – 1050 Ti | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD 1920 x 1080 – UHD 3840 x 2160 anti-glare LED backlit | Storage: 1TB SSHD 8GB – 1TB HDD, 128GB SSD

Stellar battery life
Ports for days
Great value

Looking for a quality gaming laptop but want to keep things under that unappealing £1000 mark? Then Dell has you covered with the Inspiron 15 Gaming range.

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3. 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 (1280 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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4. 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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5. Asus ROG Strix GL502

An Asus ace for gamers

CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 - 1070 | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS | Storage: 128GB - 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD

Full HD gaming
Superb vibrant screen
Middling battery performance

The Asus Strix GL502 is undoubtedly one of the best gaming laptops around for gaming in 1080p. It'll run with the settings cranked with games like Overwatch not dipping below 60fps. The battery life isn't the best, but the display, performance and built-in sound system more than make up for it.

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6. 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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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: 2736 x 1824 | 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.