Best Australian deals: Cheap laptops to buy in September 2017

If you're looking for a cheap laptop or a mammoth saving on a premium portable computer, you've come to the right place. We've scoured the web for savings – from the usual suspects to the niche deal sites – and rounded up all the genuine and worthwhile specials in one neat place. We've covered everything from budget browsing machines to high-performance powerhouses, so you'll no doubt find something to match your needs.

Up the top, we've highlighted a selection of the latest deals that we've sniffed out, so you can reap the rewards of having your finger on the pulse. Below that we've covered some of the more popular laptops that often come up on special, and then included a quick list of the best prices on TechRadar's pick of the latest best laptops.

If you're from the US or the UK, check out our selections of the top laptop deals in the US or in the UK.

Best laptop deals this week

Microsoft Surface Book (from $1,837): Featuring a 13-inch PixelSense touchscreen display, an Intel Core i5 CPU and 8GB RAM, this laptop/tablet hybrid has a detachable screen and carries enough of an oomph factor to be premium. But grab it from JB Hi-Fi and you can save up to $629 on the Surface Book, depending on how much storage you need. If you're after a tad more power, the Surface Book with Performance Base powered by a Core i7 processor can save you up to $1,040, dependent on the storage capacity.

Microsoft Surface Book (Core i7; from $3,039.20): For a touch more power and a few more options in terms of specs, you can get the Surface Book powered by an Intel Core i7 processor with up to 1TB of storage direct from the Microsoft Store with prices starting at $3,039.20. This offer can save you up to $1,039, depending on the specs of the machine.

Dell XPS 13 256GB 13-inch laptop ($1,439.20): Dell has managed to cram a 13-inch display into a 11-inch chassis by making the screen practically bezel-less. The 13.3-inch InfinityEdge display on the XPS 13 boasts Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, plus there’s a promise of great battery life. It tops our list of the 10 best Ultrabooks of 2017. This XPS 13 laptop come with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, powered by a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 CPU. This flavour retails for $1,999 on Dell’s website, but the company’s eBay store has it already discounted by 10%. For an additional 20% off, add the code PICNIC at checkout to get the XPS 13 laptop for $1,439.20, saving you nearly $560. This offer ends September 20.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 128GB i5 4GB ($989): The Surface Pro 4 from Microsoft is a an excellent way to experience desktop-standard software in a tablet form factor – add on a Type Cover and you'll get yourself one of the best 2-in-1s available. While there is a lower-spec model Surface Pro 4 with a mobile processor, this is the cheapest price you'll be able to grab a proper Intel Core i5 unit for. From Dick Smith's store, you can get the unit for $989, saving on the lofty price of $1,495.

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 256GB 13-inch laptop ($2,047.20): It’s not very often Apple’s MacBooks go on sale. So when they do, and you’ve been wanting to lay your hands on one, you need to grab the opportunity. This particular model of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar comes with 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, alongside a 20% discount on the listed price on eBay. To avail the discount, use the code PICNIC at checkout and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar can be yours for just $2,047.20. Sale ends September 20.

Apple MacBook Pro 256GB 13-inch laptop ($1,679.20): Got no need for the Touch Bar? You can still get a 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro for lesser than its retail value by heading to eBay and getting 20% off the listed price. Currently the 256GB 13-inch MacBook Pro is available for $1,679, saving you about $520 on the usual RRP. But this discount is only available if you use the code PICNIC at checkout until September 20.

Asus ZenBook UX430UQ 512GB 14-inch laptop ($1,599.20): Designed for portability, Asus has made a 14-inch laptop with a 13-inch body that’s slim and lightweight with an anti-glare display. It’s powered by an Intel Core i7 processor and comes packing 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD and a 2GB Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics card. So get your work done, then play some and save some dosh by heading to eBay to get the Asus ZenBook UX430UQ for $1,599.20, but make sure you use the code PICNIC until September 20 to avail the discount.

HP Spectre x360 512GB 13-inch 2-in1 laptop ($1,759.20): This may not be the latest 4K model, but the older version of the HP Spectre x360 is still one heck of a work machine, with a premium design, long-lasting and quick-charging battery and a darn good keyboard. Read our HP Spectre x360 review to find out more. In the meantime, save 20% on the listed price when shopping at eBay when you use the code PICNIC at checkout until September 20. This drop-dead gorgeous convertible laptop can be yours for just over $1,759.

Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA 12-inch Ultrabook ($1,995): Asus ZenBook's are perhaps rivalled only by Apple's line of laptops when it comes to dazzling aesthetics, and this ZenBook 3's deep-blue and gold-trim chassis truly dazzles. The specs are also pretty hot, with an Intel Core i7 CPU and 512GB SSD crammed into a refined and sleek chassis. You can knock around $750 dollary-doos off the asking price if you shop at Scorptec, where it's currently just $1,995.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 14-inch 2-in-1 ($1,999): If you're after a premium 2-in-1, the X1 Yoga from Lenovo balances the perks of powerful performance with a lightweight, slim design. The base model comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD. You can currently save up to $1,450 when you use the code DEALS at checkout, bringing it down from $3,449 to $1,999 at the Lenovo Store.

We'll keep on updating the list of deals as and when we find them. Below, you'll find up to date prices on five of TechRadar's favourite laptop, so keep an eye out for those savings.

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The best deals on our favourite laptops

Over the years we've reviewed plenty of laptops and, as a result, we've seen what to avoid and what to jump on when there's savings to be had. We'll keep track of the prices of some of the best we've seen so that you can snatch up a bargain when they do show up. Check out the prices below and see if anything has dropped enough to tickle your fancy.

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

Saying that we're very happy with Dell's XPS 13 is a huge understatement. The slim profile, revolutionary design and small frame bely its powerful performance and gorgeous 13-inch screen. Typically you'd have to weigh up portability and performance, but the XPS 13 has managed to strike a fine balance between the two. With Intel's latest Skylake processors plus lighting, quick storage and memory, the XPS 13's starting price is certainly an impressive one. We're so chuffed with it that it's taken the top slot as the best Ultrabook, the best Windows laptop and the best overall laptop.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13

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

There are some seriously expensive gaming laptops out there, once you get involved in the optimisation and the latest GPUs, things start get pricey. But if you're after a capable machine on a budget, try out the Dell Inspiron 15-inch gaming laptop.

Read the full review: Dell Inspiron 15-inch gaming laptop

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3. Asus ZenBook UX310UA

Feel old yet, MacBook Air?

CPU: 7th generation Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800)

All aluminium body
Backlit keys
Bendy keyboard
Meh battery life

A seriously sleek all-aluminium chassis, a higher resolution than the discontinued Asus ZenBook UX305, and an impressive swath of ports, including the latest USB-C interface, the latest UX310UA ZenBook is a serious contender for the MacBook Air and, if you're a Windows person, is much better value.

Read the full review: Asus ZenBook UX310

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4. 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

Although the specs are modest, the forward-thinking design of Lenovo's Yoga Book makes it a decent option for creative types and those that want a little more out of their laptops. Sacrificing a bit of raw power means you'll get an innovative digital touchpad and drawing surface for a much more intuitive and precise approach to graphical art.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga Book

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5. 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

We know this is technically not a laptop, but it does come close to being a 2-in-1 (if you get the Type Case) and, most importantly, it has the power to get in the ring with some of its non-tablet competitors. Running the full-blown version of Windows 10 and having the option for a powerful Intel Core processor, this is by far the laptoppiest tablet available, and the price certainly isn't that bad.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 4

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