After months of lockdown through 2020 and 2021, most of us have learnt to appreciate our laptops a lot more. They’ve no doubt seen a lot more use at home than ever before, perhaps making many of us realise it’s time for an upgrade.
If that’s the case, then there’s no better time to get yourself a new laptop or 2-in-1 machine than during Australia’s annual end-of-financial-year sale, particularly since they become tax deductible if you’re using the devices for work purposes.
Laptops are one of the most popular devices to buy during EOFY sales, with several manufacturers and retailers offering anywhere from 20% to 45% off (sometimes more) on a variety of models, many of which are absolute powerhouses.
However, with so many specs to consider, buying a laptop can be a little overwhelming if you don’t understand the jargon. And when you’ll be handing over a decent chunk of change, you want to get it right.
Whether you’re shopping for a premium machine or a cheaper model, the Australian TechRadar team is here to help you cut through the jargon and pocket plenty of savings in the process.
Retailers offering EOFY laptop deals
Below is a list of the main brands and retailers with EOFY laptop discounts to check out in case you don’t find what you’re looking for in our selection of handpicked offers.
- Amazon: great source for Apple MacBooks (opens in new tab)
- Bing Lee: save on Acer, Asus, Lenovo and more (opens in new tab)
- Dell: up to 40% off (opens in new tab)
- eBay: get 20% off at Dell’s official eBay store using DELFY20 (opens in new tab)
- HP: up to 40% off (opens in new tab)
- JB Hi-Fi: save on Apple MacBooks (opens in new tab)
- Lenovo: up to 49% off (opens in new tab)
- Microsoft: discounts on select Surface devices (opens in new tab)
- Mwave: save on Asus, HP, Lenovo and more (opens in new tab)
- The Good Guys: deals on HP, Lenovo, Microsoft and more (opens in new tab)
EOFY 2022 laptop deals
Ultrabooks & laptops
This 15-inch beauty has the latest 12th-gen Intel i7 processor keeping productivity smooth, alongside 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Also under the hood is an RTX 3050 Ti graphics chip to take care of your gaming when you need a break. This model also has an UHD+ screen and 500-nit brightness. Use the code DELFY20 to get this deal.
This Dell XPS 13 is packing slightly older Intel hardware (an 11th-gen i7 chip rather than 12th-gen), but the benefit is it’s much more affordable than newer models. It’s also got 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and a no-fuss FHD display. Anyone can snag it for AU$1,499 by entering the code DELFY20.
The XPS 13 Plus might not be for everyone’s tastes – it’s got features such as a touch bar above the keyboard, and a completely borderless trackpad below it. The machine’s powered by a 12th-gen Intel i7 chip and 16GB of RAM, and for the screen, you’re getting a gorgeous 3.5K OLED display. Use the code DELFY20 for 20% off.
While it’s not as premium as the Dell XPS 13, this 13-inch Inspiron is packing some power. It’s equipped with a 12th-gen Intel i7 processor, along with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. It’s got QHD+ resolution, 300-nit brightness and a 16:10 aspect ratio, giving you a slightly taller screen than usual. Enter DELFY20 at checkout to get 20% off.
Offering great value for money by balancing power, screen real estate and storage, this 16-inch Inspiron comes with an Intel i7 processor – the latest 12th-generation one. At 40% off the asking price, this new Inspiron model truly is a beautiful machine. Just use the code DELFY20 to redeem.
This 15-inch laptop boasts both sleek, good looks and powerful innards, including an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU to get your game on. Lots of RAM and SSD storage adds to its appeal, as does the 20% discount on the list price on HP’s site. This saves you AU$700 on the machine.
This little 13.3-inch laptop weighs less than a kilo and includes a powerful Ryzen 5 5600U processor and a 512GB SSD. If you’re looking for a portable and affordable laptop with an all-day battery life, this one is well worth a look, especially at this price.
This Huawei MateBook X Pro is a compelling package for the price. You’re getting a previous-gen i7-1165G7 here, along with 16GB of RAM and a generous 1TB SSD. The 13.9-inch display has 3K resolution and is full touch-enabled. eBay Plus members can use PLUSFY22, and non-members can use SAFY20 – both codes getting you AU$300 off.
Designed specifically for work, this 14-inch Lenovo laptop is lightweight and powerful. An 11th-gen i7 CPU is the working heart within the chassis, while 8GB of RAM should be sufficient for everyday tasks. There’s a decent 30% discount from Lenovo too.
This Lenovo laptop has some pretty good specs for the price, including a Ryzen 7 5000 series processor, a 512GB SSD and slightly strange 12GB of RAM (4GB soldered). If you’re looking for something under a grand, this could be the ticket. eBay Plus (opens in new tab) members get 22% off using PLUSFY22, while non-members get 20% off using SAFY20.
We think the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (opens in new tab) is the best Surface laptop yet, and it has such a comfortable keyboard that we think it’s a great choice for writers. This model comes with a slightly older 11th-gen Intel i7 processor, plus 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. eBay Plus members can use PLUSFY22, and non-members can use SAFY20 to slice AU$300 off.
We rate this as one of the best student laptops (opens in new tab) you can buy, and now it’s down to the insanely low price of AU$299 at Amazon. Its 2-in-1 form factor strikes the perfect balance between tablet portability and Chromebook power, all while keeping the price ridiculously low.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook builds on the model above, with a phenomenal battery life, a surprisingly great screen and an upgraded form factor – though it’s best if you’re looking for more laptop than tablet.
This 16-inch Inspiron 2-in-1 comes equipped with Intel’s i7-1260P silicon, giving you strong performance at a very affordable price. This is a versatile machine, with a 360-degree hinge that turns the laptop inside out. Anyone can get this deal by heading to Dell’s eBay store and entering the code DELFY20.
For a portable gaming laptop, this discounted Razer Blade 14 is an excellent choice. It has a 14-inch screen, and it’s stacked with gritty components including a Ryzen 9 5900HX processor, an RTX 3070 and 16GB of RAM. It’s all housed in a luxurious-looking laptop that’s thin and light too. eBay Plus members can use the code PLUSFY22, or non-members can use SAFY20 to get this laptop for AU$2,599.
Keen to get your hands on powerful gaming machine? You can check out this Alienware laptop powered by a 12th-generation Intel i7 CPU. The spec sheet is impressive, as is the price tag, but a 30% discount is certainly tempting.
If you don’s have the budget for the above 17-inch gaming beast, this 15-inch option might be just right for you. You’re getting a great GPU paired with a 12th-gen i7 CPU here, and a 20% discount makes it a real bargain. Anyone can land this deal using the code DELFY20 at checkout.
This HP Omen laptop is a well balanced and very powerful gaming option. An RTX 3070 GPU combined with a 16.1-inch FHD 144Hz screen and 16GB of RAM is a good combo for gaming at high settings. At 2.36kg it's light enough to throw into a backpack to use as a genuinely mobile gaming laptop.
How to find the best laptop deal during EOFY 2022
When it comes to end-of-financial-year sales, there will be a plethora of discounted laptops on offer. It’s not a purchase you make every day, so it’s understandable if you don’t yet know the difference between your CPUs and GPUs, and all the jargon in between.
Whether it’s technical specifications, brand or type of device you’re unsure of, we’re here to help you make the right choice for your needs.
There’s sure to be a number of eye-catching discounts when it comes to tax-time bargain hunting, but the best advice we can give you is that if a laptop deal seems too good to be true, chances are it’s an older machine. While you’ll save a packet up front, an older model may not have enough power in its internals to keep running in the years to come, so you’ll likely have to upgrade sooner than you would’ve liked.
To help you avoid this, we’ve put together a short guide below so you can make an informed decision and get yourself the best laptop deal this June.
Features to look for
1. Brand name
So, what exactly should you keep an eye out for when buying a laptop? The best place to start is with the brand name. Considering you’ll be making a worthwhile investment, you’ll want to opt for a brand name you trust, such as Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Acer or Asus. Proceed with caution when it comes to brand names you are unfamiliar with even if they come cheap – the initial saving may not prove to be worth it in the long run.
Once you’ve decided on the brand, the next thing to consider is the size of the machine. Most laptops come with screen sizes between 13 inches and 17 inches. The smaller sizes will certainly be more portable and, oftentimes, they’re more affordable as well (though this isn’t always the case – we’re looking at you, XPS 13).
The larger laptops, on the other hand, will offer more screen real estate, and more space inside the chassis to house powerful components, including a bigger battery. To determine the laptop’s display size, you’ll want to take a look at the tech specs. It’s not uncommon to see the screen size in the name of a product, take for instance, the HP Envy 15-ep1084TX which, as the name suggests, has a 15-inch monitor.
You’ll also want to consider the weight of the device as well – if you need to carry it around for work a lot, then a compact notebook or 2-in-1 weighing about 1.5kg or less is ideal.
3. Technical specifications
Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty – tech specs. There are four main components you’ll want to consider in this space: processor, system memory, storage and, depending on your needs, graphics.
First up, the processor, also referred to as the CPU. The processor is essentially the brains of a machine, and there are two major players in this race: Intel and AMD. The most common CPU you’ll come across in laptops is Intel, and its families of chips are available in Core i3, i5, i7 or i9.
While Intel’s Core i9 is the latest and most powerful processor available, the average user isn’t likely to need that kind of grunt unless it’s for heavy-duty tasks such as gaming and video editing.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Core i3 chips are built for basic tasks such as web browsing and word processing, and are ideal for someone who doesn’t require much power from their laptop.
For most people, the Core i5 or Core i7 series will fit just right. However, that’s not all you’ll need to consider – each Intel chip comes in a generation, and the most current is the 12th iteration. The 12th-gen i5 CPUs are pretty powerful and you can confidently buy a machine powered by it, you’ll be able to find 10th- and 11th-generation CPUs also available, with the latter being the far superior option. That said, if you don’t need that kind grunt, you can save money by opting for a 10th generation processor.
In comparison to Intel, there are fewer laptops powered by AMD Ryzen CPUs, though the latest 5000-series processors can compete well with Intel.
The next thing to consider is system memory, also known as RAM. This is the component of your laptop that’s designed to hold your data while it’s in use, and 8GB of RAM is fairly standard across consumer laptops. System memory is important in terms of multitasking, so those in need of a machine for gaming, video editing or design programs, may want to consider a laptop with 16GB of RAM.
In terms of storage, it’ll come in the form of either a solid-state drive (SSD) or a hard disk drive (HDD). SSDs are what you’ll now commonly find in laptops, and we’d recommend you stick with them. They offer very reliable and long-lasting performance, and you’ll find that apps and programs will load much quicker.
Finally, to the graphics, otherwise known as the GPU. If you’re a casual gamer, laptops with integrated graphics should be fine – and this is what you’ll find in most laptops. That means the GPU is built into the CPU, offering basic performance.
If you’re deep into gaming, then you’ll need a discrete GPU that sits separate from the CPU. That will almost always come in the form of Nvidia or, if you’ve opted for an AMD processor, it’ll be Radeon. However, it’s worth noting that prices can soar quickly when it comes to powerful GPUs.
Most mid-range laptops will offer a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display as standard, but there will be more budget options with 1366 x 768 resolution, which is fine for smaller screens.
In fact, a lower resolution is often great for a laptop with lower specs as there are fewer pixels for the processor and graphics card to shift, therefore optimising performance.
A higher resolution screen will get you a crisper image, but it’ll be a drain on your battery life and come at a cost. So while a 4K screen may look and sound like a great idea, it’ll take a serious toll on your machine’s core components. OLED panels are beginning to appear in laptops, though they come at a significantly higher price point, and there can be burn-in issues over time.
In the end, though, it’s sometimes worth sacrificing a bit of image quality for a smoother frame rate and longer battery life.