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Best laptop sales in Australia: cheap laptops to buy in June 2022

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UPDATE: With June comes the end of financial year sales, and with that we’re briefly putting this page into hiatus. If you’re looking for a discounted laptop, go to our dedicated EOFY 2022 laptop deals guide to see the latest offers.

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If you’re looking for a cheap laptop or a deeply discounted premium machine, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve scoured the web for savings and rounded up all the genuine deals in one neat place.

You’ll find we’ve covered everything from budget browsing machines to high-performance powerhouses, so you’ll no doubt find something here to match your needs.

We’ve highlighted a selection of the latest deals that we’ve sniffed out, and if you scroll further down, we've rounded up some of our favourite laptops in a dedicated buying guide.

Best laptop deals this week

Laptops & ultrabooks

Dell Inspiron 14 (5425) | Ryzen 7 / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD | AU$1,599 AU$1,199 on Dell (opens in new tab) (save AU$400)

This Inspiron laptop comes outfitted with AMD’s Ryzen 7 5825U CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, so you should be able to power through your workloads with ease. It comes loaded with Windows 11 Home, plus the 14-inch screen has a nice aspect ratio of 16:10. Available from Dell.

HP Envy 15 | i7 / 16GB RAM / 1TB SSD / RTX 3060 | AU$3,499 AU$2,799 on HP (opens in new tab) (save AU$700)

This HP Envy is packing a 15.6-inch OLED display with 4K resolution, and it’s lovely and bright at 400 nits. Under the hood is an Intel Core i7-11800H, 16GB of RAM and an RTX 3060, so it’s promising to deliver top-notch performance. The laptop is also multitouch-enabled, if that’s something you like. Now AU$700 off at HP.

Lenovo ThinkPad E15 (Gen 4) | Ryzen 7 / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD | AU$1,589 AU$1,271.20 on Lenovo eBay (opens in new tab) (save AU$317.80)

The ThinkPad E15 is well-suited as a work laptop, powered by an AMD 5000 series processor. It’s slim, well-built with a comfortable keyboard, and can open up to 180°. There’s also security features such as a built-in fingerprint reader and webcam privacy shutter should you want it. Available from Lenovo’s eBay store with the code NOVO20.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro | Ryzen 7 / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD | AU$1,999 AU$1,599.20 on Lenovo eBay (opens in new tab) (save AU$399.80)

This slick machine has plenty of appeal, with AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800H chip, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD under the hood. It has a 16-inch display with 400 nits of brightness, and is multi-touch enabled. Windows 11 Pro also comes preloaded. Go to Lenovo’s eBay store and use the code NOVO20 to score 20% off the listed price.

2-in-1s

HP Spectre x360 | i7 / 16GB RAM / 1TB SSD | AU$3,399 AU$2,549 on HP (opens in new tab) (save AU$850)

We rate the HP Spectre x360 as one of the best laptops (opens in new tab) around, and this discount gets you 25% off the machine. This model comes with an Intel i7-1165G7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a very healthy 1TB SSD, which will give you great performance for day-to-day work. We also like the large, comfortable keyboard, and Intel’s Evo platform gives you a long battery life too. Now AU$850 off direct from HP.

Gaming laptops

Alienware x15 | i7 / 32GB RAM / 1TB SSD / RTX 3070 | AU$4,699 AU$3,289 on Dell (opens in new tab) (save AU$1,410)

For AU$10 less, you can nab this 15.6-inch Alienware x15, which comes with a massive 32GB of RAM. It’s also packing an Intel i7-11800H chip, an RTX 3070 and a 1TB SSD. We absolutely love the design, with Alienware’s X-series delivering big power within a slim and sleek clamshell, making it perfectly portable. The screen here is FHD, 1080p resolution.

Razer Blade 14 | Ryzen 9 / 16GB RAM / 1TB SSD / RTX 3070 | AU$3,999 AU$2,899 on Microsoft (opens in new tab) (save AU$1,100)

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. This deal is available from Microsoft, where you’ll save AU$1,100.

Razer Blade 15 Advanced | i7 / 16GB RAM / 1TB SSD / RTX 3070 | AU$4,599 AU$3,299 on Microsoft (opens in new tab) (save AU$1,300)

This stellar Razer Blade 15 has just had AU$1,300 knocked off the RRP. Under the hood, you’ll find an Intel i7-11800H, 16GB of RAM and an RTX 3070, so your gaming needs will be well catered for. It also has a 15.6-inch QHD display with 1440p resolution, plus lots of ports and a 1080p webcam. Head over to Microsoft to snag this killer deal.

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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. Check out the prices on some of our favourite laptops below and see if anything has dropped enough to spark your interest.

Dell XPS 13 9310 laptop

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Our favourite Windows laptop: Dell XPS 13 (9310)

Return of the king

CPU: 11th generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Xe | RAM: 8GB – 32GB | Screen: 13.4-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) – 4K (3840 x 2160) | Storage: 512GB – 1TB SSD

Gorgeous design
Big CPU and GPU boost
Excellent battery life
Lacklustre audio

To say that we’re big fans of the Dell XPS 13 is a huge understatement. This 13-inch Ultrabook has appeared in our list of the best laptops for several years running, and there’s good reason why.

This iteration came out in late 2020 and it’s known as the Dell XPS 13 9310. It’s equipped with Intel’s latest 11th generation processors while the Intel Iris Xe handles the integrated graphics (and almost doubles the graphical prowess from the previous model). Both work together to bring a decent amount of power to these gorgeous laptops, and some light gaming is also possible thanks to the specs.

There are barely any bezels to speak of on these laptops, and it can be configured with a Full HD+ or a 4K HDR screen (OLED panels are also available). The sleekness of the XPS 13 comes at the expense of ports, and the speakers are a little lacklustre, but these are small exceptions in an otherwise premium laptop.

Read our full Dell XPS 13 (Late 2020) review

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Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020) laptop

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Our favourite Apple laptop: Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020)

The best MacBook Air ever

CPU: Apple M1 | Graphics: Apple M1 GPU | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) LED | Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD

Battery life is great
Silent in use
Fanless design could impact performance
No new design

When Apple ditched Intel’s chips for its own M1 silicon in 2020, it was a real game changer for the laptop market – Apple or otherwise. The new processor gives the MacBook Air a serious performance boost, which thankfully, has not come at the expense of battery life (our testing found it lasting an impressive 11 hours and 15 minutes in continuous movie playback).

Despite the significant power upgrade, Apple has priced this laptop at a better RRP than its predecessor, and it even gives other premium Ultrabooks such as the Dell XPS 13 a run for their money – something we never would have anticipated from Apple. You can expect to pay AU$1,499 for the model with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, or AU$1,849 for the 512GB SSD version.

If you do have a couple hundred bucks to spare, we’d also suggest taking a look at the 13-inch MacBook Pro (M1, 2020). That’ll get you better-sounding speakers, a more comfortable keyboard and a neat Touch Bar. The MacBook Pro also keeps its cooling fans (while the MacBook Air doesn’t) so it should be able to run more intensive tasks before performance is throttled.

Read our full Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020) review

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Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop

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Our favourite gaming laptop: Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

Asus is leading AMD’s charge to dominance

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS – 9 4900HS | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 | RAM: 16GB – 32GB | Screen: 14-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS panel, 120Hz – 14-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS panel, 60Hz | Storage: 512GB – 1TB SSD

Best battery life in a gaming laptop
Excellent performance
Light and slim
Reasonably priced
No webcam
Fans can get loud

We rate the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 as the best gaming laptop around. It’s outfitted with AMD’s Ryzen 4000 and 5000 series processors, which lend a lot of power to the Zephyrus G14. As for graphics, Asus has mixed with Nvidia to bring the latest RTX cards to the laptop.

Despite that seriously impressive power, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is reasonably priced and can be found for a fair whack less than the competition. There’ve been a few concessions to keep it that way though – the laptop is without a webcam, and it’s not as particularly good looking as the Razer laptops of the world.

With that said, the Zephyrus G14 is a thin and light laptop that also manages best-in-class battery life despite its gaming laptop status.

Read our full Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review

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Asus ZenBook Flip 13 2-in-1 laptop

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Our favourite 2-in-1: Asus ZenBook Flip 13

A 2-in-1 laptop experience with little to no compromise

CPU: 11th generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Xe | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) | Storage: 512GB SSD

Strong build quality
Excellent battery life
Genuinely good speakers
Weak graphics performance

The Asus ZenBook Flip 13 moves easily between laptop, tent and tablet mode with its 360° hinge, and Asus promises it’s good for 20,000 cycles. It’s a solidly built, stylish piece of kit, and it comes packing Intel’s latest 11th generation chips, making it a powerful 2-in-1 laptop.

Housed within the body is a beautiful 13-inch screen with ultra-thin bezels on all four sides, so you’re able to make the most of the 1080p display. The front-facing Harman Kardon speakers sound genuinely good too, which can be rare on even the best of laptops.

With space at a premium, Asus has done something clever to keep the number pad too. It’s been integrated into the trackpad, and it appears in illuminated LED lights when you need it – pretty neat if you ask us.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook

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Our favourite cheap student laptop: Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook

A Chromebook for schoolwork, and then some

CPU: MediaTek P60T | Graphics: Mali-G72 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 10.1-inch FHD (1920 x 1200) touch | Storage: 128GB eMMC

Lightweight and portable
Great value
Chrome OS is great
Tiny keyboard and finicky trackpad
Charger and headphones share a single port

If you’ve got the cash to spare for a MacBook Air, we’d argue that it’s the best student laptop in Australia, but if you’re just after something that’s cheap, then the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook is a great choice. It’s a 2-in-1, and for the unit itself paired with a detachable keyboard and stand cover, you’ll pay just AU$499 (and it’s often on sale too).

The internal specs aren’t anything to write home about, but what really matters here is Chrome OS, which we’ve found to be a richer experience than the equivalent Windows 10S. Google’s fantastic apps will be right at your fingertips, so it’s ideal for someone who does the majority of their schoolwork online (using Google Docs and the like).

You won’t be able to load up on Chrome tabs with reckless abandon, but for general web browsing, video streaming and basic productivity, the Duet does exactly what you want it to do. All told, this is the best value you’re going to find in a portable device of this kind.

Read our full Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook review

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Jasmine Gearie is TechRadar Australia’s resident deals expert, with a keen eye for hunting down the best Aussie discounts on everything from laptops and phones to cameras, headphones and mobile and NBN plans. She doesn’t buy anything without doing a little research first, and she wants to help you do the same.