Best laptop sales in Australia: Cheap laptops to buy in January 2019

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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

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 i5/ 8GB / 256GB | usually $1,498 now $1,048

Need a 2-in-1 laptop that won't burn a hole in your pocket and still give you a decent specs? This 13-inch Dell Inspiron convertible has the 8th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU and enough system memory to keep you on top of everything you need. And it's on a clearance sale at JB Hi-Fi with a saving of $450 to be pocketed.View Deal

Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370UA 13-inch 2-in-1 i5 / 8GB / 256GB | usually $1,799 now $1,259

With a Full HD 13-inch display and the elusive SD card reader built in, this Asus ZenBook convertible can rival the best of the best in terms of performance. And it's available for $540 less than its RRP at JB Hi-Fi.View Deal

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 laptop i5 / 8GB / 256GB | usually $1,599 now $1,199

If you don't need a 2-in-1 like the one mentioned above, the 13-inch clamshell laptop version of the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 is now 25% off on the manufacturer's website. You get the same specs as above, just without a 360-degree hinge and a touchscreen display.View Deal

Dell XPS 13 (9370, Rose Gold) i7 / 8GB / 256GB | usually $2,699 now $2,159

It's not often our favourite ultrabook gets a 20% discount, so if you've been holding off on this one, now's a good time. This is also happens to be the 2018 model which hardly ever was discounted last year, just in Rose Gold, with a powerful processor and plenty of system memory. View Deal

Lenovo Legion Y530 (15) i7 / 16GB / 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD / GTX 1050 | usually $2,099 now $1,579

Would you like a new gaming laptop for the new year? Lenovo's powerful 15-inch Legion Y530 is currently discounted down by 25% on the manufacturer's website, saving you $520. And while the GPU isn't the most powerful, it's a decent buy for this kind of money.View Deal

Lenovo Yoga 530 2-in-1 i5 / 8GB / 256GB | usually $1,699 now $1,299

This 14-inch convertible ships with the Lenovo Active Pen in the box, offering you versatility when it comes to how you want to use it. The spec sheet isn't too shabby either and there's integrated graphics to care of some casual gaming if you want to indulge. There's the promise of up to 10 hours battery life, Dolby audio and a fingerprint reader, all for 24% off on Lenovo's site.View Deal

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

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.

1. Dell XPS 13

Dell's latest Ultrabook is simply the best laptop in the world

CPU: 8th generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB-16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) - 4K (3,840 x 2,160) | Storage: 256GB - 1TB SSD

Gorgeous new design
Faster than ever
Centred IR webcam
Steeper starting price

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 Kaby Lake 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 still one of our favourite Ultrabook, and has taken the top spot as the best Windows laptop and the best overall laptop.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13

2. Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370

An incredible 2-in-1 that hits the right spot

CPU: Intel Core i7-8550U | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreen | Storage: 512GB PCle SSD

Powerful innards
Super light and thin
Comes at a price
Fingerprint magnet

Asus has nailed it with the overhauled ZenBook Flip S 2-in-1. Adding top of the line processing power, plenty of memory and a speedy PCle solid state drive available in some of the models, this laptop shows off a beautiful new design to perfection, giving you the ability to use it as a laptop or a tablet. While it costs a pretty penny as compared to some of the competition out there, it would be our top recommendation if money isn't a factor.

Read the full review: Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370

macbook pro 13-inch 2018 deals best price

3. Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 13-inch 2018

The best MacBook Pro yet

CPU: Quad-core Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch 2,560 x 1,600 IPS | Storage: 128GB - 2TB PCle 3.0 SSD

Superfast performance
The best MacBook Pro yet
Not a huge generational upgrade

While this may not be a great leap from the previous generation of MacBook Pros with Touch Bar, the 2018 model is definitely the best Apple has produced to date. The Cupertino firm has ramped up performance for the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2018, more so than the bigger 15-inch model as well. A thin OLED display at the top end of the keyboard can be customised to for various functions, and also offer Touch ID for secure logins. And although it retains Apple's signature design, it doesn't come cheap, but you can argue with the choice if you're a diehard Apple fan.

Read the full review: Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 13-inch (2018)

4. MSI GS65 Stealth

Get your game on with the best

CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM, Max-Q) | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) anti-glare, wide-view 144Hz panel | Storage: 512GB M.2 SSD

Beautifully designed
Excellent performer
Undercarriage heats up quickly

Our earlier choice of gaming laptop, the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 has been knocked off its perch by MSI's GS65 Stealth. With cutting edge components, including an 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, it makes the top spot in gaming laptops. It's also cheaper than the ROG Zephyrus GX501. And it doesn't look like a hunky gaming laptop either; with subtle design tweaks, the GS65 Stealth can pass off as a work or study laptop without anyone being none the wiser.

Read the full review: MSI GS65 Stealth

5. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

The marriage of luxury and power

CPU: Intel Core i5 - i7 | Graphics: Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics with 4GB HMB2 graphics memory | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 512GB PCle SSD

Impressive power
Sleek, ultra-thin design
Admittedly expensive

Dell's XPS 15 laptops were already some of the best you could buy, but this beautifully redesigned 15-inch 2-in-1 competes with the Dell XPS 13 in every respect, with the convenience of becoming a tablet when needed. It's one of the most aesthetically pleasing devices in its category and also boast plenty of power. Under the hood is a new Intel Kaby Lake G-series processor featuring 'discreet-class' Radeon graphics – meaning with the power comes a bit more noise.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 

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