Best laptop sales in Australia: Cheap laptops to buy in October 2018

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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 14 5000 2-in-1 i3 / 8GB / 128GB SSD | usually $1,199 now $959

If you're after an affordable convertible laptop, this 14-inch 2-in-1 Inspiron has enough power, and then some, for the average user. It's not usual to see a 14-inch convertible go on sale, but this configuration comes with a 20% discount from Dell.View Deal

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 laptop i7 / 16GB / 2TB HDD | usually $1,899 now $1,234

While this 15-inch machine doesn't have solid state storage, it does have a whopping 2TB hard drive for storage. But packing the latest Core i7 CPU and 16GB of memory means there's plenty of power under the hood. Plus there's a 35% discount on its usual RRP to sweeten the deal.View Deal

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 laptop i7 / 16GB / 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD | usually $2,199 now $1,429

If you like the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 laptop but would prefer solid state storage, this configuration comes with 256GB SSD plus a 2TB HDD, giving you more storage than you can possibly use. Add to that the powerful innards and 35% off, this is a great buy.View Deal

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in1 laptop i7 / 8GB / 256GB SSD | usually $1,999 now $1,599

If you don't like the 14-inch Inspiron convertible mentioned above, this 13-incher has $400 off (20% discount).  That isn't bad value for your money for a powerful 2-in-1.View Deal

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370 i7 / 8GB / 256GB SSD | usually $2,449 now $1,299 

This 13-inch Yoga convertible configuration usually costs a whopping $2,449, but Lenovo is offering it on sale until October 21 for just $1,449, saving you $1,000. But if you use the code 1299 at checkout, that price drops a further $150 down to $1,299. That's a total saving of $1,150. That's 47% off!View Deal

Lenovo IdeaPad 530s i7 / 8GB / 512GB SSD / GeForce MX150 | usually $1,799 now $1,229

If you thought Lenovo's range of IdeaPad laptops were meant for basic web surfing and documentation, think again. This 14-inch notebook is not only powerful but also comes packing plenty of storage to boot. It's currently discounted on Lenovo's site if bought outright, but until October 21, use the code 1299 at checkout and you get a total of $500 off on the device.View Deal

HP Envy 13 laptop i5 / 8GB / 256GB SSD | usually $1,799 now $1,439.20

HP is hosting its version of Oktoberfest with 20% off selected laptops, including this sleek 13-inch Envy. Apply the code HPFEST20% to secure the discount.View Deal

HP Omen 17 i7 / 16GB / 128GB SSD + 2TB HDD / GTX 1050 | usually $2,499 now $1,749.30

Gaming laptops don't come cheap, but if you're after something to keep your game on, then there's 20% off on this 17-inch Omen from HP. You'll need to apply the code HPFEST20% at checkout to save nearly $750.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
Expensive
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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