Best laptop sales in Australia: Cheap laptops to buy in March 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

Asus ZenBook S UX391UA i7 / 16GB / 256GB | $1,761 (was $2,201)

Sleek, light and with some decent specs, this 13-inch laptop comes in a beautiful blue that Asus calls Deep Dive Blue. There's the promise of up to 13 hours of battery life and top performance, all for $440 less.View Deal

Asus ZenBook Flip 14 UX461 i7 / 16GB / 512GB | usually $2,248 now $1,798.40

There are different models of the Asus' excellent ZenBook Flip convertibles and most of them are pretty darn good. However, a machine with a powerful Core i7 CPU, a huge amount of system memory and solid-state storage for well below the $2K mark is usually hard to find. Use the checkout code PUPGRADE on eBay by February 25 and this beautiful beast can be yours for 20% off, including the stylus.View Deal

Apple MacBook Air (2018, 128GB) | $1,769 (was $1,849)

The latest iteration of the MacBook Air is thinner and lighter than ever before, and boasts a Retina display and Touch ID. And while it's going to be hard to find discounts on Apple products, Bing Lee has the Space Grey and the Silver models of the 128GB MacBook Air for $80 less than Apple's own price.View Deal

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin i7 / 16GB / 512GB / GTX 1070 | usually $3,399 now $2,719.20

Thin bezels give you more screen real estate on this 15-inch display. Plus powerful innards ensure there's top performance from this sleek machine. And you get 20% off a beast that's sporting an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU under the hood, provided you use the checkout code PUPGRADE by February 25 on eBay. View Deal

Lenovo Legion Y530 (15) i7 / 16GB / 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD / GTX 1050 | usually $2,099 now $1,349

This gaming laptop has been discounted for a while but Lenovo is now letting you save an additional 10% by using the checkout code EXTRA10. This brings the price down to a sweet $1,349, saving you $750 in the bargain. The 15-inch Legion Y530 is a pretty decent gaming laptop, if you're looking for an affordable option. While the GPU isn't as powerful as the MSI option mentioned above, it's a decent buy for this kind of money.View Deal

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 2) i5 / 8GB / 512GB | usually $2,799 now $1,799

The price of this 14-inch convertible has dropped by a further $100, now saving you $1,000. That's definitely a great bargain for a 2-in-1 that ships with a rechargeable stylus. You also get a keyboard that recesses when you don't need it. Feature-packed, portable and promising over 15 hours of battery life per charge, this is a mean machine with plenty of savings at the moment.View Deal

Dell XP 13 (9370) i7 / 256GB / 8GB | $1,919 (was $2,399)

By this point everyone should be familiar with Dell's line of awesome XPS 13 laptops, and you can save some decent dosh if you want to get your hands on the latest model from Dell itself. Kitted out with an 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8550U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD, this ultrabook is a seriously sleek companion.
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Dell Vostro 15 5000 i5 / 256GB / 8GB | $1,169 (was $1,799)

Ideal for those looking out for a business laptop, the new 15-inch Vostro from Dell offers an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB of SSD storage and 8GB of RAM along with a dedicated Nvidia MX130 GPU and special security features (such as a fingerprint scanner) that will keep your business safe.
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Dell Inspiron 17 5000 i7 / 256GB + 2TB / 16GB | $1,494 (was $2,299)

For those looking out for a laptop that can double as their home media centre, the 17-inch display on the Dell Inspiron 17 5000 is the way to go. On top of its gorgeous screen, you have 16GB RAM, and 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8550U CPU, a 256GB SSD and another 2TB HDD for the ultimate in performance and storage.
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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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