The best laptops for work and play - with £100 cashback

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Thanks to advancements in tech which have come on leaps and bounds, essential items like laptops are now slimmer, faster, and better than ever, providing the ultimate learning and entertainment tools for today’s modern students.

There’s a giant, confusing world of options out there though, and sifting through all the specs, numbers and models practically requires a PhD in itself, which is where comes in. Handily sorting through all the noise to pick only the best ranges of laptops, the online retailer’s hand-picked selection will make your laptop purchase decision an absolute breeze.

Here’s a selection of some of the best deals around to help reach the lofty grades you or your children deserve - and the great news is, if you trade in your old working laptop, you’ll get at least £100 guaranteed cashback.

HP Pavilion: best for creatives

HP’s Pavilion range has everything a budding student needs to achieve their goals, including powerful processors for slick and effortless multitasking. Take the HP Pavilion 15-eg0032na — a 15.6-inch laptop with an 11th generation Intel Core i3 processor, 256GB of storage for files, 8GB of RAM, Bang & Olufsen-tuned speakers, and a Full HD touchscreen. 

The latter makes it an ideal choice for creatives and note-takers alike, adding extra flexibility to your arsenal, while the processor’s power means you can comfortably bash out an essay while listening to music or watching a stream in the background without anything slowing down.

Despite all that tech it still manages to offer an impressive eight hours of battery life which should easily see any student out through a day’s work (or, of course, Netflix binging in some well-deserved downtime). Not only that, but a magical fast-charge feature means it’ll juice up from 0-50% in an incredible 45 minutes, so you’ll never be left in the lurch if you’ve forgotten to plug it in overnight. And at just £549, you’ll have more budget left over for accessories or app subscriptions too, with the confidence that your shiny new laptop will be able to handle them all.

You can find the HP Pavillion 15-eg0032na and the entire HP Pavilion range today at

Asus Vivobook: best for big screen fun

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If you'll be spending all of your time typing and browsing as opposed to designing and scribbling, you're probably better off saving a little cash and going for a laptop without a touchscreen. Enter the Asus VivoBook range.

Vivobooks are designed to be ultra-portable, so from working in the day to watching movies and casual gaming at night, their lightweight design and great battery life are sure to come in handy. They offer a heck of a lot for very little. 

If the Vivobook sounds right for you, check out the full Asus Vivobook range.

Samsung Galaxy Book: best for power

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Those looking for the ultimate combination of power and portability need look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Book. 

Offering style, performance and connectivity, Samsung Galaxy Book laptops are powered by Intel, meaning they also are speedy and reliable. If that’s not enough, you can also save up to £100 on Samsung Galaxy Book laptops at

One to watch out for is the Samsung NP750XDA-KD2UK. Despite packing a generous 15.6-inch Full HD screen, this powerhouse weighs a mere 1.6kg - which is probably less than most of your textbooks, making it an ideal choice for students who are always on the move.

Given its portability you’d be forgiven for thinking that it lacks power, but you’d be wrong. The Galaxy Book is powered by a beastly 11th generation Intel Core i5. Coupled with 8GB of RAM, you’ve got enough power at your disposal to run multiple apps/tabs simultaneously, watch movies, play some games, and more. Its built-in Dolby Atmos speakers also mean that your ears will be treated to a loud, clear, and spacious listening experience each and every time.

If that wasn’t enough, it’s Intel Evo certified too, which means a bunch of clever hardware optimisations take place behind the scenes to ensure a full day’s use without scrambling for the plug socket, along with a handy Instant Wake feature which gets it ready for action in under a second from sleep mode. With three USB ports (including USB-C), a Micro SD slot and an HDMI port, it’s got all the connectivity options you’re likely to ever need to boot.

AO’s easy setup

Life’s hard enough as it is without faffing around setting things up. Thankfully, can help you easily get started with your laptop with a free remote set-up service with Windows devices, which guides you through all the steps you need to get up and running over the phone. 

From connecting you to Wi-Fi to customising settings, installing software and connecting accessories, you’ll be good to go in no time.

Plus, AO has a price match promise if you find a model listed elsewhere for cheaper, offering 7-days a week delivery - whether it’s next-day or flexible bookings made to suit you.

With over 240k 5-star Trust Pilot reviews and free 100-day returns, too, AO hopes to take the risk out of ordering online. 

Whatever laptop you choose, with at £100 guaranteed cashback when you trade in your old working device, you’re set for another great year of school when you shop computing at personality: We are reliable, brave, full of beans and always with a smile