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The best cheap laptop deals in October 2019: prices start at just $94

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If you're in the market for a cheap laptop deal, now's a great time to find a good price, regardless of whether you're shopping for work, school, or home. To make finding the machine that's right for you easier, we’ve collected the cheapest prices and best deals of the week in addition to a selection of some of our perpetual cheap laptop favorites. This week features an assortment of workhorses, versatile machines, and basic configurations perfect for students.

We know that shopping for a new laptop can be an often arduous task of comparing storage, memory, processing power and features, but our guide below will help you find the best laptop deals and get the most for your money. From huge names like Dell, Asus and Lenovo to lesser known brands, you’re sure to come away happy with these bargains.

If you're a gamer, you'd be better suited checking out our selection of cheap gaming laptop deals, as the models on this page are not usually built with gaming in mind. We've also rounded up a fine collection of cheap laptop offers in the UK too.

The best Black Friday laptop deals

While there are plenty of terrific offers below, you should keep in mind that Black Friday 2019 is on the horizon, and it's an excellent time to go bargain hunting for the laptop of your dreams. Who knows? You might stumble upon a great holiday gift in the process.

The best cheap laptops at a glance

  • Acer Swift 3 
  • Asus Transformer Mini T102HA 
  • Acer Chromebook 15 
  • Lenovo Yoga Book (Windows 10) 
  • Acer Chromebook 14

The best cheap laptop deal of the week

Lenovo Chromebook S330 | $199 at Walmart
This 14-inch Chromebook is much cheaper today than its old $299 MSRP and could be just right for you if you're after a cheap laptop for basic activities. Unlike 32GB Windows laptops, you don't have to worry about not being able to install oversized future updates. With 4GB of RAM, the Chrome OS will easily handle plenty of tabs too.
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Lenovo 11.6-inch refurbished Chromebook | $93.90 at Best Buy
This refurbished Chromebook isn't winning any awards for looks, that's for sure. But if you're after something to cover the bare basics on the tightest of budgets, then Chromebooks are often a better pick over the cheapest Windows laptops. This model only has 16GB of storage, but you can always expand via a USB drive. It comes with  4GB of RAM so you'll be able to do some light multitasking too.
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Samsung 11.6-inch Chromebook | $219 $159 at Walmart
If you want a new Chromebook instead of a refurbished one this is a nice model from Samsung. Again, it's 4GB of RAM (decent) but with a small 16GB of storage which is fine if you're mainly using this for work, but any extensive storage would need a USB drive.
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Evoo 11.6-inch touchscreen laptop | $129 at Walmart
Save $60 off the MSRP. If you're after a cheap replacement laptop or just something for basic work tasks like document editing, web browsing, and email then this very portable laptop should keep you going for an incredibly low price. It's even better value when you consider it's a convertible touchscreen too. 32GB of storage isn't great though and you'll struggle to download too many future Windows updates with that much capacity.
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Ematic 14-inch laptop | $249 $169 at Walmart
Another cheap laptop here that's more for light work. It costs a bit more, but comes with 4GB of RAM instead of two, so it'll run things a bit faster and will let you multitask a tad more. Like some of the above deals though, it only has 32GB of storage, so it will struggle with future Windows updates eventually. Available in blue, black, pink, red and purple at this price.
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Dell Inspiron 11 3000 laptop | $249 $179 at Dell
As we've mentioned before, 32GB on a Windows laptop isn't very future-proof, but 64GB on a laptop deal like this one is much more workable. A $60 discount at Dell today means this super portable 11-inch laptop is perfect for light work, document editing and web browsing. 4GB of RAM is solid too at this low price.
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Acer Chromebook 11 N7 | $199.99 $185.46 at Amazon
For a limited time, you can save on the 14.6-inch Acer Chromebook at Amazon. The durable laptop packs 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage and provides up to 12 hours of battery life.
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Asus Chromebook C423NA | $269.99 $199 at Walmart
A 14-inch Chromebook for under $200 - what a steal! It doesn't skimp on spec for the price either with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage putting it way above similar offers.
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Lenovo Chromebook S330 | $199 at Walmart
This 14-inch Chromebook is much cheaper today than its old $299 MSRP and could be just right for you if you're after a cheap laptop for basic activities. Unlike 32GB Windows laptops, you don't have to worry about not being able to install oversized future updates. With 4GB of RAM, the Chrome OS will easily handle plenty of tabs too.
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Samsung Chromebook 3 | $279 $225 at Amazon
When you're in the market for a cheap laptop to get some light schoolwork done, or even just to browse the web, a device like the Samsung Chromebook 3 is an obvious choice. And you can save $54 on the Samsung Chromebook 3 today with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
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Asus Chromebook C423 | $279.99 at Newegg
This 14-inch Chromebook costs more than the cheap Windows laptops mentioned earlier and only has 32GB of storage too. But seeing as it runs on the super light and fast Chrome OS, that's nowhere near as much of an issue as it is with a low-capacity laptop running the bloated Windows operating system. Add in a HD display, dual-core Intel Celeron processor and 4GB of RAM and you have a very capable Chromebook that will power through multiple basic tasks at once with ease.
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Asus VivoBook 15.6-inch laptop | $399 $319.98 at Walmart
We do love the brushed steel effect design on the chassis of this surprisingly cheap laptop. The internal spec isn't too shabby either with 4GB of RAM, a quad core processor and a 128GB SSD. A great laptop deal for handling the basics with a bit of extra speed too.
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Acer Aspire 5 15.6-inch laptop | $349 $314.99 at Amazon
If you want a little bit of extra graphical capabilities on your new laptop then the pairing of Vega 3 graphics and Ryzen 3 processor is a bit of a steal today thanks to the discount. You're also getting 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. If you want to do some proper gaming on a budget though, check out our roundup of gaming laptops under $1000.View Deal

Acer Chromebook 15 CB515 | $399 $307 at Amazon
The Acer Chromebook 15 CB515 isn't the most powerful laptop on the market, but it doesn't need to be. It's powerful enough to get through pretty much everything the Chrome browser can do, which is all you need out of a Chromebook. And, that big discount helps.
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Lenovo IdeaPad 330 15.6-inch laptop | $375.99 at Walmart
This is solid Windows laptop for your standard day-to-day work activities at work or study. You're getting a roomy 1TB hard drive with an i3 processor and 4GB of RAM which is plenty for storing media files and light multitasking respectively.
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Lenovo IdeaPad S340 i3 laptop | $379 $329 at Walmart
There's some serious spec here in this Walmart laptop deal for under $350 thanks to the $50 discount. 8th-gen i3 processor, 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. It's handle basic tasks like document editing, web browsing and media playback easily and a fair few at once thanks to the RAM. If you need a bit of an extra kick (maybe you're editing a bit of media or doing some light gaming) you can get the same laptop equipped with a quad core i5 processor for $399 further down this page.
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Lenovo IdeaPad S340 i5 laptop | $489 $399 at Walmart
We don't see stock lasting long on this one, especially with a $60 discount. This will be a very slick laptop for multitasking multiple applications at once thanks to 8GB of RAM, 8th-gen i5 quad core processor and a 128GB SSD. It'll have a good swing at some light media editing and gaming too with these specs.View Deal

Lenovo Ideapad 330S | $427.88 at Amazon
In the US you can get the Ideapad 330S with an AMD Ryzen 5 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD for just over $400. This is a good performer for the price, and a decent laptop for day-to-day tasks.View Deal

HP 15 Graphite Mist 15.6-inch laptop | Now $499 at Walmart
This laptop is equipped with an HD touchscreen display and comes with impressive internal spec too. There's an 8th-gen i5 processor, 1TB hard drive, 16GB optane memory and 4GB of RAM. Act fast and you can take advantage of a $60 discount today.
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Lenovo IdeaPad 330 15.6-inch laptop | $479.99 at Newegg
Save $200. The IdeaPad range from Lenovo is a solid choice for any laptop user and this model has been built with speed and multitasking in mind thanks to the 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. This laptop deal will expire soon though, so act fast if you want to save.
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Where to find the best laptop deals in the US:

We've compared prices on some of our favourite cheap laptops and run through the details on why we recommend them further down this page. But if you'd like to browse the latest laptop deals directly from your favorite retailers we've included a list of the most-recommended stores directly below. 

The best cheap laptops of 2019

Acer Swift 3

The bigger, better value proposition

CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB | Screen: 14-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) ComfyView IPS | Storage: 128GB – 256GB SSD

Powerful for the price
Stellar battery life
Boring looks
Down-firing speakers

Here we have one of the few budget laptops with a processor nearly equivalent to a MacBook Pro from a couple of years back, that is, if you opt for the Intel Core i5 configuration. The best part? Among the best Acer laptops right now, it's roughly half the cost of its Apple-branded rival. Now given that it sells at a range of different prices, the Acer Swift 3 can be an obtuse purchase, but lucky for you, the midrange model will get you by just fine.

Read the full review: Acer Swift 3

Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

Small, portable and flexible

CPU: Intel Atom x5-Z8350 | Graphics: Integrated Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 10.1-inch HD (1,280 x 800) LED touch display | Storage: 64GB

Tablet and laptop in one
Sizable hard drive
Tiny size could be tough

This convertible laptop has always been about function over form. For one minuscule transaction, you’re getting a tablet equipped with an included keyboard and even a fingerprint scanner for more secure logins. Along with reliable performance and a magnesium-alloy chassis, it’s built to last – not to mention, one of the best Asus laptops you can buy when you're on the budget.

Read the full review: Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

acer chromebook 15

Acer Chromebook 15

Battery life like no other

CPU: 1.5GHz Intel Celeron 3205U | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 15.59-inch, HD (1,920 x 1,080) touchscreen | Storage: 32GB SSD

 Stunning battery life 
 Attractive, fanless design 
Trackpad feels clunky 

While it may be outclassed by the Pixelbook and the Samsung Chromebook in terms of sheer power, the Acer Chromebook 15 can still pack a wallop while providing battery life that is frankly out of this world. It’s rare that a laptop can truly provide all-day battery, but in our independent battery tests, Acer’s Chromebook lasted an astonishing 17 hours – on top of providing enough power to get your work done online. If you’re looking for a 15-inch Chromebook that will give you the most bang for your buck, look no further.

Read the full review: Acer Chromebook 15 

Lenovo Yoga Book

Lenovo Yoga Book (Windows 10)

The netbook of the future – the ultra netbook?

CPU: 1.44GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8550 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 10.1-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,200 resolution), IPS touchscreen | Storage: 64GB flash storage (plus 128GB with microSD)

Insanely thin and light
Keyboard surprisingly accurate
Woefully underpowered
Dated microUSB port

If you're looking for a Lenovo laptop, the Lenovo Yoga Book, and the Windows 10 version of it in particular, is the sort of futuristic fodder you would find in an episode of Black Mirror. It has a keyboard that doubles as a Wacom touch panel and, best of all, it’s cheap as hell. Now, of course, that comes with the caveat of a weak Intel Atom processor, but the rest of the Lenovo Yoga Book should go down in the history books.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga Book

Asus X102BA

Acer Chromebook 14

Meet the anti-MacBook Air

CPU: Intel Celeron N3160 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 14-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) display | Storage: 32GB SSD

Top-notch build quality
Solid keyboard and touchpad
Full HD display
Flaky HD video playback

With its slick lines and a slim silhouette, the Acer Chromebook 14 makes for a subtle, snazzy laptop. Although its display isn't the most attractive we've seen, it’s still acceptable for full HD. On top of that, the keyboard and trackpad adhere to the principle of ‘it just works.’ The battery life is satisfactory as well despite falling a bit south of Acer's 12-hour claim in real-world use.

Read the full review: Acer Chromebook 14

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