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Best cheap laptop deals and sales for January 2021

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You'll find plenty of cheap laptop deals up for grabs this week, with savings ranging all the way from budget machines under £200 to big discounts on premium models. We're seeing cheap Chromebooks, some excellent midrange prices welcoming spacious SSDs, and some stunning 11th generation Intel processors up for grabs right now - and we've brought them all straight here to you.

We've found all the best cheap laptop deals available this week and we're rounding them all up here so you can save some serious cash on everything from budget laptops to powerful machines running the latest specs. 

If you're shopping for cheap laptops, it can be difficult to know whether you're actually getting a good deal or just paying a low price. It can be the difference between buying an excellent machine and saving some cash in the process and wasting money on an old computer that can barely run its own operating system. We've weeded out all the offers that won't be worth your time, so you can be sure you're picking up the best laptop deals out there this week.

Cheap laptop deals by budget

We've brought all your favourite retailers together for the very best cheap laptop deals available right now, and listed each machine by price. So, keep checking in, as we’ll update it whenever a great deal reaches our desk. 

For you Apple fans, you might be interested in our MacBook prices and deals page too, or if you're just looking for the cheapest web surfer you can find, check out the best cheap Chromebook prices and sales going right now.

Cheap laptop deal of the week

HP Pavilion 14-inch laptop: £699 £529 at Currys
This HP Pavilion laptop is £170 off at Currys right now, and offers a set of specs that rarely make it down to this price point. A 10th generation i5 processor and 8GB RAM are fairly standard, however you'll find a massive 512GB SSD under the hood, with 32GB of Intel Optane memory at your disposal as well.
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Cheap laptop deals under £200

Asus C223NA 11.6-inch laptop: £199.97 at Laptops Direct
It's small, but it's cheap. This 11.6-inch laptop is perfect for everyday browsing without breaking out of the budget category. For £199 you're getting 32GB of storage, 4GB RAM and an Intel Celeron N3350 processor.
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Cheap laptop deals from £200 to £300

Asus C523 15.6-inch Chromebook: £329 £279 at Currys
Cheap laptop deals rarely offer up full-sized 15.6-inch displays for under £300. That makes this Asus Chromebook perfect if you're looking for that big-screen treatment on a budget. You'll find an Intel Celeron N3350 processor under the hood - slightly old now, but still up to everyday tasks - as well as 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage.
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Lenovo IdeaPad 3i 14-inch laptop: £349 £299 at Currys
It's rare to find a 128GB SSD at this price point, but the Lenovo IdeaPad 3i is an excellent device if you're after budget computing with more than the standard 64GB of storage. You'll find an Intel Pentium Gold 6405U processor under the hood, with 4GB RAM and a year of Microsoft 365 included as well.
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Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 14-inch laptop: £399.97 £299.97 at Laptops Direct
You're saving £100 on this 14-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Slim. That's a great price for an everyday Windows 10S machine, with an AMD A4 processor for lighter user, 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage.
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Acer Aspire 3 15.6-inch laptop: £299.99 at Argos
This Acer Aspire is ticking a few boxes, and some that we wouldn't expect to see this cheap either. You're getting a full-sized 15.6-inch FHD display here, with a massive 1TB of hard drive storage space as well. 4GB RAM will keep you moving through everyday browsing and lighter work, as will that A4 processor as well.
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Cheap laptop deals from £300 to £400

HP 15s 15.6-inch laptop: £379 £369 at Currys
There's a full 15.6-inch display on this HP laptop - perfect for big screen streaming and multi-tasking. With a Ryzen 3 processor and 128GB SSD the performance is all there, though 4GB RAM will struggle against heavier workloads.
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Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 13.3-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook: £549 £399 at Currys
You're saving £150 on this 2-in-1 Chromebook at Currys, with £399 offering up an excellent price on a flexible laptop / tablet combo device. You're not getting massive specs here, with a 10th generation i3 processor, 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD - but if the extra tablet functionality appeals to you it's well worth a look.
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Asus Vivobook 14 14-inch laptop: £399.99 at Ebuyer
This Asus Vivobook is already sitting at a great price at Ebuyer right now. You're getting 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD so your memory and storage are sitting at the entry level end of the range, but with a Ryzen 3 processor you're picking up some decent brains under the hood as well.
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Cheap laptop deals between £400 and £600

Lenovo V14 14-inch laptop: £479 £414.97 at Laptops Direct
You're saving £60 here and grabbing a 14-inch laptop with some excellent specs for just a little over £400. You're keeping the Ryzen 3 processor and 4GB RAM that you might usually find in a laptop at this price point, but doubling your storage to 256GB.
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HP Pavilion 14-inch laptop: £699 £529 at Currys
This HP Pavilion laptop is £170 off at Currys right now, and offers a set of specs that rarely make it down to this price point. A 10th generation i5 processor and 8GB RAM are fairly standard, however you'll find a massive 512GB SSD under the hood, with 32GB of Intel Optane memory at your disposal as well.
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HP 14-inch laptop: £579 £549 at Currys
Sometimes the best laptop deals aren't concerned with how much you're saving, but what you're getting for that final price tag. That's the case with this 14-inch HP. Currys has only shaved £30 off the previous price, but £549 is an excellent cost for a 512GB SSD with 8GB RAM and a 10th generation i5 processor.
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Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14-inch laptop: £699.99 £579.99 at Very
Very is taking £120 off this 512GB configuration of the Lenovo IdeaPad 3. That means you're getting a spacious 512GB SSD here, as well as a powerful Ryzen 7 processor and 8GB RAM.
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Best laptop deals over £600

HP Envy 13.3-inch laptop: £899 £699 at Currys
There's a massive £200 saving on this 13.3-inch HP Envy laptop right now, and with 8GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, 32GB of speedy Intel Optane memory and Nvidia GeForce MX350 graphics there's plenty of value packed into that price as well.
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Acer Spin 14-inch 2-in-1 laptop: £749 £699 at Currys
Save £50 on this 14-inch 2-in-1 Acer Spin laptop. There's plenty of power inside - with a 10th gen i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB of SSD storage - but you're also getting some excellent functionality here with a touchscreen that easily flips around to form a tablet.
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Asus ZenBook 13 UX325JA: £799 £729 at John Lewis
With an Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, 32GB Intel Optane Memory and a 13.3-inch Full HD display, the Asus ZenBook 13 is well-equipped for work - as well as being a machine you can kick back and enjoy Netflix and Amazon Prime Video on.
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HP Envy 13.3-inch laptop: £849.99 £739 at Amazon
The HP Envy is an expensive piece of kit, but with £110 off at Amazon, you're saving a good chunk of cash on a touchscreen spec. You'll find a 10th gen i5 processor under the hood, with 8GB RAM and a 512GB SSD as well.
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Asus Zenbook Flip 14-inch laptop: £1,069.97 £884.98 at Laptops Direct
Save £180
on this Asus Zenbook Flip - a powerful touchscreen laptop sporting a Ryzen 7 processor, 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. That's perfect for intense multi-tasking sessions and running more demanding programs on the fly.
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We'll continue adding the best cheap laptop deals in the latest sales as we find them. Up next, you'll find the latest prices on some of the most popular laptops around along with a list of retailers who often have a great selection of laptop sales if nothing else takes your fancy here.

Which stores have decent cheap laptop sales?

  • Amazon: retail giant is often the cheapest in the UK.
  • John Lewis: models come with at least two-year guarantee.
  • Very: Often surprises with cheap prices on electronics.
  • Laptops Direct: specialist UK store has a huge selection of laptop deals.
  • ebuyer: the UK computing specialists have some great promotions.
  • Currys: the retailer that's seemingly always having a laptop sale.
  • AO: lots of cheap laptops at this growing electronics specialist.
  • Argos: home delivery or pick up a cheap laptop locally today.
  • Dell: get a great laptop deal direct from Dell.
  • Apple: MacBooks aren't exactly cheap, but they're excellent workstations

The best cheap laptops

The best cheap laptop deals are often to be found on lower priced machines that edge their way into the mid-range category with higher specs further up the scale. It's in this pocket of budget laptop shopping that you'll find some of the most compelling offers, bringing 8GB RAM / i5 processor / 256GB SSD configurations down to entry level prices during sales seasons. 

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1. Acer Chromebook 314

A cheap and cheerful Chromebook regularly discounted

Specifications
CPU: Intel Celeron N4000
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 600
RAM: 4GB
Screen: 14-inch LED (1366 x 768) high definition
Storage: 32GB eMMC
Reasons to buy
+Excellent value for money+Strong performance+Premium look and feel
Reasons to avoid
-No touchscreen

With a 12 hour battery life, bright 14-inch display and tactile keyboard, the Acer Chromebook 314 offers everything you could ask for in a cheap laptop. While this model doesn't quite stretch to 64GB, storage is easily expanded using a portable hard drive and there's a full array of ports to take advantage of as well (though limited display options). What's more, this is one of those rare cheap laptops that look and feel far more expensive than they actually are. Thin, light, and sturdy, this is an excellent machine to throw in a backpack and expect it to last all day.

Read the full Acer Chromebook 314 review.

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2. HP Pavilion 15

The de facto learning laptop lives on

Specifications
CPU: AMD dual-core A9 APU – Intel Core i7
Graphics: AMD Radeon R5 – Nvidia GTX 1050
RAM: 4GB – 16GB
Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) – FHD (1,920 x 1,080); touch optional
Storage: 128GB SSD – 1TB HDD
Reasons to buy
+Thinner and lighter+Tons of options+Regular discounts
Reasons to avoid
-Shallow, squishy keyboard

A sturdy choice for a study laptop for school/college/uni. The HP Pavilion 15 has plenty of power for the average student's needs while keeping the costs sensible. There are plenty of configurations available in this budget laptop as well. Some favour speedy SSDs, while others go for larger regular hard drives, so it all depends on what you're going to need more really. Faster loading or more space for storing media files and downloads.

Check out the best HP laptops 

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3. Asus Vivobook 15

Mid-range specs for entry level prices

Specifications
CPU: Up to Intel i7
Graphics: Nvidia
RAM: Up to 16GB
Screen: FHD (1920x1080)
Storage: 128GB SSD – 1TB HDD
Reasons to buy
+Versatile and powerful+Full HD screen+Regularly discounted

The Asus Vivobook 15 can usually be found from £399 upwards, offering baseline specs that vastly outperform many of the Chromebooks usually found at this price point and ranging all the way up to incredibly powerful configurations should you need them. With an expansive Nano-Edge display, you're even getting a full 15.6-inch sized laptop here, coming in at just 1.6kg, a fingerprint sensor and options for speedy Intel Optane memory as well. 

Cheap laptops: what to look out for

Cheap laptops can often lure shoppers in with a sub-£200 price tag, but unless you're picking up a Chromebook you're unlikely to get your money's worth with these particular models. Chromebooks largely run on Chrome OS, which means they rely less on more expensive components and more on cloud-based services provided by Google Chrome. That means you'll regularly find cheap laptops under £200 that are well worth your cash - provided they were built with this functioning in mind. 

These kinds of budget laptops are regularly found on sale, but every now and then we do spot savings that offer mid-range specs for entry level prices.

It's worth looking out for cheap laptop deals that offer a Windows 10 operating system, but only 16 or 32GB of storage space. You'll likely speed through those gigabites faster than you'd think, and storing those hefty Windows 10 updates often presents a new challenge in its own right. That means the smallest we would recommend on this page is a 64GB hard drive if you're running a Windows 10 or 10s operating system. 

Cheap laptops can also come with the caveat that they don't offer an operating system at all. These FreeDOS laptops can sometimes be appealing (and if you're up for installing your own copy of Windows or Linux, they often deserve to be), but it's important to check that spec and low price before you buy. We do feature the odd freeDOS budget laptop on this roundup, as they can prove cost effective, but we'll make sure you know when we do.