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Best cheap laptop deals and sales for November 2020

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We're seeing more cheap laptop deals than ever right now, with some excellent offers from Argos and Currys in particular. That's likely down to the fact that we're firmly in Black Friday deals territory, so if you're after a cheap laptop deal this week you're shopping at the right time. 

We've found all the best cheap laptop deals available this week and brought them straight here for you to save some serious cash on everything from budget Chromebooks 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. We're also rounding up all the latest Black Friday laptop deals right here on TechRadar as well. 

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

Asus Zenbook 14-inch laptop: £599.99 £499.99 at Argos
Save £100 on this 14-inch Asus Zenbook laptop at Argos this week - that's an excellent final price for the 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD you'll find under the hood. Add a quad-core Ryzen 5 processor, slim-bezel display, Radeon Vega 8 graphics and built in HD webcam and you've got yourself a winner.
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Cheap laptop deals under £200

HP 11.6-inch Chromebook: £199.99 at Amazon
If you're after a super cheap laptop this week, this 11.6-inch HP machine is about as budget as you'll want to go. There's an Intel Celeron N3350 processor inside, with 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage inside as well.
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Cheap laptop deals from £200 to £300

HP Stream 14-inch laptop: £238.26 at Amazon
You're grabbing a good sized laptop for just £238 right now, offering up 64GB of storage space, an AMD Athlon 3020e and 4GB RAM on a nice 14-inch display. Plus, you're even grabbing 12 months of Microsoft 365 for free as well.
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Asus Vivobook 15.6-inch laptop: £299.99 at Argos
This is a full 15.6-inch display on a £300 laptop deal - an excellent offer straight off the bat. Once you take a look inside, however, that price tag looks even better. While there's only 4GB RAM tucked away in here, that's in keeping with the price range, and a 128GB SSD offers up fantastic value by itself. An AMD Athlon Silver 3050U processor will also keep you ticking along.
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Cheap laptop deals from £300 to £400

HP 15.6-inch laptop: £319.99 at Argos
This full sized HP laptop is coming in at a fantastic £319.99 at Argos this week. That's a great price for a machine with a massive 1TB hard drive inside, though you're losing a little speed by not picking up an SSD. There's also an Intel Celeron N4000 processor and 4GB RAM under the hood as well.
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Asus C523NA 15.6-inch Chromebook: £379.99 £359.99 at Amazon
There's a £20 discount on this excellent Asus Chromebook right now. That's not a major saving, but there's plenty to get excited about in here. A full-sized touchscreen display is a rarity in cheap laptop deals and you'll also find an Intel N4200 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB of storage inside.
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HP Slim 15.6-inch laptop: £379 at Argos
Argos is offering an excellent £379 price tag on this full sized HP laptop, running Windows 10 S. You're getting some entry level specs here - an i3 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB of storage, but with a 10 hour battery life and a year of Norton Security included it's a solid offer.
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Cheap laptop deals between £400 and £600

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 14-inch 2-in-1 laptop: £549 £429 at Currys
This 2-in-1 Lenovo laptop can flip between a computer and tablet setup quickly and easily for extra flexibility. That more premium feature does cost you a little in power here - you'll find an i3 processor under the hood with 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD - but with £120 off this is a great laptop deal for those after a little more functionality.
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Dell Inspiron 15 3000 15.6-inch laptop: £599 £479 at Currys
Save £120
on this 15.6-inch Dell Inspiron at Currys this week. That £479 price tag looks particularly strong considering there's 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD storage and a Ryzen 5 processor powering the sleek 15.6-inch machine.
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Asus Zenbook 14-inch laptop: £599.99 £499.99 at Argos
Save £100 on this 14-inch Asus Zenbook laptop at Argos this week - that's an excellent final price for the 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD you'll find under the hood. Add a quad-core Ryzen 5 processor, slim-bezel display, Radeon Vega 8 graphics and built in HD webcam and you've got yourself a winner.
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Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 2-in-1 14-inch laptop: £649 £579 at Currys
There's a £70 saving up for grabs here, bringing the previously £650 Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 down to just £579 at Currys. With an i5 processor, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD you're getting fairly standard specs for this price but the secret weapon here is that 2-in-1 functionality. Being able to quickly switch between a conventional laptop and a 14-inch tablet is usually a premium feature, but you're getting it for a great price here.
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HP 14-inch laptop: £699 £599 at Currys
Sitting just a hair under £600, this 14-inch HP laptop is offering some great specs for your cash. There's a 10th generation i7 processor under the hood, accompanied by 8GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. Plus, you're saving £100 with Currys right now - with a Black Friday price guarantee as well.
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Best laptop deals over £600

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15.6-inch laptop: £629.99 at Argos
Argos has put the new Lenovo IdeaPad 3 up for just £629.99 this week - that's an excellent price for a Ryzen 7 machine with 8GB RAM and a 512GB SSD.
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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 VivoBook S433FA 14-inch laptop: £749.99 £629.99 at Amazon
There's some serious power packed inside this £699 laptop - a 10th generation i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, and 32GB of Intel Optane memory. Not only that, but you'll also find an MX350 GPU inside as well - all for £120 off this week.
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Asus Zenbook Flip 14-inch laptop: £1,069.97 £867.97 at Laptops Direct
Save £202
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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HP Envy 13.3-inch laptop: £999 £899 at Currys
You can save £100 on this HP Envy at Currys right now - and you're getting a good spec sheet for your cash as well. There's a 10th generation i7 processor inside, with 8GB RAM as well. However, the star of the show is that 1TB SSD - an excellent component for £899.
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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

CPU: Intel Celeron N4000 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 600 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 14-inch LED (1366 x 768) high definition | Storage: 32GB eMMC

Excellent value for money
Strong performance
Premium look and feel
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

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

Thinner and lighter
Tons of options
Regular discounts
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

CPU: Up to Intel i7 | Graphics: Nvidia | RAM: Up to 16GB | Screen: FHD (1920x1080) | Storage: 128GB SSD – 1TB HDD

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.