The best new laptop models can be prohibitively expensive, but there is no reason you can’t pick up a bargain and get the device you need with the help of a great deal.
Whether you are looking for a short-term fix or investing in a solid model from last season’s batch there are some key points to consider.
This month’s best laptop deals:
Lenovo Ideapad 100s: A cheap portable laptop that comes in at under £100. £89 (used in White) at Amazon
Acer Chromebook 11: A budget Chromebook with decent battery life, ideal for simple web-based tasks. £149 from PC World
Acer Chromebook 15: For a bigger screen on a Chromebook this Acer now comes in at under £250. £190 (new in white) from Amazon
Asus X555YA: A great everyday laptop with a large 15-inch screen and 1TB hard drive. £297 from Amazon
HP Pavilion 15: A laptop with a big screen and good battery life which has recently seen a price drop. £349 from Currys
Lenovo Yoga 510: A fantastic price for a decent hybrid laptop that can be used like a tablet. £399 from Currys
Asus ROG GL552VX: Game for less with this powerful laptop for less than £800. £743 from Amazon
Dell XPS 13: Get Dell’s flagship laptop with a high-end performance for less than £1,000. £979 from Amazon
Macbook Air: Prices have dropped on Apple’s Air for this 2015 model. £849 from BT Shop
Where can I get a good laptop deal?
Most major retailers will offer deals around the year. One-off events such as the January sales, Amazon Prime Day in July or Black Friday can also be the answer to securing a great deal.
UK retailers such as John Lewis, Currys, PC World, Argos and Tesco all offer deals and discounts on laptops, often with options to throw in cases, hardware, security systems and programs such as Microsoft Office.
Several of the main manufacturers have their own websites offering outlet price models at a discount and online retailers such as Amazon, Very and AO all have discounted deals and bundles.
What are the best laptop deals for students?
Many major laptop providers offer an education discount for students buying a laptop. This can help save you around 10% or better on even high-end models.
While you may be tempted to just go for the cheapest model, even top of the range Apple products offer a 10% discount to students, as does Microsoft for its Surface Book and Surface Laptop. Other manufacturers including Dell, Lenovo and HP all offer chunky savings if you buy using an education discount.
Screen size: 11.6 inches
Battery life: 8 hours
This little laptop is not going to blow anyone away in terms of power, but for price and size it is designed to compete against Chromebooks and you can pick up a used one in white now for less than £100.
For a new one, the asking price online is currently starting out at around £170. If you want a Windows laptop for the lowest price, this is your starting point.