Top 20 cheap laptop deals in September 2017

 techradar.com  9/19/2017 4:01:57 PM  55  Brendan Griffiths

A great cheap laptop deal can be hard to find with so many options on the net. That's where we come in. Our team of dedicated deal hunters are on the lookout every day to find the best laptop deals from the most reliable retailers on the net. So, for the best value cheap laptops, with genuine discounts over the trumped up fake 'deals' take a look below. 

You don't have to wait for the Black Friday deals, as we're looking for great laptop prices all year round. We've got the best up-to-date laptop voucher codes too.

If you're after a cheap laptop for web browsing and other simple tasks, or you need a new laptop for school or work, or you simply need a really powerful laptop for as little money as possible, we have options for you.

At the top of the page you'll find our selection of the very latest and best cheap laptop deals of the week followed by a selection of popular quality laptops that retailers like to discount on a regular basis. Underneath those laptop deals you'll find our pick of the latest best laptops and the best available prices.

If you're from the States or Down Under, be sure to check out our selection of the top laptop deals in the US or in Australia in our always-updated guides.

Cheap laptop deals of the week

HP 255 G5: Take a look through our other deals this week and you might think there there are cheaper laptops with 4GB of memory out there (and there are), but this one is worth a look as it comes with a 128GB solid state drive (SSD), which the cheaper laptops on this page can't match. So if speed over size is a must, this is a speedy bargain at just £314.99 @ Tesco.

Asus Chromebook C300SA: This super cheap Chromebook laptop is ideal if you just need the bare essentials from a 13.3-inch laptop. A bit of web browsing and document editing for example. Note: this is running the Chrome OS, rather than Windows. Now only £199.99 @ John Lewis

Asus Chromebook C300SA: If you can spend a bit more compared to the cheap laptop deal above, then this Chromebook comes with double the memory and will multitask much better. As it's a Chromebook, it uses the Chrome OS instead of Windows. If you're already a Chrome fan using Gmail, Google Docs and the like this looks very tidy at just £237.97 @ Laptops Direct

Asus C100PA Chromebook:If you'd like your Chromebook to also function as a tablet via the touchscreen then this 10-inch model is a very tidy bargain. It only has 16GGB of storage, but that's plenty for documents and photos. It also has 4GB of memory, which is double that usually found in most cheap Chromebooks.Take a look for just £199.99 @ Currys.

Acer Chromebook: Unlike the white Chromebook above, you're getting a bigger 4GB of RAM along with a slightly bigger screen in full HD. We're liking the gold finish here too (don't judge us). Can you be tempted for just £219.99 @ Argos?

HP 250 G5: The HP 250 series of laptops are excellent for day-to-day activities and multitasking. The i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive are more than most users will ever need for work, web browsing and catching up on Netflix. A great laptop deal at £429.98 @ ebuyer.

Acer Aspire: This Acer laptop is brand new and comes with 8GB of RAM, a speedy 256GB SSD (Solid State Drive) and a red paint job for a reasonable asking price. You can grab it now from Argos for £429.99.

HP 14-inch Intel Celeron 4GB 1TB laptop: Here's a value-packed laptop deal from Argos available in red, white or black. Not only is the price cut for this decent machine with an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB RAM and 1TB hard drive, but you also get a subscription to McAfee Internet Security and a carry case (see image above). All for just £279.99.

Lenovo IdeaPad 320s: A slightly smaller 14-inch laptop than the deal above, but if you're after a faster hard drive, then you could be tempted by the 128GB SSD here. If capacity over speed is your thing, then the 1TB option will cost you less than this laptop deal at £349 at Currys.

HP 14 Inch Intel i3 8GB 2TB laptop: This cheap laptop comes with a carry case and McAfee security package. You're also getting some serious spec, namely 8GB of RAM and a whopping 2TB hard drive. This excellent laptop deal is available in white, red or black for just £399.99 @ Argos.

Lenovo Ideapad 710s: Lenovo has knocked £250 off the powerful i7 Lenovo Ideapad 710s, making it way cheaper than the nearest rivals at AO, Amazon and John Lewis. In additional to that i7 processor, you're getting a 256GB SSD and 8GB of LPDDR3 memory. When clicking through, click 'View Models' and it's the i7 option on the right you're after for just £699.99 @ Lenovo. Note: use voucher code TEST47 to get this price.

Asus C201PA Chromebook: If you're happy to say goodbye to Windows and take advantage of the very capable Google/Android ecosystem services for basic laptop needs this 11.6-inch Chromebook comes with a 13-hour battery life. Save an additional £20 this week as it's only £191.66 at Amazon

ASUS C100PA Chromebook Flip: This 10.1-inch Chromebook Flip is a versatile 2-in-1 cheap laptop. Compared to the deal above you're getting 4GB of RAM instead, which should provide a notable boost in performance, plus you're getting added functionality thanks to the touchscreen on this Android laptop hybrid. This was a decent deal last week and it's now £80 cheaper. Not bad at all for just £199.99 at Amazon.

Asus ZenBook UX390UA-GS064T: This is the silver and gold version of the popular Zenbook 3 series. You're also getting a super fast 16GB of RAM and an i7 processor. Considering Currys is still charging £1299, we think this is worth a look at just £994.41 at BT.

Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA: This is one of our favorite looking laptops of 2017 with a distinctive blue with gold finish. The specs match the looks too with an i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512 solid state drive. Get it cheaper than anywhere else on the net and with free delivery for just £999.97 @ Laptops Direct.

Acer R11 Intel: This 11.6-inch 2-in-1 convertible has had £40 knocked off its price this week making it one of the cheapest deals on this page. With 4GB of RAM and eight hours of battery, it's a step up from most cheap hybrids. Get it now for just £229 @ Tesco.

Dell Inspiron 15 5000: If the 7000 series is a bit much (see the best prices further down this page), then why not save yourself £200 today on this still very capable model with 8GB RAM and a 1TB HDD. Not bad at all for just £399 at Amazon.

The best gaming laptop deals of the week

MSI GL62 6QC-484UK: This MSI model is our cheapest gaming laptop deal of the week and a great piece of kit for players dipping their toes into PC gaming for the first time. The i5 processor, 128GB SSD, 1TB hard drive and nVidia GeForce 940MX graphics card will let you hit the ground running for loads of games. Not bad for just £549 from Zavvi.

Acer Nitro 5: If the idea of spending a grand on a new gaming laptop sounds like silly money to you, then you may well have a place in your bank balance for this Acer gaming laptop deal. It comes with an i5 processor, GTX 1050 graphics, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and a 128GB SSD. All for a very reasonable £799 @ Tesco.

Acer Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G: Another reasonably priced gaming laptop with plenty of grunt for you here. you're getting a 7th-gen i5 processor, 8GB RAM, a 1TB hard drive, 128GB SSD and GTX 1050 grpahics. AO is throwing in a copy of Rocket League too. Plus you can get £75 cashback bringing the price down to £724 @ AO.com (after cashback).

ASUS ROG Strix ZX553VD-DM641T:  You can save £140 on this excellent gaming laptop deal this week. This 15.6 inch Asus model also includes a gaming backpack and mouse. As far as specs go, you get the Intel Kabylake Core i7-7700HQ processor, 8GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 1TB HDD and NVIDIA GTX1050 4GB GDDR5 graphics card. Not bad at all for just £909 @ Amazon.

We'll continue adding the best 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, followed by the best deals on TechRadar's favourite laptops.

Where to find the best laptop deals:

1. Lenovo Ideapad 510

Intel Core CPU

Optional Nvidia graphics

SSD and HDD options

There have been some generous offers lately for this popular Lenovo laptop series. Any choice between the 4GB and 12GB RAM options should run multiple applications at once. Hard drive sizes vary from 256GB SSD to 1TB in regular form. Some options also include dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 940MX graphics.

2. HP Stream 14

CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 14-inch HD (1,366 x 768) SVA BrightView WLED-backlit | Storage: 32GB eMMC

Larger than most budget options

Free 25GB of Dropbox for 1 year

Barely HD screen

At around £200, the HP Stream 14 is decent value if you're after something to cover the basics like web browsing or document editing. It's competitively priced again the cheaper Chromebooks out there despite the 14-inch screen and Windows 10 operating system.

3. HP 250 G4

4GB/8GB RAM

Windows 10

Intel Pentium processor

There's some hefty grunt under the shell of this HP 250 G4 and there are some great prices this week. The Intel Pentium processor and 4GB/8GB of RAM mean this laptop will whip through pretty much any day-to-day activity you can throw at it without the juddering performance of cheaper laptops. Hell, it'll even have a decent crack at playing a few of the less demanding games out there.

4. HP Pavilion 15

CPU: AMD dual-core A9 APU – Intel Core i7 | Graphics: AMD Radeon R5 – Nvidia GTX 1050 | RAM: 6GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) – FHD (1,920 x 1,080); touch optional | Storage: 512GB SSD – 1TB HDD

Thinner and lighter

Tons of options

Shallow, squishy keyboard

A sturdy choice for a study laptop for school/college/uni. The HP Pavilion 15 has more power that the average pupil needs while keeping the costs sensible. If you're not needing extra power of an expensive laptop for video/photo editing, this is more than enough for web browsing, playing some tunes on Spotify and editing coursework.

5. Asus X555LA

i3/i5 processors

1TB hard drive

Stylish finish

From afar, this laptop might be mistaken for a MacBook Pro which tells you a lot about its level of quality. Don't expect a full metal chassis at this price, but this is probably one of the best looking plastic bodies in its category. There are plenty of ports (old and new), 4GB of RAM and a massive 1TB hard drive. The cheapest models have a respectable i3 processor, but you can get the more powerful i5 versions for not much more if you need that extra kick. Asus saw it fit to include a DVD writer as well as a 15.6-inch full HD screen. Despite this large display and the presence of a numeric keypad, it's just a tad thicker and heavier than an Ultrabook.

Why not upgrade your storage with a cheap hard drive or SSD? See the best hard drive and SSD deals. 

6. Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

Built-in fingerprint sensor

11-hour battery life

Stylish design

This is the newer version of the Asus Transformer Mini series. This upgrade includes a fingerprint sensor and double the RAM at 4GB for speedier performance. For your money, this is one of the most impressive two-in-one transformer models out there.

7. Acer Chromebook 15

CPU: Intel Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz (dual-core) | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels | Storage: 32GB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: 720p | Weight: 4.85 pounds | Dimensions: 15.08 x 9.65 x 0.95-inches

Very capable Chrome OS

Great display

Excellent battery

This is one of the larger Chromebook experience out there for someone looking for a full-sized laptop with an excellent screen at a super low cost. The 4GB of RAM running the Chrome OS is super fast and will allow you to really pile up tabs and apps without slowing down. The battery will easily last the best part of a day for most users too.

The best deals on our favourite laptops

We've reviewed loads of laptops over the years: we've seen the good ones, the great ones and the ones to avoid. Sometimes the best laptops pop up online at some truly deal-tastic prices. So in this section, we list the very best laptops out there and the best deals on each one.

1. Dell XPS 13

CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520-620 | RAM: 8GB-16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800) | Storage: 128GB-512GB SSD

Gorgeous bezel-less display

Faster than ever

Lightweight, compact frame

The Dell XPS 13 is, bar none, the best laptop you can buy today. It features a revolutionary design that's astonishingly thin and light. Fitting a 13.3-inch screen into such a small frame means Dell has created a nearly borderless Infinity display. It's a powerful and long lasting machine even by today's Ultrabook standards. The XPS 13 comes outfitted with Intel's latest Skylake processors plus lighting, quick storage and memory, all while coming in at a very affordable starting price. For these reasons, it easily takes the top slot as the best Ultrabook, the best Windows laptop and the best overall laptop.

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 – 1050 Ti | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD 1920 x 1080 – UHD 3840 x 2160 anti-glare LED backlit | Storage: 1TB SSHD 8GB – 1TB HDD, 128GB SSD

Stellar battery life

Ports for days

Great value

Looking for a quality gaming laptop but want to keep things under that unappealing £1000 mark? Then Dell has you covered with the Inspiron 15 Gaming range.

CPU: Rockchip 3288-C | Graphics: ARM Mali T624 | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 10.1-inch, WXGA (1280 x 800) IPS multi-touch | Storage: 16GB eMMC

Fully metal construction

Terrific value

Excellent battery life

The Asus Chromebook Flip isn't perfect, but it's an impressive little piece of kit. Plus, it's so affordable that you might want to pick one up just to have a Chromebook on hand – even if you already own a MacBook or Windows laptop. Aside from the budget price tag, the Flip is one of the best-built Chromebooks to blaze the trail onward for more convertibles. Touchscreen functionality feels more logical, with a screen that actually rotates. The Flip meets all the core tenants of an ideal Chrome OS device.

CPU: 1.44GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8300 | Graphics: Intel HD graphics | RAM: 2GB | Screen: 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 WXGA WLED IPS touchscreen display | Storage: 32GB eMMC

Long battery life

Absurdly affordable

Detachable keyboard

This 10-inch hybrid comes packing a surprising amount of goods considering its small size. It's outfitted with an HD screen and more than enough power to get you through a simple day of web browsing and even image editing. When you're ready kick back with some media streaming, you can pop off the 10-inch tablet.

CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 - 1070 | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS | Storage: 128GB - 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD

Full HD gaming

Superb vibrant screen

Middling battery performance

The Asus Strix GL502 is undoubtedly one of the best gaming laptops around for gaming in 1080p. It'll run with the settings cranked with games like Overwatch not dipping below 60fps. The battery life isn't the best, but the display, performance and built-in sound system more than make up for it.

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Insanely thin and light

Halo Keyboard surprisingly accurate

Excellent display

Clever Create Pad

Lenovo has crafted a brilliant, forward-thinking device that could very well create a subcategory in computing all of its own. The modest specs hold it back from taking on the big boys in terms of raw power, but the innovative digital touchpad keyboard and drawing surface look like trendsetters to us. The Android version is currently about £100 cheaper than the Windows one.

Weight: 766g/786g | Dimensions: 292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45mm | OS: Windows 10 Pro | Screen size: 12.3-inch | Resolution: 2736 x 1824 | CPU: Various | RAM: 4GB/8GB/16GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: up to 9 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP

Larger, sharper screen

Vastly improved Type Cover

Built in kickstand

Can a tablet really replace your laptop or home PC? That's still up for debate, but the best tablet trying to make that happen is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - and it does a fine job with the full blown version of Windows 10, an integrated kickstand and optional keyboard attachment. Great for for creative professionals, students and everyday folks alike - it's only the premium price that push it down the list, but if you're willing to pay for it, you're getting a lot of power. A LOT.

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